It has been such a long time since I’ve done a “Five Facts” post, and I thought I would bring it back with one of my favorite Disney Imagineers Mary Blair.
1. I became aware of Mary Blair through my favorite Disney film, Alice in Wonderland. Blair helped with the movie’s initial creative process by designing concept illustrations. She also worked on Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Dumbo, Fantasia, and other films.
2. After leaving the Walt Disney Company to pursue other endeavors, Mary Blair came back to help Walt with a project. What they came up with was the now iconic “It’s A Small World” attraction (i.e. the one at Disneyland), which was a huge hit during the 1964 World’s Fair. The attraction has since been replicated for Magic Kingdom, Toyko Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland.
3. Mary Blair’s work can also be seen inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which showcases a huge, 90 foot mural of hers. Plus, inside Epcot’s El Rio del Tiempo, which is located within the Mexico pavilion, Blair designed the fiesta scene.
4. In 2011, Google honored Blair by using her artwork as their homepage icon. The event marked what would have been Blair’s 100th birthday.
5. In 1991, thirteen years after her death, Blair was honored as a Disney Legend, which is an annual award.
Written by: Brittany Madden