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More on Egypt

I just thought I would show some additional detail segments on this very wide mural of Egypt.  As the guests walk though the queueing area, making their way to the actual ride, they can see various collections of artifacts that Harrison Hightower has stored in the Hotel.  Some of these have been incorporated into the decor and furnishings of the hotel, and others are stored in the basement.  I was told that somewhere along this journey was a lamp that was fashioned from an Egyptian statue of a winged sphinx.  So I made sure to include that tied to the side of the hot air balloon.

egyptian staue

Photo of the statue that would be used at the hotel.

sphinx tied to basket

It's small, but it's there.

They also recreated other artifacts like sarcophagi and mummies.

Disney imagineers making replicas of Egyptian mumies.

The replicas being prepared in the Disney Warehouse.

Hightower with his Egyptian booty.

These sarcophagi and mummy were intended to be the same as the guests would see in the Tower of Terror hotel.

You’ll notice that Smelding gets no help form Hightower, as usual, as he tries to control the balloon and the overly friendly mummy.

Finally, a section from the middle of the mural.  Almost all of the pictures revealed that Hightower wasn’t exactly welcome to remove his finds.  This ones shows the small group of Egyptians that angrily discover Hightower’s early morning departure with the valued treasures.

angry arabs

Too late to stop Hightower!

Next we will look into the small painting of Greece.

Tower of Terror Mural, Egypt

Since it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything about the Tower of Terror project, let me review.  Disney found great success with the original Tower of Terror ride at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida.  Developing the concept and engineering for such a ride is very costly and time consuming, so when they find one that works well and is popular, they will repeat the ride at other parks.  A Tower of Terror attraction was subsequently built at Disney parks in Paris, California, and Japan.

The original theme was based on the old TV series “The Twilight Zone”.  But they wanted a different theme for the ride in Tokyo.  They came up with an original story line about a wealthy hotel magnet at the turn of the century (1900) who had a habit of touring the world and collecting rare and ancient artifacts.  Harrison Hightower was his name.  One day he came back with a voodoo type image from Africa that had a curse on it.  When he got into the elevator in his grand New York hotel, the enchanted voodoo god zapped him and the elevator fell to the basement.  Hightower was never seen or heard from again.

tokyo disney sea tower of terror poster

Photo of the marque poster in site.

So when it came to explaining this back-story, they wanted to fill the lobby of the hotel, which is actually the queueing area for the ride, with murals that depicted the exploits of Harrison Hightower and his personal assistant and valet, Smelding.  I was commissioned to paint these murals (11) that would tell this story.  They showed Hightower in various parts of the world.  I painted them with oil paints on panels that were one third the size they would appear at the attraction.  These murals were reproduced, enlarged and installed on location in the lobby area of the hotel.

queueing area

a snap shot of the lobby area

The murals were different sizes and appear above doorways throughout the lobby.  The Egypt mural was one of the widest pieces.

Egypt mural

The full Egypt mural

This is a snap shot of how it looks on location.

tower of terror lobby mural, egypt

Notice how it arches over a doorway.

Hightower and Smelding are floating away in the early morning with various artifacts tied to their hot air balloon.

tower of terror mural detail, egypt

We're taking mummy for a little ride

Abu Simbel is actually many miles away from the great pyramids.  We’ll call this artistic license.

Abu Simbel

Detail from the other side of the mural painting.

Next, I’ll show some of the preliminary work that goes into this kind of work.


Come back soon.