Art Corner

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Art Corner was a retail store that operated at Disneyland amusement park in Anaheim, California from 1955 until 1966. The store was located in the Tomorrowland area of the park.

History[edit]

When Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955, a temporary location for the store was set up at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., in a striped tent adjacent to the Red Wagon Inn. It offered souvenirs and Disneyana.[1][2] The permanent location opened on September 15, 1955.

Store offerings[edit]

One of The Art Corner's main claims to fame is as an outlet for Disney animation cels. These collector-prized items had once been available through the Courvoisier Gallery[3] (from 1938 until 1946), but had been off the market until Disneyland opened in 1955.[4] Disney collector Rob Richards notes "The Art Corner rescued thousands of cels from being destroyed and saved them for posterity."[1] Other offerings that had an immense impact on future artists were a series of Cartoon Character Guides on drawing Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Jiminy Cricket, Chip 'n Dale and Donald Duck, flip books and animation kits.[1]

Art Of Animation exhibit[edit]

On May 28, 1960 an exhibit, The Art of Animation, opened adjacent to the store. It contained artwork and other items, including a thaumatrope, drawn from an international traveling display that had promoted the release of Sleeping Beauty. It closed on September 5, 1966 to make way for the renovation of Tomorrowland.[5] The Art Corner permanently closed September 6, 1966, also to make way for the renovation. [6]

Legacy[edit]

The Art Corner was a precursor of the Disneyana shop that sold vintage Disneyana which operated on Main Street U.S.A. from 1976-1986. The current Main Street Disneyana shop (opened in May 1998) solely sells books and limited edition merchandise/art prints. Unlike its predecessors, this shop does not offer vintage Disneyana products.[7]

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