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Artist Showcase with Yakovetic

January 25

Disneyana, Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland® park

Be among the first to purchase Yakovetic’s latest piece, “Mickey’s Dreamsuite” when it becomes available on January 25, 2013.  Yakovetic will be on hand from 9-11a.m. at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. inside Disneyland® park.

Yakovetic provides insight to the special piece:

Because the “Dream Suite” is a place that most people will never get to visit personally, I wanted to give them a peek of this magical place.

In the main room, Mickey Mouse leans against the mantel, embroidered on his lapel is Maleficent as the dragon, whom he defeats in the nighttime spectacular, Fantasmic.  If you look closer, reflected in the ‘Magic Mirror” along with Herb Ryman’s concept sketch of Sleeping Beauty Castle, is Walt Disney himself. There are a few other hidden treasures.  In the mantle you will find Tinker Bell, while below in the fire is Chernobog from “Fantasia.”  If you look close enough the flames in the fireplace turn into fireworks.  Finally, take a look at the case behind Mickey Mouse and you’ll find Cinderella’s glass slipper and coach.

Mickeys Dream Suite

Mickey’s Dreamsuite
16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

History of the Disneyland® Dream Suite

As New Orleans Square was being planned, Walt Disney and his wife Lillian worked with set designer Dorothea Redmond on the designs for a new 2,200 square foot apartment that was called “The Royal Suite.

The suite of rooms that have become the Disneyland® Dream Suite was originally planned as a private apartment where Walt and Roy Disney could relax with their families and entertain business associates. This apartment was to replace their tiny, 400 square foot apartment located above the Fire House on Town Square, which was convenient for casual family visits, but not large enough for proper entertaining.

During this time, Dorothea created richly detailed watercolor illustrations that, more than forty years later, would guide the design of the Disneyland® Dream Suite.

When Walt passed away in late 1966, work was stopped on the apartment. The rooms were nearly completed, although not decorated. The brick patio already featured an antique fountain, which was personally selected by Lillian, and the stylized initials WD and RD were woven into the wrought ironwork on the balcony.

Eventually The Royal Suite did open, but not as an apartment. It served as a private VIP lounge by I.N.A. (Insurance Companies of North America) and was later converted to executive office space for Disneyland® International during the planning of Tokyo Disneyland in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Disney Gallery which stood open in New Orleans square from July 1987 to August 2007 hosted 10 different themed exhibits showcasing concept art created by Imagineers and Disney Artists, before closing its doors to make way for the Disneyland® Dream Suite. The Disney Gallery currently resides within Walt Disney Story Theater on Main Street U.S.A.



Yakovetic is a true renaissance man – taking that which is seen as common, and breathing into it new life and a uniquely fresh spirit. An award winning set and costume designer, his Disney creations include over fifty books, paper dolls, and coloring books, as well as sets, costumes and props for “The Little Mermaid On Ice” and various Resort attractions.

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