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Thomas Kinkade Studios Collector Event

December 15 - December 17

Art of Disney, Disney Springs™

Meet Thomas Kinkade Studios Legacy Artist,

Dirk Wunderlich



December 15 – 17, 2017

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm & 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Art of Disney, Disney Springs™, Walt Disney World® Resort


Mickey and Minnie in Hawaii 18 x 24 Limited Edition Canvas



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Dirk Wunderlich

Thomas Kinkade Studios Legacy Artist


Dirk’s interest in drawing Disney characters came at an early age. Dirk became inspired by art and sent Walt Disney Studios what he thought were fabulous drawings of their characters. The Studio sent back a very nice letter that Dirk still has today.

In the early 80’s, Dirk began to design advertising layouts and catalogs for Disney’s non-theatrical film rental division. That opportunity would lead to work on the launch of The Disney Channel. There Dirk created an image of Mickey from ‘Fantasia’ that showed Mickey pointing up to the channel’s logo. This artwork would soon be used on posters, ads and brochures.

Years later, Dirk became the creative director at an ad agency but soon went back to his passion of freelancing art. After freelancing, Dirk met Thomas Kinkade who saw real talent and took him under his wing. Through several years of working under Thom’s direction, perfecting his techniques and styles, Dirk became a Thomas Kinkade Studios Legacy Artist.

One of Dirk’s most memorable moments with Thom was accompanying him and his wife at Disney World for its Thirty-Fifth Anniversary to unveil ”A New Day at the Cinderella Castle”. As the three made their way down Main Street in a vintage car, they were greeted by hundreds of Disney collectors.

Sometimes dreams do come true for a young artist who took a chance and sent his work to Walt Disney a long time ago.


Limit two (2) items signed per Guest. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Appearances are subject to time and availability and are not guaranteed. Event and information are subject to cancellation or change without notice including but not limited to dates, times, release dates, appearances and retails. A valid Walt Disney World® Resort receipt may be required. Separate admission is required to enter the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks. ©Disney   ***

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