Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Welcome to a special Designerland post. As many of you already know, the Disney Parks blog announced more of the Special Edition Epcot 30th Anniversary merchandise, and Designerland’s concepts for the World Showcase shirts have made it into the product line! If you haven't seen the article, then click the below picture and give it a read:



Two years ago during the D23 Expo, I stumbled upon a WDW opening day brochure in the collector’s forum. I picked up the black and white brochure, flipped through the pages and found an entire series of Epcot icons for the World Showcase I had never seen before. I knew instantly that these one-color logos needed to be honored through ink on cotton! I threw down the 30 bucks for the brochure. When I ran into my friend Erica later that day, I was so excited about the idea that I wanted to tell her right there on the expo floor, but instead, I decided to wait.

When I got back to Indiana and sat down to start scanning and recreating, I wondered why these logos hadn’t been used sooner. After I unveiled the series here on Designerland, Disney contacted me and wanted to take the designs I had done since Epcot’s 30th Anniversary was just around the corner. Disney did want to change the colors up a bit and add the two pavilions I had yet to showcase on my blog. Since the brochure I’d used for reference actually pre-dated these two pavilions, the good folks at Disney contacted the archives and found the logos I needed. 

It's surreal to think that finding one little brochure would turn into this. I want to thank all my followers and readers who supported the shirts when I first posted them here at Designerland, and of course, the amazing folks I worked with at Disney for seeing the potential and listening to the fans. I hope you enjoy the designs!


16 comments:

  1. I was floored when I saw these announced....congrats! Your designs are incredible and it must be amazing that the company who originally created them are recognizing your work.

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  2. Great work, looking forward to seeing these in Epcot this weekend. Any chance you could share with us which brochure you found this art in? I have a huge collection of printed promotional material for Disney world, and this sounds like one I need for my collection.

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  3. Great work, I'm looking forward to seeing these shirts in Epcot this weekend! Any chance you could share with us which brochure you found this art from? I have a huge collection of printed promotional material for Disney World, and this sounds like one I need for my collection.

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  4. I've admired your work for a while now, and am excited to buy all of the shirts when they go on sale tomorrow! Congrats, and keep 'em coming!

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  5. Whoo hooo! I was so tickled to see your shirt on the Disney Parks Blog! How fantastic for Disney to take notice and make them real. I love it! Congrats!

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  6. Congrats on the shirts!!! I wish you could be there for the 30th to see them in the park for yourself. That would be like icing on the cake!

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  7. Big CONGRATS on your World Showcase shirts Richard! I also posted on the Disney Parks Blog that Disney should deepen their working relationship with you. Your designs are AMAZING!

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  8. Congrats! I'm gonna buy one this weekend!

    Interesting how they changed the colors of some of the tees. Germany would have been so much cooler in yellow.

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  9. Congrats!!! Now I just wish they would pick up your entire product line :). Cheers.

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  10. Congrats Richard! As Steven Miller is a good buddy of mine, I wasn't surprised that you got the "call" (as Steven is more of a geek about Epcot than I am...if that's possible); but I'm elated nonetheless!!! Now, if I can only bully my way through the hoards to nab some of these!

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  11. Thanks again guys for the support and for wanting to add these shirts to your wardrobe!

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  12. Richard,

    Congratulations! I hadn't been checking but as soon as I saw these from the disney site I knew they were your designs, but had to double check to make sure. I may not be buying all 11 :D but definitely picking up 2-3 online. I'm really happy to see that the Disney design team also recognizes how strong your work is.

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