Here’s a quick short video on how to assemble the “Happy Haunts” Diorama. This diorama features a multilayered scene of Disneyland’s classic attraction, the Haunted Mansion. All other Multiplanes assemble this way as well. Enjoy and pick one up today!
The African Queen is finally alive after spending a few months developing it. Well actually, It was originally planned as a whole Jungle Cruise scene with the boat in the river. After spending a few weeks playing with different designs, it dawned on me that the real jewel of that ride isn't any of the scenes you experience but actually the ride vehicle itself. This propelled me to pause the scene design and put my focus on the boat itself.
Every time I visit Disneyland, I always stop into the shops to check out if there's any new "high end" merchandise for that attraction and I'm always left disappointed. I think they should have nice collectibles of every attraction vehicle.
These are the machines that float us into lands of excitement and wonder kind of like the scene in Willy Wonka where they go on the boat ride or the Wonka mobile. If the journey is the destination, then these attraction vehicles are the transformative and memorable catalysts that keep propelling us forward. Every time we ride into these attractions, we go with those close to us such as friends, lovers, and family. We’re all experiencing the same thing in a small enclosed vessel. Even with strangers, it’s fun and memorable.
So this is why I developed the African Queen, simply because I wanted one and now you can have one as well.
Now onto the next project!
This is the Disneyland Haunted Mansion inspired product that I developed this past November. It originally started as a large format multilayered framed piece a few years back and was a hit at the various conventions I took it to but as crowds would pass through the booth, most expressed how much they loved the framed piece but was out of their price range. Each Haunted Mansion had over 100 small intricately cut parts and even had a wireless LED system. These factors made it very costly and took a lot of time to build and thus out of the affordable range.
Fast forward to this past November, I reworked all of the art and scaled it down to about 1/6 the size of the original and designed it in a way that it still retained its 3D art style. I also added guests and brought in the horseless carriage; both supporting elements to the experience as you enter the queue. After several prototypes, I was also able to simplify the art to roughly 12 layers versus 100+. After implementing these changes, I was able to deliver a product that is affordable and still made without consuming so much time. I eventually debuted the product at DesignerCon this year at the Anaheim Convention Center. I was so hyped to be able to sell these across the street from Disneyland! I might not be able to go into the park and visit the Haunted Mansion as often as I’d like but for now, I now have a miniature one on my desk and so can you!
Each MULTIPLANES measure roughly 5” x 7” x 2.75” and is packed with super intricate laser cut graphics. I love the immersive nature of this art form that I’m pursuing. It truly is the next best thing to actually being there in person. One day I imagine that I’ll get these outsourced but for the time being, I design, produce and assemble all of these by hand; even down to the hand painted rails. Happy Haunts are now available!
This past weekend at our favorite annual Designercon convention we launched our all new lineup of MULTIPLANES called “Wonderwalls.” It features 5 new designs of subjects that we love. McFly, Pacific Electric Railroad, Griffith Observatory, Acoustic Guitars, and Happy Haunts are the new stars of this current line of MULTIPLANES! They all feature super intricately cut graphics that are distributed across 6 frames. They make a great gift for people that love dioramas and 3 dimensional art. They all measure about 5”x7”x3” and are perfect for displaying on a shelf, desk, or display cabinet.
Get one today!
The next Multiplanes Gallery piece is finally complete. One year and several prototypes later, the final Haunted Mansion now lives!!! It was a labor of love designing this. When I use to go on the ride as a kid, I remember almost pissing my pants in the elevator area out of fear. My dad was the only one that made me feel safe enough to brave the entire thing. Anyways TMI. This bad boy is hand built by yours truly and features over 125 separate pieces and includes remote controlled LED lighting in a 16x20 frame. The Haunted Mansion is not currently available for sale online. We only sell the large gallery pieces at conventions. If you're interested in purchasing one and live somewhat local to Southern California, please shoot us an email.
Since the original writing of this post back in May, 2018, after much requests and feedback, we redesigned the Haunted Mansion as a smaller format product. It’s now available as a MULTIPLANES and is perfect for displaying on a shelf or desks! Check it out!