Dinoland USA at Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrates not only dinosaurs but also our cultural fascination with them. “Restaurantosaurus” is a prime example of this. Designed to look like a living space for the grad students working at the nearby Dino Institute and The Boneyard dig site, it’s clear that these students have a love of prehistoric beasts that goes beyond scientific interests.
Throughout the restaurant, dino-inspired elements of pop culture can be found scattered about, including the cultural contributions of Walt Disney and his animators. Dinosaurs played a large role in the segment of “Fantasia” inspired by Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” which sought to illustrate the formation of the earth and the primordial landscapes that existed before man. This print of a model sheet from the film is one of several that can be seen displayed on the wall near the entrance to the restaurant’s restrooms facilities.
Featuring multiple poses of a specific character or characters, model sheets act as reference to the animators during production of a film, making sure that each one drew the character in a uniform way. This particular one was apparently produced early enough in the making of the “Fantasia” that it still features the movie’s original working title on it: “Concert Feature. While Dinoland USA offers guests a peek back in time to the prehistoric age, in this one particular corner it also provides a window back into the creation of one of Walt Disney’s masterpieces.
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