Former Imagineer Shares Concept Art for ‘Disney Wharf’, A Project Designed for Australia That Was Never Realized
Former Walt Disney Imagineer Jim Shull shared the concert art for Disney Wharf, a project designed to be built in Sydney Harbor, Australia that was never fully realized.
According to Shull, Disney Wharf was designed to be a mixed use space. Rather than a theme park, it was to be a retail and entertainment project.
Walt Disney was no stranger to Australia. The animated short Mickey’s Kangaroo (1935) kicked off that connection, with Mickey’s Australian friend exporting a kangaroo. Mickey Down Under (1948), featuring Mickey using a boomerang was another cartoon short where Mickey visited Australia.
Later on, The Rescuers Down Under (1990) and Finding Nemo (2003) were both major animated films set in Australia. Finding Nemo has been a staple of Disney’s Animal Kingdom for years with the stage shows “Finding Nemo: The Musical” and now “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” And guests familiar with the music played in the queue for Soarin’ will recognize “Cody’s Flight”, a song from The Rescuers Down Under soundtrack that has become a queue loop staple.
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