|Flashbacks - Alan Coats Remembers
|Rock Candy Mountain - May 2012|
|Claude's granddaughter Lisa posted this article about Candy Mountain on her blog
The Far Side of Complexity on April 27th, 2012.
One of Claude's sweetest creations was never built at Disneyland, but it's
coming back (in miniature) to Disney California Adventure next month.
Check it out.
As you may already know, my grandfather, Claude Coats, was a Disney artist and imagineer for over 50 years. Indeed, he helped bring to life many classics, including,
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Peter Pan.
He also helped build Disneyland into what it is today - designing fan favorites like
Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion.
But there are also the hidden designs; whimsy's of my grandpa's imagination
that never became reality. I can remember being a child and seeing the
drawings for a Candy Mountain that never came to be -
but I always thought it would have been so fanciful!
Fast forward to yesterday evening. My mother-in-law, Susan, forwarded me
an article from Disney Parks Blog, and lo and behold, they are using that design!!!
I can't believe it!! There is a new candy store opening on June 15th in
California Adventure calledTrolley Treats - and in the front window will be
a model of my grandpa's original Rock Candy Mountain! Isn't that just dandy?!
I can't wait for August to roll around so I can go see it in person!!
(Too many exclamation points in this post?!!!
Perhaps....but this is an exclamation point kind of occasion!!)
And visit ClaudeCoats.com to learn more about my grandfather...
and perhaps buy a print or two.