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The hand and face marks pressed onto the Emporium windows at Disneyland are a sign of success.
The new Main Street Enchanted Windows – three-dimensional moving displays of classic Disney animated films of “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella,” and “The Princess of the Frog” – started debuting in May.
The number of imprints left by guests says it all.
“It’s completely covered,” said David Caranci, manager of creative developments at Walt Disney Imagineering.
He occasionally arrives at the park early in the morning, just before maintenance workers start cleaning, to look at the marks.
The Emporium store had always displayed static figures and models representing Disney animated films.
The displays on Main Street, U.S.A. have become a tradition for visitors. Walt Disney modeled the large window displays after store-front windows in New York City.
For the park’s 60th anniversary, being celebrated this year, Disney Imagineers wanted to take the original displays up a notch.
Rather than continuing to display motionless models, they created figures and scenes that move, with scenes changing every few minutes.
“The displays would be (their) own attractions,” Caranci said.
The first window was unveiled in May: One scene shows Peter Pan on the windowsill teaching Wendy and the rest of the children in the nursery to fly.
After a few minutes, the display moves, the nursery collapses underneath and out of sight and transforms into London with Big Ben in the background and Peter Pan and the kids flying over the home.
In the Cinderella display, the Fairy Godmother waves her wand over a modestly dressed Cinderella. The next scene shows a dolled-up Cinderella in a blue gown dancing with Prince Charming.
In the most recently unveiled display, “The Princess and the Frog,” Tiana and Prince Naveen are frogs on top of a leaf floating on a pond with the sinister Dr. Facilier looming in the background.
The scene collapses to a riverboat scene of Tiana dancing in a wedding gown, Prince Naveen holding a ukelele and Louis, the alligator, playing a trumpet.
Three more animated window displays will be unveiled in coming months: “Frozen” and “Toy Story” are coming in October, while an “Aladdin” display will be up in December.