Sunday, February 9

Steam-driven visions of a Victorian future

Woo hoo! Disney is continuing to go full steam ahead!

The Disney Gallery (on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland) is proud to present Mechanical Kingdoms: Steam-Driven Visions of a Victorian Future

Steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction loosely built around retro-futuristic visions of a steam-powered society, has been gaining (pardon the pun) steam over the past several years. The movement, which is expressed culturally and stylistically in everything from technology and design to music and fashion, was dubbed steampunk in the late 1980s. Though certainly not part of the steampunk “wave” (at least not consciously), Walt Disney Imagineers have been creating their own visions and versions of retro-futuristic technologies since well before that time, incorporating them into Disney parks and attractions around the world.

Mechanical Kingdoms, featuring conceptual designs and ideas for an array of inventive vehicles, machines and gadgets, does share some of the same inspirations as steampunk, most prominently a fascination with the extravagantly inventive visions of tomorrow expressed by such Victorian futurists as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. So don your petticoats and bustles or your suits and old military storm coats, pull on your brass goggles, dangle your ray gun from your hip and get ready for an adventure that takes us forward into the past, as seen through the eyes of Disney artists and designers.

Additionally, Disney has another steampunk-inspired Mechanical Kingdom" surprise pin collection at Walt Disney World in Florida. These surprise pins will be released at random times throughout the year, but the first one appears to be already available.

So who is going to Disney World to get these for Me?

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