When Two Obsessions Collide: Patterns & Disney

When I first started blogging (at my old site scottygirldesign.com), my husband and I were living in San Diego and we had annual passports at Disneyland. 

Visiting the parks was a frequent topic on my blog, but I didn't want to just do trip reports like everyone else on the internet at the time. When you're a local and can go to Disneyland several times each month, rehashing the same attraction or character photos each week just didn't sound like fun to me.

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I wanted to focus on writing something different, something utilizing my unique perspective as a designer. In my own words from an August 2009 blogpost:

I have long since wanted to do a project dedicated to Disneyland. Maybe I could take closeup photographs of small details that most people don't notice. Oh wait, Andy Castro already does that! Instead, I'm going to combine my love of Disney with another love: patterns.

So I've decided I would start cataloging all the patterns that Disneyland has. I know it is a big task, but I love uncovering all the little details of Disney that most people take for granted and pass by without a second glance.

For the next few months, anytime I went to Disneyland, I kept my eye out for and snapped pictures of all the patterns I found around me at the parks. I posted my favorites to the blog and called the series the Disneyland Pattern Project. Here's just a few patterns I was able to collect:

Patterns found at the Emporium on Main Street U.S.A in Disneyland

Patterns found at the Emporium on Main Street U.S.A in Disneyland

Patterns found at the China Closet on Main Street U.S.A in Disneyland

Patterns found at the China Closet on Main Street U.S.A in Disneyland

Patterns found at the Muppets 3D Theater in Disney's California Adventure

Patterns found at the Muppets 3D Theater in Disney's California Adventure

The only problem?? We ended up moving to San Francisco in January 2010. Having an 8+ hour drive to get to Disneyland meant I was no longer able to continue the series. And that's a shame because it would be an incredibly cool project to continue especially as it's something that would never be complete as the parks continually change over the years.
 

Revisiting my Disney Pattern Project

My husband and I leave for a long-awaited vacation to Walt Disney World in a few weeks and I have been looking forward to this trip all year long! Not only because I'm a huge Disney parks fan and am looking forward to the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot, but because I've been dreaming about revisiting this old series during our vacation.

We are going to take it really easy during our trip (no crazy schedule planning for us), so I know I'll have plenty of time to slow down and search for all the fun patterns Disney World has to offer. I'm planning on posting some of the patterns I find during our trip on Instagram. If you'd like to see them too, be sure to follow me or simply search for the hashtag #disneyworldpatterns.