Friday, June 10, 2011

Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall -Tokyo Disneyland

This piece is part of the newly opened "Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall". It is a walk through exhibit inside the castle at the Tokyo park.

I was commissioned by the Imagineering division to create a paper sculpture diorama from the Cinderella tale. They specifically assigned me the moment when the prince sees Cinderella for the first time as she arrives to the grand ball.

The interior case measures approximately 30 inch tall, 22 inches across, and 14 inches deep.

The color scheme for the ballroom is taken from the movie...PINK PINK PINK in all of it's various tints, shades, and tones. Having a predominantly warm color worked out well. Cinderella is the only one in a cool blue tone. The other ballroom ladies are in warm monochromatic colors so they blended into the background and are secondary in importance.

The various dress designs on the ladies are inspired by drawings of old Victorian fashions.

This is a picture of the portion of the walk through with the various diorama scenes from the film. Each scene was created in a different medium by a different artist--wood, metal, glass, acrylic, porcelain, and paper. It was a really challenging and fun project to work on. I hope to see it in person at the park one day.


Blogger Britni Brault said...

So beautiful!

12:25 AM  
Blogger Alan Cook said...


8:34 AM  
Blogger Matt Hunter Ross said...

Great visual tricks that you're forced to use by working in shallow spaces. In the end, it probably makes it more interesting than if you had unlimited space. Incredible detail, too.

Would love to hear about the process - how long this took, from concept to completion.

Amazing work!

8:42 AM  
Blogger Kim Smith said...

Hey Meg, you work is beautiful!

I was just curious, what kind of paper did you use to construct it? You seemed to have found a paper selection with a nice variety of shades... ect... especially in the tones of the dresses.Is it just scrapping paper?

I would love to see this in person! I love the dress designs and everything, but that chandelier is just to beautiful!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Louise Smythe said...


1:50 PM  
Blogger Megan Brain said...

Thank you for all of the kind comments and curiosities! I can't get into to much detail about making of the piece since it is a Disney property.
What I will tell you is it is the longest I've ever worked on one single piece, and it is all hand painted.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Steph Laberis said...

Just stunning! I love the comp and the way it was lit, it really captures the Prince's awe at seeing his love appear to him. Such patience to make an elaborate piece, I don't know how you do it.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Paul Harmon said...

Brilliant Megan! I just shared your blog with some co-workers....they are all very angry with your skills ;)

4:12 PM  
Blogger Gillibean said...

Whoa! this is phenonmonal! Or however you spell it! Paper crafts are so beautiful and how you make it SO 3D is amazing! Lovely blog.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Eugenia Gina said...

OMG! Brilliant.. I really love your details and the way you captured the feeling... love it

12:35 AM  
Blogger Di said...

Amazing work! My friend shared your blog and as a paper crafter too, I bow to your talent.

6:05 AM  
Blogger jessicawings said...


10:35 PM  
Blogger Nikole {MyWhittleWorld} said...

I saw this of our recent trip to Tokyo Disneyland and it has stuck with me ever since. My nine year old son was completely mesmerized by all the details and work that had to have gone into this. Thank you for inspiring our family. I look forward to seeing more of your amazing work.

11:54 AM  

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