Many have drawn similarities between the work of Lorelay Bové and "It's A Small World" creative mastermind, Mary Blair. However, Bové tells us that it wasn't until relocating to the United States from Spain and studying character animation at Cal Arts that she learned of Blair's legendary work with Disney.  Ironically, Lorelay Bové has begun to make quite a name for herself in the world of Disney, working as a Visual Development artist at Disney Animation Studios. It really is a small world, after all! The artist, who got her start in the industry with an internship at Pixar, has helped to bring such films to life as TangledThe Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh

 For the "It's A Small World" exhibit, Lorelay has created this lively, cheerful gouache painting, fittingly titled "Olé!". 


"I really enjoyed working on the "Small World" piece because it's such a fun and charming subject that one can really have fun with." When creating this piece for Joey Chou's "It's A Small World", Bové was inspired by both her native country of Spain and the attraction's original designs by Mary Blair.

Lorelay Bové took her first "Small World" ride at Disneyland Paris, the closest Disney Park to Spain, with her family.  "I was blown away by the theater-like staging and the layering, the design, the colors. It felt so right and well-balanced. I loved it!"

Did you know? 

The "It's A Small World" ride at Disneyland Paris features a finale where the song is sung in French, German and English. You can also hear the song sung in Arabic in a room dedicated entirely to the Middle East. That's quite a diverse choir!

Be sure to come back and visit our blog for more artist submissions and fun facts.
And be sure to join us on opening night to check out Lorelay Bové's "Olé!" up close and personal!



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