03 June 2011

Out and About: Meet Me at The Derby! II

Well, you waited 5 months for the breathtaking conclusion to my first post about the Brown Derby (link). Thanks, and welcome back! Today's post focuses on another "hidden" gem of the Derby which also has a connection to The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney World.

If you aren't familiar with the caricature above, I don't blame you. While walking around the restaurant one day I noticed that two--the second one is still under investigation-- caricatures were clearly a clash of style when compared to the reproduced original celebrity caricatures of the '30s-'80s that decorate the Derby. I took note of the name and set out to find who this person was.

Turns out, it's Jess Rubio. Who? Exactly. For those of you not familiar with Jess, I'll let the Orlando Sentinel do the explaining...

RUBIO, JESS, of Windermere, FL, passed away on Friday, October 22, 2010, at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. He was 77 years old. Jess was born in Riverside, CA, to Mexican immigrants Manuel and Enriqueta Rubio. Jess served his country in the US Marine Corps and the United States Air Force before attending art school and becoming a professional artist. In 1962, he founded his own company of artists, Rubio Arts Corp., which still operates artist and balloon concessions at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, and at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL. He also received the prestigious Legend Award from the Disneyana Fan Club in the fall of 2008. (The full link can be seen here)

Outside the Derby is an artist that can draw you your very own caricature. Coincidence?

If you'd like to find Jess' caricature at the Derby, all you have to do is walk into the dinning room and continue walking straight and up the other set of stairs directly across from you. His caricature will be on the wall in front of you and a bit to the right. While you are looking for him, see if you can spot the other caricature of someone who is not a celebrity from the Golden Age of Hollywood.


Cindy said...

My hubby usually spend his time looking on every frame on the wall=) It gives testament to the timelessness of Disney. They are such a big part of world culture. The Derby is definitely the place to go to see some cool histories within this great cultural influence.

Radisson Worldgate Orlando said...

Wow, you talked about the caricatures. I am a fun of this caricatures especially portraying my own character. lol

home painting said...

Thanks for the link about Jess Rubio. I had fun reading your post. It's entertaining. Keep posting!

A Snow White Sanctum said...

Very interesting.

Disneyana World said...

I'm glad everyone enjoyed this post. I know a lot more about the Derby and will probably post more in the future.

I wish I had more time to keep up with this blog--like i used to- but I just don't have the free time anymore.

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