The OC Register reports that Disneyland has revealed Mickey’s ‘Ink and Paint’ pool coming to the planned 350-room Disney Vacation Club timeshare tower at the Disneyland Hotel. The proposed 280,000-square-foot DVC time-share tower would be built on approximately 2 acres next to the Disneyland Hotel.
The new Mickey Mouse-themed interactive water feature was revealed in blueprints and renderings designed by Walt Disney Imagineering that were part of a 1,600-page Anaheim Planning Commission report detailing every aspect of the proposed Disneyland DVC timeshare property.
The blueprints show that water jets will squirt arching sprays that appear to “paint” red, yellow and black ink splats in the shape of an abstract Mickey Mouse on the bottom of a swimming pool.
The 2,400-square-foot Disneyland DVC pool will also feature a larger swimming area along with a smaller interactive water play area that will be divided by a trellis above the pool area lined with lounge chairs.
Disneyland has not yet announced a name for Mickey’s Ink and Paint pool. They refer to it in the plans as an interactive water feature or interactive wet play area. The “artsy” Mickey Mouse-themed interactive water feature has been dubbed the Ink and Paint pool by WDW News Today.
“Mickey will have a set of fountains along the bottom, almost like an ‘Ink and Paint’ effect in that they’re ‘painting’ the character in the water,” according to WDW News Today.
To the right of the ink splay Mickey, a row of 15 side-by-side fountains look like a series of harpsichord strings or piano wires in the overhead view of the plans. A trio of fan-spray gurgler water elements flank the other side of Mickey’s Ink and Paint feature.
According to the Walt Disney Family Museum, during the Golden Age of the Disney Studio in the 1930s and 40s, the Ink and Paint Department traced cartoon characters on celluloid sheets with India ink and filled in the tracings with paint colors.
A Mickey Mouse-shaped hot tub was included in earlier Disneyland DVC plans that were submitted to the city. That is no longer featured in the latest plans.
The plans for the Disneyland DVC project are still under review by the city of Anaheim. There has still been no announcement made as to when construction will begin. Disney has set a 2023 proposed opening date for the 12-story Disney Vacation Club tower. This could be pushed back by the extended COVID-19 closure of the Disneyland resort and Disney’s plans to pause $900 million in construction and refurbishment projects at its theme parks as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Disney canceled construction of a planned 2021 Downtown Disney hotel after Anaheim eliminated a tax rebate agreement worth $267 million to the company. Hotel construction was set to begin on a 17-acre parcel between the original Disneyland Hotel and the Downtown Disney Monorail station when Disney canceled the expansion plans in October 2018.
Disney officials have said the proposed Disney Vacation Club and the former hotel proposal are two completely different projects.