Discover the 100 Years of Disney Wonder with Disney LEGO Celebrations and New Disney LEGO sets. Witness the majestic sight as artist Lakwena Maciver reveals a magnificent LEGO Disney mural in the heart of London. London-based artist Lakwena Maciver has revealed her latest artwork, the Kaleidowaves mural, which was inspired by the storytelling potential of the new LEGO Disney Castle. The mural, standing at 4.5m tall, showcases a castle window and incorporates 220,000 LEGO bricks. Lakwena’s children, Aroko (4 years old) and Makelo (6 years old), were present at the unveiling ceremony in London and assisted with the placement of the final bricks.
The LEGO Disney Castle is a celebration of the creativity and playful joy that both the LEGO Group and Disney have ignited in families worldwide for the past 24 years. From the introduction of the first LEGO Winnie the Pooh set in 1999 to the inclusion of a hidden time capsule in the new LEGO Disney Castle, these two beloved brands have inspired fans to relive cherished Disney moments through imaginative LEGO play.
Lakwena draws inspiration from the Disney characters that captured her imagination as a child and continue to captivate her sons today. Reflecting on her artistic vision, she mentions watching Disney videos repeatedly during her childhood in Ethiopia in the 90s. Additionally, her visits to the Ashdown Forest in the UK, which served as the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh, played a significant role in shaping her artistic perspective. Lakwena also values how films like The Lion King provide an opportunity to discuss her ancestral homeland with her young family. The enchanting possibilities that Disney masterfully portrays have profoundly influenced Lakwena’s creativity as an artist.
The design created by Lakwena is part of a series of four murals developed in collaboration with two other artists who were similarly influenced by Disney during their childhoods – Amy Jones, based in Paris, and Kristin Texeira, based in the US. These captivating murals showcase beloved Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Woody, Ariel, Tiana, Mirabel, Buzz Lightyear, and Daisy Duck, all of whom are featured in LEGO Disney sets. Each artist imbues the murals with their own unique style.
Families have the opportunity to participate in free events to construct the remaining three murals. These events will take place near the LEGO Store in Paris from July 7th to 9th, at the Manchester Arndale from July 14th to 16th, and at Pier 17, The Seaport in New York from
July 27th to 29th. Furthermore, individuals can create their own LEGO castle window online at www.LEGO.com/castle or visit a local LEGO store for more information.
The new LEGO Disney Castle set pays tribute to the iconic castle seen at the beginning of Disney movies. With 4,837 pieces, it showcases references from 14 classic Disney films spanning 100 years, including Steamboat Willie, Snow White, The Princess and the Frog, and Moana. Inside, you’ll find various rooms such as a kitchen, dining room, ballroom, and bedroom, each filled with delightful nods to Disney films and characters. The castle even hides a secret turret where fans can uncover a Disney time capsule, representing the rich 100-year history. Outside, the castle is adorned with dazzling fireworks.
The new LEGO Disney Castle set will be available worldwide at LEGO Stores and www.lego.com/castle for LEGO Rewards VIP EA members starting from July 1, 2023, and for everyone else from July 4, 2023, with a recommended retail price of $399.99 / €399.99 / £344.99.
Furthermore, from July 1st to 9th, customers who purchase select LEGO Disney sets over £95/$/€100 in LEGO Stores or LEGO.com will also receive the LEGO Disney 100 Years Celebration set as a complimentary gift. This special set features a podium, a movie screen, an illuminated projector, a desk, and a minifigure of Mickey Mouse.