The Disneyland Resort will be seen by a few more
million people after the 'Spirit of Disneyland II starts the regular flight
route. Alaska Airlines introduced this brand new Disney plane recently (December
18) to replace the 'Spirit of the Disneyland I' which retired several weeks ago.
If you see the 'Spirit
of Disneyland II' you will know it. Power blue background, the plane features
all the characters of the Disneyland Resort and brings the Happiest Place on
Earth a wee bit closer to an airport near you.
Scheduled to make frequent runs through Los Angeles
International Airport, the plane is quite cute and one that is standard in the
aviation industry (minus all the cool Disney emblems.)
Here are some amazing facts about Spirit of
It took 300 gallons of paint to paint the
It took 32,400 feet of tape to mask the plane and
paint it properly.
Pluto is included on this plane, he was missing
from the last plane.
Minnie Mouse is the closest character to the
front of the plane.
Beloved Mickey Mouse is found on the tail of the
The airline craft is a Boeing 737-900.
Alaska Airlines honors the original Disneyland park
in Anaheim revealing this cool jet as well as giving a few seats to the
Make-A-Wish Foundation. On board to Los Angeles, several passengers were getting
the best treatment ever due to the gift of transportation and the support of the
Make-A-Wish Foundation. An avid supporter of the organization, Alaska Airlines
asks people to donate their frequent flier miles to this charity and others to
help families and children.
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removed - New paint applied
Removing the old livery gives the perfect canvas for the five special images.
Make-up for Minnie
After receiving her base coat, details are applied to her face.
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Mickey's image takes shape on the tail. This is only the second time Mickey
Mouse has been on the tail of an airliner.
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Paint the Plane An artist applies details to Goofy. More than 104 different shades of color
were used on the plane's design.
Prepping for Pluto Base and shadow coats are applied to Pluto. The longer fuselage of the
737-900 means Alaska Airlines could add a character to the cast.
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Welcome Pluto Pluto is unmasked for the first time. Note that every window requires it's
own masking to protect it from the paint.
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Preparing the Cast of Characters
Mickey's image is polished while masking for
Pluto and Donald
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Ready for it's Debut
The finished plane, now sporting more than
300 gallons of paint, is ready for rollout from the paint hangar.
Alaska Airlines now introduces you to the Spirit
of Disneyland® II - the newest
Disney-themed airplane in the fleet. The new design replaces the original
Spirit of Disneyland®
aircraft retired last month.
The plane made its innagural flight on December 18th, 2009 from Portland
to Los Angeles and was welcomed to the gate by three Make-A-Wish®
children who traveled to the Disneyland®
Resort to have their wishes granted.
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Thanks to the longer fuselage of the Boeing 737-900,
Mickey Mouse's faithful friend Pluto joins the cast of Disney characters.
The Spirit of Disneyland® II
joins the Magic of Disneyland®
and Spirit of Make-A-Wish in the Alaska Airlines Route
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