Our first family ride

Two new illustrations were released this weekend with Disney. Both were inspired by my daughter – her first ride and her love of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I think of the Small World ride as my family’s first experience with representation. We immigrated in the 80s to Southern California and inside Disneyland we found ourselves reflected in these adorable dolls from India. Each time we went on the ride I would watch my mom point and happily sing along, feeling in that moment that we were welcome. I can only hope that the message and beauty of that idea will prevail. Small world will always have a special place in my heart because of that experience with my mom. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create this piece. Drawing the dolls in front of the clock was my absolute favorite part!

If you are in Downtown Disney, you can find this piece in the Wonderground Gallery. I will be there signing on July 21, 28 and 29 from 11-1pm. I will also be performing live wood burnings the last weekend at Rushin’ River Outfitters inside California Adventure. This past weekend I created owls and a lynx, both original, one of a kind and available there for $125.

If you can’t make it to Disney can take orders via email at: merchandise.guest.services@disneyparks.com  or by telephone at: 877-560-6477.  Just let Mail Order know that you’re interested in the Nidhi Chanani artwork from WonderGround Gallery West and they would be happy to let you know if it’s currently available. Please be patient as they do take a bit to reply.

I hope you have a good week!

6 replies
  1. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Hi. I would love to buy a print from you. My daughter went for the first time this year and loved this ride. I think this would help her always remember that time. Are you still selling it?


  2. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    I’d love to buy this print! It brings back so many similar memories of my daughter’s first ride. Is the Disney email address the only way to purchase? I emailed but haven’t heard back.

  3. Brooke McGovern
    Brooke McGovern says:

    I am hoping to buy this print. I have hunted for it each time at Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney. It would be perfect for our family. Please tell me if it is still somehow available?

  4. Stef Winslow
    Stef Winslow says:

    Would like to get a print of First Family Ride. Was in Downtown Disney on a family trip right before the closure. Saw a framed copy and hinted to my family in many ways and they missed it:)
    Have thought of it often and would like to purchase. Is it still available?


Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.