Courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries
Cailey Rizzo
June 14, 2017

Ultimate Disneyland fans have a chance to scoop up a major artifact from the theme park’s history at an auction later this month.

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In 1953, Walt Disney decided that he wanted to make an amusement park. However, in 1953, it wasn’t possible to just pop on the computer and make a digital rendering of his vision. So he commissioned artist Herb Ryman to put his idea for a grand theme park to paper. Together, the two created a map for what would eventually become Disneyland.

On a piece of vellum, the two inked a map to the Disneyland of Walt’s mind, including the iconic castle, rides and a train around the perimeter. Ryman transferred the drawing to a piece of paper which Disney CEO, Roy Disney, then took to New York to obtain funding for the amusement park.

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The pitch drawing that Roy Disney used will be going to auction later this month.

The map is visible behind Walt Disney is several photographs taken around that time.

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Presented by Van Eaton Galleries in California, the auction will start on Sunday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Included in the auction will be props, costumes, souvenirs and even the cars from some of the original theme park rides.

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For those who aren’t able to get their hands on the original map (and the star of the lot), there will also be a few other vintage maps of the park included in the auction.

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