The Map of Disneyland That Walt Disney Designed in 1953 Is Going to Auction
Ultimate Disneyland fans have a chance to scoop up a major artifact from the theme park’s history at an auction later this month.
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.
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.
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.
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.