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History of Disneyland

The Disneyland Prospectus was Walt Disney’s proposal of Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Sitting on a bench at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA watching his daughters on the carousel, Disney wondered, why isn’t there some sort of amusement experience that the entire family can enjoy together? When he looked around for inspiration, he found nothing that met his standards.

Meanwhile, Disney was receiving two kinds of letters from children across the country. Some wanted to meet Mickey Mouse and others wanted to ride on Walt’s backyard train, the Carolwood Pacific. This gave Disney the revolutionary idea to build a “magical park” that was safe and inviting for families while also allowed people to meet his cartoon characters and ride his trains.

The original plans were typed and sketched in 1953 by Disney and art director Herb Ryman. The plans describe what the park would look like to a visitor as they stepped into “another world.” Disney said, “Disneyland will be the essence of America as we know it… the nostalgia of the past, with exciting glimpses into the future.”

The park was designed in a series of themed lands, linked to Main Street, U.S.A. Attractions within the lands were drawn from Disney’s animated features including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and “Alice in Wonderland.” The idea for Disneyland was a completely original concept in entertainment — one that expanded the Disney brand from the silver screen to a magical in-person experience.

Disney went to many places asking for loans to create the theme park but was rejected. He felt that his greatest hope for funding lay within the television industry. ABC agreed to loan Disney money in return for a one-third ownership in Disneyland and a weekly Disney television show for the network. The park opened on July 17, 1955.

We cannot imagine a world without Disneyland. It demonstrates a child’s wonder towards life and brings a number of families together. Disneyland allows people to realize there are great possibilities. It shows others that a dream of one man can come true.

Below is a picture of the Walt Disney Disneyland Prospectus.

Disneyland Plans

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