Walt traveled to Europe in the summer of 1951. He visited Madurodam in The Hague and Tivoli in Copenhagen. Madurodam is a 1:25 replica of Dutch cities and monuments. Tivoli was created in 1843 by order of King Christian VIII who understood that when people have fun they do not make politics.
The inventor of Mickey Mouse now knows that his new project is unprecedented and will be popular. He bought an orange grove in Anaheim CA and designed the overall plan along with the details of the themes which he grouped within so-called Lands. Visitors are invited to forget today for idealizing yesterday and tomorrow.
The star-shaped urbanism of the park is carefully designed so that the visitor never loses his way and easily finds the shops. The Sleeping Beauty castle is a fantastic and magical mark. Among the first lands of the project are World of Tomorrow and Frontier Country. Lilliputian Land will however not be developed.
The Disney brothers do not have the money. In September 1953 Walt assisted by the artist Herb Ryman draws an aerial map in oblique vision of his Disneyland project. The original drawing is traced for use on a sturdy 100 x 175 cm board. This assembly is carried by Roy Disney looking for investors. Success is achieved : an agreement is reached with ABC (American Broadcasting Company).
In 1954 the lines and texts of the drawing are reinforced for various promotional exhibitions. Just before the opening of Disneyland in the following year this mounted drawing is now useless and Walt presents it to one of his employees. This unique piece of great importance in the development of the first Disney park is estimated over $ 700K for sale on June 25 by Van Eaton Galleries at Sherman Oaks CA, lot 217 here linked in the bidding platform icollector.
Please read the essay prepared by the auction house including several period photos and a short video.
SOLD for $ 600K before fees