Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Vintage Disneyland concept map sells at auction for $708000

Vintage Disneyland concept map sells at auction for $708000

Someone obviously does, because an original map of the first Disneyland park has just sold for over £550,000 at auction in California.

The map, which is believed to be the "first-ever" drawing of Disneyland, includes plans for sections which were never realized, including an area called Lilliputian Land and a vision for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at the center of the park.

The weekend before Walt and Co. pitched the park to all the major television networks (ABC, of course, wound up biting), he and friend/artist Herb Ryman holed up for the weekend as Ryman translated Disney's ideas into a physical map of the park.

It had been hidden away for more than 60 years after the cartoonist gave it to a production assistant named Grenade Curran.

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Mike Van Eaton, co-owner of the gallery said the map had sold for an "outstanding price".

Utah resident and Disney collector Ron Clark owned the map for more than 40 years and dreamed of it being returned to Disneyland. Around 1000 Disney collectives dating back to 1953 were later auctioned.

"That an artifact like this, which is so deeply rooted in the creation of Disneyland, still exists today is astonishing", Eaton added. The park has had a footfall of 650 million visitors in its long history and was reported the third most-visited theme park in the world, according to BBC.

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