Magical Monday: First Look at Disneyland

Fun Fact: On this day in history in the year 1954, LOOK Magazine gave its readers a first look at Disneyland. There weren’t any pictures of the park or any pictures of what was going on – but there was this incredible map that I can’t get over. I want this framed in my house. Its incredible. This is said to be the map that Walt Disney used to sell the idea of Disneyland!!

The text on the left side of the map reads:

“Walt Disney’s imagination is running wild again

At Anaheim Calif., 25 miles from Los Angeles, bulldozers are piling up miniature mountains for a new product of Walt Disney’s fertile imagination — a fabulous playground called Disneyland. At present, Disneyland mainly exists in drawings, models and the color map on these pages. But already its four major areas (see map) are backdrops for the Disneyland TV show, making its debut October 27. The areas are: Adventureland (lower left), with riverboats churning along tropical rivers; Frontierland (left center), with Indians, stagecoaches and a paddle-wheel steamer; Fantasyland (top center), home of Sleeping Beauty and site of Never Never Land; Land of Tomorrow (upper right), with spaceship rides and exhibits by major American Industries. Of the park, Disney says, “Its something of a fair, a city from the Arabian Nights, a metropolis of the future, a show place of magic and living facts.”

The text on the right side reads:

“Disneyland Park, “magic” show place, permanent fair, will cover 160 acres, cost $9,000,000; it will open in midsummer of 1955″

I love seeing history of Disneyland. This new development had to have been so exiting for the people paying attention to it! Now look at it, a super successful, super magical, super wonderful, super visited place. I know Walt Disney would be and is so, so proud of this land he created.

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