Original Disneyland Map Could Sell for $1 Million
Walt Disney felt it was crucial to have a visual representation of his ideas when he and his brother, Roy Disney, went on meetings to find the financial backing for this vision. So in 1953, Walt and a friend, film artist Herb Ryman, drew up this huge 3 1/2-foot-tall by 5 1/2-foot-wide map.
Once ABC agreed to fund Disneyland, two years went by and the map was seemingly forgotten when then-employee Grenade Curran saw the map in Walt Disney’s office and asked for it as a memento. Over 60 years later, this original concept for the park is a well preserved treasure and a Disney artifact like no other.
The map will be auctioned at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California, in June, along with other Disneyland original items including costumes and props.