Skip to main content

Rediscovered original Disneyland concept map predicted to sell for $1 million

Anonymous bidder buys Walt Disney's original disneyland map for $708,000

Walt Disney’s original Disneyland concept map has newly come to light and is expected to make $1 million at auction.

Disney created the sketch in 1953 which features many of the landmarks that visitors would recognise today including Cinderella Castle and Main Street.

There are some interesting differences, however, that reveal how the design evolved. Tomorrowland was originally named World of Tomorrow and Lilliputian Land never materialised. Adventureland was subsequently relocated.

Walt's original concept map for Disneyland expected to fetch $1 million at auction

Walt originally envisioned Disneyland as a 45-acre park. Today, it is almost double that size.

The Daily Mail reports that collector, Ron Clark, acquired the sketch piece from a former employee 40 years ago who had known Walt Disney personally.

According to Clark, he felt a ‘spirit of presence’ the minute he saw the 3 ½-foot by 5 ½ -foot ink and pencil drawing. He has also expressed a wish that the map returns to the Walt Disney Co. Whether a representative will be among the bidders remains to be seen.

Auctioneer, Mike Van Eaton, confirmed that the original Disneyland concept map could fetch as much as $1 million when it goes under the hammer on June 25th.

Image courtesy Van Eaton Galleries

Share this
charles read blooloop

Charles Read

Charles is Managing Director at Blooloop. He attends numerous trade shows around the world and frequently speaks about trends and social media for the attractions industry at conferences. Outside of Blooloop his passions are diving, trees and cricket.

More from this author

More from this author

Related content

Your web browser is out of date. Update your browser for more security, speed and the best experience on this site.

Find out how to update