Disneyland plans expected to fetch $120,000

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Disneyland plans expected to fetch $120,000

19 Jul 2012, 10:33 GMT+01

Walt Disney’s initial prospectus for the construction of his family resort Disneyland will be auctioned at Profiles in History’s Treasures from the Hollywood Vaults sale at the end of July.

Just three sets of these original documents, of which this is one, were drafted by Walt and artist Herb Ryman in 1953. Disney took them to New York to show to potential investors, to persuade them to part with $5 million to finance Disneyland. Walt left each of these three sets of documents with three different New York banks, but didn’t convince any of them. It was a decision they surely regretted two years later when Disneyland opened its doors to a flood of success.

The folder for sale on July 27th includes a colourful, sprawling, birds-eye-view illustrated map, 24”x36”, hand coloured by Herb Ryman, and a 12”x18” architectural map of the proposed park. In addition, nine typed pages with descriptions of the different lands provide a fascinating insight into Walt Disney’s vision. They describe some lands never in fact created, such as Lilliputian Land and Happy Holiday Land.

The typed pages feature quotes from Walt, many of them well known, about the proposed theme park, such as: ‘Walt Disney, sometime in 1955, will present to the people of the world, and children of all ages, a new experience in entertainment. In these pages is proffered a glimpse into this great adventure, a preview of what the visitor will experience – Disneyland’.

The folder was discovered at a Rhode Island estate in the 1980s, and deemed authentic by the Walt Disney Archives. The whole, an ultimate item of Disney memorabilia, is expected to fetch $80,000 - $120,000.

Other Disney memorabilia at the auction includes Walt’s first professional motion picture camera, a hand-crank 35mm Model A valued at $30,000-$50,000, and several original production cels and backgrounds from Disney films.

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