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Sunday
Nov012009

2 Fantastic Disneyland Scale Models

 

There are not many scale models of Disneyland so when I come across one I'm like a kid at... Disneyland.  The two shown here are particularly exciting.


OPENING DAY MODEL
The one on the left is on display in the Opera House on Main Street.  If you remember the old lobby outside of Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, there was an animatronic owl that used to talk to us as we waited, the model is now in his place.  It shows us what the park looked like on Opening Day in 1955, to the best of anyone's knowledge.  The model was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland and remains on display today for our enjoyment.  The park was underdeveloped by today's standards but it was still oh so wonderful.  It's fun to study and imagine was was (and wasn't) around when the gates first opened.
 

WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM DISNEYLAND MODEL - photo courtesy of MiceChat
A brand new model was recently unveiled to the Disneyland-loving world.  It is the centerpiece of the new $100 million (family-funded) museum in San Francisco.  This highly-detailed 12' model represents "the Disneyland of walt's Imagination".  Translation: Disneyland as is was when Walt Died (1966) plus things he had in planning stages before his death which were later installed- Pirates, Mansion, Space Mountain, PeopleMover, etc.  Check out Space Mountain.  Just like the early concept art.

Related Links:
Walt Disney Family Museum on CBS Sunday Morning News
Inside Walt's World- Wall Street Journal report
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