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Original Disneyland map sells for $708K at auction

The illustrated rendering of Walt Disney’s vision was what sold the wild theme park dream to investors in 1953 Disneyland—arguably the world’s most famous theme park—very nearly didn’t get built at all. Back in 1953, even Walt Disney’s own production company refused to put up the money needed to build the park. But when Walt’s brother Roy set up a big meeting with potential investors in New York, Disney and imagineer Herb Ryman worked for two days on a large-format illustration of the park to woo executives at ABC.
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