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Walt Introduces Disneyland

Walt Disney introduces the world to Disneyland, October 27, 1954
The world learned that Disneyland was intended to be a real place, not just a television show, when Walt Disney told them in his debut episode. Plans were already quite far along, but nothing more than clearing, grading, utilities, and some foundations had been accomplished in the Orange County farm country.

Walt referred to the 1:48-scale model of Main Street built by Fred Joerger and Wathel Rogers, with the overall rendering of the park painted by matte artist Peter Ellenshaw on the wall behind him.

Did you get to see the original Main Street model when it was displayed on East Plaza Street at the entrance to First Aid in the early 1970s? Or later, at the Disney Gallery in New Orleans Square, perhaps?

Photo by Alastair Dallas / Inventing Disneyland, probably taken with a Kodak Instamatic on 110 film

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