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Walt Disney’s First Hand-Drawn Map of Disneyland To be Auctioned

Though dozens of Disneyland attractions that were in the original park have since been torn down or replaced, there are some still standing today that were a part of Walt Disney’s vision from the very beginning.

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors and became Walt Disney’s first theme park dream-come-true. But before that day could come, Walt needed investors.

The New York Times reported that a hand-drawn map, created by Walt himself and a friend named Herb Ryman, was completed “over one rushed weekend in September 1953 as part of a frantic effort to secure funding to build Disneyland.”

Now that map – the first piece of paper that shows Walt’s vision for Disneyland – is going to be auctioned off to one serious Disney fan.

Van Eaton Galleries will auction the map in June and its value is currently estimated at $750,000 to $1 million,

Take a closer look at the map HERE.

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Inside Walt Disney’s Immaculately Reconstructed Office

Earlier this week, Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, along with Walt Disney’s granddaughters Joanna Miller, Jennifer Goff, and Michelle Lund, composer Richard Sherman, actress Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Alice in Alice in Wonderland) and former head of Walt Disney Imagineering Marty Sklar, dedicated Walt Disney’s newly restored office suite. The suite is located on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, in the original Animation Building, and lovingly pieced together just like Walt left it.

Iger said that the space was “restored down to the tiniest detail,” in what he described as “a painstaking process.” The office is now exactly the way Walt left it back in 1966. This “permanent exhibit,” Iger said, “serves as a source of inspiration for us, a reminder to us to have great ambition, to take bold creative risks, to constantly innovate and push the limits of possibility, to relentlessly pursue perfection and to tell fantastic stories that touch people’s hearts. That was Walt Disney.” And that is inspirational.

Check out the photos of the room, which includes the Sherman Brothers’ original piano (on which they played “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins for Walt every Friday afternoon) and a bar that is hidden behind a secret wall.

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Walt Disney Comes To PBS American Experience In September 2015

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American Experience offers an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers in Walt Disney, a new two-part, four-hour film premiering Monday and Tuesday, September 14-15, 2015, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

Executive produced by Mark Samels, directed and produced by Sarah Colt, the film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films and includes interviews with animators and artists who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Imagineers who helped design Disneyland.

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This film examines Disney’s complex life and enduring legacy, featuring rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and interviews with biographers, animators and artists who worked on early films, including “Snow White,” and the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality.

In 1966, the year Walt Disney died, 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 100 million tuned in weekly to a Disney television program, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, and close to seven million visited Disneyland. Nearly fifty years later, his reach remains enormous. Few creative figures before or since have held such a long-lasting place in American life and popular culture.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Debuts Get A Horse Poster

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Making its world debut Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France, is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ never-before-seen short “Get A Horse!” Starring the one and only Mickey Mouse and featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of the iconic character, this black-and-white, hand-drawn short follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical wagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road.

GET A HORSE! GET A HORSE!

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