February 17, 2014

Vintage Disneyland Map

Freebies at Walt Disney's new Magic Kingdom were not unheard of. And sometimes, they yielded some great treasures. In 1956,  Bank of America, one of Disneyland's proud sponsors, offered this map to any guest at request. A stylized look to the map, now retro but then very consistent with the times, gave visitors a quick look at the attractions, shops, and eateries to be enjoyed.

A quick look finds some now long gone favorites: the Conestoga Wagon Ride, Stagecoach Rides, the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant, and more. Miss the Welch's Grape Juice Bar? I do, but here it is, right on the map. 

Back then as now, even bathrooms were marketed, hence the Bathroom of the Future in Tomorrowland. (Take that, Tangled restrooms at Florida's New Fantasyland!)

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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