June 4, 2018

The Sailing Ship Columbia and Disneyland's Liberty Street

Certainly, there are many pieces of Disney Imagineering concept art that I haven't seen before- and here's one of them! Herb Ryman's sketch for the Sailing Ship Columbia.

Walt Disney was always looking at ways to enhance the guest experience. He was not thinking like the executives today who just want to milk more money out of their theme park guests. One day, Walt was visiting Disneyland and considering what else could be done. Seeing the Rivers of America and the activity on the water, he made the decision that another ship needed to be added.

Given that the Columbia sailed around the globe at the end of the 18th Century, it would certainly be more at home in Florida's  Magic Kingdom's. The lovely Liberty Square makes more sense from a history perspective than Disneyland's Frontierland

                            Take notice of the Columbia in the back.

Did you remember a version of Liberty Square was once conceived for Disneyland? (Click on this image for a huge size, but more about it here.) But no matter. Being on board is a very different experience that cruising on the Mark Twain. 

I've always thought it was too bad that the dock for the Mark Twain wasn't at a newly created "end" of New Orleans Square. Fan of us Disney park fans have the idea of recreating the perfect Disneyland from scratch. Not that we'll ever see another American Disneyland or World, but we can dream. In the meantime, the Sailing Ship Columbia remains a Disneyland original.

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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