Want a Piece of Disney History? Disneyland and Walt Disney World Items Head to Auction


Disney fans get ready! There is an amazing exhibition with 1,500 pieces of Disneyland and Walt Disney World “archival materials and retired objects” getting ready to go to auction on December 7th and December 8th.

Right now you can view these items at the “A History of Disneyland & Walt Disney World” exhibition, open to the public at Van Eaton Galleries. They can be viewed up to the two-day auction event.

There are some amazing pieces from inception and beyond including “original studio file copy of Walt Disney’s first pitch documents for financing Disneyland Park.  A hand-colored map that is one of the first renderings of the park. This “prospectus” is valued between $10,000 and $20,000. Honestly I would have figured it was worth more!

Also at auction are original promotional materials dating back to the 1950’s.

The signed first day guidebook.

Oh Wow! Disneyland construction slides! I love this and they are only estimated to go for $600-$800!

1954 Main Street USA map drawing!

If I had the money I would love to buy these functioning Enchanted Tiki Room birds for my husband!

“The birds retain all their original mechanics, and are still able to sing and move along to the Enchanted Tiki Room Theme Song — these enchanted creatures are expected to go for the very real price of $80,000–$100,000).”

There is an “It’s a Small World” animatronic doll that the author from HyperAllergic called ” tragically racist” before spending a whole paragraph discussing the “allegations of antisemitic leanings on the part of Walt Disney.”  Here I thought it was an article about an auction, typical modern media.

The doll is estimated to sell for between $15,000 and $20,000.

Two original, hand-painted “Stretching Room” paintings from the Haunted Mansions will be available as well (oh why can’t I be rich?)

These have an estimated value of $100,000-$150,000. If anyone wants to buy me a holiday gift these would be acceptable.

WOW! There is a People Mover vehicle!

Here’s an image from Reuters where we can see several of the pieces including a Star Jets vehicle and a Barn Stormer Fast Pass sign.

(Image: Reuters)

An original Space Mountain Vehicle from Disneyland estimated between $20,000-$30,000!

You can purchase a catalog book and learn more about the auction from the Van Eaton Gallery website. There are so many amazing pieces!

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Sources: Firewire, Van Eaton Galleries, HyperAllergic,




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