[Intro by Werner Weiss, Curator of Yesterland]

Ten years before the opening of Disney’s California Adventure, The Walt Disney Company released bold plans to government agencies and the news media. Newspapers printed some of the artwork from the document and described grand and wondrous visions of Anaheim’s future. Unfortunately, the artwork ended up as small black-and-white newspaper images.

Urban planner Sam Gennawey is the author of SamLand’s Disney Adventures, a blog about the history and design of Disney theme parks. This 2-part article is based on articles from Sam’s blog.

Here, in part 1, Sam takes you back to the 1980s and 1990s. Sam includes terrific color artwork from the Preliminary Master Plan for The Disneyland Resort.

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Now, in Part 2, Sam takes you on a trip through WESTCOT Center and the Disneyland Resort, as it was originally envisioned. That’s followed by a brief history of what eventually happened to the plans. Once again, there’s terrific color artwork from the Preliminary Master Plan for The Disneyland Resort.

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