THE DISNEYLAND WALT ENVISIONED / Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
The world’s most detailed model of Disneyland as Walt envisioned it – on permanent display inside San Francisco’s Walt Disney Family Museum. Designed and art directed by Geoff Puckett, this hand crafted model depicts many classic and several never-before-seen attractions from 1955 to 1968. In collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering’s Tony Baxter, the model was fabricated across eight months by a team of 12 model makers who have crafted spaceships, creatures, and otherworld environments for some of Hollywood’s most famous movies.
At 1:168th scale, the intricate model is 13 feet in diameter, presenting a dozen physically animated elements such as Alice’s Mad Tea Party, Dumbo The Flying Elephant, and Tomorrowland’s circa 1967 Rocket Jets. Open roofed vignettes enable model onlookers to peer inside the most popular attractions as if they were traveling through. A surrounding walk ramp initiates the overall model view as if museum guests were flying above the Park, gracefully winding around the perimeter to finally land at the foot of Main Street, U.S.A.
This Disneyland model exceeds the complexity of any preceding Park model – even those built by Walt’s original Imagineers – and has become the most memorable exhibit within the museum.