A Walt Disney signed contract relating to the creation of Disneyland
Typed document, 1p, October 5, 1954, signed by William Cottrell and Nathan Winecoff, together with a second typed document from the same day signed by Disney ("Walt Disney"), Loyd Wright, Richard Irvine, Cottrell, and Winecoff. The minutes of a special meeting of the WED Enterprises Board of Directors, detailing WED's granting to Walt Disney Productions an option to purchase WED's stock in Disneyland, Inc. The second document signed by Disney and the other board members waives notices of a board meeting and approves the minutes.
This document represents the culmination of several years of Walt Disney's work on the creation of Disneyland. After the founding of Walt Disney Incorporated, Walt set up shop on the Disney lot and began recruiting Disney artists to work on his pet project. The WED operation was separate from the rest of the Disney corporation and operated in relative secrecy, brainstorming ideas for attractions and scouting property in the LA area. Walt called WED his "sandbox" and likened it to the studio's earliest days in the old Hyperion studio. Their plans for the park grew considerably with time, and the city officials in Burbank, where they planned to locate the park, balked at the increased size. After scouting various other locations, WED purchased an orange grove in Anaheim in 1953. At that point, Walt had largely been financing WED personally but he could not afford to build the park on his own. Roy had been initially skeptical about Walt's plans for the amusement park but he was increasingly convinced by WED's plans and suggested that Walt approach the Disney board to solicit their investment. The board agreed and construction began in 1954, with Disneyland finally opening to the public on July 17, 1955.
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