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    Disneyland "Matterhorn Bobsleds" Attraction Drawing by Herb Ryman (Walt Disney, c. 1950s). This is an original drawing of the Disneyland Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction that was created by great Disney artist and Imagineer Herbert Ryman circa 1956-57 when the ground-breaking attraction was in development. It might be called a "location drawing" that was designed to spatially set the Matterhorn in relation to Fantasyland Castle, the Hub, Storybook Land, Submarine Voyage, Disneyland Railroad, and Tomorrowland. Five of these sites are titled on the drawing; the Submarine lagoon was in development at the same time and it is clearly shown in the drawing. "Matterhorn Bobsleds" was Disneyland's first thrill or roller coaster-type attraction; it was, and still is, a major attraction for all visitors to the Park. The year 1959 witnessed the first major expansion of Disneyland with the addition of "Matterhorn Bobsleds," "Submarine Voyage," and the Monorail. All three were dedicated on June 14, 1959; it was quite a day!
    Herb Ryman was one of Walt Disney's most gifted and versatile artists. He came to the studio in 1940 and contributed to the making of Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), Saludos Amigos (1943), and The Three Caballeros (1945) and a number of the early live-action films. In 1953, a turning point came in his career and in the history of the Disney company when Walt asked him to create the very first visualization of Disneyland. That painting was instrumental in obtaining financial backing for the creation of Disneyland Park. His contribution to the development of Disneyland and the Florida Parks is well documented and widely celebrated. A splendid book of his life and work was edited and published in 2000 by Disney Imagineers Bruce Gordon and David Mumford.
    This original drawing is in ink and blue pencil on 41" x 29" translucent paper, with an image area measuring 39" x 24.5". Handling and edge wear. Very Good condition.


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