The gallery exhibits are changed periodically. The last time I was in Disneyland I was fortunate enough to catch one called: Day One Disneyland - Original Inspirations for "The Happiest Place on Earth":
"... Disneyland was planned, designed and built in less than two years. ...Such Disney Legends as Herb Ryman, Sam McKim, Harper Goff, and Marvin Davis were churning out amazingly evocative renderings at a breakneck pace.
...This exhibit looks at that prolifically creative time in Disneyland history, showcasing early ideas, concepts and visions that led to the creation of 'The Happiest Place on Earth' and the way it was envisioned (but not necessarily built) for Opening Day, July 17, 1955."
This exhibit was a real treat for fans of early Disneyland concept art. Concept art gives us a chance to step back in time, offering hints and insights into the creative process, and in some cases lets us peek into Elseworlds that might have been.
I thought it might be fun to go through my Disney bookshelf when I got home to see how many of the images I could find reproduced therein.
[A] - The Art of Disneyland by Jeff Kurtti and Bruce Gordon. 2006, ISBN: 1423104595
[B] - The Architecture of Reassurance: Designing the Disney Theme Parks. Karal Ann Maulding. 1998, ISBN: 2080136399
[C] -The Imagineering Field Guide to Disneyland by Alex Wright and The Imagineers. 2008, ISBN: 1423109759
Check out Imaginerding.com for reviews of these and other great Disney books.
Here's the results of what I've found so far. If you happen to have any of the above titles on your bookshelf, then feel free to play along at home:
Top - Castle Courtyard. Herb Ryman ([C] pg 81)
Middle - Dumbo. Bruce Bushman, 1954. ([A] pg 86, [C] pg 83)
Middle - Mad Tea Party. Bruce Bushman ([C] pg 95)
Middle - Fantasyland Concepts. Bruce Bushman ([C] pg 91)
Bottom -Fantasyland (??)
Sleeping Beauty Castle comes to Anaheim. Herb Ryman, 1955 ([A] pg 73)
Top - Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard. Herb Ryman ([C] pg 80)
Middle - Fantasyland Concepts (??)
Bottom - Snow White Facade, Eyvind Earle. 1954 ([B] pg 75)
Top - Frontierland Entrance. Bruce Bushman, 1954 ([A] pg 35, [B] pg 71)
Bottom - Mark Twain concept. Stan Parkhouse ([C] pg 50)
Top - Jungle Cruise (??)
Bottom - Jungle Cruise dock and Adventureland (??)
Top - Indian Village(??)
Bottom - Frontierland (??)
This little "scavenger hunt" was a lot of fun, and it reminded me of some Disney books I need to dive back into. Thanks for coming along.
As you can see, I wasn't able to track down all of the images (although I would swear I've seen them before). If anyone can help me find a reference I would appreciate a comment.