Story of Disneyland Collection at the Van Eaton Gallery

You can imagine how uber-stoked I was when I found out there was going to be a Disneyland history exhibit and auction just minutes away from my house.  I charged up my camera and headed over to the Van Eaton Gallery in Sherman Oaks the first day the Story of Disneyland collection was open to the public.  The private collection will be going to auction at the end of February and is expected to amass close to a million dollars.  After checking out some of the items available, you will see why.  There is tons of Disney history here and some items that are pretty priceless.  Given that I make my living as a teacher, I will not be purchasing any of these items, but it was certainly fun to go and take a look!  Here are some of the highlights:

This is one of the original costumes and posters from the Golden Horseshoe Revue…

And a cast member outfit and poster from the early days of the Autopia…

This piece is actually signed by Walt himself…

I personally loved this poster featuring Louis Armstrong since my hubs is a jazz musician…

This flag would look adorable hanging in a kid’s room…

I’ve always loved this poster since the Skyway was one of my favorites when I was a kid…

There was a lot of memorabilia from the Tiki Room and they were some of the coolest pieces…

The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse was another favorite of mine as a kid.  I was super sad when they changed it to Tarzan, so it was cool to see this piece of history…

There were lots of vintage signs from around the park on display; this one was one of my faves…

You have probably noticed the Native American statue on Main Street if you are a frequent visitor to the park (it stands in front of what used to be a tobacco shop).  There is also a partner to the statue whose history has been hard for me to trace, but as far as I can tell, the partner used to be in Frontierland, but is now part of the collection…

The Pirates and Haunted Mansion stuff were some of my favorite pieces.  This old machine used to give out pirate postcards (six for a quarter!)…

If you know anything about the history of Pirates, you know that when the ride was built, all of the skeletons used were real.  They have all been replaced throughout the years (except one, anyone know where it is located?).  This is one of the originals from the ride, which means it is a real skeleton…

If I could afford it, I would probably buy this E ticket sign…

Some original Haunted Mansion goodies…

Two dolls from “it’s a small world”…

And another piece I wouldn’t mind having, a table and chairs from the original Club 33…

If you are in the So Cal area and you get a chance to visit the exhibit, I would definitely recommend it.  Admission is free, and the items are on display until the end of the month.  If you’re rolling in dough and you want to bid on any of the items, all of that info is on the gallery website.  And if you’re rolling in dough and feeling generous, I’d be happy with any piece from the collection!

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