Boing Boing:

Finally, the prospectus makes a big deal out of the idea of a miniature walk-through land, “Lilliputian Land,” where “mechanical people nine inches high sing and dance and talk to you.” This is clearly inspired by Walt’s experiences touring Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, and is the lineal ancestor of the Small World boats (created for Unicef’s pavilion at the 1964 NYC World’s Fair) and the Storybookland Boats. More to the point, it shows off how much Disneyland was really an elaborate plan by Walt to let extend the miniature train-set he’d build in his garden as therapy after his mental breakdown. The classic photo of Walt Disney hanging out of a train locomotive, grinning with pure, unfaked joy contain, for me, the real story of Disneyland: a man who struggled with depression and his relationship to the company he founded, restless with corporate culture and anxious to lose himself in play in a world of fantasy.

Amazing stuff.

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