Main Street, U.S.A.®
Kids, Tweens, Adults
The Disney Gallery hosts seasonal exhibits showcasing works of art that depict beloved attractions and icons from Disney parks around the world. Take a break from the bustle outside to view original concept renderings and artwork by Walt Disney Imagineers and Disney-inspired artists.
Drawing Disneyland celebrates five artists that played a key role in the development of one of the original lands of Disneyland.
Walt Disney had an idea for “a family park, where parents and children could have fun together.” Problem is, he didn’t know how to design and build it. Unfortunately, neither did the architecture and engineering firm he hired. That’s when Walt’s longtime friend, architect Welton Becket, told him the best people to design the park were his own animators and art directors. These were the people who best understood Walt and what he wanted to do.
So in 1952 Walt formed WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) and recruited members of his own staff from the Disney Studio, as well as designers and artists from other studios, to help him develop this new kind of park he was calling Disneyland. Though none of them had ever designed theme parks (who had at that time?), with their film backgrounds and set-designing skills they knew how to turn Walt’s ideas into concept sketches and detailed renderings.
Adjacent to The Disney Gallery, the Disneyana shop offers specially selected merchandise, with many items reflecting the theme of the current exhibit. You’ll also find original and reproduction Disney art and unique collectible pieces.