The colorful and playful maps shown in the module below reflect Disneyland's evolution throughout the decades. First introduced in 1958, these maps were intended as visitor souvenirs, rather than for navigational purposes. Below are images of maps from 1958, 1962, and 1983, all part of the museum's permanent collection. The illustrative maps offer a bird's eyeview of the Park, and reflect how the different lands have changed over time. Other distinguishing details of the maps include varied color schemes and character appearances.
Fun Facts about Decades of Disneyland
The 1958 map does not show the Matterhorn, which opened in 1959. At the time of its opening, the Matterhorn was the tallest manmade structure in Orange County, at 147-feet tall.
Souvenir maps created between 1958 and 1964 are based on the original souvenir map design created by Disney artist and Imagineer Sam McKim. McKim used model sheets to create all of the characters seen in the border.
The 1983 map features a renovated Fantasyland, which was remodeled in 1983 and reflects the 1979 opening of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The Disneyland Hotel is absent from versions of the map produced between 1978 and 1989.