We’ve all heard the story about Walt Disney watching his daughter’s ride the carousel in Griffith Park and coming up with the idea to build Disneyland.
But is it true?
I guess you could call it a half-truth. But, what really inspired Walt Disney to build Disneyland was his love of trains!
Walt Disney loved all forms of transportation, but trains held a special place in his heart. He had a small-scale train in his backyard, but what he wanted was a full-sized train like animator Ward Kimball had in his! You see, Ward had purchased a full-size steam locomotive, and turned his backyard, into a 3-acre backyard railroad he called the Grizzly Flats Railroad.
Lillian refused to let Walt build a full-sized railroad in their backyard, so Walt decided to build more than just a backyard railroad. Walt set out to build the ultimate train set. Disneyland.
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