Hi-rez, open-licensed recreation of the 1968 Disneyland souvenir map

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/10/05/party-like-its-1968.html


recovered my bb bbs password to note,

Looks like that first link goes to a 404 at the archive?

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Hrm, try now?

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Still getting item can’t be found on the first link.

I’m getting it, though it’s so dense it reminds me of waiting for a download over a modem back in the 90s. :snail: :snail: :snail:


I’m downloading it. You can almost see it render line by line. It does remind me of downloading images via phone modems.


The official Maps of the Disney Parks book credits Sam McKim for the 1966 map (which is substantially similar to the 1968 map), but that’s apparently a mistake - McKim’s last map was the 1965 map.

Another source credits Disney concept artist Collin Campbell. (Link here just to show examples of his amazing work.)


Cory - Collin Campbell did this version, basically copying in paint the original Sam Mc Kim version…


I had one of those on my wall for years.

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Be aware that the jpg file by itself is 754 megabytes from a server that is not fast.

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Hmm. So on the auction sites this map gets labeled as a 66 or 68 map. It does include the Haunted Mansion including it’s staging area. I always liked how it maps out the Pirates and Grand Canyon staging areas, but since the Haunted Mansion isn’t mapped out, I assume then that this is 66.

Campbell’s work has an element of this map, but I’m not so sure. He seems to have greater expressionistic detail in his work. Whereas this map is quite sparse. The 65 map looks more like his work. With the 68 being a copy. (I grew up with this map so it’s my preferred, but I like the spacing in it much more than the 65.)

The 66 and 68 maps are almost identical, but are distinct versions. (There’s a 1968 copyright in the text on the bottom left-hand corner of this one.)

The most obvious difference is that the 68 map has Adventure Through Inner Space, while the 66 map still has the Hall of Chemistry and the 20,000 Leagues exhibit.

The 1965 map (I think I’m off - I think it’s technically 1964b) is definitely McKim. He signed it - there’s a small SM to the left of the covered bridge right next to the paper: https://mapdesign.icaci.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/MapCarte114_mckim_detail2.png

I’ve never seen official confirmation that Campbell did this map, but McKim signalled in an interview that Campbell “made … the next one” after his. Basically, they realized that there was too much to update from the 1964 map, and McKim was too busy to make a new one. (I almost wonder if Campbell might have been trying to mimic McKim a little.)

I love this map. McKim’s work is brilliant in its own right (especially his details), but I like the “sparse” element like you’re describing - for me, it’s a little bit more playful, and a little bit more colorful. (I’ve got a 66 map that I picked up last year, and I still love standing in front of it and studying it over.)

Not sure why BB has such love for Disney. Maybe Cory is just Mickey in disguise.

If so… Down and Out at the Magic Kingdom is a little cynical way to express that, right? :wink:

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Hi Pink Frankenste - I work at Imagineering, do a lot of historical research, wrote this big book on Marc Davis recently - this one you post is by Campbell.

Thanks guys. This is why I didn’t go into art history.

I like that detail of the McKim map.

I just picked up a mint copy of the cover of The Haunted Mansion record from a garage sale, again another childhood treasure that still maintains magical properties. So it seems like I’m a defacto fan of Campbell.

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Hey, we’re BoingBoinging a server!

Could I ask you in private some doubts about Disney Parks history? Need this for some RPG adventures I’m writing…

How was this re-creation done? Is there a version available that doesn’t have the (simulated?) paper folds?

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