When Walt Disney opened his visionary Anaheim, California theme park in 1955, little did he know Disneyland would forever transform the amusement park business. And later foster a legion of fanatical memorabilia collectors who don't bat an eye at popping $240 for an empty box of Magic Kingdom popcorn. Or more than $30,000 for a Disneyland sign — we see you, John Stamos. Welcome to the wild, often insanely expensive Disneyana sub-genre of collecting Disneyland artifacts.
In this round-up of Disneyland goodies, we've chosen to focus solely on items related to Walt's original Magic Kingdom and ignore the Disneyland Resort's other theme park, Disney California Adventure. Though we have made one exception for the Disneyland Hotel.
The dominant player on today's Disneyland memorabilia scene is Sherman Oaks, California-based Van Eaton Galleries, which has held a dozen big-ticket Disneyland collectibles auctions since 2015. The gallery's highest-profile sale came in 2018 when uber-collector Richard Kraft unloaded his entire collection, including a number of original attraction vehicles and props. Browsing this list, you'll see these items noted as coming from the "2018 Kraft auction."
And now, with apologies to Uncle Walt, here's hoping this nostalgic trip will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.