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Free to See Old Disneyland Rides & Art @ Pop-Up Exhibit

John Gilbert Jul 24, 2018
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That’s From Disneyland! A free pop-up exhibit featuring Disneyland rides from the past it’s not a typical news story for the Super Chevy Network, but it does relate to Americana and all the great nostalgia from the same place in time as Chevrolet’s golden age. And since the birth of Disneyland was in 1955 the same year Chevys’ got V-8 power, and Super Chevy is mere miles from Disneyland we figured what the heck.

Lovers of vintage Disneyland rides and live Disney artwork can be enjoyed in person thanks to the generosity of Disney collector Richard Kraft allowing the general public from August 1 until August 26 to view over 750 items collected to capture the magic of Disneyland’s evolution through the decades. Who could forget Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride?

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About The Collector

Richard Kraft is an agent who represents composer for film & Broadway, including Disney legends Alan Menken, Danny Elfman, and Richard M. Sherman. Kraft grew up 100 miles North of Disneyland in Bakersfield, California, and because his brother David battled a chronic disease his entire life, his family was only able to make their pilgrimage to Disneyland whenever David was healthy enough to enjoy the park. When David passed away 25 years ago, Richard drove south to Disneyland and was flooded with all the happy memories of being with his brother. David began to collect coming attraction posters and rare souvenirs, filling his home with these artifacts from the park, including a Mr. Toad car in his library, a People Mover in the backyard, and a ‘Bashful’ mine cart from Snow White’s Scary Adventures in his front lawn. Kraft went so far as to suspend the 800-pound Dumbo ride vehicle from his living room ceiling of his home, which friends called “Kraftland.”

About the Auction

Van Eaton Galleries will host a two-day auction of the entire collection on August 25th and 26th.

Highlights of the “That’s From the Disneyland!” auction are many. They include the anatomically correct automaton mermaid from “The Submarine Voyage” an “Enchanted Tiki Room” Audio-Animatronic José singing bird (Estimate: $50,000-$75,000); All four “Haunted Mansion” original stretching portraits (Estimate: $50,000-$75,000 each); a never folded Disneyland map signed by Sam McKrim (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000);

Original “Jungle Cruise” concept drawings (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); a beautiful model of Disneyland by renowned miniature artist Robert Olszewski (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); an original Doom Buggy vehicle from the “Haunted Mansion” (Estimate: $50,000-$75,000); a Mark Twain “Riverboat” life preserver prop (Estimate: $300-$500); the original “Bertha Mae” Mike Fink Keel Boat used in Disney’s live action films (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000).

The “Country Bear Jamboree” original postcard machine (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); six different Audio-Animatronic “It’s a Small World” attraction dolls (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000 each); a 1954 original Bruce Bushman “Tomorrowland” drawing (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000) and even a “Dumbo the Flying Elephant” attraction vehicle (Estimate: $100,000-$150,000).

Mike Van Eaton, co-founder of Van Eaton Galleries stated, “This auction is the most comprehensive and extraordinary collection of Disneyland memorabilia we have ever offered at Van Eaton Galleries. Through Richard’s passion for the park and his love for his brother and family, he has amassed a collection that is unequaled and unlike anything we have ever seen. It represents the largest collection of attraction vehicles, props, costumes, drawings, original souvenirs, posters, advertising, signs and memorabilia we have ever had the privilege of hosting at auction. Being tasked with putting this auction together has been a rare opportunity for us and it has been a true honor to work with someone who shares such enthusiasm for all things Disneyland.”

A portion of proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Coffin-Siris Syndrome Foundation and CHIME Institute For Early Education, two organizations benefitting children with special needs, such as Kraft’s four year old daughter, Daisy.

The free-to-the-public “That’s From Disneyland!” exhibit is located at 13730 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks, California, and open August 1-26, every Wednesday - Sunday from Noon to 8pm.

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