Speaking about his new theme park, Walt Disney said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” And since its opening in 1955, Disneyland in Anaheim, California has grown with new attractions and new lands being added. But some of the proposed additions to Disneyland never made it past the planning stages for one reason or another.
Here are four of Disneyland “lands” that never were built:
This Disneyland addition was to be built between Main Street USA and Tomorrowland and accessible as a side street off Mainstreet USA. The main feature of Chinatown was to be a restaurant offering Chinese food (as the land was going to be sponsored by Chinese food company Chung King). The main attraction inside the restaurant was an audioanimatronic Confucius who would entertain guests while they ate.
Another proposed side street off Main Street USA was Liberty Street. Walt Disney loved America and anything patriotic, so his plans for Liberty Street seemed a perfect fit for his new Disneyland. Visitors would have been transported to the time of the American Revolution and would have been able to eat in taverns and shop in stores reminiscent of this era in American History. And Liberty Street would have featured a show with audioanimatronic presidents of the United Stated; The Hall of Presidents.
While it was never built at Disneyland, the idea evolved into what is today Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, complete with the Hall of Presidents attraction.
“Like a trip around the world without ever leaving Disneyland” would have been a good way to describe the unbuilt International Land. Proposed for the area of Disneyland that was home to the Submarine Voyage, this new land would have taken visitors to countries around the world through shops, restaurants, and rides representative of the countries featured in International Land. Although it never moved past the planning stages, International Land was the inspiration behind the World Showcase at Walt Disney World’s Epcot.
Disney Imagineers planned to create an area of Disneyland called Discovery Bay which would have paid tribute to those dreamers who saw the future long ago. Discovery Bay was to include a ride based on Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and a large hangar to house one of the giant airships he imagined.
Sadly, Discovery Bay was never built at Disneyland, but many if the idea, including a land that pays tribute to Jules Verne were incorporated into Disneyland Paris’ Tomorrowland section of the park.