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Disney Plans 'Vacation Land,' April 14, 1959

April 14, 1959 Vacation Land
The planners at Disneyland apparently toyed with adding a "Vaction Land" adjacent to the park, according to The Times' Jeane Hoffman. "Walt has an entirely different concept of what a show for sportsmen should be," Disney official Jack Sayers said. "He visualizes it in a real-life, natural setting as though the tourist were on an actual camping trip in the High Sierra."

Hoffman said Disney officials were visiting boat shows and talking to manufacturers about possible displays. "There would be actual demonstrations of speedboats, trailers, station wagons as well as the usual flyfishing, etc.," Sayers said.

Nothing was mentioned in the story about singing bears--perhaps they were envisioned for Phase 2.

--Keith Thursby

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