Disneyland in a Day

Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, is filled with magic, fireworks, parades, story-filled rides and much more. With a hotel room pen and scrap paper, I embarked on an adventure of my own in Disneyland, sketching various Disneyland Park icons. Main Street U.S.A, Fantasyland, Toontown, Frontierland, Adventureland, Critter County and Tomorrowland all have their own sketches. The sketches lasted no more than 10 minutes: the purpose was to create quick observations that I believe capture the essence of the attraction but also the land in which it resides. Some sketches are of buildings, structures, signs and even a lamp post. There isn’t a single piece of Disneyland that wasn’t considered and the collection of sketches illustrate how Disneyland is a world of its own. Walt said “I don’t want to public to see the work they live in while there in the Park. I want to feel they’re in another world.” He has done just that.

Disneyland is a magical place where dreams come true. Walt Disney was persistent and determined to make his dreams come to life; a dream that was meant to inspire others to follow their own dreams and to never lose their imagination. I am inspired by Walt’s imagination and believe in making it come to life. We must never stop dreaming. As a part of Disney’s Diamond Celebration, the fireworks show gave tribute to Walt Disney and commemorated both the old and new Disney favorites. Walt Disney said, “Disneyland will never be complete. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” We must never stop dreaming.

Sketches were completed September 7, 2015

Adventureland Sketch Critter Country Sketch Disneyland Railroad Sketch Fantasyland Sketch Frontierland Sketch Main Street USA Sketch Small World Sketch Tomorrowland Sketch Toontown Sketch


2 thoughts on “Disneyland in a Day

  1. Megan, these sketches are fantastic! Did you have people looking as you were drawing these? I think your Main Street and “it’s a small world” ones are my favorites. I also think it’s interesting how you put a time limit on each of these to capture the essence of the area, as you said. Thank you for sharing these!


    • Thank you! I had some curious onlookers, but I tried to be tucked away as to observe and not disrupt. I like to put a time limit because it keeps me in “observation mode” rather than getting knit-picky about making my drawing look perfect. I appreciate your comment!


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