Drawing the Park
As work on Disneyland progressed, Roy pulled back on his opposition to the new and risky venture and agreed to raise funds. In September 1953, he took a trip to New York to visit with potential funders, including the television networks. Both he and Walt felt that there was a potential for a new kind of deal to get the park financed. But he needed more than just ideas to share. He needed to demonstrate what the park would look like.
So, on Saturday, September 23, 1953, Walt called on Herb Ryman, a talented artist and friend, and explained the situation.
“You know how these bankers are, Herbie, “said Walt. “They can’t visualize anything. They’re just thinking about money. My brother’s got to take drawings and plans to show them what to do.”
Herb wished him luck, not quite catching on to the fact that Walt was asking him to help -- and help quickly.
“I’m not going to do anything in two days,” Ryman responded when the light dawned. “You’re crazy. You’ve got a lot of nerve to call me on a Saturday, hoping I can come up with something. Well I can’t. Nobody in the world can do it. It will embarrass me and you. I don’t want anything to do with it. We’re still good friends, but that’s impossible.“
About two hours later, Ryman was hard at work. By Sunday night, he and Walt had finished a beautiful detailed drawing of the park.