July 11, 1987 – The Disney Gallery Opens in Disneyland
“Take a bit of inspiration home with you.”
On July 11, 1987, the first incarnation of the Disney Gallery opened in Disneyland, above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. The first gallery used the space that was originally conceived as an apartment for Walt and Roy Disney, but after Walt’s death, the idea of the apartment was scrapped. The area was then used as a VIP lounge as well as a planning office for Tokyo Disneyland; the idea to turn it into the gallery was out of necessity to help the traffic flow in front of the Pirates attraction. The gallery contained special park-related artwork and models by the Imagineers for purchase by the public, with new pieces being added all the time. The Disney Gallery closed in 2007, but reopened in a new location on Main Street U.S.A. on October 2, 2009.