Welcome to "Mickey Mouse Park":
Just seven years before Disneyland opened, Walt Disney was already imagining the possibilities a theme park of his own might hold. After traveling to the Chicago Railroad Fair and Henry Ford's Greenfield Village in Dearborn,Mich., with animator Ward Kimball, an important document was sent to production designer Dick Kelsey on August 31, 1948, detailing Walt Disney's vision for a "Mickey Mouse Park" to be located across the street from the studio lot in Burbank.
This document foreshadowed many of the attractions and areas Disneyland would later contain when it opened on July 17,1955, including a main street, frontier town, Indian village, horse-drawn street cars, and of course, a train. "The Main Village," an area that echoes what we know today as Town Square in Disneyland.
"The Main Village, which included the Railroad Station is built around a villaga green or informal park. In the park will be benches, a bandstand, drinking fountain, trees and shrubs. It will be a place for people to sit and rest,mothers and grandmothers can watch over small childern at play. I want it to be very relaxing, cool and inviting."