Map Designation: 1958b
Copyright Date(s): 1958
Series: 1958, Sam McKim
Artist: Sam McKim
Description: Second map to carry 1958 copyright date. See "How to Identify This Map" for details.
Border Color: Orange
Border Characters: Yes
Size: 36 x 24 inches
How to Identify this Map
- As with the 1958a map, the copyright appears in the lower right-hand corner and reads 1958.
- Both this map and the 1958c map show the Matterhorn and the Monorail in Tomorrowland. The Viewliner in Tomorrowland is gone, as well as the Junior Autopia, replaced by the Fantasyland Autopia.
- Another difference between the 1958b and the 1958c maps and the 1958a map is the color of the Jungle Cruise water. In both this map and the 1958c map the water is blue.
- A unique difference between the 1958b and the 1958c map is that Cascade Peak is missing from this map. To see where it should be, find the Mark Twain Steamboat and look directly above it. If you do not see Cascade Peak, then you have the 1958b map. If Cascade Peak and the waterfall is there, then you have the 1958c map. See the comparison of the 1958b and 1958c maps.
- Other differences in Tomorrowland are that this map has Circarama and Satellite View of America
As discussed on the 1958a map page, the three 1958 maps are very similar. This map and the next are in fact the most difficult to differentiate. Both this map and the 1958c maps have done away with the Viewliner in Tomorrowland and replaced it with the Matterhorn Mountain (the first in Disney's mountain range found today in the park) and with the Monorail
Points of Interest
- The Monorail, added in this map, does not make a loop toward the Disneyland Hotel, but stays within the park. This was the first daily operational monorail in North America. Walt Disney and his imagineers had visited the monorail in Wuppertal, Germany and contracted with ALWEG, a German company, to bring this "futuristic" transportation to Disneyland. Interestingly, for many years the monorail at Disneyland stood alone, since this form of transportation did not catch on. This was good news for Disney since one of the problems in Tomorrowland was that the future tended to catch up with them. Since the monorail has never become commonplace, this almost 50-year-old transportation is still "of the future."
- Most of Disney's rides are tied to other Disney property, such as movies. For example, the rides of Fantasyland tie to Disney's popular animated files such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and so forth. The Matterhorn was tied to the 1959 Disney film "Third Man on the Mountain," which has somewhat dropped off the radar since its release. The Matterhorn itself was a breakthrough in design, being the first roller coaster to use tubular track, now the standard. This allowed the track to bend more easily allowing continuous turning and dropping, simulating a bobsled ride down a mountain. Notice also that the now absent Skyway used to go right through the middle of the Matterhorn. Refer to the 1958a map to see where the Matterhorn would be placed. This small wooded hill was called “Look Out Hill.”
- The Junior Autopia, found on the 1958a map has been replaced and expanded with the Fantasyland Autopia.