There is an unusual, red brick test wall just off Main Street in Disneyland, California. The bricks are neat and even on one side and crooked and jagged on the other. How long has it been there and what’s the story?
A Disney legend says that during the construction of Disneyland in the 1950’s, Walt wanted to see different brick patterns and textures for use in various buildings around the park. So brick masons installed this test brick wall in an out-of-the-way location to help him decide which style he liked the best.
Where exactly is this test brick wall?
About half way down Main Street as you enter the park is Center Street (East and West). If you’re walking into the park, turn right down Center Street East – just past the Market House and head toward the lockers in the back.
Why is the Disney Test Brick Wall still standing?
If it was built in the 1950’s, why hasn’t it been torn down by now? No one knows for sure, but there could be several reasons …
- Disneyland was built in about 12 months, so pretty much everything was being rushed, and no one ever bothered to take it down.
- It may have been left up intentionally by Disney Imagineers who wanted to keep it as a memento.
- Budgets were extremely tight back then, and they may have run out of funds to take the wall down.
Click below for a 2 minute video of the Disney test brick wall.