Part 1; the history of Disneyland Drive
Prior to the creation of the Disneyland theme park what was to become Disneyland Drive was part of West Street in the city of Anaheim. West Street can be seen extending north of Katella Avenue to Ball Road on the 1935 Division of Highways Map of Orange County.
The original concept of Disneyland first appeared in draft documents sent by Walt Disney to production designer Dick Kelsey during August 1948. Conceptually known as "Mickey Mouse Park" the original site desired by Walk Disney was near the Walk Disney Studios in Burbank. The park envisioned by Walt Disney soon became too large to construct near Burbank which led to Walt Disney Studios purchasing 160-acres of land in Anaheim. Construction of Disneyland would begin on July 16, 1954 and would open to public on July 18, 1955.
The location of Disneyland was further driven by the connectivity it would have to the Santa Ana Freeway (then US Route 101). The September 1955 California Highways & Public Works refenced the eventual site of Disneyland in Anaheim was suggested by the Stanford Research Institute on August 28, 1953. The recommendation of Anaheim was made due to the close proximity to the planned Santa Ana Freeway. Harbor Boulevard was noted to the initial primary connecting road from the Santa Ana Freeway to Disneyland parking area.