Donald Gilmore, the Upjohn CEO in the 1940's and 50's, was a close
friend of Walt Disney. That friendship was the reason why
The Upjohn Company had a pharmacy store in Disneyland between June 1954
and 1970. Disney had one of their employees design the building.
When Upjohn saw the mock-up, they protested, saying Disney's
design did not reflect the layout of old-time drugstores. Upjohn
then hired the famous
Will Burtin to
design the store. There are photos of
other old-time pharmacies
in the Upjohn archives that confirm Upjohn did research about how such a store should look. The building was ultimately constructed
according to Burtin's plans.
The rental cost was $37,720 per year.
Of course, it
was not a real pharmacy - it hosted an exhibition which traced the
origins of pharmacy back to its early beginnings. Visitors could
get free Unicap vitamins as shown in the
first photo. The Upjohn Disneyland Pharmacy is now the Fortuosity
Shop but one of the upper storey windows still bears the names of Donald S
Gilmore and William E Upjohn.
of the artifacts from the Upjohn Disneyland Pharmacy are in the
Pharmacy Museum at the University of Arizona in Tucson.