Tuesday, July 15, 2014

1999 Near The End Of The Original Disneyland Hotel

Here are some shots from 1999, some just days before the buildings were removed.

In just a few short months, the original portions of the Disneyland Hotel were demolished and removed.

The saddest picture to me. The last piece is left standing. The only thing remaining from the 1955 buildings.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Random Disneyland Hotel Photos

Here are some random shots from the 50's through the 70's of the World's Most Exciting Hotel.

Sure would like to know who these people are with Bonita Granville. This photo was taken during the Hotel's Grand Opening in August of 1956.
 Painted on headboards? 
 Early 60's overhead shot which are my favorites.
1977 Bonita Tower Groundbreaking!!
 New Marina Tower, 1970.
 A Muzak photo.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Love Those Overhead Shots From The 50's

Some miscellaneous overhead photographs for you of the Disneyland/Disneyland Hotel area. 

This overhead is from 8-19-1955
This overhead is from 6-7-1958...about a month before I was born.
This overhead is from 1959.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Photographs From Disneyland's Opening Day (from film) Part 1

Here are some amazing color shots of Disneyland's opening day, July 17, 1955.

 This is Bonita Granville-Wrather with Debbie Reynolds and then husband Eddie Fisher.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

1957 Vintage Footage Disneyland Hotel and the Disneyland Band

Here is some footage from June 22nd, 1957. The event was a fundraiser for the City of Hope Telerama and was broadcast live from the Disneyland Hotel and features Vesey Walker and the Disneyland Band. Also has some great shots of the two year old, Disneyland Hotel.

Night Shots at the Original Disneyland Hotel

Photographs taken at night of the Original Disneyland Hotel are not that common. Here are a few that I hope you enjoy.

First shot is from the Marina Tower overlooking Seaports of the Pacific and the Disneyland Hotel Marina.

 Next is a beautiful shot of the Horseshoe Falls in front of the Bonita Tower.
 The Laser Light Show from the mid-70's.
 Ceremonial torch lighting.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Vintage 1950's Hotel and Disneyland Footage

How about a little fun. I recently obtained a vintage film which featured footage of Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel from the 1950s. I have clipped out this footage and pasted it below. 

1950's Disneyland & Disneyland Hotel footage. Not sure of dates although I would say this is some time in 1956. Strange that there are no people in Disneyland. Doesn't look like the shops area of the Disneyland Hotel is open for business although the Gourmet Restaurant may be. Gourmet opened in February, 1956. Pool has no people and it opened in June of 1956. Missing some items in the pool area like the cabanas for dressing which were added last, just prior to opening and no lounge chairs around the pool. I can even see a truck parked on Main Street inside Disneyland in one part of the film.

Any guesses to specific dates? Please provide evidence and reasoning for your input.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

1968: Jack Wrather's 50th Birthday Party

In 1968, Jack Wrather, with the loving help and support of his wife Bonita Granville-Wrather & family, celebrated his 50th birthday. A portion of this celebration took place at the Disneyland Hotel. Here is the invitation sent to guests. Bonita was affectionately known as Bunny by friends.

And now some photos from the festivities. What I really like about candid (as opposed to staged) photographs is, they often show areas of the Disneyland Hotel not ordinarily seen in staged shots. Simple things like signs, elevators, hallways, restaurant interiors all help to get an idea of what the Disneyland Hotel really looked like in years past. Hope you enjoy these.

Here is the luggage tag used by Mr. Wrather: (just added another one too!!)


And now, some of the Wrather family. His son Chris in the middle with Jack having fun on the left.

Jack with his 50 tag on his shirt.
And I actually have the very tag he used!
The picture below is particularly amazing! The gentleman in the light suit/dark tie is architect William Pereira who, by the way, was the original architect for the Disneyland Hotel in late 1954. After downloading this picture and carefully studying it, I found the amazing part. If you look at the left of the picture, there is a gentleman sitting (next to the pole) in an orange shirt. If anyone can tell me who that is, I will be amazed. I know who it is but I want to see if there are any other's out there who can say. Hint: he too was active in the development of the original Disneyland Hotel.
And now for some fun. This cake was created for Jack to help celebrate the event.
And just what did Jack Wrather think about all of this?
Actually, from what I have been told, heard and read, Jack was thrilled with the festivities.