Saturday, July 9, 2016

Disneyland Hotel Pictures 1st Anniversary

We still have the picture books available as well as many different individual pictures in 8x10, 8x12 and 11x14 from our large collection of photographs. Please write for details: don@magicalhotel.com. 

Hope you enjoy these first anniversary pictures from the Disneyland Hotel. Magical Hotel













Monday, February 15, 2016

Disneyland Hotel Special Picture Books

I am making available custom made picture books. These are full of rare, unique and many never before published pictures from the Disneyland Hotel's past. These are pictures only unless otherwise noted below. I have really researched and have carefully prepared these to come up with extra special items for each of these books. Each volume is chock full of pictures from the personal collection of the Wrather family,  (some with supporting documents) set to a particular theme, see below. I will be making just 50 copies of each title listed below.

If you have a personal theme and you would like a custom photo book, please let me know and we can put together something really special.

Books are 11 1/4" x 8 3/4" in size and 30 pages each. Price is $30 per standard book or $40 each for custom/personal books plus $3 each for shipping. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery as these are print on demand. Allow one extra week for personal/custom books.

For PayPal, please use donballard@comcast.net to remit payment. Due to the special nature of these books, we will not honor refunds. All sales are final.

Visit our website for contact details if you do not wish to use PayPal: magical hotel

Volume 1: Polynesian themed. From the early 1970's to the early 1980's, the Disneyland Hotel celebrated the Polynesian culture. Beautiful and rare color shots which are Tiki themed.


Volume 9: From the late 1960's to the late 1970's, many rare shots taken from the Sierra Tower showing the Hotel's changing landscape. Olympic Pool, Plaza Building plus newly discovered shots from the mini-golf course and other golf facilities at the Disneyland Hotel. This edition is full of never before seen or published photographs and is my personal favorite.


Volume 7: 1982-1983 convention center construction and opening. Many overhead shots plus vintage ads and brochures announcing the Hotel's newest convention facilities.

 Volume 6: Late 60's early 70's Marina Tower construction and opening. Includes colorful shots of the brand new lobby and interior design of the Disneyland Hotel from 1970. This book does have limited text as well as photographs of rare documents relating to the building of the Marina Tower.


More volumes soon to follow. These books contain pictures from the Wrather families own private and personal collection.

Books Plus Addendum in E-Book Format Available

I have both books listed on Ebay in E-Book (PDF) format. These are high resolution files delivered to your email address. As a bonus, if you order both books, we will include the never released Addendum at no charge. See links below.

Please note: This is an e-book version on pdf format and will be sent via email to your paypal email address. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file. You may already have the software pre-installed in your device or you can download the free software on adobe website.

“Disneyland® Hotel 1954-1959: The Little Motel in the Middle of the Orange Grove.”

This e-book PDF edition is devoted to the years 1954 to 1959 from the details surrounding the initial talks with Walt & Roy Disney and Jack Wrather to the many additions and expansions to the building of the Disneyland Hotel in its pre-Tower configuration. Filled with over 300 photographs and beautifully designed with 50’s period graphics and design.

“Disneyland® Hotel: The Early Years 1954-1988” captures the amazing construction of this landmark resort and tells the story of how it became one of Southern California's premier destinations for family vacations. The book includes vintage photos, memorabilia, and a foreword by the son of the original owner of the hotel.



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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

This Blog: Thumbs up? Thumbs Down?

It's been a while since I posted to this blog. I have been mainly posting on Facebook. Should I post here as well?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Disneyland Hotel Check-In Magazines

We have over 35 issues from 1965-1973 in digital format.

Issues are:

Dec 1973 Mar 1973 Feb 1971 Apr 1970 Jun 1970 Jun 1971 Dec 1970 Oct 1970
Apr 1972 Apr 1965 Apr 1968 Aug 1972 Autumn 1965 Dec 1967 Dec 1965 Dec 1972
Feb 1972 Feb 1966 (4 pages) Jan 1969  Jul 1970 Jul 1967 Jul 1971 Jun 1968 Jun 1969
Apr 1967Apr 1971 Jun 1967 May 1966 Summer 1966 Nov 1968 Nov 1971 Oct 1966
Nov 1969Sep 1967 Sep 1971 Spring 1969 Summer 1965

Here are a few covers.











Friday, December 26, 2014

1959 Gold Pass


1959 Gold Pass


These cards were all signed personally by Walt Disney himself until the 1967 card was issued


A late 1958 letter regarding the Wrather family Gold Pass for 1959



Bonita Granville-Wrather, Chris & Linda Wrather using the special Pass Entrance at Disneyland. This is what visiting dignitaries and VIPs used rather than having to wait in line for entrance into Disneyland.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Disneyland Hotel The Early Years 1954-1988-Running Out

We have less than 100 copies left of this book and we are probably not going to do another reprint. If you want a copy, I would suggest ordering now. We are also shipping to Disney and they may place a multiple book order plus we just got an inquiry for 25 copies.




We do have an e-version in PDF if you are interested, just write and let us know.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Candlelight Ceremony and Processional 2014


My family was very blessed to have been invited to this once again. It was truly amazing.

A Disneyland® tradition that dates back to 1958 at the Disneyland® Resort, the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional was performed under the stars on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland® Park. This year, performances were scheduled twice nightly on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, 2014.

This holiday spectacular is a musical retelling of the story of “The First Christmas” through song and scripture, and features a mass choir as the centerpiece of the show. The Disneyland® Symphony Orchestra, fanfare trumpets, hand bell ringers and a guest celebrity narrator will join the choir in this joyous holiday tradition. The Candlelight Ceremony has featured a host of outstanding celebrity narrators in the past, including James Earl Jones, Cary Grant, Mickey Rooney, Marie Osmond, Dick Van Dyke, Jon Voight and Gary Sinise just to name just a few. This year, we had Beau Bridges as narrator.



While there, we ran into former Dodger manager and legend, Tommy Lasorda.



Nancy Sulahian, the conductor for Candlelight.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Dis Unplugged Podcast-Disneyland Hotel History-Part 2


Here is a link to my interview on Disneyland Hotel history. I really liked Michael Bowling and Tom Bell who ran this interview. Both are first class in my book.


Our books will now be available at Disneyland in the Small World Sundries Shop at the Disneyland Hotel. Please ask about them and better yet, go in and get your copies. We sure would appreciate it.






Thursday, November 13, 2014

1960 Disneylander Employee Newsletter

Several years ago, I purchased a stack of old Disneylander booklets/magazines on Ebay. Disneylander was the employee/cast member which I am told, Disneyland Hotel employees also had access to. This January, 1960 edition was interesting and I thought I would share with you because it has a story on Walt Disney which I admittedly know almost nothing about. The subject is the VIII Winter Olympic Games held in Squaw Valley, California from February 18-28. Looks like Walt Disney was quite involved in the planning and organizing of the festivities that went along with this.











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