Sunday, March 9, 2008

Overhead July 1955

Disneyland area including Disneyland Hotel

A July 1955 overhead shot showing Disneyland just two days from opening. In the lower left corner, the Disneyland Hotel can be seen in its construction phase. The first five guest rooms are under construction, the pool area has been dug and land has been cleared for the Administartion, Restaurant and Shops section of the Hotel. Laor strikes had plagued the progress on the construction of the Disneyland Hotel, the very same labor problems had earlier plagued Walt Disney and Disneyland. The Richfield Service Station can be seen and is open for business. It's the white building on fresh pavement. Another interesting note, the ground has also been cleared for the three North Garden structures. West Street (adjacent to the Richfield Station) is now paved. The main exit from Disneyland spills directly out on West Street at the entrance to the Disneyland Hotel as planned by Walt Disney and Jack Wrather.

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