Saturday, April 18, 2009

Late 1960's Conference Rooms

Today, I added some great (and very rare) internal conference room pictures to the blog. The brochure is from 1969 so the shots could be from 1967-1969 based on past experiences with photos used by the Disneyland Hotel publicity department. These were taken just prior to the building and opening of the Marina Tower in 1970. I am hoping Mr. Kittle can confirm if one of them is from the Oak Room conference center. I did see the room advertised in the brochure. It looks pretty elaborate just like the Oak Room itself. The room with the pool outside is a real mystery to me. for our book on the history of the Disneyland Hotel.


Chris Kittle said...

No, this isn't from the Oak Room. As far as I know there were no "Oak Room" conference rooms. I worked a lot of meetings in the Oak Room. We would rearrange the tables and turn the Actual Oak Room into a meeting room (or a poker room, but that is for another story all together:)
I started working in the restaurants when I was 8, filling salt and pepper shakers upstairs, until I was 17 hosting in the Oak Room, thought I had seen just about everything there was to see, but I have no recollection of that meeting room. We left in 67/68 so it may have been after that, sorry I couldn't be of more help.

walterworld said...

Thank you for continuing to post such great and rare material.

Will you be coming out with a second volume of your book at some point then?

I have the first one and hope I didn't miss the second?

Do you have any more guided tours coming up? I'll be visiting Disneyland with my family from June 6-10.

Thanks & take care---

Magical Hotel said...

WW, thanks so much for your post. I truly appreciate any comments even though it seems I hardly ever get any.

I am working on what will be addendums to the book which will consist of new photos, brochures and text of information received after the book came out in 2005. I am now able to fill in many gaps with information, pictures, dates, people and other sources to make the story of the original Disneyland Hotel more complete.

I have no plans worked out for any tours but if the demand is there and people would like to see one, I am very open to suggestions. I am only an hours flight away.

Thanks again for taking the time to post a comment.


walterworld said...

Hello Again---

Think I might be able to help you in regard to your question about that orange contraption to the right of the Sierra Tower. If I recall correctly it was a diving bell on display. Right next to it was a giant ship propeller, which I think was from the Queen Mary.

I have a family photo from 1973 looking down from the 9th or 10th floor of the Marina Tower and you can see both down below in the distance.

Do you know when they removed the concrete waterfall/slide from the Cove area?

I stayed at the Hotel back in 2002 and took the kids swimming at those pools. The waterfall had been amputated by then. You could still tell that something bigger used to be there.

When I was a kid in the early 80's there was a beached schooner that you could climb on.

It's sad that all fun stuff has been removed due to the endless lawsuits.

When did the Neon Cactus replace Sgt. Preston's Yukon Saloon?

You're right, the Hotel was a great place to shop, and I miss it too.

Magical Hotel said...

Thanks for the info on the object in the picture.

I have some flyers from the Hotel that will tell me around the time Neon Cactus replaced Sgt. Prestons but I don't know the actual date.

Many changes that took place, buildings added or removed, establishments changing names, signs installed and such are not well documented. Earlier in this blog, I posted some of the mysteries I would love to have solved.

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