Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Deviation from 1961

Pardon me for deviating from the continuation of the 1961 additions to the Disneyland Hotel. Since yesterday was the 53rd anniversary of the groundbreaking at the Hotel, I just had to post some information on that.

Fifty-three years ago (March 18, 1955), ground was broken for the Disneyland Hotel. Jack Wrather, Bonita Granville and Anaheim Mayor Charles Pearson, using a specially made, three-handled shovel, dug the first spade of dirt on the grounds for the new, $10,000 Disneyland Hotel. The Hotel was slated to open at the same time as Disneyland in mid-July. Due to labor and union strikes, the Hotel would not open until October 5th, 1955. I have some other great items on the groundbreaking and will upload them shortly. What is interesting is, the official opening of the Hotel wasn't until August, 1956. I'll cover that subject on a future post.

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