Saturday, February 27, 2010

Travel Ad

1956 Travel Ad for the Disneyland Hotel

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hotel Advertisement, 1957

The Coral Club 1957

From 1957 Hotel Ad

Outside on West Street shot

Rare inside lobby shot 1956

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Personal Photos

More personal photos from someone's vacation in 1963.

You could park directly in front of your room at the old Garden Structures but only in selective buildings.

Taken from their balcony.....I could probably figure out what building they are in.

The Gourmet Restaurant in 1963

From 1963, the parking lot on West Street with the Monorail and Monorail Station in the background

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Addendum Update

I keep finding new (old) great photographs or important information which is delaying the release of the first addendum/rewrite section of our book. This gets better every day.

Tonight, I have posted a couple of letters detailing the relationship the Wrathers had with the Disneys. I found these while researching for the book rewrite along with about one thousand other items I either copied or scanned. I will be sharing these new photos and news in the addendums as well as in this blog. Stay tuned for the release of addendum one. I will be producing just 500 copies and these will be awesome!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Disneyland Hotel Postcards

An assortment of Disneyland Hotel postcards. I have many more and will post them shortly.

Monorail Red arriving Disneyland Hotel station

A view from West Street

Night view from the Tower Building. I spoke with the gentleman who actually took this picture but I misplaced his contact information. If you read this, could you please contact me?

A view prior to the Disneyland Hotel Monorail Station

Monorail over West Street

A beautiful pool view

Fake Disneyland Hotel sign in background

Beautiful pool shot

Tower Building no signage

Tower Buidling with signage

Garden Apartments

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Postcards Plus Pop Quiz

Here is another batch of Disneyland Hotel and local area hotel/motel postcards. Can you guess which postcard from this batch was not really a postcard? One is not genuine.

 Disneyland Hotel Postcard

Late 60's Disneyland Hotel Postcard

1980's Disneyland Hotel

Tram and Lobby Area Disneyland Hotel

Akua Motor Hotel

Mecca Motel

Hacienda Motel

Harbor Boulevard 1967

Saga Motel

Saga Motel

Saga Resort Motel

Waikiki Motor Inn

Alpine Motel

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Disneyland Guidebooks

The Disneyland Guidebooks all had references to the Disneyland Hotel, usually at the end of the book. They often had wonderful color shots showing the many amenities of the Hotel.

1955 Disneyland Guidebook - The very first Disneyland Guidebook with the Disneyland Hotel prominently mentioned inside. This includes the rendering done by the architectural firm of Pereira and Luckman.

1957 Disneyland Guidebook - From the fabulous 50's, the Disneyland Hotel page in the Disneyland Guidebook.

1962 Disneyland Guidebook - The first guidebook to show a Tower Building and the Monorail at the Disneyland Hotel

1968 Disneyland Guidebook - The last pages of the Disneyland Guidebooks usually contained details on the Disneyland Hotel

Friday, February 5, 2010

1961 Disneyland Hotel Mini-Golf Scorecard

I am often asked, what are some of the most valuable items in my Disneyland Hotel collection. The 1961 Golf Scorecard pictured below would have to rank right up there. This is valuable for several reasons: 1). It is the first issued golf scorecard 2). It has copyright 1961 and was only used about six months 3). Perhaps the rarest has no scores written inside from playing the course. It was not written in. There are some like this one that have a 1962 copyright date but 1961's are very hard to find. In 1963, the scorecard was colored (as well as the actual mini-golf course). You can see a copy earlier in this blog of a 1964 version of the scorecard.

Front cover 1961 Mini-Golf Scorecard

The rules of the course. Copyright 1961 Walt Disney Productions.

Inside the mini-golf scorecard. Holes were themed after Disneyland Attractions.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mixed Bag

Just adding some more pictures. I still can't find any others of Jack Wrather and Walt Disney together other than on opening day of the Hotel in 1956. There has to be more pictures of the two somewhere.

Jack and Bonita Wrather - On their wedding day in 1947

Walt Disney and family at the Disneyland Hotel in the 50's. Wish I had a better picture of this.

Jack and Bonita Wrather - With a brand new Cadillac in 1957

Monday, February 1, 2010

Some Real Early Shots

These are some real early shots of the Disneyland site and the early construction of the Disneyland Hotel.

1955-56 - Early construction shot

Overhead Disneyland Site - The Disneyland Hotel site is in the middle left of the picture. The ranch home that would be the first restaurant (Little Gourmet) is visible in this picture.