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The Disneyland Hotel has its own Monorail Train

The Disneyland Hotel in Anahem, California opened its doors in 1955 as a motor-inn type Hotel. Walt Disney wanted to build a hotel for Disneyland visitors to stay overnight. However, Disney’s financial resources were significantly depleted by the construction of the park, so he negotiated a deal with Jack Wrather and his business partner Maria Helen Alvarez under which Wrather-Alvarez Productions would own and operate...

Written by Christopher Alm in Event

Walt Disney and the New York World’s Fair

In this documentary Walt Disney himself, shows us among many things, different props that will be used at the 1964 New York World’s Fair in which Disneyland will play an important role. Classical rides such as General Electric’s Carousel of Progress, Ford’s Magic Skyway, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and It’s a Small World were all devised at this World’s Fair by the Walt Disney...

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Libations 101
The Cocktail Nation on November 12th, 2017

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Good news! The author of the home movie shot at Disneyland in 1956 decided to post some more retro video goodness for all of us! In this clip we see glimpses from Adventureland, which is a cowboy and Indians themed area of the park. I believe it has changed a lot of the years though. Which is your favorite area of Disneyland?...

Written by Christopher Alm in Roadtrip

Home Movie from Disneyland in 1956

A digitally restored home movie shot at Disneyland, California in 1956. Not only was the park only a year old but Walt Disney him self can be seen in the beginning shaking hands with the author’s grand mother. I really love how vivid, colorful and happy everything looks like. The post war optimism and friendliness really shines through the lens and into your heart. See...

The Disneyland Hotel in Yesteryear Anaheim

I am strangely fascinated by the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Built in 1955 along with the park it was actually not operated by the Walt Disney Company until 1988 due to the building of the park had tapped Walt Disney for most of his financial resources. The Hotel has obviously been rebuilt, added to and updated over the decades but it still features the...

Disney’s House of the Future
Written by Christopher Alm in Science

Disney’s House of the Future

The House of the Future (also known as the plastic house of the future) at Disneyland, California circa 1957. This is where curious visitors could get a glimpse of how Disney imagined what the future would hold in technology and comfort for the year 1986! Many (or most) things would probably be regarded as very retro-future-kitschy today, but one gadget that was eventually shown and...

The Disneyland Hotel – A Mid-Century Classic

Seeing its summer and many people are on vacation, here are some lovely photos and brochures from the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California for you to peruse. Maybe you and your family are due for another road trip in ye’ old station wagon? The Hotel was built along the park in 1955 as a motor-inn and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt...

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