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This day in Disney history, Oct 5th, 1955, The Disneyland Hotel opens opposite the main exit of Disneyland.
Nearly three months after the opening day of Disneyland park, 104 rooms were available at the Disneyland Hotel. It was considered the first major hotel in Orange County. Owned by the Wrather Corporation, the hotel won't be purchased by Disney until 1988.
"When Walt Disney was planning Disneyland, he turned to his friend, entrepreneur Jack Wrather, to build an upscale hotel to serve park guests. The Disneyland Hotel opened in October 1955. It wasn’t like the high-rise Disneyland Hotel of today. It was a collection of modern, attractive 2-story buildings. The Walt Disney Company didn’t buy the Disneyland Hotel until 1988" — Werner Weiss
The complex was built by the joint venture 'Hodges and Vandegrift Construction Company'. 'Junior Steel Company' erected the structural steel. Atlas Ornamental Iron Works did the miscellaneous iron and steel work throughout the project which included the signature, decorative iron beams that were key to the modern design of the Disneyland Hotel.
During its first years, the Disneyland Hotel expanded to more than 300 rooms. With a capacity of 1000 guests, the hotel became the largest hotel in Orange County.
The first photo below was taken in 1961 after the tower was built, it shows the Monorail track that was expanded that year to transport guests between Disneyland and the hotel, making it the only monorail in the country to cross a public street at that time. The second photo was taken after 1966 when a new sign was added that read, “Hotel Disneyland.”
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