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Oct 5, 2012 10:42 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning, TGIF! 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. It was considered the 1st major hotel in Orange County. Owned by the Wrather Corporation, the hotel won't be purchased by Disney until 1988. The 1st photo below was taken in 1961, it shows the Monorail track that was expanded that year to transport guests between DL & the hotel, making it the only monorail in the country to cross a public street @ that time. The 2nd photo was taken after 1966 when a new sign was added that read, “Hotel Disneyland.” Hope you all have a magical day! Thanks for reading! :)

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I'm a bit late on this but have to comment! The DLH was where we stayed on almost every family visit to the parks. I have such wonderful memories of staying there with my parents, and in later years with my daughter and my parents. We always stayed in the Garden Villas...they were 2 stories and looked out over a large grassy area. There were 2 rooms (similar to an Embassy Suites), a bedroom and living room witha foldout couch. We always asked for a ground floor since they had enclosed patios that opened out into the garden area. Evenings included watching the Fantasy Waters, and breakfast was at the Monorail Cafe. Before we would leave we would go to the store underneath the monorail station to pick up last minute souvenirs. I remember my dad and my daughter playing with the remote-controlled boats....I think he had more fun than she did! I was very disappointed to see the Villas go, but when they did, my daughter and I stayed in the tower to the south because of the view of the redwoods and waterfalls. I still enjoy the hotel but miss that section, and the fact they no longer have open balconies. Thanks for another trip down Memory Lane, Duchess! - Gia  802.2 #258 10:46AM
thank you!! do you happen to know why the monorail no longer stops there? - misschurro  7865.2 #14 10:46AM
and they used to have dancing there, too - misschurro  7865.2 #14 10:47AM
The dancing fountains right? I loved those. I wonder what happened as well. The moved the hotel didn't they? And that's why it stops in dtd. Could be wrong though - fairyshley  479.8 #483 10:50AM
monorail does not stop there becasue Downtown Disney was built and the building that housed the monorail station along with the shops, monorail cafe, the neon cactus and the original goofys kitchen was torn down in 1998 - Dave   13832.5 #4 11:02AM
the fountain show was called Fantasy waters and you can actually still see where it was at the hotel - Dave   13832.5 #4 11:02AM
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but from what I've read, I believe FairyShley is right. When construction of DCA began in 1999, Disneyland Hotel Station and all of its nearby hotel structures were completely demolished and a new station built in the same location. - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 11:02AM
no, the original stop for where the monorail station is now at DTD is not in the same location as before, it was actually pushed up - Dave   13832.5 #4 11:06AM
but yes all the buildings were demolished - Dave   13832.5 #4 11:07AM
Thanks for clearing that up Dave 😃 - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 11:10AM
Really seems like they should reroute the monorail to stop at the Grand and DLH. - misschurro  7865.2 #14 11:46AM
I've been butthurt for years but the monorail was actually supposed to go to John Wayne Airport, Anaheim Stadium, the convention center and a couple of other stops along the way...That would have been epic - Dave   13832.5 #4 11:52AM
That would have been awesome Dave - Villescas8  607.0 #369 11:53AM
Epic for sure ::sigh:: - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 12:28PM
This answered SO many questions for me. I thought it had moved up. I remember taking the Monorail to Disneyland Hotel because my Dad always wanted to eat dinner there. The new location just didn't make sense in my brain but I couldn't figure it out. So it DID move. I think I just won a bet. - AKMouse  491.9 #469 4:19PM
@AKAMouse according to Dave, yes it did. Awesome, what did you win??? Lol - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 4:24PM
Actually it is being contested because of Yesterland.com content which states that the station remained in the same location. "Guests have wondered why the station was moved to a less convenient location. In reality, the station didn’t move. The hotel “shrunk” when the original sections were demolished, leaving the station a surprising distance from the nearest Disneyland Hotel building. The old lobby and Monorail Lounge are gone; a Rainforest Cafe is now in that location. " - AKMouse  491.9 #469 4:29PM
That didn't make sense. I meant that I won the contention because of Dave and now Yesterland. I think I should get at least churro out of it. :) - AKMouse  491.9 #469 4:33PM
Agh! Pregnancy brain is not letting me communicate well! - AKMouse  491.9 #469 4:33PM
That makes sense now that Goofy's Kitchen isn't in it's original spot bc when I used to take the monorail during the CPG sets to go see Dave and our friends working there as characters in the 90s, I remember it being in a diff spot!! I wish it still went to the hotels and also stopped at DCA!! Thanks for the info Dave :) - caramiapoohluvsbb8  4485.5 #34 12:11PM
I only got off the monorail at the hotel once, but I remember wanting to see the last remaining original orange tree. I've never seen it, even after staying there numerous times. Is it still there? - bluefairy  643.8 #345 12:25PM
Thank you for posting. - thegoofster  226.4 #1728 10:47AM
Thanks for reading! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 11:14AM
Does anyone remember the Monorail cafe? It was one of our favorites for dinner on our way back to the Disneyland Hotel. - DisneyGrandma  887.1 #225 10:56AM
Unfortunately no, what did they serve there? I'm intrigued! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 11:15AM
I do,I ate there all the time as a kid and have very fond memories of going there after school with my grandmother and aunt and getting a burger and s shake - Dave   13832.5 #4 12:32PM
Always enjoy the history. Thanks! - Tealtownfan  1152.2 #172 10:57AM
I always enjoy you telling me so! Thank you! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 11:54AM
I really love your posts. They trigger great memories. Disney makes such great efforts to keep things new and exciting, I tend to forget the "old stuff". So thank you very much for the memories!!! - DisneyGrandma  887.1 #225 10:59AM
Thank YOU for adding info! It's so fun to learn together! I really appreciate you telling me you enjoy these. Keeps me motivated! ;) - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 11:25AM
Sad to say the only difference between me and the Disneyland Hotel is that the hotel has been renovated! - PrinceCorey  4599.8 #33 11:04AM
Hehe you share a birthday! Happy birthday! 😂😂😂 - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 12:28PM
Thanks so much. I love reading these posts! - Alicewhoareyou  2739.3 #55 11:19AM
Thank YOU! I'm glad! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 12:29PM
Thank you! A great read as always!🚄 - RadiatorSprings4Ever  2482.2 #65 11:20AM
😃 ::high fives you:: - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 12:29PM
Awesome post! I remember the dancing fountains :) - SarahLovesDisney  85.2 #3994 11:24AM
I never got to see those! Thanks! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 12:30PM
I hardly remember going on the monorail when I was like five or something, and stopping in the hotel. It was around Christmastime, because they had those little cutout sign things of characters in the snow :] I think I have pictures somewhere.. Thanks Duchess! - MEHlanie_Mouse  1117.3 #177 11:27AM
Me too. We always stopped there - E-Ticket  1478.8 #128 11:36AM
I want to see these pictures! Instagram please!!! 😘😘 - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 12:31PM
Thanks for the Memories - E-Ticket  1478.8 #128 11:37AM
😘 - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 12:34PM
as always thank you for the disneyland history awesomeness:) would love if that marquee was still there. - OhanaPhoto  6568.5 #20 11:46AM
I wish they would have kept it up somewhere!! 😢 - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 12:35PM
The original DL Hotel of the 90s is one of my memories of DL. My parents would stop there on our trips from SD to LA to walk around and shop a little. I still remember the old stores, the Fantasy Waters show and the big lake. And for Christmas, we used to take pictures around the hotel and the numerous character cut-outs they had. And if they wanted to surprise us, they bought us tickets to ride on the Monorail so we can go inside the park for a few minutes. - BaseballMickey  8086.1 #13 11:50AM
for a couple years before they tore everything down in 98 they had an ice skating rink at the Hotel during Christmas....I got a chance to skate it with my friend Tigger - Dave   13832.5 #4 12:54PM
I remember that too - BaseballMickey  8086.1 #13 1:06PM
@Dave, you really are one of the luckiest guys I know. So many amazing memories! @BBM thank you for sharing that story. I love hearing stuff like that! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 1:53PM
@Duchess... when we would go to the Monorail Cafe we always had our 3 kids with us so we only ordered burgers, fries, and shakes lol. I think it was pretty much typical diner food. It was pretty good if my memory serves me right. - DisneyGrandma  887.1 #225 11:51AM
Burgers, fries and shakes are the perfect meal for the park, my daughters favorite! Thank you for answering that for me! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 1:46PM
If I remember correctly, you could buy a ticket and the DL hotel station to take a round trip to the park and back. You sat in the back and they didn't open the door at Tomorrowland. - sr_citizen_space_ranger  70.7 #4304 11:56AM
Oh really?!!! How did they monitor who had admission tickets or just monorail tickets? - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 1:47PM
We would go to the DL hotel at night and play miniature golf and hit golf balls on the driving range. - sr_citizen_space_ranger  70.7 #4304 12:00PM
Thank you SMK!! As a kid, I remember going to Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel sign was always a welcome and a happy memory. - MickeyFan  1286.5 #148 12:31PM
Too bad that sign isn't still around! So iconic! Thanks MyPark! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 1:43PM
I remember staying there once with my family and watching the water show. I also remember my mother insisting we take the monorail from Tomorrowland to go eat at the Monorail Cafe when we went to DL. I sure wish they had left the mid century fifties charm intact when it was remodeled. - ScooterMike  1963.0 #93 12:44PM
Me too! It seems me have similar style preferences ScooterMike! As always, thanks for adding your story/info! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 1:42PM
Thanks for sharing! - mrscttlemstr  317.2 #882 1:02PM
:) - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 1:43PM
I totally remember the dancing fountains show when I was a kid! I thought I was crazy cause I didn't go back to the parks for a few years, during the DTD change, and when I did go back it was completely gone. Seriously, I thought maybe the fountains were somewhere else. LOL thank you for validating that my mind has not completely gone. =) - iloveprinceEric  286.0 #1086 1:29PM
Hehe, I'm so thankful for all the MWers who add so much quality info here. I learn something about DL everyday! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 2:20PM
Did they also have a water fall type surrounded walkway in the middle also? I remember you could walk on boulder type walkways with waterfalls all around you. It was in the middle of the hotel buildings, right? - iloveprinceEric  286.0 #1086 1:33PM
no, it was actually wear the entrance to the Frontier tower is. They only took that out a couple of years ago when they were doing the new pool and Trader sams - Dave   13832.5 #4 1:45PM
That's awesome. Thanks for posting. - RickChavez  3672.1 #46 1:42PM
😃 Thanks for showing up to class today! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 4:10PM
Thank you for another daily dose of fabulous info! Amen to TGIF!!😘 - RCmom  5235.3 #26 1:54PM
🍷😘🍷 - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 4:11PM
What great info. I love staying there. - LilSterner  5828.4 #24 3:45PM
Thanks LilSterner! Me too! Only have 2x but it was very magical! - Duchess_SMK  6603.9 #19 4:12PM
Thank you for sharing. - DisLUVney  638.3 #350 3:50PM
Wow I loved the history thank u!! - Goofy24  174.0 #2424 3:54PM
Back when we had no money TheHubs and I spent many a Saturday date night at the Disneyland Hotel. We enjoyed a cocktail, drove RC cars and played video games. Great memories! - fvbmermaid  237.8 #1582 4:45PM
And back in the day, radio station 1190 KEZY had their studios there at the Disneyland Hotel. - RadioMaverick  1284.4 #150 12:29PM

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Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy_FU2Rcm  361.5 #689 8:33AM
Silly symphony swings are open. We went on them today (for the first time)!  - DisneyDiane316  818.7 #250 6:50PM
See @teapotsandteacups post today...  Says reopens Sept 9!  Thank you! - Dianat710  84.6 #4005 8:05PM
It opened today! Line was way too long for me so I shall try another day😢 - DarthFairy  720.1 #299 9:09PM

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Very nice. I'll make It on the list one of these days! - larrywong318  214.3 #1900 11:09AM

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I finally made a list besides wait times.wait times has become almost impossible with the crowds,reception blows.but thank you for all you do@@@@Admin - DarthFairy  720.1 #299 7:43PM
!! Congrats👏👏👏👏 - SnowKitty  116.0 #3414 5:06PM
  Well done and congratulations.  Now I know how some people have so many stickers.  Keep up the good work:-) - beentoall  1303.7 #0 2:55AM
And they share - suzieq65  156.3 #2714 9:06PM
I finally made a list besides wait times.wait times has become almost impossible with the crowds,reception blows.but thank you for all you do@@@@Admin - DarthFairy  720.1 #299 7:43PM
!! Congrats👏👏👏👏 - SnowKitty  116.0 #3414 5:06PM
!!! And I thought working up to 73 credits was good lol - sunvalgifts  171.7 #2469 12:21PM

Download VOYAGEERS to your device today! Discover the VOYAGEERS Society, and the magical Main Street Realm in this action packed adventure for kids of ALL ages! Also available on iBooks and Kobo. Follow the VOYAGEERS on Facebook for more info and behind the scenes exclusives.

Like normal I am late to the party. Reading it now - Tealtownfan  1152.2 #172 3:13PM
Got it! More than halfway thru it! It's a lot of fun!!!👍👍✨✨ - TinkerSchelle  2082.3 #84 10:53PM
Weeeeee - MommyandBash  433.7 #546 10:29PM
Just got a kindle so as soon as I figure out how to work it I'll be buying it. 😉 - varela2892  87.9 #3927 2:38PM

Get a quick overview of the new features in MouseWait 9 for iOS, our biggest update since 2009! Get the free version here, or upgrade to Platinum here

Just installed the MW app on my new phone yesterday. This will be very helpful for me since I am used to the android version. Thank you. - teapotsandteacups  1770.1 #104 11:41PM
This was helpful.. But I'm still having an issue posting to pics to the lounge😑 - 1Minnie58  7.8 #13776 10:12AM

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What percentage saving are we looking at for being MouseWaiters? Is it better than a AAA discount.  - MoChuck  159.7 #2662 3:57PM
I sent you emails and support requests for my last 2 stays in May and June. I would appreciate it if you could check on them and let me know if I need to send you any additional info, please let me know. Thanks for your help @@@@@@@@@Admin - Winnie111286  23718.0 #2 10:51AM
You are awesome.  Thanks Admin - Winnie111286  23718.0 #2 1:28PM
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Follow the new MouseWait Blog for updates, how-tos, tips, contests, and more! (Big Thunder pic by CJ)

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I love across the street, for a week, two or three times a year.  - crazyfriends  7.8 #13777 4:42PM

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I love Disneyland! - Melody_CM  23642.7 #3 11:30PM
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Wow I've never made a list before. Thanks - disneybob49  1154.7 #171 9:59AM
How am I #1? Wait times and posting to the lounge the last 3 days? Awesome!! I love Mousewait! 😀 - sheridanrabbit  737.3 #292 7:05PM
I left a week ago and I'm still #2 on the list!! YAY!! 😀 - sheridanrabbit  737.3 #292 6:22PM

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This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  4671.6 #32 9:51PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  720.1 #299 8:06PM
This is so true, it never changes, what's up with that lol - itsmyglassslipper  572.2 #392 12:28PM
I know and I'm still on it😂😂😂 - Plumiegirl  10393.4 #9 5:56PM
I thought it was just me. Lol. Someone needs to hit the refresh button. :) - DeadliestPassholder  387.6 #624 2:10PM

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I noticed this post is kind of old, but is the Amazon link still working? My hubby tried to buy something through it but it didn't work. @Admin - DisneyDiane316  818.7 #250 7:59PM
Thanks for letting us know DisneyDiane316 the link should be fixed now for Amazon, or you can use this URL http://amzn.to/OUTbbI thanks! - Admin  4:41PM
Thanks for sending the updated link Admin. Will be shopping soon! - DisneyDiane316  818.7 #250 6:42PM
Yay! Using this today I always forget to buy through the mw link . Bump for more people to use.  - mozbaby  148.8 #2833 7:16AM

Here are the upcoming MouseWait Events. You can post your event on mobile here, and on the web here. Thanks!

1. Tot mw farewell meetup all passes access
Dec 15, 2016 08:00pm

2. Drop for the last time
Jan 07, 2017 08:00pm

MouseWait Meetups 2016
what is happening for one last time on aug 6? - MsTikiMermadam  1500.8 #126 12:31AM
It was January 8 I think but I left it as I think it's funny😂😂😂 I'll have to delete it😭😭 - secretagentangel  8512.1 #11 7:55PM
ok,  last time for btr....  😹 - MsTikiMermadam  1500.8 #126 6:03AM
 I changed it to August 5😂😂😂😂😂 - secretagentangel  8512.1 #11 11:07AM
I spy Christmas in July! - PumpkinweenieVelinee  3971.5 #43 12:44PM
Looks like July 22! More to follow!  - secretagentangel  8512.1 #11 9:52PM
Really hoping to make it to Christmas in July - Melody_CM  23642.7 #3 11:12AM
- PumpkinweenieVelinee  3971.5 #43 11:55AM
I'll add post tonight!  - secretagentangel  8512.1 #11 3:18PM
It's been bumped but next MEETUP is this Friday, September 16 at DCA for another "last time" on the attractions being changed! Watch for the main post!  - secretagentangel  8512.1 #11 1:42PM
Next meetups are.... At DCA, possibly Tuesday September 20, Friday, September 23, Friday, September  30, Friday October, 7, 14, 21, 28,(come join the choc  walk group), dapper day dress up Friday, November 4, plus that Sunday and........ to infinity and beyond😂😂. Will add in a couple more of  the week days depending on the MHP schedule for maybe either a soundsational  meet up or WOC meet up. Whatever's on the calendar. Just a heads up for everybody planning a visit in the next seven weeks. Once PTN is back we'll  add more of those also. Also watch for cadaver calls for meetups on certain MHP nights. We'll  be having  one the night we go, October 5 , an  hour before the party starts. I'll post reminders soon!!  dm me with suggestions too if you want me to post one or help posting your own!😄😄 - secretagentangel  8512.1 #11 2:14PM
Where is the meet up for Sept 30? we will be at MHP Fri Sept 30 and staying Sat and Sun. - snowgrey  8.5 #12960 4:56PM

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