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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  802.0 #216 10:46AM
thank you!! do you happen to know why the monorail no longer stops there? - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5651.2 #17 10:46AM
and they used to have dancing there, too - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5651.2 #17 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 #417 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   13215.7 #2 11:02AM
the fountain show was called Fantasy waters and you can actually still see where it was at the hotel - Dave   13215.7 #2 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  6163.0 #16 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   13215.7 #2 11:06AM
but yes all the buildings were demolished - Dave   13215.7 #2 11:07AM
Thanks for clearing that up Dave 😃 - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 11:10AM
Really seems like they should reroute the monorail to stop at the Grand and DLH. - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5651.2 #17 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   13215.7 #2 11:52AM
That would have been awesome Dave - Villescas8  606.9 #314 11:53AM
Epic for sure ::sigh:: - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  483.2 #412 4:19PM
@AKAMouse according to Dave, yes it did. Awesome, what did you win??? Lol - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  483.2 #412 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  483.2 #412 4:33PM
Agh! Pregnancy brain is not letting me communicate well! - AKMouse  483.2 #412 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 :) - caramiapoohAKAface  3864.0 #31 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  643.3 #293 12:25PM
Thank you for posting. - thegoofster  226.4 #1588 10:47AM
Thanks for reading! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  870.8 #199 10:56AM
Unfortunately no, what did they serve there? I'm intrigued! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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   13215.7 #2 12:32PM
Always enjoy the history. Thanks! - Tealtownfan  1015.5 #173 10:57AM
I always enjoy you telling me so! Thank you! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  870.8 #199 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  6163.0 #16 11:25AM
Sad to say the only difference between me and the Disneyland Hotel is that the hotel has been renovated! - PrinceCorey  4452.2 #25 11:04AM
Hehe you share a birthday! Happy birthday! 😂😂😂 - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 12:28PM
Thanks so much. I love reading these posts! - Alicewhoareyou  2070.9 #69 11:19AM
Thank YOU! I'm glad! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 12:29PM
Thank you! A great read as always!🚄 - RadiatorSprings4Ever  1207.1 #135 11:20AM
😃 ::high fives you:: - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 12:29PM
Awesome post! I remember the dancing fountains :) - SarahLovesDisney  82.6 #3779 11:24AM
I never got to see those! Thanks! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  1116.0 #151 11:27AM
Me too. We always stopped there - E-Ticket  1401.4 #110 11:36AM
I want to see these pictures! Instagram please!!! 😘😘 - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 12:31PM
Thanks for the Memories - E-Ticket  1401.4 #110 11:37AM
😘 - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 12:34PM
as always thank you for the disneyland history awesomeness:) would love if that marquee was still there. - OhanaPhoto  3817.9 #33 11:46AM
I wish they would have kept it up somewhere!! 😢 - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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_CM  7194.1 #8 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   13215.7 #2 12:54PM
I remember that too - BaseballMickey_CM  7194.1 #8 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  6163.0 #16 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  870.8 #199 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  6163.0 #16 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  65.8 #4124 11:56AM
Oh really?!!! How did they monitor who had admission tickets or just monorail tickets? - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  65.8 #4124 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. - IMissDisney  1205.7 #136 12:31PM
Too bad that sign isn't still around! So iconic! Thanks MyPark! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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 #75 12:44PM
Me too! It seems me have similar style preferences ScooterMike! As always, thanks for adding your story/info! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 1:42PM
Thanks for sharing! - mrscttlemstr  308.7 #812 1:02PM
:) - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  264.2 #1167 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  6163.0 #16 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  264.2 #1167 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   13215.7 #2 1:45PM
That's awesome. Thanks for posting. - RickChavez  3537.1 #38 1:42PM
😃 Thanks for showing up to class today! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 4:10PM
Thank you for another daily dose of fabulous info! Amen to TGIF!!😘 - RCmom  5229.2 #18 1:54PM
🍷😘🍷 - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 4:11PM
What great info. I love staying there. - LilSterner  5066.1 #21 3:45PM
Thanks LilSterner! Me too! Only have 2x but it was very magical! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 4:12PM
Thank you for sharing. - DisLUVney  608.1 #313 3:50PM
Wow I loved the history thank u!! - Goofy24  174.0 #2275 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  229.7 #1551 4:45PM
And back in the day, radio station 1190 KEZY had their studios there at the Disneyland Hotel. - RadioMaverick  1132.7 #148 12:29PM

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Come to our la  Brea sticker meetup which starts early at 4 pm then come join MWers to watch PTN and Fireworks too!  - secretagentangel  2197.0 #64 11:59PM
was bummed i did not make it two weeks ago,  see you in aug! - MsTikiMermadam  484.2 #409 6:41PM
Check✔️finally completed the list! I think my favorite is the new fireworks shows!!! Gives me goosebumps and brings on the happy cry.  - MinnieMyLove  191.2 #2038 9:00AM
- piratemom  467.6 #434 12:50PM
I wish! Soon, very soon!! - MyMouseMickey32  158.8 #2519 4:56PM

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Didn't know there was one. Yay - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  481.8 #415 4:20PM

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Nice pic!📷 - Stitchcrazy62622  16.9 #7494 10:18PM
Oh how we miss you MSEP... 😩😩😩 - DisneyBallers  26.9 #5919 10:05PM
Awesome!! - stanvoodoo  19.4 #6988 7:25PM

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Spent $490 on it the other day - CVDisneyland  388.1 #549 12:40PM
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Here are the overall MouseRank leaders for the past 6 months:

July 2015: Winnie111286 463.58
May 2015: MelodyMouse 679.4
April 2015: Fantasmicfan1 466.89
March 2015: HARR_E 423.38
February 2015: Winnie111286 364.36
January 2015: ShariRenee 408.65
 

! - FrankenweenieVelinee  2384.8 #55 7:16AM
- MowgliLovesBaloo  65.2 #0 5:18PM
- LindseyanaJones  125.7 #3034 11:31AM
- XochiFryingPanWhoKnew  83.9 #3751 5:02PM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

Innoventions reopens as Star Wars Launch Bay September 30
Haunted Mansion Aug 24-Sept 11
Space Mountain Sept 7-Sept 11
Pirates of the Caribbean Sept 14-Sept 30

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Luigi's Rollickin Roadsters opens early 2016
 

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  16.2 #7684 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  323.7 #733 8:33AM
Noooooo...missing HM by 3 days 😭 - MissMolly  1319.4 #119 8:35AM
Thats how I feel about pirates ! - wonderlandgirl  341.6 #658 10:34PM
Darth Vader will be commanding the pirate ship beginning Oct 1. - MsTikiMermadam  484.2 #409 9:45PM

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Can you get a discount on annual passes too? - DeeDeeMouse  257.0 #1225 9:59PM
How do you get discount on AP passes. Guessing use MOUSEWAIT - suzieq65  71.3 #4000 4:00PM
You get discounts on AP by renewing early. It's through Disney . They'll send you a card.  - secretagentangel  2197.0 #64 8:58PM
It says discount not available ... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? - gedi0614  31.6 #5497 12:13AM

MONTHLY OVERALL REAL-TIME LEADERBOARD

1. toystory3
98.03

2. Goofytom
64.56

3. DarthFairy
59.39

4. Song
42.98

5. disneybob49
36.51

6. grumpypapa
29.72

7. MsTikiMermadam
27.22

8. leopardditz2000
25.25

9. SorcererD91
23.87

10. adisneyfamily
22.57



SEE TOP 100 LEADERS

I love Disneyland! - MelodyMouse  6676.3 #13 11:30PM

Thanked by:   Tom   FrankenweenieVelinee   JediKitty   DarthFairy  
MONTHLY WAIT TIME LEADERS REAL-TIME: Thank you to everyone who enters accurate wait times--you earn MouseRank Points, Credits, worldwide fame, and wealth beyond your wildest dreams when you enter wait times at the Park (ok maybe not the last two things). Please remember to ONLY enter wait times that you have verified in person, this improves our algorithm substantially, thanks!

1. toystory3
98.03

2. Goofytom
50.63

3. Song
28.42

4. grumpypapa
24.6

5. janetx
14.92

6. DarthFairy
12.7

7. YoPirate
10.3

8. JPatDL
9.65

9. adisneyfamily
8.33

10. DisneyDrea
8.25

 

SEE THE TOP 100

Been in the Midwest much of August. Nice to see wait time warriors have been out there walking and working! - MelodyMouse  6676.3 #13 7:25AM
Hope you're having fun!! - secretagentangel  2197.0 #64 11:37PM
Wow! I'm on the list 😊 - disneymom1  234.9 #1480 10:17PM
14 more days and I shall be entering in wait times for the first time( I was slow and shy to post). Well actually it will be 15 days. The first  day we check in and go to Trader Sam's. 😉 - varela2892  6.3 #14310 7:14AM

Thanked by:   goducksgo   boomom   catlikesmouse   2 More Thanks Tom   Song   DarthFairy  
Here are the recent wait time leaders:

July: MelodyMouse 417.38
May: MelodyMouse 640.08
April: WARLOCK 228.33
March: HARR_E 290.27
February: jacdanfan 251.32
January: ShariRenee 246.23
December: MelodyMouse 303.05
November: MelodyMouse 410.98
October: jacdanfan 189.98

 Everyone for making   - Boundin  614.8 #310 10:21PM
That's awesome but like me a lot of ppl can't enter wait times I can't ever open or connect while in the park  - mickeyat78  1855.2 #83 5:39AM
Wow. Sorry to hear that. I'm on ATT and sometimes can't connect, tho it is rare - MelodyMouse  6676.3 #13 8:12PM
great job! It's the wait times that brought me to this app. Thank you - Kimo  183.7 #2144 8:16PM
The mysterious disappearing month of June! - MelodyMouse  6676.3 #13 12:13PM


 
Deadliest Cast Member SEASON TWO is here! Find out what really happened on Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. Twenty-four hours or real-time action, authentic Disneyland history, and a finale that you'll never forget. EVENTS OCCUR IN REAL TIME. Download it to any device from Amazon here.

Will there be a Season 3??  Please??? - YoPirate  690.3 #265 8:03PM
I bought the paper copy for myself and 2 copies of season one for christmas gifts!  LOVE THIS BOOK!!! - snitsos  30.0 #5646 5:28PM
Thank you snitsos for your support, glad you liked Season Two! - Admin  12:13AM
Thank you for your support glad you liked Season Two! snitsos - Admin  12:15AM
Test - Admin  12:16AM
Both books are an  read!  I've read both numerous times and will re-read again before our Nov trip! - Dianat710  5.5 #16288 7:13PM
- djmickeymouse  8.1 #0 8:30AM

Here are the Weekly Top 10 TRIVILATOR Players. Find people to play here. Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends on iOS. Play on any device with our new web version here.

1. DisneyMakesMeSmile
1.78

2. beentoall
0.74

3. Moog
0.19

4. mamabeam
0.18

5. Dolewhipped
0.18

6. DisneylandOrBust
0.17

7. sawman911
0.11

8. Goofytom
0.08

9. Disneylanddad702
0.06

10. DonaldRox
0.06

 

Yay @@Moog!!!! So great!  😁 - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  217.4 #1712 6:28PM
You sweet thing!  You crack me up!  I'm merely an apprentice being schooled by @@Tom!! - Moog  56.8 #4347 11:33AM
👋❤️ - Tom  9215.4 #5 11:47AM
Wtg @@DisneyMakesMeSmile and @@Moog ;) - otilegna  2315.2 #58 7:41PM
A major compliment from someone who hands me my you know what every game, @@otilegna 😜!!! - Moog  56.8 #4347 8:05PM
Yay !!!  - otilegna  2315.2 #58 9:42AM
Kind of shows anyone can play trivia and do well, newbie or veteran!😀 - secretagentangel  2197.0 #64 1:33PM
i fail hard!!!! - DarthFairy  177.0 #2241 7:23PM
Finally on the list thanks to @@DisneyMakesMeSmile - beentoall  198.6 #0 11:31PM

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TOP MWs of the WEEK

1.toystory3 269.98 #11  
2.MelodyMouse 226.61 #13  
3.Winnie111286 198.85 #20  
4.BAMBAM 104.75 #0  
5.grumpypapa 77.89 #36  
6.jacdanfan 74.5 #3  
7.Goofytom 67.93 #125  
8.DarthFairy 63.89 #2241  
9.Tom 62.91 #5  
10.YoPirate 58.89 #265  

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