We are discussing here In the spring of 1954, Walt Disney approached Texas television and oil pioneer Jack Wrather regarding the possibility of building accommodation for the many guests that Walt hoped to flock to his innovative “theme park” then under construction in Anaheim, California. Since “the imagination” and the construction of Disneyland took almost every penny he had, Walt approached Jack, hoping that his longtime friend would be willing to take such a huge risk. Wrather was the producer for Lassie, The Lone Ranger, and Sgt. Preston from the Yukon, popular television shows from the 1950s.
Walt had originally approached executives
Walt had originally approached executives from Hilton and other well-known hotel chains, hoping to convince them to finance the construction of a first-class hotel next to Disneyland. However, the general consensus was that such an undertaking was too risky. No one was certain that what quickly became known as “Disney madness” would succeed.
In 1954, Anaheim was a little known community, composed mainly of orange groves. The entire city had only seven small motels and hotels, accommodating only 87 guests in total. Weather admitted at the time that it was somewhat skeptical about building in such a small community (of around 30,000 residents), next to an experimental theme park, and still unfinished. His doubts were further heightened by the fact that the risky business had already been rejected by more than one large hotel chain.
Wrather spent several days with Walt Disney studying the area’s expansion potential. Legend has it that Walt had tears in his eyes when he described his dream of Disneyland to Wrather. With a sense of adventure, Wrather became convinced that the idea could well be a success. Also, with Walt showing such emotion and dedication to his project, how could Wrather have resisted?
One of the first discussions between the two friends was that of the location of the hotel. Time first spoke of locating it near the entrance to Disneyland. Walt said, “Jack, our guests will not think of a hotel when they start their visit to Disneyland. They will start looking for a room when they leave the park. The best place to build your hotel is near Disneyland Outlet. There he built what would become the” Official Magic Kingdom Hotel ”
Using a three-handle shovel, officiated at the inauguration of the Disneyland Hotel
The Disneyland Hotel opened its doors on October 5, 1955, almost three months after the big live television opening of Disneyland on July 17, 1955. The first guests checked into a hotel of only 104 rooms spread over five two-story complexes, built at the southeast corner. of the rented property. These are the rooms in the south garden, later known as the oriental gardens. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arnone of Inglewood, California, was to be the first guests of the new hotel.
Built by Hodges and Vergrift Construction Company, this new addition was called the North Garden Rooms, later renamed Garden Villas.
In the first year, room rates ranged from $ 9 for a standard room to $ 22 for luxury rooms. For an additional adult, there was a fee of $ 3.
At the same time as the construction of the additional garden rooms at the northeast corner of the property began, construction of the administrative building was underway, which would house a hall, restaurants, shops, and meeting rooms. Tony Pereira. This former ranch house had been the original Disneyland administrative building.
The original design of the hotel, produced by the architectural firm Pereira and Luckman, included 300 hotel rooms, suites, and apartments with a garden. Plans also included three pools, tennis c.ourts, a golf course, cocktail lounges, and four restaurants. The original plans designated a total of 10 buildings.