The plant life and horticulture is one of the distinct things about Disney. The topiary of Mickey, Minnie and Pluto greet you as you exit the Disneyland Hotel.
The downtown Disney District is a collection of shops and restaurants, but don't forget to stop at the many photo ops along the way. Here, the LEGO store has wonderful character displays.
The country’s second-largest LEGO Store is a fanciful space filled with impressive displays, interactive play areas and a huge selection of LEGO products.
Both inside and outside the store, you’ll be dazzled by life-sized Disney characters lovingly rendered in LEGO, from a fire-breathing Maleficent to Belle and the Beast preparing to take the dance floor.
Here’s some of what LEGO has in store for you:
Pick-a-Brick Wall – This enormous display of LEGO components makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. Select specific LEGO bricks, elements and mini-figures in a variety of colors and shapes. Buy only one brick or an assortment for your next creation.
The Living Room – Stay and play in this interactive area where you can enjoy hands-on, minds-on exploration. Use pieces you already own to create simple, seasonal models or get what you need from the Pick-a-Brick Wall.
Brand Ribbon – Follow this display around the perimeter of the store to discover cool LEGO model displays, fun facts and key moments in LEGO history.
Outdoor Play Area – Get some fresh air while constructing a project or playing with your latest design.
LEGO Activities – The store hosts workshops and LEGO Club Meetings for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages.
If you go inside the LEGO store, be sure to look up and you'll see Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine flying overhead.
Read our REVIEW of Goofy's Kitchen Character Breakfast located inside the Disneyland Hotel at the end of the Disney District.
The Disneyland Hotel includes decor inspired by Disneyland park in the rooms, a pool-and-slide water play area that evokes the early years of Disneyland.
When Disneyland first opened in July 1955, there were no hotels or motels on the property, and none nearby.
Walt Disney wanted a hotel, but he could not afford to build it and his theme park, so he turned to a friend, Jack Wrather, and gave him the rights to the Disney name for a hotel. Wrather, along with a business partner, bought up several acres in Anaheim along West Street, across from Disneyland, and proceeded to build one.
There is a historical display in the lobby of the Disneyland Hotel. Here are some close-ups of the collages.
The hotel today.....
I remember this gift shop from my childhood.
Me with my dad 1976.
To see MORE about the creation of the Disneyland Hotel, CONTINUE READING.....
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".
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