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.
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Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".