Disneyland Hotel Celebrates 55 Years


Anaheim, Calif. – Oct. 5, 2010 – Fifty-five years ago today the landmark Disneyland Hotel opened as the first major hotel in Orange County. When the hotel officially opened on Oct. 5, 1955, nearly three months after Disneyland park’s opening day, 104 rooms were available. Today, the hotel boasts 969 rooms and signature suites including the new Big Thunder Suite. In addition to new suites, the Disneyland Hotel is currently undergoing a large expansion that includes renovated rooms and a new courtyard and pool area. One new pool will feature a nod to the original Disneyland signage shown in the image below. Taken in 1961, the photo also shows the Monorail track that was expanded that year to transport guests between Disneyland park and the hotel, making it the only monorail in the country to cross a public street at that time.


Anaheim, Calif. – Oct. 5, 2010 – Disneyland Hotel cast members celebrated the 55th anniversary of the historical hotel today with a gathering and this special cake prepared by the Resort’s central bakery. The cake is a deliciously edible replica of one of the hotel towers and Monorail.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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