Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Disneyland Hotel Parking Lot 1957

Two snapshots of the original Disneyland Hotel parking lot. Upon arrival, guests staying at the adjacent Disneyland Hotel would park in this lot to check in. One of the first structures seen was this great mid century modern building housing the Hotel Restaurant and Bar. Operated by Gourmet (who had other restaurants in Los Angeles), the restaurant had a classic coffee shop menu of food. I have always been entranced by the steel girders used for decoration.


Jason Schultz said...

Disney News (Fall 1989): The mystery of The Disneyland Hotel-Erector Set connection has been solved! There is none. According to Joe Aguirre, writer of the article:
"Wrather had no connection at all to the Erector Set; the resemblance of the Hotel Monorail Station's girders to Erector Set pieces is purely coincidental. We tracked down the original architect for the Hotel and Station and he confirmed that the girders are purely functional structural members with no intended resemblance to Erector Set pieces. Additionally, none of Wrather's biographical information included mention of affiliation with the product, and the Wrather Corporation office in Los Angeles knew of no such connection."
Another rumor laid to rest.

K. Martinez said...

I really miss the original Disneyland Hotel and its architectural style. I too was entranced by the Erector Set style girders and was really disappointed when they were removed to modernize the property.

I was fortunate enough to have stayed at the Disneyland Hotel several times during the Wrather Corporation's ownership of the hotel. Funny thing is, now that Disney owns it, I have no desire to stay there.

Thanks for another great post, Matterhorn.

Anonymous said...

A bygone era which I was fortunate to have experienced during my visits there. It filled in nicely with the foliage over the years. KS

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