The first signed in guest at the Disneyland Hotel was my grandfather Mr. Joesph Millage. He never went to Disneyland; he was just passing thu.
REPORTED: cindy sundes 07 MAR 01
There is only one original orange tree left on the Disney site out here. It's located over on the Hotel property, and as I understand it, any of the CM's can point it out to you.
REPORTED: Benjamin Rockwell 30 AUG 97
Hook's pirate ship that served as a restraunt until the remodelling of Fantasyland is now over at the Disneyland Hotel in the Lagoon pool area, but no longer serves as a restraunt.
REPORTED: H. Riley 04 APR 00
When the Disneyland Hotel was built in 1955 it consisted of just two story sections of rooms. In 1961 Walt decided to expand the hotel adding a whole other wing which would be a 7 story building, the biggest in Anaheim. When the new section was completed they ran into a bit of a problem ,they forgot about the sign. The central elevator shaft ran up the front of the hotel about a quarter away from the left wall of the hotel, not leaving enough room for "Disneyland", so for the longest time the hotel's sign read "Hotel Disneyland" until the building was expanded on the left to fit "Disneyland".
REPORTED: Jeff Myers 11 AUG 99
Neither Walt, nor Walt Disney Productions owned the Disneyland Hotel in 1955. It was owned by the Wrather Corporation until the 1980's, when it was purchased by the Walt DIsney Company.
UPDATE: Randy Ballier 28 MAY 01
If you go over to the Disneyland Hotel, there is a staircase in one area that shows the paintings "in their former mortal state" from the Haunted Mansions stretch room / elevator. Also over in the Disneyland Hotel are a number of pictures of Walt Disney from the early days, greeting VIP's etc, as well as a number of the VIP's since the day's of Walt.
REPORTED: Benjamin Rockwell 30 AUG 97
Right past the huge shop on the inside of the hotel near the Check in Desk, there is a stair case which has all the stretch paintings from the Haunted Mansion. They aren't hidden but they are really fun to look at. You can also buy miniature pictures of these at the Art Gallery in New Orleans Square.
CONFIRMED: Dizneelover 16 JAN 00
Has anyone else been really upset at the prices of Disney merchandise? Has anyone else been really upset that you can no longer buy Hunchback items anywhere in Disneyland? Well, I found this great store in the Disneyland Hotel. It's called Baloo's Bargains, and it has tons of great stuff at half off. Right now (July), it has tons of Hunchback, 101 Dalmatians, and Christmas toys and clothes for dirt-cheap. It's located to the left of the California Wine Cellar. Also, has anyone noticed that you can't buy Disney fashion dolls of Esmeralda, Jasmine, etc anywhere? There are tons of real Barbies for sale in Disneyland, but Megara and Aurora are the only "Disney fashion dolls" you can buy. Why does the Disney Stores and theme park shops get rid of all merchandise from a movie one year after it comes out? Peple still like it, even if it's "old."
REPORTED: Ghost Host 22 JUL 97
You call the Disneyland Hotel and ask for Goofy's Kitchen. It is fairly inexpensive. They have Breakfast/Lunch and Dinner, Breakfast is with the Pooh gang, and Dinner is with all the classic characters. My sister in law took my niece for her Birthday last year and said it was an experience they will never forget. Goofy tried to steal her presents! and they laughed all night long. The kids really get to spend time with the characters for autographs etc. They did not go to the park afterward but said there was no need with all the fun! The food is a Buffet set up with the kids buffet at there level. I am really looking forward to doing it. A suggestion for those parents who can't afford a big B-day bash.... Take your child and a couple of his or her friends. Send invitations to relatives etc. offer to pay for children but not the adults. It's fair and a lot of fun. Adult prices are $18.00 and children 4-12 are $8.75 while under 3 is $3 for dinner $13.50/ $8.25 and $3 for lunch Call for details 714-778-6600
REPORTED: Rachael 15 APR 96
There is an office at the Disneyland Hotel called the "Fantasy Weddings Office" for people who want to get married on the Disney property. Appearances at the wedding by a costumed character are $500 (that's $3500 for a set of dwarfs for a Snow White theme). Use of the Cinderella Carriage is $10,000! Most people don't ask, but there is a different carriage, a simpler black one, that costs significantly less.
REPORTED: Richard W. Lipp 27 JUN 96
Not exactly THE best kept secret around today, but at the Disneyland Hotel, right in front of the hotel building that is across the lagoon from the main building, there is a sort of hidden grotto area, that goes below ground level. In the times that I have been there it has been very unpopulated, as most people don't seem prone to wandering down there. There are waterfalls, and walk ways, and even a little cave. I'm not sure what this area is officially called, but I remember standing at the beginning of the walkway down, just as the lights down there turned on, and it was one of the most magical parts of my trip. If you want a nice place to sit and relax, this is it. Truly Enchanting.
REPORTED: The Squishy G 11 JUL 00
The restaurant "Granville's" is named after Jack Wrather's wife's maiden name.
REPORTED: anon 30 MAY 02
Paradise Pier Hotel
With the opening of California Adventure, Disneyland Pacific Hotel changed its name to Paradise Pier Hotel
Most of the rooms at the Disneyland Pacific Hotel have a sketch of four critters (cats, and some others) in a car. They are from America Sings. They have been relocated to the wagon in the riverboat room in the same position.
REPORTED: Rachel 12 JUL 97
Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel
For Christmas there is a 30 foot tree in the lobby
REPORTED: Wizard anon 08 NOV 01
The Grand Californian has three pools: the Fountain Pool, the Children's Pool, and the Redwood Pool. The Redwood Pool has a water slide over 100 feet long that wraps around the trunk of a California redwood tree.
Walt Disney was a big enthusiast of America's national parks and the old west. The Walt Disney World Wilderness Lodge is very similar in design to the Old Faithful Lodge, which is made of real lodge pine timbers, next to the very famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park. While there is very few "real" wood in a Disney Lodge, the Old Faithful Lodge is a grand fire hazard. The park rangers constantly sprayed water on it during the devastating Yellowstone fires in the 1980's. Disney's lodge also has some characteristics of the beautiful Ahwahnee Lodge of Yosemite National Park, as well as the El Travor Lodge at the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It also has some key features of wooden army fortifications used throughout the old west. There are some good pictorial books of these lodges in the general store on the first floor. Disney's new Grand Californian Resort in Disneyland also incorporates some of these feature. The geysers and thermal formations are very realistic to the ones found in Yellowstone. The only difference is the absence of intense heat and sulfurous odor.
REPORTED: Mark Thompson 10 JUL 01
The face of the grandfather clock (where is found the hidden Mickey) was created by artisan Michael Ashford and the body of the clock was made by Warren Hile. Both are well-respected Arts & Crafts / Bungalow artisans.
REPORTED: Jim O'Connor 22 JUN 02