I had some nice feedback last week for my first article on the history of Anaheim motels surrounding the Disneyland Resort by using postcard images and Google Street View. Today we continue to investigate the motels on Harbor Boulevard. ~~Rick
1700 South Harbor Boulevard
…convenient to all the thrills and excitement of Disneyland – enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Charterhouse…swimming pool and cabanas, children’s play area…specialty dining rooms, completely air conditioned. “Worth the trip in itself”
1700 South Harbor Blvd. is now home to Anaheim Plaza Hotel and Suites.
It’s fun to compare the aerial photo above with the postcard image below. Note that all of the original buildings still exist, but apparently the pool and courtyard at the back of the property made way for more rooms somewhere along the line.
Next door to the Charterhouse Hotel was the Fantasy Motel.
1734 South Harbor Boulevard
And here’s what stands at 1734 South Harbor Boulevard now.
Now we move across the street where most of the motels didn’t fare so well. The first one we take a look at is still standing. The Candy Cane is the last holdout on this side of the 1700 block of South Harbor Blvd.
Candy Cane Motel
1747 South Harbor Boulevard
Here you are assured of the ultimate in pleasant carefree living, surrounded by a limitless range of activities – adjacent to Disneyland.
Here’s the Candy Cane now. Still just a short walk to Disneyland’s main gate.
The following motels didn’t survive the Disneyland Resort’s relentless quest for expansion properties:
Cosmic Age Motel
1717 South Harbor Boulevard
MOON LEVEL LUXURY…DOWN TO EARTH RATES. On behalf of the Stovall Family, we take great pride in presenting the COSMIC AGE LODGE for your comfort and luxury. The lodge offers the finest accommodations available with all the convenience of the Space Age…
Next door to the Cosmic Age was the Galaxy Motel – or was it the Magic Star? Apparently this property changed its name along the line.
Magic Star Motel
1735 South Harbor Boulevard
That’s just about it for the postcards we have on Harbor Boulevard motels. Join us next time as we move to Katella Avenue and check on the fate of motels such as the Islander Motel, Viking Motel, Waikiki Motel, Musketeer Motel and others.