Here’s part three of our “Disneyland History Through Post Cards” series. This time we’re taking a look at the motels of West Katella Avenue. ~~Rick
424 West Katella Avenue
Too bad the awesome tiki-style sign was lost to the “Anaheim Resort” improvements. The buildings still retain the quasi-Asian style architecture. The motel is no longer “close to Movieland Wax Museum”. I wonder if they still offer Panelray Heat.
Maple Tree Inn / Lucky 7 Motel
435 West Katella Avenue
From what I can tell, it looks like the Maple Tree Inn evolved into the Lucky 7 Motel (Be Lucky – Stay Lucky). Somewhere along the line, Intercontinental Hotels Group started managing the property – first under the Holiday Inn Express flag and now under the Hotel Indigo flag. Note that in the bottom lobby photo, you can see across the street to the Islander Motel. (Photos copyright IHG Group).
Sir RuDimar Motel
615 West Katella Avenue
The “Magic Circle” around Disneyland no longer includes Sir RuDimar. It’s now home to this:
631 West Katella Avenue
Another great sign lost to the “Anaheim Resort” project.
Looks like the Waikiki Motel gave way to the Desert Palms. The size of the Desert Palms property leads me to believe that it probably swallowed up the Waikiki Motel and possibly part of the Sir Rudimar Motel.
715 West Katella Avenue
Still here – rocking’ the theme even better than in the 50’s! For some reason, the hotel’s website doesn’t have a single exterior photo of the building! Have snow-capped motels gone out of style?
The Musketeer Motel
733 West Katella Avenue
I think we all know what’s behind THIS fence…
Stay tuned for more of these great old post cards!