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    Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Photos of Walt Disney with the Wrather family at the Disneyland Hotel have been very hard to find. I am sure there were many taken over the years but I have only been able to locate a few. I wanted to share a few more I found with you all here on MiceChat. Hope you like them.

    Looks like the TV cameras were rolling for a City of Hope charity event with Walt Disney and Bonita Granville-Wrather. I would guess this photo was taken around 1957....give or take a year or two.

    I have a couple more I will download.

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Wow, amazing! Thanks.
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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    excellent picture.rare find

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    wow....seeing that picture is almost like making the past come to life! thank you sooooo much for sharing
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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Here is another.

    This photo features Bonita Granville-Wrather, Jack Wrather and Walt Disney. It looks like they are going over a script of some kind but is different from the first picture or at least Bonita is wearing a different dress. Anybody care to guess the year of this picture?

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    That's a fascinating old photo indeed, great find OHG! Excellent stuff.
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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Here is another.


    Again, no idea on a date of this one. This was from a Wrather Corporation brochure detailing the history of the company. It was just after Jack Wrather had passed away in 1984. Walt looks a bit older in this one.

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Familiar picture.



    This picture is from the "official" Grand Opening of the Disneyland Hotel in August of 1956. The Hotel had actually opened in October of 1955 with very limited amenities-only seven rooms on opening night. No pool, no formal office, one small restaurant, no shops and lots of construction.

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Those are neat to see -- thanks for sharing them with us!

    By the way, in the "reviewing the script" shot, look how smoggy it was back then (or was that just some "June gloom"?)

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Quote Originally Posted by Werner View Post
    Those are neat to see -- thanks for sharing them with us!

    By the way, in the "reviewing the script" shot, look how smoggy it was back then (or was that just some "June gloom"?)
    In the first shot, look at all those people downstairs looking up at the goings-on above them. I would probably have stopped and stared had I seen Walt Disney in person too!

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Great stuff, Don!

    I'm thinking all three B&W photos were taken on the same day, late morning or early afternoon. In all three, the hazy So Cal "June gloom" sky is the same. Jack and Walt are wearing the same clothes in #2 as in #3. Walt is wearing the same suit in all three; same hair. And to me Walt doesn't look older in #2 or #3, rather it's that the light is more flattering (softer, with fewer shadows) in the first shot, because of the TV floods and/or off-screen reflectors, which makes him look younger.

    Looking at the size of the palm trees, and figuring the first full year of DLH would be the period when local celebrity TV events would have been most common, I'd guess 1956.

    EDIT: Hedging my bets... from the ladies' clothing, now I'm guessing '57.

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Quote Originally Posted by oldhotelguy View Post
    This picture is from the "official" Grand Opening of the Disneyland Hotel in August of 1956. The Hotel had actually opened in October of 1955 with very limited amenities-only seven rooms on opening night. No pool, no formal office, one small restaurant, no shops and lots of construction.
    So I guess the Disneyland Hotel had a soft opening?

    Great photos, thanks for sharing!

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Amazing photos!
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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    Thanks for these great shots, OHG! I always look forward to your informative posts. It's great to see shots of Walt that I've never seen before.

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    Re: Walt Disney at the Disneyland Hotel

    These are great! Thanks for posting!
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