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    Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Here are some shots from around 1970 depicting interiors at the Disneyland Hotel with an emphasis on the brand new Marina Tower. This new tower would now hold the brand-new Hotel lobby, Palm Court Lounge plus amazing colors and designs

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    And now some room interiors from the same photo shoot.



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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Thanks for posting these, Don! Excellent.

    Man o man, does this bring back great memories. I can't count the number of times I stood in a line at that desk, excitedly waiting to check in.

    (No criticism of the photo -- publicity shots are traditionally brightly colored -- but in reality the carpeting and walls were not that bright of a red.)

    I'd love to see you post more of the DLH from the 70's if you have 'em!
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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
    Thanks for posting these, Don! Excellent.

    Man o man, does this bring back great memories. I can't count the number of times I stood in a line at that desk, excitedly waiting to check in.

    (No criticism of the photo -- publicity shots are traditionally brightly colored -- but in reality the carpeting and walls were not that bright of a red.)

    I'd love to see you post more of the DLH from the 70's if you have 'em!
    I have a bunch more. Cueing them up now!!

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    I have some REALLY cool lobby shots from the 70's. How about these? I got these from original Hotel architect Alfred Nicholson.


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    And I saved the best for last. Does anybody remember this scene?


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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Another great set of photos! The DLH in the 60's and 70's must have been amazing to stay in.

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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    I love the 70's decor. I am going to decorate my first house exactly the same way. It just seems more comfortable than any other time period I have seen in pictures of the hotel.

    (as an aside, if you apply a gaussian blur of 0.5 pixels to your scans, it will correct the dotty moire patterns you are getting when you scan from a magazine or book..)

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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    I've gotta admit, it was kinda pimp-n' back then.
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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Oh these are great photos! But I have to say, the 70's were a horrific time in terms of design. They always tried to have too much happening at once and with some god awful colors no less! And this coming from an interior design major.
    EDIT: I will say though that after a second look, I really like the walls and artwork, they are just completely underwhelmed by the overstated color of the furniture and carpet.


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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Quote Originally Posted by oldhotelguy View Post
    Here are some shots from around 1970 depicting interiors at the Disneyland Hotel with an emphasis on the brand new Marina Tower. This new tower would now hold the brand-new Hotel lobby, Palm Court Lounge plus amazing colors and designs.
    Don - these are great as always!

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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    In that first photo, is that a boy at a laptop docking station?

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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Always great pics, Thank you for your wonderful collection of photos.

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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Quote Originally Posted by DLFreak71 View Post
    architecture is there. Just not wild on the colors.
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    ...I really like the walls and artwork, they are just completely underwhelmed by the overstated color of the furniture and carpet.

    Not a criticism on the photos or Don here, but that's not at all how the DLH lobby looked. The color on these prints is 'wayyy oversaturated and the gamma is much too dark.

    What hit you when you walked in was the architectural design and decor, not the color.
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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Not a bad looking hotel back then, but to me, it just didn't seem Disney. Maybe it was different actually being there, but that seems more Vegas than Disneyland.

    And yes, I do know that this was before there actually was a Disney presence in the Disneyland hotel.

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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Cool to see some interior pics from the time when my parents spent their first wedding anniversary at the DL Hotel.

    Love the vintage photos!


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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

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    Re: Early 70's Disneyland Hotel

    Quote Originally Posted by Mojave View Post
    In that first photo, is that a boy at a laptop docking station?
    No, it's a boy at a writing desk. In the 20th century most fine hotels had writing desks in the lobby areas. They were put there so that people could write postcards or letters home, and then walk over to the front desk and purchase a stamp and have the clerk mail it for you. Ocassonially the desks would also be used by businessmen doing some work before a meeting or conference. Big hotels also kept secretaries on staff that could be rented by the hour to take dictation or type up business letters.

    If there are desks left in hotel lobbies now, they are wired up for computers and Internet so that people can plug their laptops in. But originally they were just writing desks.

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