Back in October of 2010, I was on my way home when I received a message from the son of the original Disneyland Hotel owner, Christopher Wrather. Chris told me of a storage vault the family had held since 1985-about a year after Jack Wrather (his father) had passed away. He mentioned that it had been some time since he had looked at the contents and that he wasn’t even sure what was contained within the vault. He asked if I would like to go and have a look at to see it for myself. I immediately asked him if this was a trick question….of course I would like to go and have a look. We made arrangements to go and spend the day at the vault in Hollywood, California. What we found inside this storage vault completely blew us away. One of the first finds was this box of film....
This was incredible in that no known footage was thought to exist from this day. I had many photographs from opening day but this was actual footage.
Here is the actual invitation to the event:
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And now, some pictures from the footage. Keep in mind, these are still images grabbed from the actual frames of film so not the best resolution.
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And now, some shots of people attending the event.
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Can you guess who the lady is in this picture?