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    August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    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?


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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    awesome! any chance you'll be uploading the video for us?

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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    I do not own the rights to the footage. I believe a DVD project is in the works on Hotel history using this footage plus much more from this amazing vault find.

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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    ohhh ok makes sense. thanks for the info

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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing! I have no idea who that lady in the pic is? Any hints?
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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    Quote Originally Posted by Indiana Joe View Post
    Amazing! Thanks for sharing! I have no idea who that lady in the pic is? Any hints?
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    On tv her address was 1313 Mockingbird Lane

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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    she played Lilian on the Munsters.

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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    Thanks for the hint...Yvonne DeCarlo! Also the woman in the pic above that with Jack Wrather - she was the lady who invested with him (can't remember her name) originally in the hotel. He bought her out a few years later if I remember correctly from reading your books

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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    Helen Alvarez is also pictured and she was co-owner from 1955 to 1958.

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    Walt Disney was also present for opening day.



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    And the Disneyland Band.


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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    Killer find! I know he's mid-sentance but Walt doesn't look too happy there. LOL!

    The woman is Yvonne De Carlo. Speaking of The Munsters I met Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) a few years ago. Great guy! I wish I could find the photo GREAT! Now I have The Munsters theme song in my head.

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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    Wow thank you for sharing!! Very amazing!


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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    That is so awesome!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this! I am totally enthralled by seeing old Disney/Disneyland/Disneyland Hotel stuff.

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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    Cool! thanks for sharing.

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    Re: August 25, 1956 Disneyland Hotel Opens Amazing Footage

    Quote Originally Posted by 10/6 View Post
    Killer find! I know he's mid-sentance but Walt doesn't look too happy there. LOL!

    The woman is Yvonne De Carlo. Speaking of The Munsters I met Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) a few years ago. Great guy! I wish I could find the photo GREAT! Now I have The Munsters theme song in my head.

    I love this golden age of Hollywood.
    I actually spoke with Yvonne's son on the phone to get permission to use her picture in my latest book. He was very nice. He told me that his mother loved that role as Lily Munster. She loved to act. I think the Munsters is a great, classic show.

    I have several shots of Walt at the opening but I was told, he wasn't there for very long. Pictures of Walt at the Disneyland Hotel are scarce. I believe I have a total of 30 and most are from the City of Hope Telerama from 1957. I have footage of Walt from that event with sound.

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