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    1957 Disneyland Hotel 1st Anniversary Pictures

    Here is a set of photos from the Hotel's 1st anniversary which I am assuming would be August of 1957. The Disneyland Hotel actually opened on October 5, 1955 but its official grand opening was celebrated on August 25, 1956. These photos depict the Wrather family celebrating poolside with a giant, multi-layered cake with "1st Anniversary Disneyland Hotel" decorated on the side of the individual layers. Some interesting facts about these pictures which I will go over in further detail a bit later.

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    The photos above also include Mr. Sherman Harris (and family). Sherm was the Hotel's very first General Manager.

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    Re: 1957 Disneyland Hotel 1st Anniversary Pictures

    These are great, thanks for sharing!
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    Re: 1957 Disneyland Hotel 1st Anniversary Pictures



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    Re: 1957 Disneyland Hotel 1st Anniversary Pictures

    At these photo shoots, multiple pictures were taken and then analyzed for use in various publications. I have uncovered other details about a couple of pictures from this shoot and will share shortly.

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    When I first saw this picture, I had no idea who these people were with Jack & Bonita but they looked vaguely familiar. I knew that I had seen them before but where?

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    Re: 1957 Disneyland Hotel 1st Anniversary Pictures

    What a time capsule these pictures are, showing the clothes and hair styles of the day. I'm sure you have more.
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    There should be a sticky thread called "This Day in Disney History." The company has a long history and this would be a good way to acknowledge it. Walt was born 112 years ago; that's quite a chunk of American history and culture.

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    Re: 1957 Disneyland Hotel 1st Anniversary Pictures

    So, the answer to who these people are (besides the Wrathers) is:



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    And based on the fact that they are wearing the same clothing in each picture, I would bet the two pictures are from the same photo shoot on the same day celebrating the Hotel's 1st anniversary in August of 1957.

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    The above and below were taken from a 1980 Disneyland Hotel magazine publication called Kaleidoscope.



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    Here is another page from that same article in Kaleidoscope:



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    Note the picture on the top right from the Hotel's 1st Anniversary.

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    Here it is from the set of photographs I found in the storage vault.



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    But I am saving my favorite picture for last! If you were fortunate enough to have been at the pool when these photos were shot back in 1957, you got to share in the cake!!!


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    Re: 1957 Disneyland Hotel 1st Anniversary Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Not My Real Name View Post
    showing the… hair styles of the day.
    Or lack-thereof in Jack's case. Great photos as always! Thanks for continuing to post!

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    Re: 1957 Disneyland Hotel 1st Anniversary Pictures

    The Coral Club has changed a lot over the years I'm sure since the opening of the Disneyland Hotel. Does it still exist? Would be fun to have a Coral Club Corner in Trader Sam's, or a least a special Coral Club Cocktail from that era. I'm still one of the first Coconino Cove Club members with Harriet Burns. PD
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    Re: 1957 Disneyland Hotel 1st Anniversary Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by DisWedWay View Post
    The Coral Club has changed a lot over the years I'm sure since the opening of the Disneyland Hotel. Does it still exist? Would be fun to have a Coral Club Corner in Trader Sam's, or a least a special Coral Club Cocktail from that era. PD
    No more Coral Club. Went away in 1999 when they removed all of the original section of the Disneyland Hotel. One thing they did do was, name a room inside Steakhouse 55 as the Oak Room which was a long time club/bar/restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel. When Jack & Bonita were named Disney Legends this past August, my family was fortunate to have dinner with Chris and Molly Wrather and their families at the Oak Room. I had the Hotel staff provide a screan inside the Oak Room where I played a loop of Wrather family and Disneyland Hotel historical pictures. It was a very memorable evening.

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