Have you ever stood on the lawn area outside of the Lost Boy Bar (which used to be a marina) at the Disneyland Hotel, and looked up at the very top floor of the Marina Tower, and noticed looking though one set of windows what looks to be an opening to the sky? Perhaps many years ago, you might have even noticed a tree growing up though the roof through that opening in what looked to be a room that was open to the sky?
Well...what you were looking at was the Grandest of Grand Suites at the Disneyland Hotel...The Wrather Suite!
This was a suite that usually is never offered for rent to the General Public at any price. But when it was offered, it went for upwards of $5,000 a night and more.
So who gets to stay in such a special suite? Well, mainly it's used by the hotel's Sales and Marketing Department to entertain site inspectors for major conventions and such. Folks that the hotel is really trying to woo some contracted business out of. Other times it's used as a "function room" for cocktail parties and mixers, or business meetings...and no one actually stays overnight in it. But other times VVIP Guests such as major celebrities, or State Department guests, are invited to stay in it, and they get to experience a truly magical stay in an extraordinary set of rooms. Sometimes a few lucky Disney execs or even just regular Cast Members that might be given a night or two in the Wrather Suite as part of some employment recognition award and such...might find themselves up there for the night. And I'm sure a few lucky guests have been able to stay in it because of "someone they know."
But mostly...it's used to help "sell" the hotel and its convention and conference services and facilities.
I've been very fortunate to have been able to visit the Wrather Suite many times in my life. Mostly for cocktail and party functions. But a few times as a lucky overnighter. And when staying overnight...it really was a very unique and almost James Bond set experience.
So let's take a tour. But I need to point out that my pictures are woefully inadequate for the assignment, and don't show many of the features that I'll be talking about. I just came across the ones you're going to see, but they are incomplete and have been separated from the rest of the photos that I have no idea where those are. Sorry 'bout that.
This main part of the suite takes up half of that entire side of the top floor of the Marina Tower, starting at the very southeast corner and stretching westward! And if you include additional rooms from adjoining doors...it can take up even more of the floor!
When you first walk into the suite, you enter a large foyer area, and your eyes immediately focus on the floor to ceiling glass windows that frame the view of your own private balcony and outside patio that's open to the sky!
Sliding glass doors on all sides allow you to open this space up to the entire suite! Or...close it off except for the sky. And built-in concealed heating vents can warm you on the chilliest nights. Lighting and music controls. Very much like Walt's patio at the Disney Gallery. Pretty nice, eh? Now look closely to the left of the plant on the left...at those little windows under a dome like thing. We'll be pointing those out in the next bit.
Your options at this point are to turn left or right, so let's go left to the Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom. The Master Bedroom is huge with 2 King Beds and plenty of nice furniture and tons of closet space. But the most noticeable feature of the Master Bedroom is on the side of the room that faces the private patio. It's the large curved settee slightly elevated on a platform in the corner that bows out slightly into the private patio area somewhat like a bay-window sitting area.
Some of you are already ahead of me at this point, aren't you? Anyway...at the flip of a switch...this entire platform slowly rotates to take you and your loved one on a little ride out onto that private patio! Weeee! One minute you're sitting on that settee in the Master Bedroom...and the next minute you're sitting on that same settee out on the private patio! Pretty slick. It is kinda hokey in a 60's 70's James Bond-like bachelor pad kinda way...but it's still neat. Now...you want some more bachelor pad stuff? Let's go to the Master Bathroom.
Think white, mirrors, and gold. And think lots of each. This is a HUGE bathroom with multiple vanities and sinks. A sunken Jacuzzi tub. Separate large round shower stall with multiple water jets. A complete wood sauna room. And lots of mirrors. And lots of gold. Gold fixtures all over. Even the uber-thick towels and robes have the Disneyland Hotel's "DH" initials on them in gold thread. This photo doesn't do it justice or cover more than half of the space:
Okay. Let's take a hike back out to the foyer and head to the other side of the private patio and the Living Room, Bar and Dining Areas.
What can I say? Massive. Two Living Room/Sitting Areas separated by a massive James Bond bachelor pad round walk-around Fireplace and hood, that is the centerpiece of the room. Entertainment Center. Bookshelves. And across the way...the Bar.
The fireplace is on the left in that photo above. Also in the photo above, you can see the entryway to the right of the Bar that leads into the full kitchen and Butler's Pantry. In the curving wall that leads to the Dinning Room, you can make out the Pantry Window that goes from the Kitchen to the Dining Room and allows the "passing" of plates, etc.
Here's a bookshelf adjacent to the Bar:
Here we look past the fireplace ring and bar into the Dinning Room and its long row of windows:
And here's a shot looking back from the Dinning Room to the living room area with that Pantry Window on the left, and you can see the walk around fireplace hood/tube extending to the ceiling. Way back there behind the Entertainment Center you can make out part of the entry foyer that leads down to the Master Bedroom and Bathroom:
There is also of course a full Guest Bathroom in the main suite. And further back around the corner from the Dining Room is an adjoining door that leads to another full bedroom and bath.
Just an incredible suite.
Anyway...I'm posting this little tour for two reasons. One...I just happened upon the photos. Two...the Wrather Suite has been renamed the Marina Suite and is right now going through a major (and needed) refurbishment. So I thought now would be a good time to share some old photos of this historic suite that for most of its life was named for the original owner and builder of the Disneyland Hotel...Jack Wrather.
Hope you enjoyed your brief stay.