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  • #21
    Re: Disneyland Hotel Mid 1980's

    I've only stayed there once, and that was in Sept of 1989 for a convention. At that time I wasn't overly impressed with the rooms at the convention price, let alone the usual listed price. I would say the place was "tired" by that point in time. I do miss Sergeant Preston's tho.

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    • #22
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      Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
      I've only stayed there once, and that was in Sept of 1989 for a convention. At that time I wasn't overly impressed with the rooms at the convention price, let alone the usual listed price. I would say the place was "tired" by that point in time. I do miss Sergeant Preston's tho.
      I hear that a lot. I will say though, right around 1989, Disney started working their "magic" on the place and they did implement many changes for the better. The poor Hotel suffered while in sales limbo between Wrather and Disney.
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      • #23
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        Thanks for those great photos. Our first stay at the DLH was in 1983, and your photos bring back some great memories.

        We always made our reservations through the old Magic Kingdom Club. Those were fun times.

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        • #24
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          Can someone tell me about the marina?? Not having ever been to the Disneyland Hotel, with the exception of using the monorail only, I never knew such a thing existed. Was there a man-made lake behind there and if so, how big are we talking here? It is a long ways from the ocean so I am curious.

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          • #25
            Re: Disneyland Hotel Mid 1980's

            Probably better to show you with pictures. First picture is an overhead (from 1979) showing most of the Hotel property.



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            Next is a close-up of the Marina from this overhead. It will give you an idea of where it was at and how big it was.



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            And even closer still:



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            And finally, here is a color shot of the Marina literally days before they tore it down from 1999.

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            • #26
              Re: Disneyland Hotel Mid 1980's

              Wow, thanks for the pics. It must have been very picturesque in its day. How beautiful!! It would be nice to head back to the hotel after a loud day in the park and relax next to the water.

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              • #27
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                Originally posted by Tamiele View Post
                Wow, thanks for the pics. It must have been very picturesque in its day. How beautiful!! It would be nice to head back to the hotel after a loud day in the park and relax next to the water.
                It was beautiful and also very relaxing. Dinner next to the water was also nice. I remember a few times just setting on the wharf area and listening to the band playing on a beautiful summer evening. Pure bliss.
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                • #28
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                  Would've been nice to be able to afford to stay at this hotel back then, but alas I was just a young'un and making barely enough to pay rent.

                  I wouldn't pay to stay at the DLH of today.
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                  • #29
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                    Originally posted by calsig31 View Post
                    I really miss the marina. I wish there was some way to bring it back, but since the invasion of Downtown Disney, there is just no other place to put the pool.
                    I actually did a DLR site plan years ago I was going to put up but never got around to, that proposed reinstating the marina as a new resort feature. I did a quick Photoshop mockup below:








                    My thinking was that eventually (possibly decades from now), the Paradise Pier Hotel could be demolished, and replaced with a more low-level, Victorian themed waterfront resort based on the Hotel del Coranado:











                    While part of the hotel would retain the current hotel's views of DCA, the new hotel would have to be much more sprawled across ground level to compensate for the rooms lost from the tower. To act as the hotel's new northern edge (and to give the guests in the new extension something to look at), the bottom floor of the hotel would instead be filled with shops and restaurants across a waterfront boardwalk, much like the Boardwalk hotel at WDW.











                    The Paradise Pier Hotel waterfront would wrap around a new marina, which would be shared with the Disneyland Hotel's southern tower. The new marina could have all the same paddle boats and rental stuff that the original had, and could be sort of "middle ground" between the PPH and the DLH. The idea was that instead of the current PPH hotel which has 3/4 of the rooms looking out over parking lots, the new Victorian hotel would have every room looking out over some kind of water feature. The eastern edge would have DCA's Paradise Bay and World of Color, the northern edge would have the new marina, and the southern edge would look out over a new water park which I never really defined.

                    This was all part of a "resort district" proposal I came up with that would sort of unite the three hotels around some shared amenities, and might give the DLR a more immersive, WDW-like feel overall. My thinking was that with the new marina, the water park, and even a new mini-golf course (I once started a thread about that idea here), DLR guests would feel like spending much more of their time on property.

                    Just a pipe dream, I guess.

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                    • #30
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                      Yeah, I have some good memories of the old DLH. I stayed there twice, once in the late 80's, then again in the early 90's. But I have fond memories of my wife and I taking our two young kids to the hotel to see the dancing waters show and fireworks from the parking lot. Also, at times my wife and I would leave the kids at home and go to the Neon Cactus! We had family come in from the East Coast once, and we ate breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen in the late 80's (the original one). It moved locations after that, and of course both of those locations are now torn down and part of downtown Disney where the AMC Theater and ESPN Zone are located, I think.

                      I also have fond memories of going through the waterfalls with the kids. That loss hurt the most. As well as taking the kids Ice skating on a floating barge in the marina during the Christmas holidays. I too, miss that marina.

                      Thanks so much for all of the great photos, Don! I still need to get your book! As much as I love Disneyland History, the hotel is just as interesting, and still connected directly to Walt. I also had the pleasure of attending a private party at the Wrather Suite (which was rather sweet!) right before they closed it down to do the re-model of the whole tower. It was in pretty outdated, and still looked like it was a snapshot right out of the early 80's, but man you could tell it was opulent back then!

                      But with all of the loss, time marches on and I have high hopes for the new look and amenities. I do hope they do as good a job as they are in DCA! I have been staying away from the property for the most part (other than visiting the waterfalls right before they closed, and visiting the Jack Wrather Suite) so that I can get the full effect once it is all done.
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                      • #31
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                        GREAT POST!

                        I have awesome memories of the hotel of old in the mid to late 80's with my girlfriend at the time. It made for such a neat (and cheap) date night. Sitting along the marina watching the sun go down and the lights around us getting brighter. Playing air hockey in the "underwater" arcade. Watching the Dancing Waters show. Strolling along the waterfalls. Just great fun.
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                        • #32
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                          Originally posted by MarkTwain View Post
                          I actually did a DLR site plan years ago I was going to put up but never got around to, that proposed reinstating the marina as a new resort feature. I did a quick Photoshop mockup below:

                          My thinking was that eventually (possibly decades from now), the Paradise Pier Hotel could be demolished, and replaced with a more low-level, Victorian themed waterfront resort based on the Hotel del Coranado:

                          While part of the hotel would retain the current hotel's views of DCA, the new hotel would have to be much more sprawled across ground level to compensate for the rooms lost from the tower. To act as the hotel's new northern edge (and to give the guests in the new extension something to look at), the bottom floor of the hotel would instead be filled with shops and restaurants across a waterfront boardwalk, much like the Boardwalk hotel at WDW.

                          The Paradise Pier Hotel waterfront would wrap around a new marina, which would be shared with the Disneyland Hotel's southern tower. The new marina could have all the same paddle boats and rental stuff that the original had, and could be sort of "middle ground" between the PPH and the DLH. The idea was that instead of the current PPH hotel which has 3/4 of the rooms looking out over parking lots, the new Victorian hotel would have every room looking out over some kind of water feature. The eastern edge would have DCA's Paradise Bay and World of Color, the northern edge would have the new marina, and the southern edge would look out over a new water park which I never really defined.

                          This was all part of a "resort district" proposal I came up with that would sort of unite the three hotels around some shared amenities, and might give the DLR a more immersive, WDW-like feel overall. My thinking was that with the new marina, the water park, and even a new mini-golf course (I once started a thread about that idea here), DLR guests would feel like spending much more of their time on property.

                          Just a pipe dream, I guess.
                          This looks awesome. Nice work and some great touches.

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                          Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
                          Yep -- El Vaquero (a great steak house with Mexican specialties), the California Kitchen buffet and the Monorail Cafe were in the building adjoining the Sierra Pool, back in the days before Goofy's Kitchen and the toonification of the Disneyland Hotel.
                          Does anybody remember an establishment called the Country Kitchen? I have some great shots of this. This is from my book:

                          The Country Kitchen (a family oriented restaurant) was added with its old-world decor and a buffet of Mediterranean cooking (renamed the Chef's Kitchen in the latter part of 1973). On Sundays, a Champagne Brunch was available with a bubbling punch fountain for children. The specialty was Eggs Benedict. Served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., costs for adults (including one glass of champagne) was $2.95, and children under 12, $1.50. The Country Kitchen overlooked the Hotel's original pool, now named the Sierra Swimming Pool.

                          Does anybody want to see these shots????
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                          • #33
                            Re: Disneyland Hotel Mid 1980's

                            Originally posted by oldhotelguy View Post
                            Does anybody remember an establishment called the Country Kitchen? I have some great shots of this. This is from my book:

                            The Country Kitchen (a family oriented restaurant) was added with its old-world decor and a buffet of Mediterranean cooking (renamed the Chef's Kitchen in the latter part of 1973). On Sundays, a Champagne Brunch was available with a bubbling punch fountain for children. The specialty was Eggs Benedict. Served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., costs for adults (including one glass of champagne) was $2.95, and children under 12, $1.50. The Country Kitchen overlooked the Hotel's original pool, now named the Sierra Swimming Pool.

                            Does anybody want to see these shots????
                            I would love to see them! (And my bad, it was Country Kitchen next to El Vaquero, not "California" Kitchen as I mis-remembered.) I think County Kitchen was remodeled and renamed "Chef's Kitchen" before it got Goofyized.

                            The other restaurant I'd like to see pics of is Villa Verde -- a wonderful restaurant on the marina which also later got toonified.
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                            • #34
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                              Here you go. I have close to 20 of this establishment again from Al Nicholson's collection. Looked like a very cozy place!

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                              • #35
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                                Great pictures! I like DTD for what it is, but I used to love that Disney shop that was just right after you exit the monorail - before Disney Stores became common, we'd go there for our Disney fix if we weren't going into the park. Then right next to it and the pool there was that two or three story building with more shops and and a small fast food place right around where Rainforest Cafe and ESPN Zone are now - if memory serves, that photo of the kid looking up at the Pooh plush is one of those stores in that building. I miss the old Fantasy Waters show. And for some reason I really miss the Monorail Cafe. Food wasn't even that great but I just really liked hanging out there. oldhotelguy, any pictures of that?
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                                • #36
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                                  I do have some pics of the Monorail Cafe. Let me dig them up. May take a few minutes.

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                                  I do have more but not with me at the moment.



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                                  These are pretty low resolution.

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                                  • #37
                                    Re: Disneyland Hotel Mid 1980's

                                    Looks about right.. I have some pictures from inside that restaurant but it was under the Goofys Kitchen days, unless Minnie and them still visited under the old name..

                                    Do you have any more photos, Don, from the shops and restaurants in that building parallel to the old Sierra pool?

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                                    • #38
                                      Re: Disneyland Hotel Mid 1980's

                                      Originally posted by HiddenMickey87 View Post
                                      Looks about right.. I have some pictures from inside that restaurant but it was under the Goofys Kitchen days, unless Minnie and them still visited under the old name..

                                      Do you have any more photos, Don, from the shops and restaurants in that building parallel to the old Sierra pool?
                                      Hundreds of them.
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                                      • #39
                                        Re: Disneyland Hotel Mid 1980's

                                        Also, do you by chance have any photos of the dancing waters area from the 80's? Before it was transformed into Fantasy Waters, I'm curious to see what the area looked like.

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                                        • #40
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                                          Originally posted by FantasyWatersDude View Post
                                          Also, do you by chance have any photos of the dancing waters area from the 80's? Before it was transformed into Fantasy Waters, I'm curious to see what the area looked like.
                                          This is from July 1979.



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