Hotel Gazebos and Childhood Curiosity
I'm somewhat obsessed with the Disneyland Hotel as of late. Opening in 1955, the hotel has nearly as much history as Disneyland itself, crucial as a model for future Disney resorts as well as the very development of Orange County. The Disneyland Hotel has always been there in background of my youth, but it was always a distant mystery. Living in Southern California, there was never any need for our family to ever stay there, so it just taunted me from the parking lot as we left for the night. I looked at the hotel in the distance pondering that there were kids, lucky kids, who were staying at Disneyland for the night. How cool was that? Alas, it wasn't until much, much later in life as an adult that I would ever get to stay there and explore the place. As such, I usually begin or end any trip to the Disneyland Resort by wandering the hotel grounds looking for bits of lost history, satisfying my childhood curiosity.
Pictured here is the gazebo that flanks the hotel and its lovely lawns, often used for wedding ceremonies. The Frontier Tower looms in the background, with the Adventure Tower to the right of the frame and Trader Sam's and the central Pool area flanking that. Wandering to the left will eventually lead you to the Paradise Pier Hotel and the Grand Californian.
Website: Consumer Machine
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