The Disneyland Resort Offers Variety of Attractions
The Disneyland Destination, also known as Disneyland, is a Californian entertainment resort that offers a variety of attractions. A branch of The Walt Disney Company called Parks, Experiences, and Products is in charge of the operation of the park and ownership. Aside from its two theme parks (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure), the city is also home to three hotels as well as a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex are known as Downtown Disney.
It was Walt Disney who conceptualized and designed the resort back in the 1950s. It was on July 17, 1955, that the Disneyland Resort officially opened its doors to guests. The site consisted of Disneyland, a 100-acre parking lot (with 15,167 places), and the Disneyland Hotel, which was owned and operated by Disney’s business partner Jack Wrather.
Because of the success achieved by Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida with the multi-park, multi-hotel business model, the company purchased huge tracts of property near Disneyland in order to replicate the same business model in Anaheim.
In order to cover the entire complex, the property was renamed the Disneyland Resort, whilst the original theme park was renamed Disneyland Park during the construction phase. The Walt Disney Company sold the Disneyland Hotel to the Tokyu Group, which purchased the Pan Pacific Hotel from the Wrather Company as well.
In 2000, the Pan Pacific Hotel was transformed into Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, a second theme park titled Disney California Adventure, and the Downtown Disney retail, dining, and entertainment district were all added to the property in 2001, bringing the total number of attractions to four.
Among Walt Disney’s early ideas for an amusement park was the creation of a “Mickey Mouse Park,” which would be placed near to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California (presently the site of the West Coast headquarters of ABC).
In the course of developing new ideas, Walt and his brother Roy realized that the Burbank location would be insufficient for the project’s needs, and they hired a consultant from Stanford Research Institute to provide them with information on possible locations as well as information on economic feasibility. The consultant advised a remote location in Anaheim, close to the Santa Ana Freeway, which was still under construction at the time.
The consultant was correct in his prediction that the region, which at the time was surrounded by orange groves, would eventually become the population hub of Southern California. Disney intended to create a hotel at Disneyland because the location was so far away from Southern California’s population centers in the 1950s. This would allow tourists who were driving long distances to spend the night at the park.
In order to avoid losing all of his financial resources, Walt struck an agreement with Hollywood producer Jack Wrather under which he would build and operate a hotel called the Disneyland Hotel directly across the street from Disneyland.
This article was originally posted at Once Over Restoration.