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Disneyland Hotel gears up for revamp

The makeover begins in August; features upgraded guest rooms, exterior.

By Kristen SchottPublished: June 17, 2009 09:54 AM

The Disneyland Hotel just got better: The 970-room Southern California landmark is planning for a major renovation of its interior and exterior beginning in August.

It's the largest and most extensive renovation of one of Disney's classic hotels, according to Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier. Built in 1955, it is the oldest on the resort's 500-acre campus, which includes two others: Paradise Pier and the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

The Disneyland Hotel has undergone a number of gradual changes since it was first built. Refurbishments have included adding new paint to building additional towers, according to spokesman David Gill. The last upgrade occurred in 2007, when Steakhouse 55 was renovated to include a more contemporary style, with historical pictures of Walt Disney and legendary celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin lining the walls. Other recent updates include a new concierge lounge in 2006 and a multiphase guest room refurbishment.

The newest revamp – which is expected to be completed in 2012 – encompasses the hotel's three main structures: the Magic, Wonder and Dreams towers. Construction will take place in one vertical half of a tower at a time, allowing the rest of the space to still be accessed by guests. The Dreams tower will undergo its facelift first and is scheduled for completion in June of next year.

Among the changes being implemented throughout the hotel: Guest rooms will feature new, contemporary Disney touches, such as headboards carved to depict Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and fiber optics on the background of the headboard that are used to create a skyline with fireworks. Amenities such as flat-screen TVs, mini refrigerators, and cable and wireless Internet connections will be added, and plumbing, electrical and heating and air conditioning systems are set to get upgrades, as well.

The hotel's current sliding doors and faux balcony railings will be replaced with larger double-pane windows that offer a smooth, sleek blue tint. They are designed to be energy efficient and will filter outside noise.

“The new design for the hotel’s exterior will enhance the existing towers and compliment the resort as a whole," says Mike Montague, the director of resort development for Walt Disney Imagineering.

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