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Disneyland Hotel celebrates 55 years

The destination first opened on Oct. 5, 1955.

By Kristen SchottPublished: October 06, 2010 08:30 AM

The Disneyland Hotel cast members and officials gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the destination's 55th anniversary in Anaheim.

Cast members celebrated the anniversary with a cake designed after one of the hotel towers and Monorail.

When the 104-room property opened on Oct. 5, 1955 – nearly three months after the park's opening day – it was the first major hotel in Orange County.

Today, the hotel boasts nearly 970 boasts rooms and signature suites, and it's currently undergoing an expansion that includes renovated rooms, a new courtyard and pool area – one of which will feature a nod to the original Disneyland signage (shown below).


This photo, taken in 1961, shows the Monorail track that was expanded to transport guests between Disneyland and the hotel. It was the only monorail in the country to cross a public street at that time.

For more on the renovations, click here.

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