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December 11

December 11, 1995 – The Disneyland Pacific Hotel is Acquired

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“The acquisition of the Pan Pacific Hotel enables us to offer additional lodging choices for the guests of the Disneyland Resort.” – President of Disneyland Paul Pressler

On December 11, 1995, the Disneyland Pacific Hotel opened after an extensive deal with the original owners, the Tokyu Group. The hotel was originally built by the Tokyu Group in 1984, and was named the Emerald of Anaheim. In 1989, after a consolidation effort by the Tokyu Group of its two hotel brands, the hotel was renamed the Pan Pacific. In 1995, the hotel was acquired by Disney for $36 million (about $56.5 million in adjusted inflation). In 1996, a special cast-only pin was released this day, celebrating one year of Disney ownership of the hotel.

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November 19

November 19, 1990 – The Beach Club Resort Opens in Walt Disney World

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“Discover the casual elegance of this charming, New England-style Resort hotel.”

On November 19, 1990, the Beach Club Resort opened in Walt Disney World, next door to the Yacht Club Resort and near the International Gateway of Epcot’s World Showcase. The deluxe resort was designed by architect Robert Stern, and features a New-England coastal style. It features several special amenities, including a 750,000 gallon, three-acre swimming pool known as Stormalong Bay, as well as a special character dining experience at Cape May Café.

October 5

October 5, 1955 – The Disneyland Hotel Opens

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“Be surrounded in the spirit and wonder of Disneyland past and present.”

On October 5, 1955, the Disneyland Hotel opened across the street from the Disneyland Park. When the park was in development, Walt Disney wanted to build a hotel nearby, but didn’t have the funds to do so. Entrepreneur Jack Wrather, a friend of Walt’s, was convinced to build the first Disneyland Hotel, a simple motor inn with only 100 rooms. The hotel, owned under the Wrather Corporation, grew over the years, and after Walt’s death, the Disney Company decided that it was time that it owned the hotel. In 1988, after acquiring the Wrather Corporation, they not only gained complete control of the hotel, but the Queen Mary in Long Beach as well. The Disneyland Hotel is notable for its connection to the park by monorail, making it one of the most popular hotels on the Disneyland property. The hotel is also known for its selection of restaurants, the monorail-themed pool, and its three towers: Adventure, Fantasy, and Frontier.

June 1

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June 1, 2009 – The Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

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“Surrounded by the lush forest along the Saddagoula River, the Treehouse Villas are an enchanting hideaway just a walk or boat ride away from the heart of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.”

On June 1, 2009, the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa open at Walt Disney World. These villas used to be accommodations at Lake Buena Vista, opening in 1975, but were closed in 2002. The villas were given a major remodel and made part of the Saratoga Springs Resort, a Disney Vacation Club resort. Located a boat ride away from Downtown Disney, the villas are elevated at least ten feet from the ground, and are exquisite rooms complete with kitchens, spacious living area, and private decks.

May 27

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May 27, 1992 – The Sequoia Lodge Hotel Opens in Disneyland Paris

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“Relax in this cosy mountain retreat that has the authentic feel of peaceful nights spent around a flickering fireplace.”

On May 27, 1992, the Sequoia Lodge opened in Disneyland Paris. Designed by Antoine Grumbach, it was designed to capture the feel of a rustic wilderness retreat while surrounding Lake Disney. The lodge has several types of rooms, including a standard room, a Montana room, and a Golden Forest Club room. The hotel also includes two places for guests to dine: the Hunter’s Grill and Beaver Creek Tavern, which serves an all-you-can-eat buffet of hearty American fare; and the Redwood Bar and Lounge, where guests can grab a cocktail in front of a roaring fire. The lodge also features a sauna and fitness center, as well as in-hotel shopping at the Boutique: Northwest Passage.

May 24

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May 24, 1918 – Investor, Producer, and Disney Legend Jack Wrather is Born

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“My father had the notion that business should be fun. He had more fun with the Disneyland Hotel than with any other investment.” – Chris Wrather

On May 24, 1918, John Devereaux Wrather was born in Amarillo, Texas. A millionaire through his work in the oil industry, as well as through the expansion of his father’s company Wrather Petroleum Company, he headed to Hollywood after serving as a Marine during World War II. Wrather became a successful producer for several studios, diversifying his company into other entertainment mediums, including music and television. In 1954, Wrather reached a deal with Walt Disney to build a hotel near the Disneyland Park, which would become the Disneyland Hotel. The hotel broke ground mid-March of 1955, and was completed six-and-a-half months later. The hotel was groundbreaking as a new mix of entertainment and lodging, and continued to grow with the changing landscape of Orange County. Wrather’s contribution to the Disney Park set the standard for other Disney hotels. Wrather passed away in 1984 at the age of 66. He was honored as a Disney Legend in 2011.

July 7

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July 7, 2000 – The Disney Ambassador Hotel Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

Disney Ambassador Hotel

“Amid the art deco styling are touches of magic that only a Disney Hotel can provide.”

On July 7, 2000, the Disney Ambassador Hotel opened its doors in Tokyo Disneyland. The hotel has an art deco motif, with the main lobby featuring a statue of Mickey as a 1930s movie director. There are several different themes to pick from in choosing a room, from a Donald Duck room to family room, along with the option of a suite. The hotel is also home to several restaurants, including Chef Mickey (casual dining in buffet style), the Empire Grill (California-style food), Hana (Japanese style food), Tick Tock Diner (reminiscent of a 50s diner), and the Hyperion Lounge. Weddings can also be held at the hotel, with guests able to take their vows in the Rose Chapel.