March 30, 2009

Disneyland Hotel Makeover

Rumors abound that a remodel or demolition and rebuild of the classic Disneyland Hotel is on its way. Recent photos have surfaced of "test rooms" with different paint schemes and window treatments. Of course, some of us are holding out for that classic "Mictorian" look to make its debut. Think Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel or the Disneyland Hotel in Paris. Certainly all are beautiful properties worthy of carrying the flagship Disney name.

However, the more I think about it, the more I see Disney suits choosing to revamp the 1950s era hotel into something very similar to what we find in Hong Kong Disneyland's Hollywood Hotel. As all three of these photos show, the style would easily fit the original architectural and structure of what currently sits on Anaheim's precious land. Moreover, the mid-century Americana look is stylistically back in vogue.

Thinking further, the current Neverland pool area could remain, as the movie Peter Pan made its debut in 1953, thus fitting in perfectly. Add in a trendy martini bar and some other retro touches. Maybe even a new version of Disney's Hollywood Studios' Prime Time Cafe. Mix carefully to a great result and a good complement to Disney's California Adventure. Bonus: Even the new monorail cars have a 50s era sensibility.

This hotel remake could be a very fun idea, resulting in an appealing classic look at much less expense than a full demolition and startover. In the minds of the Disney suits, this has to be the most appealing aspect of all.

Wanna place your bets?

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