RETRO DISNEYLAND HISTORY
On August 27 1955, The Mickey Mouse Club Theater officially opened to the public in Disneyland near the famous tea cups and King Arthur Carrousel.
Air-conditioned and home to the “3D Jamboree” color film, the theatre would be the one place in Fantasyland you could see the “fab five” characters.
The Mickey Mouse Club Theater changed its name to Fantasyland Theater in 1964 and remained open until 1982:
You can see how the Medieval Tournament theme of the original Fantasyland at opening morphed into today’s European fairytale village:
Today, the space is used for Pinocchio’s Daring Journey:
Across the street, the original Howard Johnson Hotel was underway in 1964. The HoJo opened in 1965 just a few months after the renaming of the Fantasyland Theater. Now looming east of Tomorrowland was the gleaming new Howard Johnson tower by architect William L. Pereiera. Since the trees were not very tall in those days, HoJo guests could view a good portion of Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and other area’s of Walt’s park.
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