Monday, January 2, 2012

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Opens at Disneyland Resort


Jan 02, 2001
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Opens at Disneyland Resort

The first hotel to ever be located inside a Disney theme park is no ordinary hotel… it’s grand! On this day in 2001, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel opened its golden gates for the first time, allowing guests to stay within Disney’s California Adventure park. Although guests could enjoy the adventure of Disneyland park, California Adventure was not yet open, nor was Downtown Disney District for another ten days. On February 8th, Disney’s California Adventure held its grand opening, along with the official grand opening of the Grand Californian Hotel, allowing Guests to have a grand experience at the newly expanded Disneyland Resort.

Disney's Mickey Mouse film The Worm Turns - featuring the voices of Walt Disney as Mickey and Billy Bletcher as the dog catcher - is released.

Conductor Leopold Stokowski arrives in Los Angeles for a session for Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

At Disneyland's Frontierland, the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland attraction closes. (It will later be replaced by Big Thunder Mountain.)

Disney World's Dumbo's Circus Parade kicks off down Main Street, USA. (January 2, 1979 - December 21, 1979). he parade featured "colorful costumes, comical ballerinas, a circus train, floats, ringmaster Mickey Mouse and Dumbo himself." 

The Astuter Computer Revue, a show in EPCOT Center's CommuniCore East, closes. The attraction took place on a second-floor terraced theater that overlooked a large room housing some of the computers used to operate the park. It was hosted by a projected host who sang and danced his way across computer banks in the foreground of the room in an attempt to explain the role of computers at Walt Disney World. The Astuter Computer Revue will be the first attraction ever to be removed from EPCOT. It will be replaced in February 1984 by Backstage Magic.

CLICK HERE to download the Computer Revue Song

CLICK HERE to hear the whole Astuter Computer Revue "live"

Today is World of Motion's final day of operation at Epcot. An opening day attraction, visitors traveled on Omniover vehicles through humorous technology-themed scenes. (Test Track will eventually take its place.)

Disney unveils its Grand Californian Hotel, offering a few hundred guests a preview of the high-end rooms and service the company hopes will transform the updated Anaheim vacation spot. The hotel is the first in the U.S. to be located inside a Disney theme park. The Grand Californian Hotel features 2 full-service restaurants (Storytellers Cafe and Napa Rose) and a snack bar (Whitewater Snacks). Although its grand opening will be in February, the first paying guests are welcomed on this day.

Effective this day, all current Walt Disney World admission media will now require ticket tag finger scans.

In observance with the Tournament of Roses “Never on Sunday” tradition, the 117th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California takes place on a Monday. Disney takes part in the event with a float featuring recreations of all 5 castles from each of its theme parks.

Opening night of "Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic" begins at 7 p.m. at the First Arena in Elmira, New York.

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs a concert of symphonic arrangements from the Walt Disney Studio archives at Powell Symphony Hall in Grand Center. The concert is synchronized with images from such Disney classics as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and Tarzan.

It is reported that The United Way of Palm Beach County, Florida is offering a program in which volunteers can earn a day at a Disney park.

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