As he had done for several other projects in his career, Walt Disney pushed his resources to their absolute limit in building Disneyland, mortgaging his home and selling his life insurance policy. But his plans didn't include a hotel, and he didn't have the money to build one. Knowing a hotel near Disneyland would do well, he convinced his friend Jack Wrather, a businessman and Hollywood producer, to build upscale accommodations across the street.
The Disneyland Hotel opened Oct. 5, 1955, with 104 rooms in five buildings. As Disneyland thrived, so did the hotel, adding Monorail service directly to Tomorrowland, three high-rise towers and a waterfront marina. Jack refused multiple buyout offers, but after his passing in 1984, the Wrather Corp. was co-purchased by Disney on January 21,1988, in a deal that secured it control of the Disneyland Hotel.
Jack and his wife, Bonita (for whom the present-day Frontierland Tower was originally named), were posthumously named Disney Legends in 2011.
very cool....Dr Lee