The Orange County Register is reporting that the Walt Disney Company, through a subsidiary, has bought the Carousel Inn, located across Harbor Blvd from Disneyland, for $32 million.
According to the Register, Disney is not planning to assume operation of the hotel, which will remain under control of its current management. So this appears simply to be a case of Disney taking the rare opportunity to buy land adjacent to the Disneyland Resort when it became available.
Disney has bought Anaheim-area hotels before. The iconic Disneyland Hotel, after all, did not start under Disney ownership. Jack Wrather built and owned the hotel, using the Disneyland name under license, until the Walt Disney Company bought it in 1989 -- five years after Wrather's death.
FWIW, that was the deal that gave Disney control, for a while at least, of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, which inspired Disney Imagineers to design a theme park to surround it -- plans that eventually became Tokyo DisneySea.
In 1995, Disney bought the Pan Pacific Hotel, which eventually became the Paradise Pier Hotel.
Therefore, the Grand Californian is the only Disney-owned Anaheim hotel that's always been in Disney's hands.Tweet
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