Wednesday, November 16, 2016
My pal "Mr. X" has been very generous over the years, and the trend happily continues! He recently gave me a number of slides and negatives from 1999 with some great images of the Monorail Cafe over at the Disneyland Hotel. Señor X knew that the cafe's days were numbered, and he wisely snapped a number of very nice shots.
This fabulous wall mural is probably one of the features that visitors recall most vividly. It's like a giant attraction poster!
Author and Disneyland Hotel historian Don Ballard wrote about the Monorail cafe on his excellent blog; here's what he said: Another sorely missed and beloved sight from the Disneyland Hotel's history is the Monorail Cafe. Originally, this restaurant was known as the Coffee Shop from 1956 to 1986. Bonita Granville-Wrather changed the name and re-themed the restaurant just two years before disney negotiated the acquisition of the Disneyland Hotel.
Don continues: A favorite spot for just about everybody, the Monorail Cafe featured sandwiches, burgers, salads, chicken and the best milkshakes in town. It was a great place to relax and get a mid-day meal after having walked for miles at the Park. The waitresses were friendly, the prices were reasonable and the decor was priceless.
Sadly, I never visited the Monorail Cafe, but I sure wish I had. The thought of that beautiful mural being destroyed by bulldozers is a bummer.
Stay tuned for part two, in which we'll see some other great shots of the inside of the Monorail Cafe!