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Since its opening nearly six decades ago, the Carousel Inn & Suites has had a rich history as one of the first hotels on Harbor Boulevard, and one of the first to bear the new Anaheim Resort branding.
Last year, the Carousel Inn & Suites property was acquired by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to support the expansion of a new Disneyland Resort arrival point — the Eastern Gateway – which will provide guests more parking choices. The expansion is the largest infrastructure project in the Anaheim Resort area in the last 20 years and will include a new parking structure with 6,800 spaces, a new transportation facility and an elevated pedestrian bridge.
As the Carousel Inn takes its last “merry-go-round” on October 18, the hotel reflects on its unique place in Anaheim history, its heritage and progress over the past 59 years.
The Carousel Inn & Suites, which opened just two years after Disneyland welcomed its first guests, boasts an interesting evolution as one of the longest-tenured residents of the Anaheim Resort area. The Inn drew its name, theme and architectural inspiration from the King Arthur Carrousel, one of the original Opening Day attractions at Disneyland in 1955, inspired by Walt Disney’s visits to Griffith Park where his daughters would ride the merry-go-round. One of the iconic horses from the King Arthur Carrousel stands proudly at the Carousel Inn & Suites. Over the years, The Carousel Inn’s prized location has provided its guests a sweeping view of Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park with uninterrupted views of Disneyland Resort’s brilliant firework spectaculars.
The Carousel has seen several iterations through multiple owners throughout its history, with dramatic changes to its style and façade (should include more about the changes to the architecture, theming, etc). In 1987, the Wincome Group purchased the property, revamping it from a motel into a boutique hotel. This took place at the same time Disneyland Resort expanded from a one-park, one-hotel property, marking the beginning of the Anaheim Resort area as the world-renowned destination that it is today.
As the Anaheim Resort area continues to evolve, the constant that remains is the innovation and progress that make Anaheim a world-class destination. With much excitement, The Carousel Inn & Suites welcomes the new Eastern Gateway expansion as an exciting phase in the evolution of the Anaheim Resort Area.
The Carousel Inn & Suites is now closed.