architecture disney alpine gardens restaurant theater
Disneyland, Anaheim, California - 1973








The Project
Working as a designer/draftsman with WED Enterprises, Walt Disney's architectural department, working under Marvin Davis,
to design a new restaurant/theater complex to be centrally located just off the main Disneyland hub in front of Tomorrowland and the Matterhorn.
The Program called for a seating capacity of up to 750 to be terraced around a covered dance floor and stage.
The stage was to be hydraulically operated from the basement corridor system with a dressing room and storage spaces for tables and chairs cleared for evening dancing.
An attached Kitchen would supply 7 to 8 service line windows, all with ample customer queing spaces.
Large, area restrooms shall be included and accessible from both Matterhorn Road and the Tomorrowland entrance.
The Progam was an exceptionally tight fit for the site.

The Project was shelved when a corporate sponsor could not be contracted.
This virtual model was constructed recently from the original plans and sketches done in 1973.


unless noted otherwise all images copyright d. holmes chamberlin jr architect llc





The Plan
The new Alpine Gardens developed around the concept of a circular concrete structure cantilevered over an existing reflection pond
and featured waterfalls, multi-leveled seating, and a central hydraulically operated stage which rose into the restaurant from the basement below.
The stage is separated from customers by a low planter system and features a water "curtain" when it is not being used or when desired for artist entries and exits.
The kitchen and extensive restroom facilities were pushed to the rear of the design, against the AT&T building so that the restaurant area
can take full advantage of the garden, castle, and Matterhorn views.



View from the main Disneyland hub looking east, shows reflection pond and cantilevered seating with planters and waterfall.
Alpine Gardens, Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
virtual model by d holmes chamberlin jr - architect - llc.



South elevation, Alpine Gardens, Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
virtual model by d holmes chamberlin jr - architect - llc.



Hydraulic stage with water "curtain", Alpine Gardens, Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
virtual model by d holmes chamberlin jr - architect - llc.



Stage with water curtain off, Alpine Gardens, Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
virtual model by d holmes chamberlin jr - architect - llc.



Preliminary model of Alpine Gardens with overall Disneyland model, Wed Enterprises, Glendale, California, 1973.
Alpine Gardens model by d holmes chamberlin jr
Disneyland base model by WED Enterprises model makers



One of the original design study sketches for Alpine Gardens, WED Enterprises, Glendale, California, 1973.
sketch by d holmes chamberlin jr.



One of the original architectural floor plans developed for Alpine Gardens, WED Enterprises, Glendale, California, 1973.
This version features a different location for the hydraulic stage.
drawing by d holmes chamberlin jr.








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page last revised april 2015