Have you ever been to a welcome center, small country store or roadside attraction that had a book where you could sign in? Sort of a registry which showed where guests had traveled from to reach that destination? Traveling on many road trips with my family as a kid, I loved finding these books and seeing all the exotic places other people had come from – Australia! England! Tallahassee!
Did you know that for years there was a place at Disneyland park which housed registry books from each state in which guests could sign their names? Carefree Corner opened on August 22, 1956, and in addition to hosting the guest sign-in books, it was the official information center on Main Street, U.S. A.
Guests could sign their names in books from their home state, Canada or other countries, as well as get travel and reservation assistance and directions to park attractions. And when the first free guides to the park were available in 1965, guests picked them up at Carefree Corner.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Nancy Roeder, a current Disneyland Resort cast member who was once a Carefree Corner hostess. “People were amazed by the books,” she said, but what she enjoyed most about her role at Carefree Corner was the contact she had with guests.
“I got to know a lot of people,” she said. Nancy recalled one couple specifically, with whom she stayed in contact for many years. Sadly, the husband has passed away, but Nancy still makes time to bring lunch to his wife – “to bring a little Disney into her life.”
Now the home of Main Street Photo Supply, the address at 222 Main Street has housed many tenants through the years:
- Plaza Hotel (1955)
- Plaza Apts – a guest registry location (1955 – 1956)
- Carefree Corner – a complete tourist information and registration center (1956 – 1985)
- The Card Corner, Gibson Greetings – also served as Official Disneyland Information and Registration Center (1985 – 1988)
- Carefree Corner – merchandise location and Official Disneyland Information and Registration Center (1989 – 1994)
- Main Street Photo Supply Company (1994 – present)
Did you ever sign the registry at Carefree Corner?