Disneyland guests who have always dreamed of living like “The Jetsons” in Monsanto’s House of the Future will soon be able to spend the night in a hotel suite that pays homage to Tomorrowland’s mid-century modern masterpiece.
The new House of the Future Retro Suite will open this summer at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel across from Disneyland.
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The HoJo HoFu suite is inspired by the Monsanto House of the Future which was located at the entrance to Tomorrowland from 1957 to 1967.
Disneyland’s original Future House stood like a fiberglass cloverleaf with cantilevered wings that extended along an X-axis atop a central pedestal. The walking attraction featured groundbreaking space-age inventions like microwaves, dishwashers, and plastic furniture.
Howard Johnson’s new retro-futuristic House of the Future suite features multi-paned windows that offer views of the Disneyland monorail with the peak of the Matterhorn Bobsleds visible in the distance.
A modern flat-screen television mounted on the wall in the House of the Future suite mimics the curved frame of a 1950s CRT television. Mid-century style seating by Modernica and Herman Miller, accent panels by Modular Arts and vintage lighting from Restoration Hardware complete the Space Age look. Custom artwork by Southern California retro artist Shag depicting a family scene in the living room of the House of the Future hangs on the wall of the new suite.
A vintage record player in the suite comes with a curated vinyl collection that includes selections from smooth jazz, bossa nova, and ultra-lounge genres. There’s also a “Howard Johnson Jet Set” playlist on Apple Music if you prefer to listen to your 1960s swing tunes through your smartphone.
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The newly renovated Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel retains the design aesthetic of mid-century modern architect William L. Pereira with a futuristic lobby, vaulted ceilings, and a barrel-arched roofline. Refreshed rooms take inspiration from George Nelson’s marshmallow sofa, Eero Saarinen’s pedestal table, and Eames desk chairs – style icons of 1950s and 1960s interior design.