Disneyland Resort Unveils Plans For Expansion
Disneyland has been actively seeking to expand their property over the the last few years. The resort, surrounded by Anaheim, has been pressing the local governments to allow them to expand across underdeveloped regions of the Disney property. The latest revelation is the reveal of potential expansion of the Disneyland Resort by means of Disney’s grassroot site “DisneylandForward”.
The long-term plan calls for the potential expansion of Disneyland with new park lands across Disneyland Drive (similar set up to what is seen with Kentucky Kingdom). Along with the park expansion, the resort plans on adding new hotels, dining complexes, and shopping opportunities.
The Immersive Theme Park westside expansion envisions a theme park on the Downtown Disney and Lilo and Stitch parking lots woven amid the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel.
When asked about whether the plan called for a new theme park, Disney responded with:
“We are not announcing any future projects at this time. Currently, we are focused on meeting with the community to explain DisneylandForward and working with the City of Anaheim to review and ultimately approve the project. These updated approvals are necessary as they will allow us to explore new integrated and immersive experiences that could include adding new theme park attractions without having to remove and replace treasured rides and attractions.“
Disney also detailed how the potential project would impact Anaheim:
“As proven from past Disney investment, when Disney invests in a major way, the entire region grows, which in turn creates jobs, taxes, and additional revenues to the city which fund essential services such as fire, police, and schools.
We saw this play out firsthand with the development made possible by the approvals in the 1990s. As a result of that investment, Anaheim welcomed Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim’s first luxury hotel Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Downtown Disney District, all of which significantly increased the number of jobs in the resort area and revenues to the city.
DisneylandForward would clear the way for Disney to continue to invest in the Anaheim Resort in a meaningful way. Any development projects made possible because of DisneylandForward, would in turn result in major job creation and additional revenues to the city.”
Over the next few months Disney will be asking city officials for more flexibility in plans approved in the 1990’s in order to be able to add a mix of theme park, hotel, retail, dining and entertainment on the eastern and western edges of the Disneyland resort.
Specifics on the projects as to cost and construction were not made public. The time frame for bringing plans to the Anaheim City Council is 2023, but city officials seem to be on board with the updates. No public funds will be available and there are also no plans for a third theme park in Anaheim.
For more information, visit the official Disneyland website by clicking here.
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