Disneyland Resort has announced that they are planning a major expansion of its theme parks and they are seeking local government approval to begin.
The proposed expansion project that Disneyland is seeking to complete will not involve the resort purchasing additional property in Anaheim.
However, they are seeking approval from city officials which could include an expansion of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.
In an official statement, a Disneyland official said that “with these updated approvals, Disneyland Resort can continue to invest and be an industry leader in bringing first-of-a-kind offerings to Anaheim, which in turn will create thousands of new jobs and help support Anaheim’s funding for important services such as fire, police, and public schools”.
On the DisneylandForward website, Disneyland has said that the resort plans to “continue to be an industry leader in bringing first-of-a-kind offerings to Anaheim”.
A New Kind of Disney Entertainment Destination
Disneyland has put forward their proposals to the City of Anaheim stating that the new property “could be the perfect location to cater to locals, conventioneers, hotel and Disneyland Resort guests with restaurants, hotels, live music, shopping, ticketed shows and theme park experiences modeled after the popular Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.”
Parking & Transportation
To support future development over the next few decades, Disney plans to significantly invest in transportation, parking, transit and pedestrian safety measures to improve mobility throughout The Anaheim Resort.
In the future, Disney envisions creating a new parking destination on the east side of The Anaheim Resort, which would include a pedestrian bridge with upgraded entrance accessibility for hotels and businesses located along Harbor Boulevard.
In addition, Disney will continue to work with area businesses and the city to invest in and encourage the use of public transit and ride-sharing for our cast and guests.
“We feel completely comfortable with the quantity that we have approved,” a Disney official said. “We just need the flexibility to try to deliver on those quantities in different ways.”
Disneyland is not seeking public funding for their future plans or this approval to add more hotel rooms or attractions to what was originally agreed by Anaheim in the 1990s.
“We are not asking for any public funding as we go through with this expansion,” a Disney official said. “We are very hopeful that people will see it as a big, bold plan and see the long-term positive impact that this could have in our community going forward.”
Disneyland is hopeful that Anaheim will approve their expansion plan proposal within two years. What Disney will do with this expansion is still up in the air so keep it locked to the Theme Park Shark for more information!