Disneyland Proposes A New Multi Year Expansion Project

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Big news from the Walt Disney Company! Disney has proposed an incredible plan to expand the Anaheim park, and you won’t believe what they want it to look like.

Just moments ago, a proposal to upgrade and renovate Disneyland with new attractions, shops and restaurants within its existing 490-acre footprint was released.

The proposal, dubbed DisneylandForward, is short on details, but Disney officials made clear they want to squeeze new attractions, shops and eateries into underdeveloped existing areas of the resort, specifically around two Disney hotels west of the theme parks and in the site of a parking lot east of the resort.

Disney officials said it is too early in the process to disclose construction cost but vowed to bring detailed construction plans for approval to the Anaheim City Council by 2023. The media giant spent $1 billion to open its newest expansion to Disneyland, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in May of 2019.

“Guests need and want more, ” said Jeanette Lomboy, Disney portfolio executive from Walt Disney Imagineering. “In order to give guests what they want we need more flexibility in Anaheim.”

Although Disney officials declined to say what new attractions might be added, they described several lands and attractions that have been added in other Disney parks as example of what could come to the Anaheim resort. Those included the themed areas based on the Disney movies “Tangled,” “Peter Pan” and “Frozen” set to open next year at Tokyo DisneySea in Japan. They also mentioned attractions based on the movie “Zootopia” under construction at Shanghai Disneyland and the new Toy Story Land and soon-to-open Tron ride at Walt Disney World in Florida.

“The possibilities are endless,” Lomboy said. “We’re excited about the possibilities and ready to dream.”

The renderings offered by Disney show new themed attractions added around the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on the east side of the resort. On the west side of the park, the Toy Story Parking lot, which holds more than 5,000 spaces, would be developed with hotels, restaurants and shops, according to the images released by Disney.

Disney officials said the future plans would include the addition a new parking structure with a pedestrian bridge, crossing S. Harbor Boulevard to connect with the theme parks.

Source: LA Times/OC Register

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