It’s very rare for a major expansion to happen at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, as the surrounding land is very jam-packed and it’s own remaining space quite limited. It seems however Disney has begun plans for a rare Resort addition. In an OC Register article, it was reported that Disney has officially submitted a proposal to build a 700 room, AAA four star diamond hotel, making it the fourth hotel at the Disneyland Resort property.
The proposal was submitted June 7th, shortly after the city of Anaheim implemented a new policy that gives tax incentives to build luxury hotels. Not only would Disney be able to take advantage of this new policy by building a fourth hotel, but Disneyland has been experiencing record attendance numbers,and Star Wars Land will no doubt bring more crowds–the need for another nearby hotel is definitely evident.
The hotel would be built on a portion of what is now one of the main parking lots for the Downtown Disney District. With Downtown Disney parking already bursting at the seams on some days, it will be interesting to see where they might provide additional parking spaces that the hotel will now be occupying.
As of present, Disney does not have a proposed theme for the hotel, but it would be in the hands of Disney Imagineering to design it. It is part of the concept plans that it would include rooftop dining that would have a view of Sleeping Beauty Castle and the nightly fireworks show, and have a nightly average rate of $450. Construction is to begin around 2018, and be completed in 2021.
As of now, the dining and bar offerings at the Disneyland Resort hotels are among my favorites at the whole Resort, and am excited to see what cuisine and atmosphere this new hotel will add to the Anaheim resort.
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