Disney Wants to Buy Streets from City of Anaheim

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Disney Wants to Buy Streets from City of Anaheim

Disneyland is looking to buy streets around the resort from the city of Anaheim. The main road they’re hoping to purchase is Magic Way, which is utilized almost exclusively by resort visitors.

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Magic Way is a 1,150-foot road on the west side of the Disneyland Resort. According to Disney officials, only a few dozen drivers a day use it for getting to places other than the Disneyland Resort.

“Of the 11,153 vehicles that traverse Magic Way on a daily basis, 11,053 of them are either departing or arriving at a Disney property,” said Joe Haupt, a consultant for Disney. “Less than 100 are non-Disney users.”


Disney shared data from a Magic Way traffic study on Monday during a Planning Commission workshop. The study found that more than 99% of vehicle trips are Disney related, and only a few dozen drivers during peak hours use the road as a cut through.

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Purchasing the road is part of Disney’s $1.9 billion DisneylandFoward proposal to further develop its resort property with new theme park areas and hotels.

Disney has pledged to invest $40 million in purchasing streets from the city. These include Magic Way, Hotel Way, and a portion of Clementine Street. Presently, Magic Way predominantly caters to visitors utilizing the Pixar Pals Parking Structure and the Disneyland Hotel.

Disney is seeking greater autonomy from the city to select locations for constructing new theme park zones, hotels, and dining establishments within its current boundaries. In exchange, Disney has promised to inject a minimum of $1.9 billion into the resort and allocate funds to Anaheim for affordable housing, parks, and transportation. The City Council is anticipated to vote on the DisneylandForward initiative in April, which entails consenting to the sale of certain roads to Disney.

What are your thoughts on Disney purchasing some roads around the Disneyland Resort?

Source: Orange County Register


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