Disneyland made a major announcement today, and Kory breaks it all down for you.
Disneyland announced that a new Four Diamond hotel would be constructed on the west end of Downtown Disney District.
The press release states, in part: “The stunning 700-room hotel will feature a sophisticated design and be a game-changer for Anaheim, creating a dynamic dining, entertainment and hotel experience for resort visitors and local residents. Extensive landscaping and water elements will create a resort oasis, showcasing nature on every level of the hotel. The hotel’s location embraces the iconic Disneyland Monorail with a dedicated platform inside the hotel for direct transport into Disneyland park.
Guest rooms, public spaces and gardens will provide views of the Downtown Disney District. In addition, an upper-level restaurant and lounge will give guests a view of the popular Disneyland park fireworks.”
The announcement leaves the fate of several retailers in question including Rainforest Cafe, Earl of Sandwich and ESPN Zone. Perhaps they will find space inside the new hotel, according to the press release, “The ground level of the hotel will include shops and restaurants opening onto an expansive landscaped plaza complete with playful water features, creating a gathering place for guests and visitors.”
The part that is most interesting to me is a later paragraph that seems aimed directly at the City of Anaheim, who not-so coincidentally hold the fate of the proposed Eastern Gateway Project. (See video at end of notes) “This new hotel creates great benefits for the community, generating approximately $25 million in new taxes in its first five years of operation that go directly to Anaheim’s general fund. It also will create thousands of additional construction and permanent jobs and attract new hotel guests to the resort area.”
My guess, is that Disney has worked out a deal with the city, and the Eastern Gateway Project will be unanimously approved soon. An incredible win for Disney.
The announcement concludes with, “Construction is scheduled to start in summer 2018, with a grand opening slated for 2021. Check back here for updates!”