Could there be a new DVC resort at Disneyland soon? We sure hope so! The news coming out of California this week is that the much-hyped parking expansion, the Disneyland Eastern Gateway Project, has been abandoned as the Walt Disney Co. focuses instead on plans to build a 6,500-spot parking structure on the Pinocchio Lot. The new parking lot would be next to…drum-roll please…a new 700-room Four Diamond hotel!
For the first time in almost two decades, Disney will open a new Four Diamond hotel. Set to open in 2021, this hotel will transform the west end of the Downtown Disney District and anchor a new gateway to the Disneyland Resort. The OC Register mentions that the new hotel will be located in space currently occupied by AMC, Earl of Sandwich, Rainforest Cafe, and ESPN Zone.
While there is no official word about this new hotel incorporating Disney Vacation Club villas, we will certainly keep our fingers-crossed that it does! Currently, the only DVC villas at Disneyland are located in the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. With only 48 dedicated DVC units, this resort can be very hard to book for members. Another DVC property at Disneyland would be a great addition to the growing portfolio of DVC resorts.
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 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 new hotel also connects all four Hotels of the Disneyland Resort through lush gardens and beautifully landscaped walkways, transforming the gateway on the west side and creating a welcoming entry for our Disneyland Resort guests.
And that’s not all. 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.
Construction is scheduled to start in summer 2018, with a grand opening slated for 2021. Check back here for updates!
SOURCE: Disney Parks Blog