It has been more than 16 months since plans were announced to build a fourth Disney owned-and-operated resort on its west coast property. The inclusion of Disney Vacation Club villas seemed likely from the outset and new rumors only reinforce the belief.
Resort Pool (concept)
A recent report on Disney Tourist Blog indicates that the Disneyland property will include the 700 hotel rooms cited in the original announcement plus 125 DVC villas. According to unnamed sources, the resort has gone through numerous design changes since its summer 2016 announcement and is now earmarked for the current site of the ESPN Zone, between Disneyland Hotel and Downtown Disney. This site would also provide easy access to the Disneyland Monorail, which serves a practical function of moving guests from the extreme western half of the property, depositing them inside the theme park adjacent to Tomorrowland.
The current design concept reportedly features "multiple, smaller wings as opposed to a taller tower." The original announcement via Orange County Register listed a rooftop fireworks viewing platform, multiple pools, fitness center and concierge accommodations as planned amenities.
Resort Lobby (concept)
Construction is still scheduled to begin in 2018 with an anticipated completion in 2021.
Disney recently announced that its California runDisney events would be suspended following the upcoming Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend scheduled for November 9-12. Unspecified construction projects were blamed for the suspension, with this forthcoming hotel likely playing a role. Updates to the east-side property access are under way with the "Eastern Gateway" scheduled to debut in late 2018. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is progressing with an eye toward a 2019 opening. Other announced projects include a transformation of Paradise Pier to Pixar Pier and an entirely new Marvel attraction in the vicinity of Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission BREAKOUT!
Rooftop Restaurant (concept)
The sole Disney Vacation Club presence at Disneyland is the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. At just 48 villas, it is the smallest of all DVC properties and has been officially "sold out" since 2010. Despite strong demand for another west coast DVC destination, sources suggest Disney has been reluctant to introduce a new resort while still marketing the west coast-centric Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas in Oahu, Hawaii.
I have no way of knowing if that explains Disney's hesitancy in adding a second DVC at Disneyland. But I do know that Aulani is not close to being sold out and that sales have dropped in the last few months. I tracked Aulani point sales being in May 2014 and from that month through May 2016 the resort averaged 68,449 points in monthly sales. But from June 2016 to May 2017 sales steadily declined, averaging only 32,502 points a month. May 2017, the last month for which data is available, shows Aulani only sold 16,659 points.
To put that last number in perspective, in May 2017 Disney sold 31,253 points for the eight "sold out" DVC resorts at Walt Disney World that it isn't even actively marketing.
I won't say that Disney has given up on selling out Aulani, but it appears Disney is willing to let sales for Aulani run its own course.
By the way, I can no longer track point sales for Aulani. Recently, the Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances, which records real estate transactions in Hawaii, modified its public website and no longer displays the number of points sold on deeds. The last sales data I have is only through June 13, 2017.
I am impressed that you can always get a room at WDW at 2 or 3 months. You must not travel during October through early January to WDW.
Part of the problem with the Disney hotel rooms is that a Disney hotel wants a reasonable value for their expensive hotel room. The number of points DVC is charging for the hotel is attempting to pay for the cash charge the hotel wants for the room. Since those points you are being used for a Disney cash hotel and they are not being used in the DVC system. DVC places the same number of points you are using for the hotel room on the Central Reservation System hoping to get cash for them to pay for the hotel room. The Disney cash hotels do not really accept points they want cash. Like Disney Cruise the Disney hotels often want a lot of cash. After all they can usually get more on a regular cash reservation.
I can spend weeks and weeks at WDW and never get bored. DL...... not so much. There is also a TON of nice, inexpensive hotels within easy walking distance to the parks.
I also have zero interest in visiting CA for anything more than DL and the Redwood Forest.