New details on 4th Disneyland resort

Disney took to its official Parks Blog yesterday to share many new details regarding the new hotel soon to begin construction at Disneyland Resort.  

New Disneyland Hotel

New four diamond hotel concept (Copyright Disney)

The still unnamed 700-room hotel will be located on the western side of Disneyland property, between Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Hotel near the current monorail station.  In fact, construction will necessitate the removal of several current Downtown Disney residents including ESPN Zone, AMC theater Rainforest Cafe, Starbucks and Earl of Sandwich.  

The property is described as "a dynamic dining, entertainment and hotel experience" which "[showcases] nature on every level of the hotel."  

The ground level will feature shops and restaurants built around a landscaped plaza running through the center of the resort.  A dedicated monorail station will provide direct transportation into the Disneyland park.  Guest rooms and a rooftop restaurant will provide views of the Disneyland fireworks.

New Disneyland Hotel

New four diamond hotel concept (Copyright Disney)

Disney has reportedly approached the impacted Downtown Disney retailers to discuss relocation possibiilties.   

The news release offers no mention of Disney Vacation Club accommodations.  However, Disney's relucatance to publicize future projects is well documented.  It has been suggested that plans still call for a DVC building located between the new structure and Paradise Pier Hotel, but that wing was deliberately omitted from this concept artwork. 

A hotel parking structure is also slated for construction behind Paradise Pier with a Downtown Disney lot on the southwest corner of Disney property.  An image from the Orange County Register illustrates the redevelopment plan including the location of the "new four diamond hotel" at the center of the three existing Disney hotels.  

New Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland redevelopment plan (Orange County Register)

Meanwhile Disney has abandoned plans to create an "Eastern Gateway" which would have linked a new parking structure to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure via elevated footpath across Harbor Boulevard.  The project faced challenges from neighboring businesses who feared they would lose foot traffic by moving guest traffic above street level.  

Instead Disney will expand its Mickey & Friends parking garage with 6,500 additional spaces.  

Construction on the new hotel and parking expansion will begin in 2018.  The garage is expected to be completed some time in 2019 with the hotel in 2021.  

Reader Comments
Re: New details on 4th Disneyland resort -- denlo
2017 Oct 26 03:06:24 PM
Based on the map showing the new hotel’s location it appears to surround part of the Disneyland Hotel. Perhaps that is why there are only 5 or 6 floors on the new hotel’s buildings. The design looks like something out of the 50s. i can’t wait see what it really looks like and hear more details regarding the design and the interior.

Disneyland really could use more DVC rooms so I hope they will make one of those buildings a DVC resort.
Re: New details on 4th Disneyland resort -- worldfanatic
2017 Oct 27 08:07:21 PM
I'll miss ESPN Zone. I've honestly probably ate & drank in that place like 50 times through the years. But the new Splitsville will pick up the sports bar theme for me, and the new hotel looks fascinating.
Re: New details on 4th Disneyland resort -- athenna
2017 Oct 27 09:44:29 PM
Does it seem insane to anyone else that they'd dismantle ESPN zone? especially since they own ESPN? I know if they got rid of the one at the BWV in WDW I'd miss it.
Re: New details on 4th Disneyland resort -- denlo
2017 Oct 28 08:22:21 AM
athenna wrote:
Does it seem insane to anyone else that they'd dismantle ESPN zone? especially since they own ESPN? I know if they got rid of the one at the BWV in WDW I'd miss it.

I think ESPN has been a financial drain on Disney profits, especially the ESPN Zones. Very few made profits lately.
Re: New details on 4th Disneyland resort -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2017 Oct 29 05:31:36 PM
denlo wrote:
I think ESPN has been a financial drain on Disney profits, especially the ESPN Zones. Very few made profits lately.


For MANY years - up until the last 2 - 3 - ESPN has been a major cash cow for Disney. I don't know is the ESPN Zone in DL was pulling it's weight or not, but ESPN covered most of the losses by ABC.

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