BREAKING: Disneyland Resort Building New Hotel to Replace Much of Downtown Disney Anaheim

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For the first time in almost two decades, Disneyland Resort 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. This is a change in location from the original announced site for this hotel.

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 Disneyland Resort guests.

It appears that Earl of Sandwich, AMC Theaters, Rainforest Cafe, ESPN Zone and all Downtown Disney tenants past the LEGO Store heading towards the Disneyland Hotel will close to accommodate the new resort hotel. Some of these may relocate to new shop space in the hotel once completed.

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.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • New hotel? loosing downtown Disney? What is going on in the minds of Disney execs? First they shut down so much of the park for a year and a half for Star Wars land. The park is more crowded than ever. Tomorrowland is a shame the way it is now. Mickeys Toontown is limited. Why did they not build a 3rd theme park for Star Wars? Once that area opens the crowds will be even worse. Parking it crazy, AP and day passes have gone too high. Bottle of Diet Coke, that I understand Disney gets free is higher than most places. Another hotel at Disneyland, a high end one too, bye bye middle class from being able to afford a Disney vacation.

        • Both I will visit in several years when it’s all done possibly with a new name. I do not like to pay full price to go into a massive walled off construction zone with pictures of how nice it will be when it’s done. Disney would have to pay me to go to that temporary dance party

  • I’m glad they are honoring Walt’s life long dream of hearding people like cattle into a massive checkpoint corral to get inspected and cleared. It’s going to be just like the farm he grew up on

    • No, Splitsville is going where the old House of Blues used to be, further in. And even though it was supposed to be done by now (or by the end of the year now, I guess) I’ve heard it looks nowhere close to being finished.