The Orange County Register reported today that a proposed Disneyland Resort expansion may be contingent on the city of Anaheim not imposing an admission tax on tickets to the two theme parks.
According to the article Disney has stated that “expansion of the parks is contingent on the approval of the ticket-tax exemption. The company also said they don’t know potential rides, themed areas or other details yet, but that construction would begin no later than 2017. It is also not clear if the expansion would involve Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, or both. Disney signaled that a new park, or “third gate” is not in the offing at this time.
The idea of an admission tax on the Anaheim Disney attractions has a long history, but such a tax, while advocated by the city at several junctures, has never been levied. The current tax agreement dates to the development of Disney California Adventure. To facilitate the construction of that park and the Downtown Disney district, Anaheim agreed not to levy an admission tax for 20 years. The city also agreed to build the Mickey & Friends parking structure on Disney property and made infrastructure improvements in the resort district.
No Disney park in the world currently has an admission’s tax.
No News Is Not Good News
The revelation that new development at the Disneyland Resort is far from “ready for prime time” casts a little pall on the upcoming D23 Expo, where many Park faithful believed that “all would be revealed.” While plans for some modest attractions for the California parks could be divulged at the biennial gathering, it is thought that news of new projects for the parks at Walt Disney World is more likely, but certainly not certain.
You Can Fly! (Again!)
Two months past its projected reopening, Disneyland’s Peter Pan’s Flight is expected to reopen by the Park’s 60th Anniversary on July 17th.
The attraction, which opened with the Park in 1955, is getting a sprucing up, reportedly similar to the upgrades at the Alice In Wonderland ride, where high-tech video effects were added over the long standing practical elements to great acclaim. The two remaining Fantasyland dark-rides are also expected to be upgraded in the years to come.