BREAKING: Disneyland Resort to Add New Flagship Four-Diamond Luxury Hotel

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The Walt Disney Company has submitted plans to the City of Anaheim to add a new luxury resort hotel to the Disneyland Resort. According to the OC Register, the hotel would be 700 rooms and be rated Four Diamonds by AAA. The proposed hotel will have a rooftop restaurant with a view of the fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle, as seen in this concept art.

Concept art of the rooftop restaurant at the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA "Four-Diamond" hotel. //// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Concept art of the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA "Four-Diamond" hotel. - Date of photo: 06/06/16 - disney.newhotel -- Photo by: COURTESY, THE DISNEYLAND RESORT
Concept art of the rooftop restaurant at the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA “Four-Diamond” hotel.
Photo COURTESY, THE DISNEYLAND RESORT
Concept art of the lobby for the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA "Four-Diamond" hotel. //// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Concept art of the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA "Four-Diamond" hotel. - Date of photo: 06/06/16 - disney.newhotel -- Photo by: COURTESY, THE DISNEYLAND RESORT
Concept art of the lobby for the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA “Four-Diamond” hotel.
Photo COURTESY, THE DISNEYLAND RESORT
Concept art of the swimming pool area of the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA "Four-Diamond" hotel. //// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Concept art of the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA "Four-Diamond" hotel. - Date of photo: 06/06/16 - disney.newhotel -- Photo by: COURTESY, THE DISNEYLAND RESORT
Concept art of the swimming pool area of the proposed new hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The approximately 700 room hotel will be located on 10 acres on what is currently the Downtown Disney parking lot. The proposed hotel would be a AAA “Four-Diamond” hotel.
Photo COURTESY, THE DISNEYLAND RESORT

The hotel would be located at the northern end of the Downtown Disney parking lot, essentially behind the Rainforest Cafe and ESPN Zone, on the corner of Disneyland Drive and Magic Way. The footprint of the project will occupy ten acres of the Downtown Disney parking lot, but it will include a parking structure which will service the hotel and Downtown Disney. On the map below, the red rectangle represents approximately ten acres, the size of the entire project.  We’ve also identified several key locations to help you orient yourself.  The new hotel will be northeast of the current Disneyland Hotel (Fantasy Tower identified on map), and south of the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure, of which just a sliver appears on the map. Theme park views from the hotel will overlook the show buildings of Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  Parts of the currently-under-construction Star Wars Land should also be visible, as it will be completed by the time the hotel opens in 2021.

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No theme has been announced for the hotel, but it will be designed by WDI.  Currently, the city of Anaheim has only two Four Diamond hotels – the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.  Anaheim City Council last year adopted a plan to provide tax incentives for developers to build luxury hotels to attract higher-end visitors.  Since then, a number of new luxury hotels have been proposed, including two at GardenWalk, one at the site of the Anabella Hotel, and one at the site of the Anaheim Plaza Hotel and Suites.

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Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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    • Of course it will, DVC members are having a tough time getting DVC rooms at the Grand California and this is how more DVC members will come and spend time and money in California.

      I love that it is another luxury hotel but I wish Disney would demolish Paradise Pier because it really needs something different for the money visitors spend there. Disney seemed to try to update it, but honestly it looks and feels more like a bandaid fix (what would Walt say?)! I wonder if Disney thought about a economic hotel like the awesome themed Art of Animation at Disney World which is always full and really WELL DONE for a economy hotel. I’m a DVC member and what to stay at Art of Animation but can’t without paying cash.

      Thanks for the pics and the report!

  • The two hotels at Gardenwalk were at one time going to be operated by Disney. Not sure if that is the case now.

  • “And we can charge anything we want, 2,000 a day, 10,000 a day, and people will pay it.” – Quote from Jurassic Park.

  • Why not bulldoze Paradise Pier and re-build there, no one would miss it? Seriously though, they need a moderate priced resort. The Californian and DL Hotel are both over $350 a night and PP is $250-300(and barely worth $100). Example-for next weekend I can stay at DLH for $1,947 for 3 nights or I could stay at the Park Vue Inn across the street for $487 for they same 3 nights. It’s hard to justify that price difference especially when the Park Vue is actually closer to the parks. I get why they are doing this, just another big miss by Disney.

  • Why not build on other side of Lilo lot there… too close to the park which should be saved for build out space as needed (for the park itself). Yes they can move Disneyland Dr.

  • One question I have – Will Disneyland get the monorail back up to speed when this hotel increases rider demand? Ever since they bought one less monorail train than they previously had, wait times have been unacceptably long during peak times.

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