A few days ago, we told you about the official announcement Disney was making for the Eastern Gateway project, a plan that will add a new parking structure, bus loop, and pedestrian entrance to the Disneyland Resort on the Harbor Blvd. side of the property. Today, Disney has released detailed renderings and plans for the project.
If everything goes according to plan, the Disneyland Resort entrance on Harbor Blvd. would be come a thing of the past, making the once nearby Harbor hotels and motels a much further trek from the resort, as guests would now need to walk south to a new pedestrian portal that will pass the new parking structure, transportation hub, and a security gateway before crossing Harbor on an elevated walkway that leads into the esplanade of the Disneyland Resort.
The path of the Disneyland Monorail would also be altered according to plans.
While the project will relieve a lot of congestion around the resort area, it is worth noting that this may also be an attempt by Disney to entice guests to stay at a Disney Resort Hotel, now that the once-close Harbor Blvd. hotels will be much further from the magic. Disney is also adding a 4th resort hotel to the Disneyland Resort in 2021.
The new parking structure is approved, yet the overall project has still not be formally approved, however it is expected to be in the next 30 days pending any unforeseen circumstances.