CONCEPT ART: Disneyland Unveils Eastern Gateway, Non-Disney Hotels Now Farther From the Magic

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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.

SOURCE – OC Register

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.

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  • The bridge will make a visit to the nearby McDonald’s a longer walk. The center portion is blocked off (Could this be the building still under lease?). The transportation hub is also taking much space. I originally assumed there’s enough room for two parking structures instead of one with the transportation hub on the lower level. Maybe reserved space for future expansion.

  • Not only McDonald’s, but also longer walks for Candy Cane Inn, and Alpine Inn, (I doubt Desert Palms will give in, I wonder about Alamo) which might be a squeeze play for more room for CA. (Ironically, CA Land?? Captain America Land?)
    We have always enjoyed staying at the HJ. I wonder how this will impact our future stays.
    But the parking is needed, I hope this works.

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