RUMOR: Could a Rooftop Bar Be Coming To the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure at Disneyland?

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This is pure speculation on my part, and admittedly a far-out idea, but here goes…

A permit recently filed with the city of Anaheim is showing that Third Floor North, an architectural signage company, will be installing an “illuminated blade sing [sign] that reads ‘THE VERANDA'” somewhere on Parcel 12929103, which is the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.

The Veranda sure sounds like some kind of lounge or bar. In fact, The Veranda is the name of the concierge lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa., which was formerly known as The Craftsman’s Club. This concierge lounge opened from its refurbishment last December, so it would seem very odd to be installing a new sign for it now, seven months after opening. Not to mention how really wonky it would be to install the sign for the lounge on the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure! Those concierge guests sure aren’t parking in that parking garage!

So, what is this new sign for?

My crazy idea is that Disney is building a bar/lounge in the parking structure. Before you go dismissing this idea as stupid, look at the benefits. You would have a great view of the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land opening next year. You’d also have a great view of Disneyland’s fireworks shows, certainly much better than all those people that sit in the Esplanade to watch. And, you’d have something to do to kill time while waiting for the cars to empty out of the garage at park close. Instead of sitting in your car for an hour trying to get out of the garage, go relax at The Veranda for that hour, and then when the traffic has dissipated, speed out of the garage easily.

Sure this is just speculation on my part, but it sounds like a win-win situation to me!

Maybe there won’t be a bar, just a seating area. That’s the more likely scenario, but that seems like a missed opportunity to me!

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Jason Diffendal

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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