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Community Benefits

DisneylandForward Bringing Direct Benefits to Anaheim Residents

The City of Anaheim Announces Unprecedented Package of Community Benefits for Residents as Part of the DisneylandForward Project.

As part of the project's Development Agreement with the City, Disney has committed to making significant upfront cash contributions to address various issues in Anaheim.  These contributions will enable the City to jumpstart key initiatives.

Community Benefits would include Disney’s Commitment to:

A $1.9 Billion Minimum Investment in New Theme Park & Lodging Experiences in the First 10 Years


According to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) experts, Disney’s investment of a minimum of $1.9 Billion in new theme park and lodging could mean up to $30 Million in new annual revenues to the city to fund city services such as fire, police, and transportation improvements.

Disney will pay another $5 Million to the City’s general fund if Disney’s total investment at the 10-year mark is not at least $600 million more than the committed $1.9 billion investment.

A $30 Million Contribution to Fund Affordable Housing Projects in Anaheim within the First Five Years

Disney will contribute $15 Million for Affordable Housing with the completion of the approval process for DisneylandForward and the remaining $15 Million at year five.

Disney’s $30 Million commitment will represent the first and largest investment in Affordable Housing for a non-residential project in the City’s history.

The City’s new Public Housing Trust would accept the $30 Million to jumpstart Affordable Housing projects in Anaheim in the near future, enabling the City to leverage the $30 Million with matching funds from state and federal grants.


Provide $8 Million to Park Improvements in Anaheim outside the Anaheim Resort Area


Disney’s contribution of $8 Million, paid at project approval, will support park improvements, amenities, and potentially new parks throughout Anaheim.

This infusion of $8 Million could fund a 3-acre park with a playground, sports court, walking trails, sitting areas or:

$8 million could fund:

  • 64 pickleball courts

  • 40 basketball courts

  • 30 fitness stations with exercise equipment

  • 20 playgrounds

  • 10 skateparks

  • 6 dog parks

An $85 Million Contribution to Improve Traffic Flow, Pedestrian Circulation and Safety

Pay $40 Million for the assessed value of selected street abandonments and removal of future planned roadways.

  • Disney would pay the City $40 Million to take over the responsibility of three existing streets:

  • Magic Way – a 1,150-foot street between Disneyland Drive and Walnut Street.

  • Hotel Way ­– a 125-foot entry road to Disney's Pumbaa Parking Lot.

  • The stub of Clementine Street south of Katella Avenue leading into Disney’s Toy Story Parking Lot.

  • This payment will also include the removal of the previously proposed future extensions of Clementine Street and Gene Autry Way through the existing Toy Story Parking Lot.

Pay $45 Million for transportation improvements including street, roadway, pedestrian bridges, bike lanes and facilities and more.   

Continue Disney’s Successful Mentorship and Career Development Program for Anaheim Residents

Disney’s jobs and career development programs have reached approximately 10,000 Anaheim residents annually and 400,000 residents could benefit over the life of the agreement.

The program today includes students in the Anaheim Union High School District, career skill development and grants to local nonprofits to help Anaheim residents.


Create Thousands of New Jobs 


According to CSUF experts, Disney’s investment of $1.9 Billion of new theme park and lodging could mean up to 4,584 new jobs during operations and 8,960 new construction jobs during the development.

Operations Jobs:

All Cast Members at Disneyland Resort currently earn at least $19.90 per hour, and the majority of skilled roles exceed a starting rate of $25 an hour along with childcare assistance, and robust, affordable healthcare for eligible Cast Members starting as low as $7/per week. In addition, Disney Aspire is our educational investment program that provides hourly Cast Members and employees with 100% tuition paid upfront to help them achieve their educational goals.

Construction Jobs:

A Project Labor Agreement with the Building Trades focused on the East Parking Garage and Multi-Modal Transit Center would ensure that our largest infrastructure and parking component will be built with 100% union labor.

Building Trades would implement apprenticeship programs and employ best efforts to focus on hiring Anaheim residents and veterans.

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