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What will you do first as a result of DisneylandForward?
We have many stories to tell but right now, we are focused on engaging with the community to understand the needs and priorities of Anaheim residents and stakeholders as we go through the public hearing and approval process for DisneylandForward. This isn't just about the next few years; we're laying the groundwork for the next several decades. Planning for significant, groundbreaking concepts demands time, and we're committed to ensuring we're well-prepared for the exciting future ahead.
How does DisneylandForward benefit all of Anaheim?
The City of Anaheim announced an unprecedented package of community benefits that would directly benefit all residents of Anaheim, beyond the jobs and revenue that DisneylandForward could generate.
In the proposed Development Agreement with the City, Disney has committed to making significant upfront cash contributions to address various issues in Anaheim. These contributions would enable the City to jumpstart key initiatives.
Some key commitments by Disney would include:
Invest a minimum of $1.9 billion in new theme park and lodging experiences in the first 10 years.
Contribute 30 million to Fund Affordable Housing Projects in Anaheim within the First Five Years.
Provide $8 million to park improvements in Anaheim outside the Anaheim Resort Area.
Contribute $85 million to improve traffic flow, pedestrian circulation and safety. (Which would include payment for the assessed value of selected street abandonments and removal of future planned roadways and a portion a the sum going to the general fund.)
Continue Disney’s successful jobs, mentorship and career development program for Anaheim residents.
To learn more, please visit our community benefits page.
Will DisneylandForward add new jobs?
DisneylandForward will allow Disney to invest in the resort area in an integrated and immersive way. Any development made possible because of DisneylandForward will in turn create jobs both during the construction phase and during operations. According to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) experts, every $1 billion Disney invests in theme park experiences and lodging results in 2,292 new operation jobs annually and a total of 4,480 construction jobs. To learn more about all the economic benefits unlocked by DisneylandForward, check out our economic benefits page.
Is Disney asking for any public funding as part of DisneylandForward?
No. DisneylandForward will be fully funded by Disney.
How is DisneylandForward contributing affordable housing?
From the onset, the City stated DisneylandForward needed to include a commitment to funding affordable housing. We are proud that Disney’s $30 Million commitment as part of DisnelyandForward would represent the first and largest investment in Affordable Housing for a non-residential project in the City’s history. The City is establishing a public affordable housing trust into which Disney would contribute $30 million (including $15 million within the first year of completion of the approval process and $15 million five years later). The City could use this funding to jumpstart projects and secure other government funding to unlock even more projects in the future.
What are you doing to improve traffic flow in the future?
The Disneyland Resort has made significant investments over the years in parking and mobility throughout the Anaheim Resort area, most recently with the Pixar Pals parking structure, which has significantly increased the area's parking supply. Parking, transportation, transit and pedestrian safety investments are an important part of the future.
The traffic impacts of the DisneylandForward project were fully analyzed and the City’s draft subsequent environmental impact report confirmed that the transportation investments made in the 1990s worked and laid the foundation for growth. The project will include investment in road and intersection improvements, pedestrian bridges, bike lanes and facilities to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety. These will be constructed as we build out elements of DisneylandForward. In addition, the plan will provide the ability to build a parking structure and multi-modal transportation center on Disney’s east-side surface parking lots, balancing future traffic flows between the west and east sides of the Resort and allowing for a new east side hub for ART buses, hotel shuttles, guest parking shuttles, cast member parking shuttles, bicycle facilities, rideshare apps drop-off and pick-up and future transit connectors.
How much does the Disneyland Resort pay its Cast Members?
All Cast Members currently earn at least $19.90 per hour, and the majority of skilled roles exceed a starting rate of $25 an hour. We also provide 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 percent tuition paid up front to help them achieve their educational goals. Finally, DisneylandForward will unlock the creation of thousands of union construction jobs.
Why is Disney proposing to close Magic Way?
Disney would pay about $40 million for taking over responsibility of the selected street segment abandonments and removal of future planned roadways as part of the Development Agreement. The traffic impacts of these public street closures were analyzed as part of the environmental analysis and subsequent environmental impact report, which concluded those impacts would be less than significant.
During Disney’s community outreach, the residents we met with in the Walnut Avenue neighborhood identified two issues they wanted solved with regard to Magic Way:
Cut through traffic on Walnut Avenue; and
Walking access to Downtown Disney, which Walnut neighborhood residents view as a benefit, and “downtown” area for the neighborhood.
To meet our expansion needs and address both of these concerns, we are proposing the closure of Magic Way to eliminate cut-through traffic on Walnut Avenue while preserving pedestrian access through to Downtown Disney for residents. We are also, as a part of the proposed Magic Way closure, paying for a pedestrian signal across Walnut Avenue at Magic Way to slow traffic and enhance pedestrian safety.
What other streets are being affected by this project?
As part of the DisneylandForward development agreement, once approved, Disney would pay $85 million, some of which will go into a general fund, to improve traffic flow, pedestrian circulation and safety. This would include:
$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 remnant of Clementine Street south of Katella Avenue leading into Disney’s Toy Story Parking Lot.
The payment would 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.
To learn more, please visit our community benefits page.
What are you doing to protect the adjacent neighborhoods from noise and visual impacts during construction and operations?
DisneylandForward includes restrictive regulations and design requirements, specifically on the edges of Disney’s property adjacent to neighborhoods. The restrictions near neighborhoods are highly detailed from placement of buildings, the design of sound walls, what type of attractions can be built and where, height maximums, noise monitoring, setbacks, screening and more. Visit our environmental review page for more information. Some examples include:
Increased setback for development, stair-stepped height, landscaping palette, buffer and screening measures detailed for every edge of property adjacent to neighbors.
Installation and maintenance of landscaped setbacks adjacent to neighbors.
Modifications to maximum height allowed within the Disneyland Resort.
Implementation of 360-degree architectural design to improve public views and views, especially from adjacent residential properties.
What is the traffic impact of these street abandonments?
The traffic impacts of these public street closures were analyzed as part of the City’s draft subsequent environmental impact report, which concluded those impacts would not be significant.
Will you build another theme park or more hotels with DisneylandForward ?
The DisneylandForward development agreement, once approved, requires Disney to invest a minimum of $1.9 billion in theme parks and lodging within 10 years of project approval. While we don’t have the story or theme identified at this time for a new land, attraction, hotel or Disney Vacation Club project, we do we know today’s guests want integrated experiences, bringing multiple uses together within one experience.
Right now, we are focused on getting approvals for DisneylandForward, and any future development will be based on our overall growth plans and what needs to be in place to support those plans. This is about planning for the next several decades, and we need to go through this process now to be ready for the future. Big, innovative ideas take time to plan, and we want to be ready.
You have noted possible parking on the east side of the Disneyland Resort. Will this be the same parking structure project that was planned previously?
Disney is committed to ensuring that there is sufficient parking to serve the Disneyland Resort for years to come. The City approved parking on the east side of the Anaheim Resort area as part of our 1990s approvals. DisneylandForward will provide the ability to build an eastern parking structure and multi-modal transportation center on Disney’s east-side surface parking lots, balancing future traffic flows between the west and east sides of the resort and allowing for a new east-side hub for ART buses, hotel shuttles, guest parking shuttles, cast member parking shuttles, bicycle facilities, rideshare apps drop-off and pick-up and future transit connectors. We remain committed to working with Harbor Boulevard businesses to develop planning and operating guidelines that address accessibility to area businesses and take their needs and feedback into account.
What is the environmental impact of DisneylandForward?
As part of this process, the City conducted an update to the existing environmental impact report for the Disneyland Resort project, thoroughly analyzing potential environmental impacts of DisneylandForward and identifying mitigation measures to address and reduce impacts. To learn about the key findings, please visit our environmental review page.
Will the construction of DisneylandForward include union labor?
DisneylandForward includes a project labor agreement with the building trades focused on the east parking garage and multi-modal transit center, which 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.
What are Disney’s Plans for the Toy Story Lot that require eliminating the proposed roads through site?
While we have not announced any projects at this time, we believe this property could be the perfect location to cater to local residents, convention-goers, hotel and Disneyland Resort guests with restaurants, hotels, live music, shopping, ticketed shows and theme park experiences modeled after the popular Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.