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Can I learn more about DisneylandForward?
DisneylandForward is a long-term planning effort among Disney, and the city in which the community will have multiple opportunities to participate in the public review and approval process. We remain committed to reaching out and sharing our vision. If you would like to be notified of future community meetings, or have questions about DisneylandForward, please share your interest with our team on our Contact page, here.
Why are you seeking these approvals now?
We need to plan and prepare for the future to continue to deliver the world-class experience our guests demand. We realize that in order to invest in a way that makes sense, not just for Disney but for our entire community, we need to seek out ways to create experiences that are integrated. In order to do that, we need updated development approvals from the city. The public review and approval process will take time. This process allows us to take the step forward.
What do you have planned?
Guests today want bigger, more integrated and immersive Disney experiences. While we want to continue to invest and bring one-of-a-kind experiences to Anaheim, the current single-use district approach of our existing development approvals limits the new experiences we can provide without removing existing attractions. Although we are not announcing any new lands or attractions at this time, we do see an opportunity to expand Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to the west to create a dynamic area where hotels, theme park, and retail, dining, and entertainment uses could coexist, providing a variety of experiences for our guests. In addition, we see an opportunity to create a new kind of Disney Destination near the convention center. This could be an ideal location to bring together theme park experiences, hotels and retail, dining and entertainment in a unique way that would serve guests, conventioneers and local residents.
What will the cost of DisneylandForward be to the City of Anaheim?
This effort will be privately funded by Disney. Disney is not seeking any public funding as a part of DisneylandForward.
Will you build another theme park?
We are not announcing any new lands or attractions at this time. Currently, we are focused on meeting with the community to explain DisneylandForward and working with the City of Anaheim to review and ultimately approve the project. These updated approvals are necessary as they will allow us to explore new integrated and immersive experiences that could include adding new theme park attractions without having to remove and replace treasured rides and attractions.
Will you build another hotel with Disneyland Forward?
Our focus at the moment is to reach out into the community to share DisneylandForward with residents and stakeholders and answer questions about DisneylandForward. With DisneylandForward, we will have the opportunity to bring integrated and immersive development to the Anaheim Resort area that could include hotels, dining, entertainment and theme parks, all in one area.
You have noted possible parking on the eastside. Will this be the same parking structure project that was scrapped 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 eastside of the Anaheim Resort area as part of our 1990s approvals. In the future we envision parking structures on the eastside as we grow and invest. We remain committed to working with Harbor Boulevard businesses to develop planning and operating guidelines that address accessibility to area businesses and take their concerns into acccount.
What are the traffic impacts?
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, and will be considered with any development made possible as a result of DisneylandForward. In fact, as part of this process, the City will be updating the existing environmental impact report for The Disneyland Resort Project, which will include a thorough analysis of potential environmental impacts and will identify mitigation measures to address and reduce impacts.
Will DisneylandForward result in 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. We expect the impact of any development made possible by DisneylandForward to be far reaching.
What will you do first as a result of DisneylandForward?
Right now, we are focused on engaging with the community to understand the needs and priorities of Anaheim residents and stakeholders, after which DisneylandForward must go through a comprehensive environmental review and hearing process. We are currently working with the city to prepare all the pieces needed for this process, and will be updating community members on the various ways they can participate.
How does DisneylandForward benefit all of Anaheim?
Past Disney investments have shown that, when Disney invests in a major way, the entire region's economy grows, which in turn creates jobs, taxes, and additional revenues to the city which fund essential services such as fire, police, and schools. We saw this play out firsthand with the development made possible by the approvals in the 1990s. As a result of that investment, Anaheim welcomed Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim’s first luxury hotel Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Downtown Disney District, all of which significantly increased the number of jobs in the resort area and revenues to the city. DisneylandForward would clear the way for Disney to continue to invest in the Anaheim Resort in a meaningful way. Any major attractions or experiences made possible because of DisneylandForward, can be expected to similarly result in major job creation and additional revenues to the city.
What is the environmental impact of DisneylandForward?
As part of this process, the City will be updating the existing environmental impact report for The Disneyland Resort Project, which will include a thorough analysis of potential environmental impacts and will identify mitigation measures to address and reduce impacts.