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Disneyland announces new hotel and parking enhancements

For the first time in almost two decades, the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California, will open a new hotel. Set to break ground next summer and open in 2021, the 700-room hotel will transform the west end of the Downtown Disney District and anchor a new gateway to the Disneyland Resort. Featuring a sophisticated design with extensive landscaping, water elements and nature on every level, the hotel’s location embraces the iconic Disneyland Monorail with a dedicated platform inside the hotel for direct transport into Disneyland park, an upper-level restaurant and lounge with a view of the Disneyland park fireworks, and a ground level that will include shops and restaurants.

The new hotel will create great benefits for the community, generating approximately $25 million in new taxes in its first five years of operation that will go directly to Anaheim’s general fund. It also will create thousands of additional construction and permanent jobs and attract new hotel guests to the resort area.

As part of the multi-year expansion, the Disneyland Resort also is upgrading, improving and adding new parking and transportation enhancements that have been long envisioned for the resort. The centerpiece of this plan is an all-new, 6,500-space parking structure to be built on the current Pinocchio surface parking lot next to the Mickey & Friends parking structure.

In addition to adding parking capacity on the west side of the resort, the structure is expected to significantly speed up guest arrival by providing a 60 percent increase in the number of access lanes. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2018, with the structure set to open the following year.

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