The Disney Parks Blog announced today that for the first time in 20 years, a new Four Diamond hotel will open at the Disneyland Resort in 2021.
This hotel is set to transform the west side of the Downtown Disney District, and serve as a new gateway to the resort.
The 700-room hotel will feature sophisticated architecture and design, and create a dynamic entertainment, dining and hotel experience for local residents and resort visitors. Through landscaping and water elements, a resort oasis will be created with nature showcased on every level of the hotel. The resort will also incorporate the Disneyland Monorail with a dedicated platform inside for direct transport into Disneyland Park.
The guest rooms, public spaces and gardens will give guests views of the Downtown Disney District, and an upper-level restaurant and lounge will provide a view of the Disneyland Park fireworks.
The hotel’s ground level will include restaurants and shops that open into an expansive landscaped plaza with water features. It will also connect all four hotels of the Disneyland Resort through its lush gardens and walkways.
The new hotel will also offer huge benefits for the Anaheim community, generating approximately $25 million in new taxes during its first five years of operation, as well as creating thousands of construction and permanent resort jobs.
Construction is set to begin in summer 2018, with the grand opening date set for 2021. As for the retail and business locations that could be closed or changed by the new hotel’s location, a Disneyland representative said, “We are currently working with the businesses affected and discussing next steps.”
In addition to the construction of the new hotel, upgrades and improvements will also be made in the form of an all-new parking structure to be built on the current Pinocchio surface parking lot, next to Mickey & Friends.
This upcoming 6,500-space structure is designed to drastically improve parking and traffic flow throughout the Disneyland Resort, and is expected to speed up guest arrival by a 60 percent increase in the number of access lanes and additional parking capacity on the west side of the resort.
In addition to the increase in parking and access lanes, the tram boarding area will be reconfigured to enhance the transportation experience for guests parking both at Mickey & Friends and the new parking structure.
Construction on the upgraded parking is set to begin in February 2018, with an opening date expected for the following year.