Disneyland buys an additional 11 acres in Anaheim
Disneyland has purchased an 11-acre site at the intersection of Harbor Blvd and Ball Road, with the intent to use the site for an employee parking lot. The site now houses the Anaheim RV Village, and Disneyland plans to put 1,400 employee parking spaces on the site, according to a Disneyland spokesperson
Resort expansion years ago claimed Disneyland's long-time, on-site parking lot for theme park employees. There's a parking garage on the north end of the property for Team Disney employees, but in-park workers have had to park as far away as Angels Stadium during busy periods in recent years. Disney provides shuttle buses from remote lots, but they have to navigate the same street traffic as everyone else. And that's while employees are off the clock.
The land Disneyland has bought is outlined in red. For reference, the Mickey and Friends parking garage is the big building on the left. Map via Google Maps.
Having a closer parking lot certainly will benefit Disneyland employees, but let's not overlook the longer-term potential for the site. If Disneyland could build a multi-level parking structure there instead of leaving it as a mere surface lot, that could create space on the site for additional offices and other back-of-house support facilities. Conceivably, that could one day open space now used for those purposes on the north side of Disneyland Park, allowing the park to expand into those areas.
No matter how Disney uses its new land, having that additional space gives the resort additional flexibility in the years to come.
I appreciate this update. But one of the long time curiosities that I have had is how much land Disney owns/leases/controls. Do you have a suggestion for a web site that might have accurate info?
Here's a map with where the two most commonly used employee parking lots are located.
I really wish they'd buy out the motel and 7/11 at the corner of harbor and katella, behind carsland. That's the perfect spot for any show buildings for future rides that they might put in cars or bugs land or just for backstage space. But it's great to see Disney pushing forward it's resort expansion little by little. Little purchases like that are going to be necessary if theyre ever going to build a 3rd gate.
Too bad for the RV lot. These people will be displaced.
I can't tell you how sad this makes me. I love that RV park! We stay there at least once a month and most of last summer. I wish Disney would consider keeping it an RV park!
This kinda tells me that Disney has long-term plans for a third park, where their main employee lot/Toy Story guest parking currently sits. Now that Disney California Adventure is the success it should've been, back in 2001, work on a new, acquired property themepark now appears to be the next logical step. Disney's Marvel/Star Wars Park, anybody? There was speculation, many years ago, that a waterpark was in the cards, ala Blizzard Beach/Typhoon Lagoon, but Garden Grove, just a mile to the south on Harbor Blvd. will beat them to the punch (and will probably fail, since--Garden Grove!)
Disney absolutely plans to proceed with the construction of a third Anaheim theme park. This purchase was necessary so they can relocate the employee parking off Katella that is adjacent to the Toy Story Parking Lot.
Not only is Disney going to build a 3rd gate, they are REQUIRED to build it. When Anaheim gave Disney a TON of goodies back when they were building DCA, Disney promised Anaheim that they would build a 3rd gate and Anaheim is holding Disney to that. They only got a 5 year (I think) variance on the Toy Story lots. Those parking lots CANNOT stay parking lots beyond their variance.
Although it's true that a water park is going into Garden Grove, my understanding - from back when the OC Register allowed me to read it for free - is that it will be open to the hotel guests only, not the general public.
"I really wish they'd buy out the motel and 7/11 at the corner of harbor and katella, behind carsland. That's the perfect spot for any show buildings for future rides that they might put in cars or bugs land or just for backstage space."
I doubt they will ever do it, but sure would be nice if they built California version of Fort Wilderness. I was truly impressed by FW at DW and would like to combine RV camping with a Disney trip in CA.
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