Disneyland buys an additional 11 acres in Anaheim
Published: September 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM
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.