House of Blues is Leaving Anaheim's Downtown Disney
The House of Blues in Anaheim's Downtown Disney will close by early next year
, at the latest. The restaurant and concert venue has confirmed plans to move across Harbor Boulevard into a larger, soon-to-be-vacated space in the Anaheim GardenWalk mall, that is now home to UltraLuxe Cinemas.
House of Blues' older sibling in Los Angeles, on the Sunset Strip, closed last week to make way for a condo development. The LA House of Blues is expected to reopen in another location, though that location has not yet been announced. House of Blues continues to operate at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney, along with 10 other locations around the country.
House of Blues' need for a larger-capacity space appears to be good news for GardenWalk, which has struggled to attract crowds and retain tenants since it opened in the 2008 recession. And House of Blues' departure from Downtown Disney opens up a significant space for a new facility in Disney's shopping and dining district.
What will it end up being? Matthew Gottula has offered an outstanding suggestion:
Wishful thinking on the Adventurers Club, but it would be a better concept to do a comedy club with improv with the Adventurers Club as a portion on certain nights. GardenWalk needs House of Blues more than Disney. If a success, the mall's price increases. What are the chances Disney will buy up the mall for its third park expansion? Lots of unrealized potential from Disney's investment like another hotel and DVC.
Seems a strange decision if voluntary, to move from a place with such a huge footfall to a location which as the article says, struggles to get crowds.
Very bad news. I'll be missing D-Box seats in UltraLuxe cinemas!!!(((
I can see that Indiana Jones themed restaurant that's going into Disney Springs potentially filling this spot
A third park sounds enticing, but I worry about it becoming like DHS. Then again a third gate might help with crowd control in the Disneyland Resort, which is obviously much smaller than WDW. But we can't expect off the shelf rides and "Line. The Experience!" to help.
They can buy land and keep it for the day a 3rd park won't eat DCA's lunch. Instead, they should work on new hotels and improving parking.
All I know about this place comes from this song:
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