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House of Blues is Leaving Anaheim's Downtown Disney

August 12, 2015, 5:55 PM · 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 Anaheim

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:

Replies (8)

August 12, 2015 at 8:18 PM · 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.
August 13, 2015 at 4:10 AM · 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.

I'd imagine most visitors choose it because of where it is rather than what it is.

I don't see many people crossing the road to visit it in the new location when there are plenty of other choices available.

August 13, 2015 at 6:55 AM · Very bad news. I'll be missing D-Box seats in UltraLuxe cinemas!!!(((
August 13, 2015 at 11:20 AM · I can see that Indiana Jones themed restaurant that's going into Disney Springs potentially filling this spot
August 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM · 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.
August 13, 2015 at 6:40 PM · 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.
August 14, 2015 at 7:55 PM · All I know about this place comes from this song:
https://vimeo.com/6870566
August 17, 2015 at 1:28 AM · TRex cafe?

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