Published: September 5, 2013 at 9:43 AMI 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?
Published: September 5, 2013 at 9:44 AMHere's a map with where the two most commonly used employee parking lots are located.
The bottom red square is the lot most employees use -- the top red box is reserved for cast members who work in Critter Country and New Orleans Square. Regular cast members can park at TDA after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and any time on weekends (at least this is how it was when I was working there a year ago).
Published: September 5, 2013 at 1:58 PMI 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.
Published: September 5, 2013 at 2:11 PMToo bad for the RV lot. These people will be displaced.
I wonder why they are buying new property to house employee parking when they already have plenty of surface parking lots that are begging to be converted into multi-level parking structures. The Mickey and Friends parking structure has surface parking on the north and south. The Downtown Disney parking lots on the north and south.
Of course, maybe they are holding out in case they expand Downtown Disney and/or decide to add a third resort on the space, but if this happens, they must add at least one multi-level parking structure in that general location.
Published: September 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM@Anon Mouse
Any chance they'll build the structure there? Or perhaps the idea is to use this new space to offset the spots that will be lost during the construction of a multi-level structure at an existing lot?
Published: September 5, 2013 at 3:26 PMI 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!
Published: September 5, 2013 at 6:08 PMThis 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!)
One can only hope that there will be an efficient, convenient structure that can both handle the additional traffic at the Harbor/Ball intersection. As a former Dland Cast Member, I recall the headaches of parking/bussing to the resort before the emergency clusterf***s of remote parking at Angel Stadium.
Published: September 6, 2013 at 11:55 PMDisney 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.
Disney will at some point build a guest parking structure on the site of Pumba surface lot.
Published: September 6, 2013 at 9:38 AMNot 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.
Published: September 7, 2013 at 12:01 AMTed Heumann nothing you said is true. There were no concessions given on the condition that Disney build a third theme park. Absolutely, untrue!
Planning and early construction of Disney California Adventure was already underway when Disney acquired the option to buy this property in 1998. All of the city (resort area) improvements were related to construction Downtown Disney, Grand Californian and California Adventure, not a third theme park.
Shortly before the opening of California Adventure Disney jumped the gun (eagerly anticipating over demand for DCA) and posted a web site sharing the possibility of developing a third theme park on this property, but that proposal died quickly after the park opening.
Disney then waited until 2009 before it approached the city with a plan to build a temporary parking lot on the property because they were losing the parking in the Lion King lots due to the Cars Land expansion.
The plan was approved by the Anaheim Planning Commission granting Disney a conditional use permit for six years and if the public transit (Anaheim Fixed Guideway) wasn't built by then the permit would be extended for 4 more years for total of 10.
It's true that the city has stated that they would like to see this property developed, but Disney is not required to do anything with this property. The company will develop it as the need arises, which I would argue is near. However, Disney would have no problem getting approval to extend the use of the surface parking if they so desired.
When Disney ultimately decides what they'd like to develop then they may approach the city to discuss certain concessions, but only then will those talks take place. You don't create agreements like that when you're still uncertain about what you're planning to do and when you'll build anything, if anything at all.
Published: September 9, 2013 at 6:04 PMAlthough 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.
Published: September 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM"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."
Locals might see it as some motel, but the Candy Cane Inn has been consistently rated by tourists as the best place to stay in Anaheim. In a city with a dearth of affordable, quality hotels, that matters.
Published: September 9, 2013 at 11:03 PMI 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.