Now that the Disneyland Eastern Gateway is Dead, what is next? Here are my thoughts. Ranked by probability.
1. It's not really dead. It's in hiatus. (90%)
The Eastern Gateway was part of a big puzzle that is now pushed into the future. The ambitious Marvel Land needs the northern esplanade land for expansion. Disneyland still needs more parking. That bridge is still needed, but it needs to accommodate the hotels too. So the master planning continues beyond 2020 when the government lease on the building expires. New Anaheim City Council will surely be elected in November 2018.
2. New Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney East.(50%)
With the removal of AMC, Rainforest Café, and ESPN Zone plus the new luxury Disney Hotel, there's not so much to do in Downtown Disney. They should extend Downtown Disney into the Eastern Gateway with an entirely new Hotel and a new mixed use parking structure. The new bridge will remain, but it will be a smaller scale and local businesses are not shut out. The new parking garage can still serve theme park parking as overflow. The entire facility will be in the security zone.
3. Disney Aulani West. (10%)
A new luxury Disney Hotel with DVC and water park. Disney World gets lots of new hotels constantly. Why can't Disneyland get more resorts that have the same quality as Aulani. Having been here, you get hooked into the Hawaii spirit. More Polynesian resorts please.
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