Anaheim considering major expansion for Disneyland

Disney’s proposal would cut into its own parking lot for new attractions and add a parking garage to the property.

Disney is seeking approval to expand its Disneyland in Anaheim over the next 40 years. 

Disney is proposing an expansion into its parking lot to local officials without increasing its total 490-acre property. 


The big picture: The proposed expansion aims to develop new immersive attractions and experiences within the existing boundaries of the resort.

  • Potential new attractions could be based on popular stories like “Wakanda,” “Coco,” “Frozen,” or “Zootopia.”
  • The plan includes building rides and entertainment options on a 50-acre parking lot while relocating parking to a multistory structure.
  • The expansion aims to create more immersive experiences for visitors, similar to the success of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Driving the news: The city of Anaheim’s planning commission is reviewing the proposal, which requires Disney to invest at least $1.9 billion in the theme park, lodging, entertainment, and related uses over the next decade. 

  • This is the first major change Disney has sought for its California theme parks since the 1990s when it transformed the first park into a resort hub and added a second park and an entertainment area.
  • Disneyland was the second-most visited theme park in the world in 2022.
  • The plan also includes investment in street improvements, affordable housing, and other infrastructure in the city.
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