Disneyland gets approval for major expansion project

The nearly $2 billion project will transform Disneyland without expanding the park’s footprint in Anaheim.

Disneyland cleared a major hurdle Tuesday by receiving approval from the Anaheim City Council to expand. 

Disneyland will transform its 490-acre campus in Orange County to add more attractions without expanding its footprint. 


Driving the news: The expansion plan, which would cost at least $1.9 billion over the next decade, aims to create more immersive experiences for guests and add new rides and entertainment.

  • As part of the deal, Disney will also be required to invest in street improvements, affordable housing, and other infrastructure in the city. 
  • The council unanimously approved the project after an eight-hour meeting, and a final vote for approval is scheduled for May.
  • The expansion plan does not involve expanding Disney’s footprint in Anaheim but will allow for the relocation of parking and redevelopment of existing properties to make room for new attractions.
  • Disney has not confirmed which stories or themes will be featured in the new development.
  • This is the first major change to Disney’s California theme parks since the 1990s when Disneyland was transformed into a resort hub, including the addition of Disney California Adventure.
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