Big changes are on the horizon for the Disneyland Resort. It was announced that a brand new Four Diamond hotel will be opening up in 2021. This new hotel will transform the west end of the Downtown Disney District and it will also anchor a new gateway to the Disneyland Resort.
This new hotel will feature 700 rooms and a sophisticated style. There will be extensive landscaping and water elements that will help to create a sort of oasis. The hotel will include a dedicated platform inside for direct transport into Disneyland via the monorail. This resort will provide plenty of views of the Downtown Disney District. In addition, there will be an upper-level restaurant and lounge which will give Guests a view of Disneyland’s fireworks. Speaking of restaurants, there will be many restaurants and shops that open onto an expansive landscaped plaza complete with water features.
With the addition of this new hotel, it appears that the AMC Theater, Earl of Sandwich, Rainforest Cafe, and ESPN Zone will need to close.
Construction on the new hotel starts in the summer of 2018.
In addition, as part of this expansion, a new parking structure will be built. This all-new facility will be built on the current Pinocchio surface parking lot next to Mickey & Friends. It will be a 6,500-space structure that is designed to dramatically improve parking and traffic flow. According to Disney, this new garage is expected to significantly speed up guest arrival by providing a 60% increase in the number of access lanes, as well as adding additional parking capacity on the west side of the resort, eliminating backups onto city streets.
Another reconfiguration that will take place with the tram boarding area to enhance the experience for Guests parking at both the new structure, as well as at Mickey & Friends.
The new parking structure will begin construction starting in February 2018 and it is set to open in 2019.