Disney Plans to Add Luxury Hotel at the Disneyland Resort


To take advantage of the city’s new policy giving tax incentives to build luxury hotels, Disneyland officials submitted plans Tuesday to add a fourth Disney-themed hotel at the resort.

Disney proposes a 700-room, four-diamond hotel and a parking structure on 10 acres at 1401 Disneyland Drive, at the north end of the Downtown Disney parking lot. Construction on the hotel would start in 2018 with a slated opening in 2021.

An aerial view of the Disneyland Resort. The new proposed "Four-Diamond" hotel would take up 10 acres in what is currently the main Downtown Disney parking lot.

An aerial view of the Disneyland Resort. The new proposed “Four-Diamond” hotel would take up 10 acres in what is currently the main Downtown Disney parking lot.

 

Walt Disney Imagineering will design the hotel, which currently doesn’t have a theme, Disneyland officials said. Guests will dine in an upscale rooftop restaurant watching Disneyland’s nightly fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle. There will be two pools, a fitness facility, concierge service and a kid’s play area. The average nightly rate would be about $450.

The proposed hotel would be the first built at the Disneyland Resort in nearly 20 years and comes as the resort starts construction on the 14-acre “Star Wars” land expected to boost attendance to Disneyland.

The Disneyland Hotel and the Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are the only two properties in the city that fit AAA’s strict guidelines for the luxury four-diamond rating. The Paradise Pier is considered a three-diamond property.

To receive the four-diamond rating, Disney must spend at least $225,000 per guest room, including $30,000 in furniture, fixtures and equipment in each room.

Disneyland officials did not say how much the 1401 Disneyland Drive project will cost, only that they are investing more than $2 billion in their resort over the next decade – that includes the construction of “Star Wars” land in Disneyland and a 5,000-spot parking structure and transit center nearby.

This fourth hotel is not part of the $1 billion investment deal Disney struck with the city last year to ban a gate tax for at least 30 years.

Disneyland is already entitled to build hotel rooms in the the Downtown Disney parking area.

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