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by Jade Conroy, The Daily Telegraph, June 13, 2016
Disneyland Resort in California has submitted planning permission to open an AAA four-diamond rated hotel.
Plans will see a 700-room hotel built on a 10-acre plot which is currently a car park in Downtown Disney.
The hotel – which will be the first to open in almost 20 years – will be just the fourth property affiliated to Disneyland Resort, joining Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
The new property will feature a rooftop restaurant with views out to Sleeping Beauty's Castle.
The average nightly rate will be around $450 (£311), making it the most expensive of the park hotels. Construction will begin in 2018 with a view to opening in 2021.
The Walt Disney Imagineers, who are responsible for the brand’s theme park and hotel designs around the world, will design the new property, but a theme has not yet been decided. It has been confirmed, however, that the hotel will have a rooftop restaurant – from which you’ll be able to see views of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and have front-row seats to the fireworks show – plus a huge outdoor ‘interactive’ swimming area.
The Walt Disney Imagineers will design the hotel, but a theme is yet to be decided.Credit: Disney
Last summer, Disney declared it would invest at least $2 billion over the next decade to improve and expand the park, which is comparatively small compared to its East Coast counterpart, Walt Disney World Orlando, which has – for example – a total of 21 Disney-branded hotels. This expansion includes the new Star Wars-themed land at Disneyland Park, which is under construction.
Last summer, Disney declared it would invest at least $2 billion planned investment over the next decade to improve and expand the park.Credit: © Michael DeFreitas North America / Alamy Stock Photo/Michael DeFreitas North America / Alamy Stock Photo
The new hotel will also take advantage of Anaheim City Council’s new policy which gives tax incentives to those building luxury hotels: any four-star or four-diamond hotel is allowed to keep 70 per cent of the room taxes for up to 20 years.
The announcement also follows the opening this month of the new Shanghai Disneyland, which is already fully booked for the first two weeks after its officially opens its gates on June 16. There is a general Disney-themed hotel on site, as well as the first ever Toy Story hotel.
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