6 Things That We Already Know About Disneyland’s Newest Hotel

In case you haven’t heard, Disneyland announced in October of last year, that work would begin this year on a brand new Disneyland on-site hotel property that is slated to be completed in 2021.  With only three onsite offerings currently available at Disneyland Resort, this is a project that we here at Disney Addicts will be watching closely.  To get you up to speed with what visitors can expect from this new hotel when it opens in three years, we’ve compiled a list of 5-noteworthy tidbits.

1. 700 guest rooms-  Unlike the 30+ accommodation options you’ll find at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland only has three onsite hotels: Paradise Pier, Grand Californian and Disneyland Hotel.  This means that onsite availability can be a bit tricky to come by.  That’s why we’re excited to see that this new hotel project will bring an additional 700 guest rooms to the Disneyland Resort area! Though little has been said about the actual design of the rooms Disney is promising whimsy! What this space for more details.

Disneyland Hotel

2. On the monorail line-  Currently, none of Disneylands’s three onsite properties offer direct monorail access.  The monorail passes through the Grand Californian without making any stops and is just a short walk away from Disneyland Hotel but that is as close as it comes.  However, that is about to change with this new property.  Taking its lead from Walt Disney World’s stunning monorail resorts, this new hotel will feature its own monorail platform.

3. Will be designed to connect all four resort properties into a beautiful hotel oasis –This new hotel is being designed to bring a sense of cohesion to Disneyland’s onsite properties making visitors feel like they seamlessly transition from the resort to theme parks. This distinctly Disney campus will be tied together by beautiful landscaping creating a resort oasis.   Guests can expect beautifully landscaped plazas, water features, walkways as well as shops, restaurants and more.

4. Fireworks views from the upper levels – The new hotel will offer breathtaking views of the Downtown Disney area from guestrooms, public spaces and gardens.  Disney is also promising that the upper levels will feature a restaurant and lounge where guests can take in Disneyland’s beautiful nighttime fireworks display.

5. DVC Properties?– Unlike Walt Disney World, DVC members heading out to Disneyland will find that DVC properties are at a premium.  Currently, the only Disneyland hotel to offer accommodation for DVC members is Disney’s Grand California Resort which is home to 48 two bedroom villas (which can be split up into 1 bedroom and studio properties) as well as 2 Grand Villas.  However, as soon as details of this property emerged so did rumors that Disney may also construct villa properties in addition to the 700 guest rooms.  Though for now it remains just a rumor, it is one that seems plausible and that we are certainly keeping our fingers crossed over!

6. It’s out with the old, in with the new- With a new hotel happening smack bank in the middle of the Disneyland Resort area, it’s not surprising that space is at a bit of premium.  In order for this new hotel to play a central role in linking up Disney’s onsite properties, certain businesses in Downtown Disney need to close or relocate.  These are as follows;

  • AMC 12 Theatres
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • ESPN Zone
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Alamo Rent-a-Car
  • Starbucks (only the west side location)
  • Two Disney businesses – Disney Vacation Club and Walt Disney Travel – will continue to operate in other resort locations.

Though we would expect some of the locations to resurface as part of the new hotel complex, no official word has been released as of yet as to which businesses might be making a comeback.

Readers are encouraged to keep following along with Disney Addicts and our sister site Chip and Co. for the latest in news and updates regarding this exciting new project.

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Melissa is a Disney-loving mom who can often be found at the parks with her six year old daughter.  When not euphorically eating a Dole Whip at Walt Disney World, Melissa enjoys helping others plan their magical vacations with MickeyTravels and sharing her Disney knowledge at Chip and Co. and Disney Addicts. Follow along on Facebook or Twitter.
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