2024 will be an important year for the DisneylandForward project, and it all kicks off next week with a City Council Workshop scheduled for January 23, 2024. At the workshop, which is open to the public, more details will be covered in a discussion about the project. We still don’t expect anything close to a level of detail such as what specific attractions or offerings are included with the project, which will be completed over decades, but the City of Anaheim is expected to release a proposed development agreement.
This will be the second “workshop” for the project, following a planning commission workshop back in October 2023. The DisneylandForward website has a page where people interested in attending the City Council Workshop can sign up for the event or send a letter in support of the DisneylandFoward project.
DisneylandFoward website: https://www.disneylandforward.com/cityworkshop
Currently, here’s a look at the 2024 timeline for the project, which includes a City Council hearing on whether or not to approve the project later this spring:
- Jan. 23, 2024: City Council workshop with an overview of DisneylandForward, proposed development agreement
- February 2024: Planning Commission workshop with an overview of DisneylandForward, proposed development agreement
- March 2024: Planning Commission hearing with an expected vote
- April 2024: second City Council workshop
- April-May 2024: City Council hearing, expected vote
At a high level, the DisneylandForward project is less of a project and more of a rezoning initiative. In order to expand the Disneyland Resort theme parks and entertainment venues, Disneyland requires rezoning approval from the City of Anaheim.
The proposal calls for allowing theme park attractions alongside hotels on the west side of Disneyland Drive and theme park attractions alongside new shopping, dining and entertainment to the southeast on what is today the Toy Story Parking Area.
The proposal also calls for additional parking east of the theme parks and potential footbridges across Harbor Boulevard and Disneyland Drive.
The proposal does not request any new acreage, square footage, or hotel rooms to be developed. Instead, it would shift already approved development amounts across land Disney owns.
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