City of Anaheim Approves DisneylandForward

City of Anaheim Approves DisneylandForward

The Anaheim City Council unanimously approved DisneylandForward in an early morning vote on Wednesday. Hundreds of the plan’s supporters and opponents were allowed to speak at the council meeting, which began Tuesday evening. Proponents say a Disneyland expansion will be a boon for Anaheim’s economy. Critics are concerned with increases in traffic, pollution, and rents. A procedural vote will happen on May 7, but this morning’s vote was the important one.

“Thinking big and leading the way is both our legacy and our best path forward. Now is the time to be bold, to dream, to believe, and to lead! The Disneyland Resort is poised to create new jobs and revenues for our community as well as new immersive entertainment and experiences for loyal fans and new audiences for generations to come.”

Ken Potrock, President, Disneyland Resort

Approval of DisneylandForward will allow Disney to add new attractions, shopping, dining, and entertainment to Anaheim. Disney has pledged to spend at least $1.9 billion on the expansion. In addition to Disneyland Resort upgrades, the company will also spend millions more on infrastructure improvements and affordable housing.

Learn More: Disney Commits $1.9 Billion for DisneylandForward Expansion

Disney has been floating blue sky attraction ideas for Disneyland for the past few years. The council’s approval means that we no longer have to hear about what could be. Instead, fans will be thrilled to finally get concrete details, maybe as soon as the D23 Fan Event this August. Bob Iger recently spoke about a new Avatar-based land in California. Or is it an experience? We might soon find out!

Concept art for an Avatar land in Disneyland. Copyright Disney.
Concept art for an Avatar land / experience in Disneyland. Copyright Disney.

In addition to Avatar, Disney floated blue sky concepts based on the following popular IPs:

  • Tangled
  • Peter Pan
  • Frozen
  • Zootopia
  • TRON
  • Toy Story
  • Coco
  • Black Panther

Work can begin 30 days after May 7’s procedural vote.

Josh is a web designer and developer who enjoys writing about all things Disney and Universal. In a previous life, he performed in big bands, orchestras, and everything in between as a professional trombonist.