19 de mayo de 2017
If you’re planning to visit the Disneyland Resort this summer and enjoy the new, action-packed attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout! inside Disney California Adventure, you might want to consider staying at one of the Disneyland Resort’s three on-property hotels for the ultimate vacation experience, totally enveloped in the magic.
Whether you’re interested in the original Disneyland Hotel, upgraded with the latest modern facilities but infused with nostalgia, or Disney’s Paradise Pier hotel with its view over the iconic Paradise Pier section of the park, or or the arts & crafts style Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa you’ll find a a price point to fit your family’s needs. As we’ve reported the Grand Californian is currently in the middle of a hotel-wide renovation which includes new rooms and upgrades to the public areas. The most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s opening in 2001.
“While each resort hotel offers something unique for guests, what remains consistent is Disney’s exceptional guest service, famed hospitality and of course, magic,” said Elliot Mills, vice president, Hotel Operations, at the Disneyland Resort. “At our three hotels, you are just footsteps from everything, making it easy to play at both theme parks and to explore Downtown Disney. When you extend your stay at the Disneyland Resort, you are sure to create unforgettable memories.”
For a limited time, a special hotel offer is available for guests looking to stay in the middle of the magic. Guests may save up to 20 percent on premium rooms for select nights at Disney’s Grand Californian or the Disneyland Hotel, for travel from now through June 15, 2017, if booked by June 15. Call your authorized Disney travel agent for booking assistance (see below for The Disney Blog’s in house agent details).
Superb Disney Dining and New Experiences
The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort offer delicious dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests will find special character dining experiences at each hotel:
Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends in Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
Chip ‘n Dale Critter Breakfast in Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel buzzes with character encounters throughout the day, including the new Disney Dinnertime Magic with Chef Mickey.
Also at the Disneyland Hotel, the vintage Hollywood-inspired Steakhouse 55 recently developed a new menu filled with indulgent breakfast items—and creative cocktails.
In the afternoons, guests will experience Classic Afternoon Tea at Steakhouse 55. The mid-day tea service offers sweets, savories and an exquisite selection of specialty teas. At Disney’s Grand Californian’s signature restaurant, Napa Rose, Disney’s expert staff of sommeliers have curated a special menu during the new Napa Rose Food and Wine Pairing Experience. Offered on weekend afternoons, guests will indulge in hand-selected wine tastings in the lounge.
For delicious dinners in a casual setting, guests will enjoy meals at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian. Fine dining is available at the award-winning Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian and at Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel.
Ideal Daytime Activities
Guests will enjoy sunny summer days at any of the distinct pools found at the on-property hotels. The Disneyland Hotel pool and water play area feature waterslides reminiscent of the original Mark I Monorail trains from Disneyland Park in the early ‘60s. The boardwalk-inspired, rooftop pool at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel features a 186-foot slide resembling a classic, beachside roller coaster.
At Disney’s Grand Californian, the recently refreshed pool deck includes new hardscape reinforcing the resort’s Craftsman design. A variety of natural stones were chosen to create a warm and welcoming environment at each pool. The 90-foot-long Redwood Creek waterslide curves around a giant Redwood tree stump, inviting guests to come and splash into the Redwood Pool.
The pools at each of the hotels come to life during energetic afternoon pool parties. These parties throughout the summer include games, music, dancing and more.
Guests who enjoy lounging by the pool may consider reserving a private, poolside cabana, available at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian for a half-day or full-day rental. Guests will stretch out under a shaded cabana equipped with everything they need to relax.
Special Evening Experiences
On select summer nights, guests also will enjoy movie screenings at all three hotels. During Magical Night at the Movies, guests are encouraged to kick back on beach chairs and towels to watch a Disney movie under the stars.
Guests with concierge-level reservations may take advantage of evening desserts and after- dinner beverages in the three hotels’ concierge lounges. For guests staying at the Disneyland Hotel, the E-Ticket Club is ideal for viewing the nighttime fireworks spectacular with a corresponding soundtrack piped in throughout the lounge.
Extra Magic Hour at the Theme Parks
Guests also enjoy many extras when they stay at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. Registered Disneyland Resort hotel guests with admission tickets may take advantage of Extra Magic Hour, which allows them access to select theme park attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations for one full hour before the parks open to the general public (available on select mornings; theme park admission and valid hotel key card required**). In addition to being steps away from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, the hotels are a short walk from the eclectic mix of dining, shopping and entertainment features of the Downtown Disney District.
15 de julio de 2016
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Is it just us, or did you immediately think of Rapunzel and Pascal from Tangled, as well?
With their pretty pastel dresses, chameleon confidants, and great hair, we think both Rapunzel and Ariana Grande are Disney Style approved. What do you think of Ariana’s Rapunzel vibes? Tell us in the comments!
16 de junio de 2016
The Orlando nightclub shooter reportedly eyed Walt Disney World in Florida as a potential target before deciding to walk into a gay club with an assault rifle and kill as many people as he could. According to People Magazine, gunman Omar Mateen was at Disney World in April, scouting the area, this according to his wife, Noor Zahi Salman.
JUST IN: Omar Mateen was on law enforcement radar in last five years, @jeffpeguescbs reports https://t.co/yjXjCLx2Hm pic.twitter.com/Wm5aamNN4v— CBS News (@CBSNews) 12 de junio de 2016
Big News: #Disney metal detectors will be changed from random to mandatory for every guest by the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/TvFo7DjaTf— Phil@Ear2ThereTravel (@ear_to_there) 16 de febrero de 2016
28 de abril de 2016
At the Walt Disney Theatre onboard the Disney Dream! This cruise is gorgeous😍#DisneyCruise
We hope that she continues to have a great time on her trip!
26 de abril de 2016
We now just got word that a third concert date was added for Monday, June 6th! The even bigger announcement? The June 6th performance will feature Jodi Benson reprising her role as Ariel! The performance will have additional special guest stars Susan Egan (Meg from “Hercules”, the original Belle on Broadway’s “Beauty and the Beast”), and Brad Kane, who did the singing voice of Aladdin in “Aladdin”.
Benson couldn’t be happier to get to re-visit the role of Ariel, which she originated. She had this to say about the concert:
“I’m so thrilled and incredibly blessed to be invited once again to sing at the Hollywood Bowl—and this time as my beloved Ariel during this unique commemoration of our movie, The Little Mermaid,” said Benson. “It’s such a special honor to celebrate my 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company by standing on the Hollywood Bowl stage and singing the beautiful music of the brilliant Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. I am truly honored and eternally grateful to Howard and Alan and our directors, Ron Clements and John Musker, for allowing me to bring Ariel to life and to be ‘part of your world’ for all of these many amazing years.”
The concert will accompany the celebrity singers with a live orchestra, with “The Little Mermaid” movie playing on the Hollywood Bowl screens. Tickets go on sale to the general public April 27th at 10am at Ticketmaster.com for the June 6th concert, the June 3rd & 4th concert tickets are already available.
3 de abril de 2016
Doomsday, hace su primera aparición en Superman: The Man of Steel #17, creado por Dan Jurgens en 1992.
Su origen (relatado en los cómics años más tarde) se da en Krypton, pero en tiempos prehistóricos. Y, por lo contrario a la creencia popular, no se trata de un kryptoniano en sí, sino de un ser creado por el despiadado genetista llamado Bertron.
El científico expone al bebé (recién creado), a la hostil superficie de Krypton. Obviamente, el bebé muere de forma inmediata, la atmósfera venenosa lo aniquila; pero Bertron recoge sus restos y nuevamente lo expone a la superficie kryptoniana... una y otra vez.
A medida que el niño muere y es revivido por su creador, su ADN cambia, generando la habilidad de supervivencia que lo caracteriza y le brinda su inmenso poder.
Pero, como era de esperarse, el experimento se rebela y la creación asesina a su creador, destruyendo todo el lugar. Finalmente, queda libre, llevando destrucción a todo lugar donde iba, poniendo al universo en gran peligro.
Tras varios encuentros de relevancia (Darkseid y Green Lanterns), arriba a un planeta conocido como Calaton, en donde luego de años de destrucción representantes reales de dicho planeta crean a Radiant, dando su vida para ello.
Radiant consigue derrotar a Doomsday, destruyendo gran parte del planeta en consecuencia. El cuerpo de Doomsday no podía ser enterrado en Catalon debido a los graves crímenes cometidos, así que lo envían sin destino, a la inmensidad del espacio.
La nave que contenía su cuerpo (a modo de ataúd y prisión), luego de un largo viaje, se estrella en La Tierra, y la facultad en el ADN de Doomdsday lo revive nuevamente, después de un gran letargo.
Gran parte del equipo de Justice League comienza a investigar lo concerniente al tema y, uno por uno, cada miembro que se enfrentaba a Doomsday era derrotado. Incluso Supergirl fue vencida de un solo golpe.
El único capaz de detenerlo era Superman, quien se involucra en una titánica batalla en el centro de Metropolis, mostrando una de las peleas más épicas en la historia de los cómics.
Doomsday y Superman se golpean brutalmente hasta la muerte. Superman consigue detenerlo, pero a costa de su propia vida.
Luego de eso su cuerpo es usado como sujeto de estudio y más tarde es llevado nuevamente hacia el cosmos por Hank Henshaw, donde eventualmente resucita.
Lex Luthor se hace con el ADN de Zod y lo utiliza para crear una antigua deformidad kryptoniana, gracias a los conocimientos proporcionados por la nave y su inteligencia sin igual (recordemos que Lex es el humano más inteligente del planeta).
El error aquí es que Doomsday en esencia no es kryptoniano, y que es un ser (aunque efectivamente nacido a partir de un experimento) que obtiene su poder a través de la evolución y las repetitivas muertes. Su ADN modificado le permite ser más fuerte cada vez que muere, y por más que en la película su poder iba creciendo a medida que era herido, no se trata de eso, sino que desde su introducción en el film su poder ya rivalizaba con el de Superman, sin explicación aparente.
A pesar de lo dicho anteriormente, existen otras versiones de Doomsday que se ajustan o acercan un poco más a lo visto en BvS; y por lo tanto, justifican lo sucedido en la película. Por ejemplo: los clones creados por Darkseid en Superman/Batman #10 - The Supergirl from Krypton, Part Three: Warrior, los cuales eran menos poderosos pero igual de conflictivos; el Doomsday concebido por Amanda Waller en Superman/Batman #47 - K, Chapter 4: WSDs, llamado All-American Boy.
Y por último, pero no menos importante, los clones creados por Lex Luthor. Sí, Lex Luthor (en los cómics), fascinado por el poder de Doomsday, crea clones a partir de su material genético, por lo menos, en cuatro oportunidades.
Además, la versión de Doomsday de New-52, trata de un Doomsday que ha existido por mucho tiempo dentro de Phantom Zone, y se muestra un poco más lógico y malvado.
Por lo que la versión de Batman v Superman no parece tan descabellada ni incoherente comparándola con estos ejemplos, solo hubiera sido agradable que explicaran un poco más antes de alterar el canon establecido popularmente.
7 de enero de 2016
Frank Armitage, who contributed artwork to Disney classics like The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins, has died at the age of 91.
The famed illustrator died on Monday of age-related causes at his home in Paso Robles, California, Disney Animation Studios VP of Communications Howard Green announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to his work in animation, Armitage contributed to murals and theme park designs around the world along with his wife, Karen Connolly Armitage, according to their website Armitage Images.
The Melbourne, Australia, native began working for Disney in 1952 and his first project involved working on animation for Lady and the Tramp. He then transitioned into background art for films such as Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins and the Disneyland episode Man in Space.
He became an Imagineer in 1977 and worked on Disney theme parks, including the design of anatomical figures used to create the Wonders of Life Pavillon in Epcot. He also made production illustrations and Academy Award-winning set designs for Fantastic Voyage in 1966.
"Frank's artistic skills were excellent – but I loved having him on our Imagineering team because he knew so much about art and life," Marty Sklar, former Disney Imagineering creative executive, said in a statement to THR.
After retiring from Disney in 1989, Armitage took courses in Eastern medicine, including acupuncture, and is noted for his contributions to medical illustrations.
He is survived by his daughters Nicole Armitage Doolittle, who works at Disney, and Michelle Armitage, an artist in the entertainment industry.
VIDEO: Emma Stone is in Talks to Play the Iconic Role of Cruella De Vil
28 de noviembre de 2015
Shade: To publicly humiliate another person. To hate on someone for acting a fool. To insult someone so badly that they have a third degree burn. Ouch. The key to throwing shade is to say it in such a way that the other person doesn’t even realize they’re being “shaded.” Whenever you sling a back-handed compliment, you’re throwing shade.
NOW YOU KNOW. Though the phrase is new, the concept is not. Women have been throwing shade at each other since the dawn of time. Even Shakespearean characters did it. Women are experts at throwing shade regardless of age. Case in point:
Now that we’ve brought the concept of throwing shade to your attention, you’re going to see examples of it everywhere — even examples with fictional characters who aren’t even humans! Here are some of your favorite female cartoon characters throwing shade like it’s nobody’s business:
Read the whole story at Gurl.com…
26 de noviembre de 2015
It is a favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition of mine to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Here we take a look at the Mickey Mouse balloon that paraded its way down the streets of New York City in the early 1970’s. I hope this photo brings many happy memories of your Thanksgiving traditions.
Source: Disney Parks Blog
Source: Disney Parks Blog
31 de octubre de 2015
‘Twas the day before Halloween and we really like looking at adorable pets dressed up as our favorite Disney characters. So we’re not going to sully the wonder with a lot of words, let’s just collectively squeal with delight over these cute pets and their genius owners:
These are human kids, and not pets, but they’re so adorable we couldn’t leave this out:
Source: Oh My Disney and Instagram
These are human kids, and not pets, but they’re so adorable we couldn’t leave this out:
Source: Oh My Disney and Instagram
29 de octubre de 2015
“Disney Halloween, Be Inspired”: This Amazing, Homemade Villains-Themed Light Show Wins at Halloween
When you stumble upon true greatness, you have a responsibility to share it with the world. So, we’re doing just that. Check out this video made by Tom BetGeorge of his absolutely amazing light show set to the chilling tunes of your favorite Disney Villains. While we wouldn’t want to be his neighbor, we do want to be his friend. Watch:
Which part of the amazing show was your favorite? Tell us in the comments!
Courtesy of Oh My Disney
Which part of the amazing show was your favorite? Tell us in the comments!
Courtesy of Oh My Disney
10 de octubre de 2015
Fanclubdis, Be Inspired: Celebrity Chef Art Smith Opening “Homecoming” Restaurant at Disney Springs in 2016
Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine, Chef Art Smith’s new restaurant concept, will open in Summer 2016 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.
You might know Chef Smith from his years as Oprah’s chef, or for his appearances in “Iron Chef America,” “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters.” The James Beard Foundation award winner was born and reared in the town of Jasper, Fla., on the Florida-Georgia border, where his family still raises cattle, pecans and heirloom vegetables. And after 25 years of preparing award-winning meals for celebrities and heads of state and appearing on television, he is making Florida his home once again.
The Homecoming menu will feature Southern favorites like homemade pimento cheese, Church Lady deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, kale salad with Sweet Grass Dairy cheese and spiced pecans and a grilled Blackstrap pork chop with sawmill gravy. “Each dish has a little Florida twist and make guests feel like they’re on the back porch with me for every meal,” says Smith. Desserts will be a specialty, with cakes, pies and delectable sweets made daily and shipped from a bakery in Hamilton County, including the restaurant’s signature Mockingbird Cake.
The “rustic-chic” restaurant has a glass-walled show kitchen and the Southern Shine bar, featuring whimsical cocktails, punches and coolers that celebrate an era where characters might have created some homegrown spirits on their homesteads just beyond the springs.
If you are wondering why the restaurant is called Homecoming, well, Chef Smith attended Florida State University and did a culinary internship with the Walt Disney World College Program many years ago.
Post Courtesy of: “WDW News World”
7 de octubre de 2015
Fanclubdis, Be Inspired: VIDEO: Walt Disney Animation Reveals Voice Of “Moana”; First Images And Casting Video
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” has found her voice following a worldwide search to cast the film’s title character. Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, 14, joins Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the big-screen adventure about a spirited and fearless teenager named Moana (voice of Cravalho) who, with help from demi-god Maui (voice of Johnson), sets out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder.
While hundreds of talented people from across the Pacific Islands were eager to try out for the role, Cravalho set her sights firmly on her sophomore year of high school. “I didn’t think I would have a chance,” she said. “When I was little, I used to dance around the house singing at the top of my lungs. In my mind, that was performing and I loved the feeling of it. But I never imagined being in a Disney movie, being Moana—representing my culture in that way.” Fortunately, the film’s Hawai’i casting director remembered an unrelated audition Cravalho did as part of an a cappella group, which had been submitted for a talent showcase for a charity. Feeling the local teen would be perfect for the Disney role, she tracked her and her mother down and invited Cravalho to audition. “Her audition was fantastic – she was such a raw talent,” said producer Osnat Shurer. “Auli’i was among a small number of girls we brought back for a second round of auditions. Then we flew her and her mom over to audition at our studios in Burbank.”
“Auli’i demonstrated a certain fearlessness in her auditions and call-backs,” said director John Musker. “She has a playful, mischievous wit. She can project vulnerability, she doesn’t seem intimidated at all by the challenges ahead, and her Polynesian background has helped shape her connection to family, hard work and music. These are all qualities she shares with Moana.”
“Moana is a vibrant, tenacious 16-year-old growing up on an island where voyaging is forbidden,” added director Ron Clements. “But Moana has been drawn to the ocean since she can remember and is desperate to find out what’s beyond the confines of her island.”
Cravalho has already started recording for the role.
“Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.
Courtesy of “WDW News Today”
6 de octubre de 2015
Fanclubdis, Be Inspired - Editor’s Picks: Our 5 Favorite Merchandise Items from Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Chef’s Hat With Remy
There are other, subtler chef hats available at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (many featuring the 2015 logo), but none of them have a tiny stuffed rat sticking out of the brim. Remy makes a perfect mascot for Food and Wine, since he loves to cook and lives in France (one of the countries in World Showcase and home to one of our favorite Food and Wine treats–the escargot-stuffed croissant). This year’s Food and Wine is even more suited for Remy, since he’s the star of his own interactive game: Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak (more details to come), which has turned out to be one of our favorite aspects of Food and Wine. All of the above is why the Chef’s Hat with Remy is one of the premiere collectables from this year’s Food and Wine Festival.
When you walk around to the different kiosks in World Showcase, sampling the region-specific delicacies, they hand you an individual platter or plate. But sometimes it’s hard to find a table (especially during the busier phases, like around dinner or lunch), which means you have to be an excellent improviser or a tidy eater-on-the-go. If you are neither, you might want to invest in the awesome plastic tray that allows you to walk and chomp with confidence and pride. It’s really sturdy, with an additional cup holder that allows for you to calmly place your beverage of choice down while eating, and is embossed with the logo for this year’s Food and Wine Festival. It’s all around a no-brainer, especially since it’s compact enough to fit in most bags and incredibly affordable.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Cook Book
For the 20th anniversary of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the yearly cookbook got a little heftier, with 50 pages of history, photos and memories from the entire run of the festival. The recipes included in the book go all the way back to the 1996 inaugural Food and Wine Festival and features many of the signature dishes from the Festival’s history (the book is credited to Pam Brandon and the Disney Chefs, including Epcot Executive Chef Gregg Hannon).
Chef Figment Plush
In many ways Figment is Epcot’s signature character. The adorable purple dragon originally debuted in the Journey into Imagination ride on March 5, 1983, and unlike other original Epcot mascots (like SMRT-1 or Gyro), Figment has stuck around and still resides within the Imagination Pavilion (in a different, but thematically similar, attraction). So it makes sense that he would be seen as the symbol for Food and Wine. We love his little chef’s hat and apron and we’ll happily jump on any reason to get another Figment plush.
This, along with the tray, is something that is practical and fun, which means that it’s totally essential. While the festival has made the plastic cutlery available at Food and Wine wonderfully eco-friendly (the forks and knives are made out of recycled materials and then will be recycled once the trash is sorted), you can go one step further and buy your own cutlery to use during your time at Food and Wine. The set includes a fork, knife and spoon and is housed in a nifty plastic container (embossed with the Food and Wine logo for 2015), so that means your cutlery will be protected when you throw them back in your bag. They’re easily washable, stylish, and cool. If you’re serious about Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, then this is a must-get.
Post and Photos courtesy of “Disney Insider”
30 de julio de 2015
Lanterns + Rapunzel and Flynn Rider = most romantic Disney scene ever. (via Hot Topic)
An important reminder from the first born of DunBroch. (via Hot Topic)
Alice in Wonderland
We feel you, Alice. (via Hot Topic)
The Jungle Book
One of the simple bare necessities? Friendship. (via Hot Topic)
The Princess and the Frog
We love the typography style of this Tiana tee. (via Hot Topic)
The Lion King
We hear this phrase is no passing craze. (via Hot Topic)
This is our favorite scene in WALL•E and we will now proceed to play the soundtrack immediately. (via Hot Topic)
Big Hero 6
Who wouldn't want a hug from Baymax? (via Hot Topic)
Like Genie, you are one of a kind. (via Hot Topic)
It's hard not to be inspired by Dumbo. (via Hot Topic)
You tell 'em, Marie. (via Hot Topic)
The Lion King
Scar's sarcasm will never not amuse us. (via Hot Topic)
Lilo & Stitch
We love this cute 'ohana tee. (via Hot Topic)
Read More: http://blogs.disney.com/disney-style/fashion/2015/07/30/youll-always-have-something-to-say-with-these-disney-and-disney-pixar-quote-shirts/
11 de julio de 2015
“Luego de una excelente primera experiencia con este formato, con mucho entusiasmo nos embarcamos en la producción regional de nuestra segunda telenovela teen en colaboración con nuestros colegas de Disney Channel EMEA”, comentó Cecilia Mendonça, Vicepresidente y General Manager Disney Channels Latin America.
“De esta manera, apostamos a desarrollar un nuevo contenido con los valores de la marca Disney, que conectan con audiencias de todo el mundo a través de historias universales con relevancia local, con personajes atractivos, canciones originales, coreografías sorprendentes y elementos innovadores, con la calidad de siempre”, agregó.
La nueva telenovela, que combinará elementos de comedia, drama, romance, y música original será protagonizada por un elenco internacional liderado por la actriz mexicana Karol Sevilla en el papel de “Luna”.
‘Soy Luna’, que será dirigida por Jorge Nisco y Martín Sabán y cuya producción estará a cargo de la productora argentina Pol-ka, estrenará en 2016 en Disney Channel Latinoamérica y Europa.
Read More: http://www.minuto30.com/disney-channel-confirma-el-inicio-de-una-nueva-telenovela-soy-luna/352184/
27 de junio de 2015
Back in the day, when the only theme park in Anaheim was Disneyland, the Walt Disney Company had a vision–a vision of a second Disney theme park in Southern California. They were going to build the biggest, most beautiful theme park ever and place it in Long Beach? Huh? Yeah. Port Disney, the original version of DisneySeas, was intended to be constructed in Long Beach. That was 1991.
Also in 1991, Disneyland introduced the idea of WestCOT as a potential second gate for the Disneyland Resort, a theme park that would go right in the parking lot for Disneyland.
In the end, Disney played off Long Beach and Anaheim to see who could come up with the better package of incentives (tax breaks, infrastructure improvements, etc). Eventually Anaheim won out, but the joke was on them. They didn’t get the amazingly conceived WestCOT $3 billion project, instead they got California Adventure, a theme park build on the cheap, with a lot of off-the-shelf attractions and more stores and restaurants than you could shake a stick at. Eventually Disneyland had to spend more than $1.2 billion to fix DCA bringing the park to the standards that it should have met in the beginning just to get guests through the gate.
The new management at Disneyland must be hoping they can pull the wool over the eyes of Anaheim once again. They’re promising to build a $1 billion-plus expansion of the Disneyland Resort (attractions, another parking garage, and street improvements) but they want more concessions from Anaheim. Essentially they want to cap Disneyland’s taxes at the same level (zero) for another 30 years. Here are the details according to a release from the Anaheim City Council.
It’s an interesting proposition. In theory, attracting more visitors to Anaheim will increase the tax revenue from said visitors, and yet, Disney wants to carve itself out from that.
Now, this expansion won’t include a new gate and only the new parking lot would be built outside the existing areas of the resort. A $1 billion investment would create jobs, and revenue for other businesses in the resort district. But does Disney really need the tax exemption to do it?
If I was on the Anaheim city council, I’d be very tempted to say no. Disney has legitimate needs to expand right now. They need to find ways to fit the Star Wars and Marvel franchises into the parks and need to increase capacity to meet increased demand for the parks. Plus Disney needs to keep up with the Joneses. Universal Studios Hollywood is in the middle of a huge expansion and threatens to soak up some of the tourist market in Los Angeles. Disney really needs to offer something new of their own to compete.
All that means, there’s a very good chance that Disney would build this expansion anyway, even if they don’t get the package of tax incentives they’re asking for. I’m not seriously suggesting that Anaheim not work something out with Disney. But they also need to remember that Disney already played them over WestCOT.
What I would push for is a committment for a third gate in the next 5 years. Heck, Anaheim could even promise land for the park a very reasonable price. $1 billion in development may be nice, but an attraction or two that Disneyland was going to build anyway, isn’t a prize. A theme park that brings an extra 30,000 guests a day, all the extra nights hotel stays, and all that tourism revenue into the city’s coffers, now that’s something a city could get behind.
Disney has the cash, they’re building a huge park in Shanghai, but China’s picking up the tab for that. So they can afford to drop $2 or $3 billion on Anaheim. After all, it’s the place where theme parks were invented. It deserves the best. Don’t you agree?
Read More: http://thedisneyblog.com/2015/06/26/disneyland-expansion-planned/
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