Downtown Disney Favorites to be Replaced by New Hotel


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Alert, alert! This is not a drill! Disney executives have decided to remove a few of Downtown Disney’s fan-favorite spots to make room for a new 4-diamond resort and hotel.


Places like ESPN Zone, Rainforest Cafe, AMC Theatres, and Earl of Sandwich will all be affected by the new projects that Disney just recently announced are in the works. A new hotel, which is yet to be named and themed, will occupy this space on the western side of Downtown Disney along with a new parking structure beside it.


An illustration of the newly announced, Disney-owned hotel and resort.  Construction begins in 2018.

Photo by Disneyland Resort


The Orange County Register reports that the new hotel will feature 700 rooms, 2 pools, fine dining restaurants, and kid-friendly play areas. This will also be the first hotel that

Disney has decided to erect after 20 years, with Paradise Pier Hotel, The Disneyland Hotel, and The Grand Californian currently standing as the only three resorts in Anaheim owned by the company. The new parking structure will be comprised of six levels alongside new tram platforms to take guests directly to the park entrances.


This news comes after other major project announcements such as the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion, the Disneyland Eastern Gateway Project, and the most recent Tower of Terror to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout transition. Many changes are on the way, which may muster up some mixed feelings from die-hard Disneyland fanatics. 


I, personally, cannot wait for The Star Wars expansion, but I was hurt when I heard the news about The Tower of Terror and now this. A new hotel sounds cool and all, but am I the only one who’s going to miss all those iconic eateries? Sure, they were overpriced and somewhat average tasting food, but I’ve spent so many Downtown Disney trips eating at ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.


Construction for both the new resort and the parking garage are reported to begin in 2018. Enjoy a sandwich and some bacon-cheese fries while you still can.


Photo by Earl of Sandwic

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