DisneylandForward took Disney social spheres by force today dropping a huge update on the future of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Amongst many maps and concept renderings and even a splashy dedicated new website Disney outlined its main goals for the future and its all about growth and investment into the long-term future of the Resort.
We’ve taken a closer look at the theme park expansion teases and now we’re diving in a little closer to the other big reveal here which is plans for a secondary shopping district with hotels and theme park experiences.
A New Shopping District
Located directly across the street from GardenWalk and set on portions of the Toy Story Parking Lot (previously used for Cast Member parking) is perhaps the most vague part of the announcements with a new area dedicated to shopping and potential hotel expansion. Disney outlined vaguely how the space could be utilized:
This property could be the perfect location to cater to locals, conventioneers, hotel and Disneyland Resort guests with restaurants, hotels, live music, shopping, ticketed shows and theme park experiences modeled after the popular Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.
A small lake is the centerpiece for the space which includes cottages nestled around it along with what appears to be arena seating at one side of the lake plus a larger shopping district and hotel complex surrounding the whole thing. And then there’s a large pink box…
A ‘Theme Park Experience’?
One easy-to-miss detail on the map from Disney is right in the middle of the shopping district with a large pink shape defined only as a “Theme Park Experience.” To give you a perspective in size, it’s roughly the same size as the show buildings for the Indiana Jones Adventure and “it’s a small world.”
No details have been provided as to what this could mean but it instantly evokes ideas of the now-defunct DisneyQuest at Walt Disney World, the upcoming PLAY! pavilion at Epcot, or even the easily-interchangeable flex “black box” attractions that WDWNT has posted about previously.
See it for Yourself
Learn more about the full DisneylandForward project in our previous posting.