In a significant development for Disneyland Resort, the Anaheim City Council has given a preliminary green light to Disneyland’s ambitious expansion plan. The council voted unanimously in favor of Disney’s efforts to broaden its horizons, ushering in a new era of growth.

The approval on Tuesday by the city council marks a crucial step for Disneyland Resort’s proposed project known as DisneylandForward, which aims at allowing Disney to use its existing undeveloped land, particularly adjacent to hotels west of Disneyland Drive and the existing Toy Story parking lot situated at Katella Avenue and Harbor Boulevard, for the creation of new theme park attractions, retail stores, restaurants, entertainment, and more. This expansion blueprint notably includes plans for new immersive attractions potentially inspired by the magical worlds of Disney franchises such as Frozen and Zootopia.

DisneylandForward proposal (Image: Disney)

The council’s initial nod is a positive sign for Disney, but the path ahead requires an additional vote scheduled for May 7. Should the project receive final approval, changes associated with the DisneylandForward plan would take effect 30 days subsequently. Disney has signaled its commitment to this expansion by pledging to invest a minimum of $1.9 billion over the forthcoming decade.


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