Theme Park News: DisneylandForward Reveals Expansion Details, California Parks To Reopen
Hello, hello and welcome to Theme Park News! This week is filled with major theme park updates on the West Coast. New information was released last week that will affect both the present and the future of Disneyland, and we’re here to explain it all for you.
From zoning updates to California guidelines to the debut of the reopening of Universal Studios Hollywood, here’s all the theme park news you need to know.
DISNEYLAND LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Disneyland Resort surprised everyone last week when it unveiled Disneyland Before, a massive expansion proposal that could forever change the makeup of its vacation destination. The “multi-year public planning effort” is working to get updated city approvals to foster future developments that would see new offerings in the theme park for years to come.
While some have misinterpreted the news as confirmation of a third theme park or whatever it is, Disneyland Resort asks, in a simple sense, the city of Anaheim to update the zoning of lands he already owns to allow flexibility and future expansion.
While details are almost guaranteed to change, early works of art feature Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme park extensions, areas surrounding the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier, and additional Disney-owned land, in addition to updated parking and transportation infrastructure. (Actual plans will be submitted to Anaheim City Council before 2023.)
If you’re still a little confused, don’t worry – the nature of this early stage proposal is intentionally unclear and is guaranteed to change over time. Still, fans couldn’t help but examine the artistic renderings too deeply, analyzing every drop of color for the potential of what might come. Yes, it looks like one area hints at a Wakanda-themed Black Panther land, and of course another promises waterfront land expansions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, but the renderings Conceptuals are a magical eye with no real solution and whose fuzzy answers will only leave viewers disappointed.
The most interesting aspect of the Disneyland proposal, after all, is not its imagery but its future implications. DisneylandForward’s goals date back to the original WESTCOT proposal and established zoning approvals back to the 90s, but more generally feel like the theme park’s justified attempt to regain control over how it uses its own land. Rezoning of hotel, entertainment and retail lands established decades ago to give Disney the ability to use their lands in a multi-purpose way will allow for a more robust customer experience going forward. Anaheim’s mixed-use zoning approval could open up the possibility, well, anything, from an expanded resort area and new attractions interspersed between hotels to a brand new construction on par with a city center.
If that last bit seems overkill, it isn’t – the plans on offer near Angels Stadium and Honda Center, also in Anaheim, ask for offices, apartments, affordable housing, retail, food and beverage outlets, parking lots, and outdoor spaces. Disneyland Resort’s footprint may be more limited, but the mixed-use zoning would at a minimum allow for more experiences on the property beyond the barrier of established hotel and theme park “districts”. years ago.
It will be a long way to finalize the proposal with the city of Anaheim and its residents, but they seems quite receptive to the idea, according to Orange County Register. This project, unlike those that have failed in the past, wouldn’t take taxpayer dollars and take place entirely on Disney-owned land, but Disneyland is still positioning fans to favor the project from the get-go. This is explicitly – and brilliantly, may I add – the carrot of high-demand new attractions that might come to the United States by checking the name of some of the Disney parks. most popular and anticipated projects in the proposal as potential additions to Disneyland Resort if it gets approval.
Between shippers already sent and DisneylandForward.com offering a registration page for fans at publicly sign their support or declare their intention to organize a neighborhood presentation, dropping breadcrumbs for a Frozen-themed grounds can only help the effort, especially when the future of Disneyland Day attractions opens are threatened if the rezoning efforts are not granted.
With shopping, dining, entertainment, attractions, and accommodations on the table, so much is at stake if Anaheim approves Disney’s proposal in the years to come. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and see what lies ahead on the far reaches of The Happiest Place on Earth.
WHAT CALIFORNIA PARKS LOOK LIKE WHEN REOPENED
This morning brought important news on multiple theme park fronts, as Universal Studios Hollywood announced its reopening on April 16. Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, for California residents only, can be purchased online from April 8.
Annual and seasonal season ticket holders will be the first to walk through the park’s gates as part of the free “bonus days” offered on certain dates from April 15 – the day before opening – to May 16. (These tours can be booked online starting April 5, with regular use of the annual pass resumes May 17.)
With the announcement comes confirmation that Universal Studios Hollywood will reopen with two new experiences: The Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash! attraction, which reportedly debuted last year, and a new Indominus Rex figure on Jurassic World – The Ride.
Last Friday – just days before Six Flags Magic Mountain and LEGOLAND California once again welcomed their guests – California finally released its theme park reopening guide, which affects all amusement and theme parks in the state. Some details are comparable to what we’ve seen for theme parks so far (mandatory face coverings, social distancing requirements, etc.), but others paint a picture of what it will look like when guests will return to Universal Studios Hollywood in over a year and finally enter Disneyland for the first time in 412 days.
Passenger vehicles are likely to accommodate somewhat spaced guests, as all parties should be six feet apart for social distancing at all times, including at attractions. InPark Magazine also reports that all queues will be outside, indoor rides are limited to 15 minutes, and weekly COVID-19 testing should be made available to theme park employees. Food and beverages can only be consumed in designated dining areas, while a stipulation states that concession stands must provide additional shaded dining areas – a change that will be extremely welcome during the summer months. hotter.
The guidelines further confirm that California theme and amusement parks can only allow visitors to the state, but have not provided an end date for the tenure, reflecting the current travel advisory. This requirement, which will be placed on all communications and at the point of purchase. Parties attending the brands must be from three households or less, and all guests must be residents of the state.
The reopening guidelines stated that the park’s capacity would be limited to 15% with no meals inside when it reopens, but with Los Angeles and Orange counties hit the orange level On California’s COVID-19 reopening levels, it is almost guaranteed that Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will increase to 25% capacity and offer indoor dining when it reopens. (The next and final level, yellow, would allow 35% capacity.)
CONNECTIONS! CONNECTIONS! CONNECTIONS!
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– Main Street, United States, is under renovation in view of the 50th anniversary in October.
– Wow, the new one Universal Heritage Store is full of treasures and worth a visit just to look at the amazing accessories on display.
– Could the Magic Kingdom PeopleMover finally come back?
– Walt Disney World released new facial recognition technology at the entrance to Magic Kingdom.