Disneyland California moves forward with $1.9bn expansion

An aerial view of Disneyland in California (Copsgurl07/Dreamstime)
The City of Anaheim, California, has voted to allow the Walt Disney Company’s $1.9bn DisneylandForward plan to go ahead.

The details of Disney’s plans have not yet been finalised, according to the city, but they will include theme park attractions alongside hotels on the west side of Disneyland Drive, and attractions, shopping, dining and entertainment areas in the to the southeast on what is today the Toy Story Parking Area.

The DisneylandForward plan will provide the state with $45m for street and sewerage upgrades, $30m for affordable housing and $40m to buy land surrounding the current parking area.

Some 7,800 construction jobs will be created over four years and the final asset will generate 3,600 role.

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, said: “Disney is making it clear that California is its home because we provide the welcoming and supportive environment where businesses want to expand and create more jobs.

“We look forward to cultivating more Disney magic and building opportunities for all, as this investment drives billions of dollars in revenue for our state and local communities.”

The final vote for DisneylandForward’s plans is due to take place on the 9 May.

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