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Disneyland cancels Eastern Gateway Project, will build new parking structure and four diamond hotel on the west side of the resort

By in Press Enterprise on October 25, 2017

By Joseph Pimentel

Disneyland officials said the much-hyped Disneyland Eastern Gateway Project is dead — for now — and the new focus is on developing a new 4-diamond hotel and parking structure on the west side of the resort, which could open near the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019.

After a year, Walt Disney Co. officials decided to pivot away from that project and began notifying city of Anaheim staff on Tuesday, Oct. 24, of new plans to build a new, 6-story, 6,500-spot parking structure on the Pinocchio Lot. The new lot would be next to its 10,000-spot Mickey and Friends parking structure and a yet-to-be-themed 700-room 4-diamond hotel in Downtown Disney.

Disney also said it would build a new hotel parking structure next to the Paradise Pier Hotel to accommodate future guests.

  • A four-diamond contemporary hotel will occupy the west side of Downtown Disney where AMC, from left, Earl of Sandwich, ESPN Zone and Rainforest Cafe currently stand. The 360 degree view was photographed Weds., Oct. 25. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Disneyland will develop a parking structure on the west side of the Disneyland Resort. The Pinocchio lot is photographed on Weds., Oct. 25. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Disneyland will develop a parking structure on the west side of the Disneyland Resort. The Pinocchio lot is photographed on Weds., Oct. 25. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Pinocchio surface lot will grow up to be more of a “real boy” with six levels, escalators and elevators similar to its neighboring Mickey and Friends lot. Photographed on Weds., Oct. 25. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Pinocchio surface lot will grow up to be more of a […]    

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