Disneyland's Future Sky-High: Zoning for 300-Foot Attractions Transform the Park

Revolutionizing Anaheim: Disney's Multibillion-Dollar Park Upgrade Unveiled

by Zain ul Abedin
Disneyland's Future Sky-High: Zoning for 300-Foot Attractions Transform the Park
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Disneyland is on the brink of a monumental transformation that could see the iconic amusement park soar to new heights, literally. Under a proposed zoning amendment, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure could soon feature up to four new attractions, each reaching a staggering height of up to 300 feet.

This ambitious plan, part of the DisneylandForward initiative, aims to eclipse the park's current tallest structures, Matterhorn and Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! The proposal, which has already secured approval from the Anaheim Planning Commission, is awaiting a final nod from the City Council.

If passed, this zoning change would mark a significant departure from the current height limit, allowing for one structure to rise up to 250 feet. The DisneylandForward project envisions doubling down on the magic, with potential for two structures in each park to reach the new 300-foot zenith.

Anaheim's spokesperson, Mike Lyster, shared with PEOPLE magazine that the vision extends beyond mere attraction heights. Plans include the possibility of two additional structures along Disneyland Drive and another adjacent to the Toy Story Parking Area, pending its redevelopment.

Despite the grand scale of these proposals, Lyster noted that specific details about the thematic elements of these potential attractions remain under wraps for now. As it stands, no structures in either park have touched the 300-foot mark.

The current titans, Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! and Matterhorn, stand at 183 feet and 147 feet respectively, well below the proposed new limit.

DisneylandForward: Beyond Thrills

The DisneylandForward project is not just about breaking records with towering attractions; it represents a substantial investment in the park's future.

Disney is pledging a minimum of $1.9 billion towards updating rides, attractions, lodging, entertainment, and retail spaces over the coming decade. Teased by Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro earlier this year, the expansion could introduce attractions inspired by beloved franchises such as Frozen, Coco, Black Panther, Tangled, Peter Pan, Zootopia, Toy Story, and Tron.

Beyond the park's boundaries, Disney's vision includes several initiatives aimed at enriching the Anaheim community. These include proposals for affordable housing, a three-acre community park, and significant street and transportation upgrades.

The anticipation builds as additional City Council hearings on the DisneylandForward project are slated for April and May. This proposed evolution of Disneyland promises to elevate the guest experience to new heights, ensuring the magic of Disney continues to grow and captivate audiences for generations to come.