As we've been discussing throughout the night, the Disneyland Forward project continues to make headlines. This ambitious venture by Disney aims to bring substantial changes and enhancements to the Disneyland Resort. We're here to keep you updated with the latest developments.
According to a recent post by @laughing_place on X/Twitter, there are significant plans lined up for the coming months. A Planning Commission Workshop is scheduled for February, setting the stage for a series of public hearings in March and April. The development of this mammoth project is clearly in full swing.
One council member optimistically pointed out, “This is going to make a lot of money for Disney,” but she also underscored the importance of wider community benefits. Her vision is that the prosperity brought by Disneyland Forward should be shared: "And we need to make sure that all ships rise together.” Part of this vision includes a commitment to public parks and affordable housing, as well as higher paying jobs at the Resort.
The discussion also turned to the practical implications of the expansion. With more theme park space, there would be a need for additional police officers and firefighters. Questions were raised about how these new positions would be funded. Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh E. Aitken voiced her concerns about the city potentially bearing more than its fair share of the infrastructure costs for this project.
Disney's commitment to affordable housing was a key point of discussion. The recently opened Finamore Place is a prime example of the type of facility that could be built under this initiative. However, it's worth noting that the cost of constructing such facilities in the Anaheim area can be substantial.
Despite these concerns, support for the project remains strong. The vice president of government affairs for the Orange County Business Council spoke in favor of Disneyland Forward, stating, “Disneyland simply wants to utilize the land they already own.” A representative of local electrical workers also expressed support for the project, citing the benefits it has brought to their community: “These millions of man hours that we have worked at Disney have all gone into healthcare and benefits. We look forward to working on it.”
While we all hope for the project's approval, we will continue to keep our eyes on it over the coming months. Stay tuned for more updates as the project unfolds!