Disneyland Resort acquiring new land for much needed additional parking spaces
The Disneyland Resort is expanding its parking availability in the coming months. Disney is making plans to purchase the parcel of land at the North-East corner of Harbor Blvd. and Ball Rd. for use as a new Cast Member parking lot.
A Condition Use Permit was filed yesterday by Disney to convert the current RV Park into a new lot that frees up more than 1,400 parking spots in the Katella Cast Member Lot adjacent to the Toy Story Parking Lot. The two lots are already connected and the bus route typically pulls through this lot on its way to the East Esplanade loading area.
The new lot is not expected to open until early 2015.
Commenting on the plans, Disney spokesperson Suzi Brown noted: "Our successful expansion of Disney California Adventure has resulted in a record number of guests visiting Anaheim and 5,000 new cast members. Acquiring this parcel will help us to accommodate additional guest and cast parking needs."
Parking is a highly-sought after commodity in and around the Happiest Place on Earth and while the 1,400 new spots won't fix the problem, it will certainly help. If you've been to the Resort in the past 5 or so years (and especially since the grand re-opening of DCA last year) you likely know that PARKING at the Happiest Place on Earth can be one of the least magical parts of the trip.
Full parking lots and redirects are not all that uncommon and on especially busy days, Disney is even using overflow parking at the Garden Walk shopping center to accommodate the growing number of cars visiting the Disneyland Resort on a daily basis.
If you know any Cast Members then you probably have a better idea than most about the misery that the limited number of spots causes thousands of people each day. It's worse for them with Disney relying on parking lots at the Anaheim Stadium that then bus in Cast Members to the Resort.