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It is no secret that Walt Disney World is going through a period of rapid growth and development the likes of which hasn't been seen since the Disney Decade. However, some interesting changes are happening at Disneyland Resort as well. This month, Disney overhauls its nighttime spectacular lineup as part of a new limited-time event, and cancels a high-profile project. But first, we have a very interesting development with HUGE implications for the resort in the years to come...

Disney finally confirms details about its fourth on-site hotel

Image: Disney 

Just as Walt Disney World is making preparations for the 2019 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland too is making some big changes to prepare for the crowds that will show up to experience this new land in 2019 and beyond. And of course one of the big ways that Disneyland is preparing for a massive influx of guests is by building a brand new hotel.

 Image: Disney

Imagined as a four-diamond, luxury hotel, this as-yet unnamed property will be built in the heart of the Downtown Disney district on land currently occupied by Rainforest Café, ESPN Zone and AMC Theaters. The 700-room luxury resort will have shops and restaurants at street level, a platform for the Disneyland monorail and an upper-level upscale restaurant with a view of the nightly fireworks. The shops will open to a lushly landscaped plaza filled with water features.

And though this all sounds pretty amazing, there’s unfortunately some bad news as well. Hotel construction is not set to start until next summer. And in even more disappointing news, work won’t be completed until 2021 according to an official estimate from Disney, meaning it will miss the opening of Star Wars Land by nearly two years.

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