While Shanghai Disney is getting a lot of attention lately as it prepares to open its doors, the original Disney theme park has just announced its own major addition. The Los Angeles Times reported that Disneyland plans to open a brand new hotel on its Anaheim property, its first new hotel addition in 20 years.
While visitors have plenty of options for staying at the park (including the luxury Disneyland Hotel and the California Grand Hotel and Spa), Disney is looking to modernize its offerings and add accommodations for the inevitable influx of visitors once the 14-acre Star Wars Land opens.
Walt Disney Imagineering, the same creative minds behind the park’s attractions and rides, will design the new 700-room hotel. There is no theme yet, but some of the amenities have been announced, including a rooftop terrace, a high-end rooftop restaurant, two pools, concierge service, and a “water play area.” According to the OC Register, the average nightly rate is expected to be about $450.
The hotel will be built on a spot that currently houses one of Disneyland’s many parking lots. Construction is slated to begin in 2018, with hopes for completion by 2021.