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    Disney issued a press release today announcing the major Disneyland Hotel renovation.


    Landmark Disneyland Hotel to Undergo Significant Renovation
    Historic hotel to feature considerable changes to guest rooms, exteriorPopular Choice for Convention Visitors
    In addition to being a top choice for vacationing families, the Disneyland Hotel has long been a favorite for meeting and convention planners because of its prime location and size – and direct access to more than 136,000 square feet of convention space. Anaheim hosts hundreds of groups each year and the renovation will help maintain the city’s premiere position as a meeting destination.

    “We are thrilled with Disney’s plans to renovate the Disneyland Hotel,” said Charles W. Ahlers, president of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau. “With the renovation of the hotel and the expansion of Disney’s Grand Californian, coupled with other new hotel developments that are coming to Anaheim over the next few years, our city will continue to be a premier destination for convention and meeting planners.”

    Energy Efficient Enhancements
    As with other construction and enhancements that are underway throughout the Disneyland Resort, the renovation will include energy efficient upgrades. The most notable feature will be the hotel’s new windows. With their reflective capabilities and double-pane glass, the windows will change the look of the exterior of the hotel dramatically, while reducing energy consumption by keeping guest rooms at the desired temperature.

    The use of occupancy sensors in guest rooms, low-flow toilets, energy efficient light bulbs and paint low in volatile organic compounds are just a few more of the ways that the hotel will offer guests a “green” lodging experience.

    Renovation is Part of Larger Resort Expansion
    The Disneyland Hotel renovation is a part of a larger expansion project underway throughout the Resort. Disney’s California Adventure Park is undergoing a multiyear expansion project that includes new experiences, attractions and night-time spectaculars, culminating in 2012 with the opening a brand new land – Cars Land. The four-star Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is also undergoing an expansion, adding 200 hotel rooms and 50 two-bedroom villas that are part of the Disney Vacation Club, which will make its first West Coast debut when it opens in the fall of 2009.




    LA Times Funland blogger Brady MacDonald talked about the renovation:
    Disneyland Hotel to get long-overdue makeover
    The long-anticipated renovation of the Disneyland Hotel will begin in phases in August and is scheduled to wrap up in time for the 2012 debut of Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure.

    Built in 1955, the old and outdated hotel — which Disney euphemistically calls “historic” — has been showing its age for years.

    The major rehab features extensive interior and exterior facelifts and a complete infrastructure upgrade — including a much-needed overhaul of the plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems.

    Construction will proceed at one vertical half of a tower at a time — starting with the Dreams tower, which is scheduled to be completed by June 2010. The Magic and Wonder towers will follow. The hotel and all three towers will remain open throughout construction.

    Each renovated room will feature a flat-screen TV, wireless Internet connections and a Sleeping Beauty Castle headboard with a fiber-optic fireworks display.

    Gone from the exterior are the sliding-glass doors and faux balcony railings, replaced by large, blue-tinted windows.



    Last edited by MasterGracey; 06-16-2009, 06:25 PM. Reason: Added more pictures

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    Beautiful! Can't wait! This is better than I expected. Looks like they are making this to last a long time.

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      If the post was a direct Disney press release then it looks like Cars-land may not change it's name. Then again there is still time.

      The mockups in the picture look nice. Thank you MG.
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        That is a gorgeous headboard! I want one in my Disney room. I love the colors, everything. It's subtle and not over the top yet VERY much Disney. It looks comfortable and inviting. I can't wait to see one in person. I'm really excited for this project.

        Doing it in 1/6... interesting. Trying to keep as many of the rooms open as possible.

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          The upgrade sounds great. But I'll miss the sliding glass doors. Our favorite thing was staying high up in the Sierra Tower facing the park, opening the glass doors and hearing the Mark Twain steam whistle. The northeast corner of the Bonita Tower was even better -- you could hear the Mark Twain from one balcony and the Dancing Waters show from the other.


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            That is so awesome. It's going to be beautiful! And hopefully it will compare to other nearby hotels. I wonder if this will increase the cost for staying there?

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            • #7
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              Looks wonderful! It channels Disney's Contemporary Resort but with a magical touch - I guess they are attempting to get a better share of the convention crowd that populates both. Also nice to see they are actually investing in the rooms to make them last - Hopefully we see things like proper HDTV and IP phones.

              Will be fun to see the renders of what the new exteriors and public areas look like - they really need to be ruthless with the tower lobbies and the convention buildings, especially the area around Goofy's.

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              • #8
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                I will really miss the doors being open. I liked they way the rooms would open out into the air without a balconey. I really like the look of the new rooms. Not so flowery.

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                  Great!! Except for one small item. Me. I have reservations for August. Am I going to have construction "ities" I am saving up big time to take the Princess Granddaughter here for a week. This will be our first time at Disneyland.

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                    'bout time!
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                      Re: Disney announces multi-phase Disneyland Hotel renovation beginning in August

                      Originally posted by roxy72 View Post
                      That is so awesome. It's going to be beautiful! And hopefully it will compare to other nearby hotels. I wonder if this will increase the cost for staying there?
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                        I wonder what the budget is, any idea?
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                          Fantastic! The only hesitation is that I'm going to miss that classic-ride bed spread but that headboard is something!!

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                            I am surprised they have not shown the other photos that they posted on the hub.


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                            • #15
                              Re: Disney announces multi-phase Disneyland Hotel renovation beginning in August

                              Is there any concept art for the exterior? We've seen the individual rooms on the actual towers, but I'm curious to see what they envision for its completion.

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