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Disneyland Hotel unveils exterior renovations

Anaheim destination adds new pool area, dining facilities and 're-themes' guest towers.

By Ashly McGlonePublished: May 28, 2010 08:47 AM

A new pool area, dining facilities and a "re-theming" of the three Disneyland Hotel guest towers will be part of the Disneyland Resort’s large-scale renovation, slated for completion by 2012.

Two new water slides will enable guests to pass through a Monorail Car replica found at the entrance to each attraction before gliding down to the pool 26 feet or 13 feet below.

Other upgrades and additions include a series of small bubble jets, a new pool, footbridge, a lawn area and cabanas complete with flat-screen TVs and ceiling fans, and a revamp of the existing 4,800-square-foot Never Land pool.

Construction of the new play area and pool are expected to be completed in the summer of next year, while the existing pool will open by summer 2012.

Guest tower renovations, which will “feature exquisite Disney touches woven into the décor,” and include renaming of all three towers, will be completed at varying dates from 2010 to 2012, company representatives said.

Polynesian-themed additions will be introduced in the current location of Hooke’s Point, Croc’s Bits ‘n’ Bites, the Wine Cellar and Lost Bar. A fully enclosed bar and a new dining area with architectural elements similar to the original Tahitian Terrace restaurant in Disneyland park are expected to be completed by the summer of next year.

“These exciting enhancements, along with our current Disneyland Hotel renovation and the expansion of Disney’s California Adventure, underscore our ongoing investment in the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Resort District,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of the Anaheim destination. “We are proud to collaborate with city and businesses leaders as we continue to evolve the area into a world-class, multiday tourist destination.”

The hotel’s renovations are part of a larger expansion underway throughout the resort. California Adventure is bringing in new attractions such as Cars Land and a World of Color nighttime water spectacular, while the Californian Hotel & Spa added more than 200 hotel rooms and debuted its West Coast Disney Vacation Club, with 50 two-bedroom villas.

The Disneyland Resort, which opened in 1955, sits on 500 acres in Anaheim and today is Orange County’s largest employer with 20,000 staffers. The destination contributes $3.7 billion to the local economy, Disney officials said.

“Disney is all about storytelling, and these changes will weave a cohesive thread throughout the property and infuse the historic hotel with Disneyland nostalgia,” said Tom Fitzgerald, executive vice president and senior creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering.

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Readers Feedback:

wow i will be their next june for my 50th bday i cnat wait disneyland is the best !!!!
Comment at 6/21/2010
The Disneyland Hotel is loosing its warm, relaxing, Tropical-Island charm (Trees, Koi, Waterfalls, rooms that open to the sounds and smells of the Disney Resort and the serenity it all offered) and is being turned into a cold, metallic theme-park playground (the Tomorrowland-like pool, closed windows, no more verandas, and even florescent room lights that have the wrong color temperature to them while showing ALL to onlookers at night). We will be able to leave the noise and rush and excitement of Disneyland and Tomorrowland, and get that same exact scene as we "rest" at our favorite Disney Hotel. The Disneyland Hotel was truly the last Tropical Paradise in Anaheim. It's so disheartening to see it being torn apart for what I consider a mis-guided attempt to be 'cool' by throwing Retro in with Modern. Never mind relaxing by a sparkling Mermaid Lagoon when we come to our rooms, tired from our afternoon venture into the parks, we'll have rockets!! Slides!! And Monorails!!! Yes... Yes!... YES!!!!! Regardless of the remodel, I LOVE the Disneyland Hotel and it's wonderful history. At least the history of the hotel and those relaxing tropical waters and open-air rooms will remain in our hearts and photos. :-/
Comment at 6/26/2010