The local hotels surrounding Disneyland have nearly as much history as the resort itself with many having more than a 60-year presence in Anaheim. Due to Disneyland’s unique location in the middle of Anaheim, the resort is surrounded by hotels that offer far lower prices than the on-property Disneyland hotels which at their highest can run $700 a night.
These hotels near Disneyland are part of what makes Disneyland such an affordable vacation destination in comparison to its counterpart in Florida, Walt Disney World, where staying off-site is far more inconvenient. At Disneyland, you can stay off-site and still be closer to the front gate than many of the on-property Disneyland hotels or easily find a Disneyland hotel with a shuttle. The local Disneyland hotels are an important part of the area not just for the Anaheim local economy but for families traveling to the theme park.
This is why the news of any hotel changes in the immediate area around the resort is especially interesting for guests looking to travel to Disneyland. New development or changes in the area can have a positive impact on guests planning a Disneyland trip if more hotel options are offered.
What Hotels Are Being Demolished Near Disneyland?
In late June, Sunstone Development purchased the second of two aging hotels located at Disneyland Drive and Ball Road. Budget Inn is a 60-year-old hotel that was purchased by the development company for $12 million. Located right next door, Days Inn by Wyndham was purchased for an additional $8.66 million last September. See map below of the location of these hotels.
These two hotels will likely be demolished to make room for new hotel development as both these properties have seen significant wear and tear. In fact, Days Inn by Wyndham has not been renovated for over 39 years. According to the O.C. Register, Sunstone is exploring “long-term alternative strategies for the site including full-service hotel uses.”
These two hotels are located just northwest of Disneyland and are about a half-mile from the entrance to the parks through Downtown Disney. You can see their location on the map above to get an idea of their proximity to the resort.
Previously, the city of Anaheim offered tax credits to luxury hotel developers to provide incentives to build nicer hotels closer to Disneyland. These prior incentives help to drive the construction of hotels in the area like The Westin Anaheim Resort. That hotel was built on the site of the demolished Anabella Hotel which itself was an amalgamation of other smaller lowrise motels. The tax credit may not impact the construction of this potential hotel due to the likely size of the property, but it sets the stage for all hotel expansion and construction in Anaheim today.
The project would also come as Disney is setting out on DisneylandForward, a massive re-zoning campaign to give the resort flexibility to among other things, build new attractions and on-property hotels.
No specific timeline has been released quite yet but according to Otto Ozen, an executive with Sunstone, they see the properties as “much more valuable than the sum of its part.”
New hotel development near Disneyland can only mean positive impacts for travelers to the resort especially if more luxury hotel accommodations are created to offer nicer alternatives to staying on-property at Disneyland that are still more cost effective. New hotel developments can also increase the need for competitive pricing amongst all the local hotels near Disneyland which keeps costs affordable for guests.
KTLA first reported that the hotels could be demolished.
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