Business and Tourism

Disney Announces Name of Star Wars-themed Expansion At D23 Show

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek made some major announcements at the annual D23 show about the $2 billion Disneyland Resort expansion now underway, including the name of the Star Wars-themed land and an expanded presence of its Pixar brand in California Adventure. The newest 14-acre land – the single biggest park expansion in Disneyland history – will ...

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Anaheim Breaks Visitor Volume Record for Fourth Year In A Row

Hotel Development Continues to Rise in Anaheim Resort District; 13 Hotel Projects Planned or Underway in 1,100-Acre Tourism Hub Visit Anaheim, the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Anaheim, finalized visitor numbers for 2016, releasing record setting visitor volume for the fourth year in a row. The Southern California business and vacation destination welcomed 23 million visitors to the destination ...

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Summer 2017 Ground-Breaking Set For 600-Room, 4-Diamond Hotel On Site of Anabella Hotel

Developer Wincome Group will break ground this summer for a new $225 million, 4-Diamond Hotel immediately adjacent to the almost-completed, expanding Anaheim Convention Center. The luxury destination will be built at 1030 West Katella Avenue – the current site of the 348-room Anabella Hotel, which will close in mid-August. Construction of the new property to begin soon afterward, and the ...

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Star Wars “Son Of Skywalker: The Awakening” Exhibit At Artists Republic

From Artists Republic: SON OF SKYWALKER The Awakening March 31st-May 7th, 2017 Collector’s Preview: Friday, March 31st, 6-9 pm ANAHEIM, CA (March 17, 2017) — Artists Republic is pleased to cap off the first day of WonderCon by hosting a special collectors preview for our upcoming showcase, Son of Skywalker: The Awakening, a large group exhibition celebrating the Star Wars ...

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$6 Billion Development Wave Hits Anaheim

Urbanize.LA recently published an article reporting on a $6 billion “development wave” hitting Anaheim: Approximately $6 billion in investment is coming to Anaheim, by way of expansions to the city’s major theme parks and new commercial developments surrounding Angel Stadium. Besides the addition of the much-vaunted Star Was land at Disneyland Park, planned developments include four luxury hotels, an expansion ...

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City Council Approves Three 4-Diamond Hotels Amidst The Usual Drama

Cross-posted from OC Daily. On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council voted 3-1 to approve three new 4-Diamond hotels that when completed will mark the most dramatic transformation of the Anaheim Resort since the opening of California Adventure. Two of hotels will go up on the sites of existing hotels,, which will be demolished. The third is being built by Disney ...

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City Council Approval Of Three 4-Diamond Hotels Is In Anaheim’s Best Interest

[Cross-posted from OC Daily] This Tuesday the Anaheim City Council will vote on applications from three 4-diamond hotel projects to participate in the city’s Hotel Incentive Program; among them is Disney’s first new hotel project in more than 15 years. The meeting will doubtless be a donnybrook involving the various forces that have been contending over Anaheim’s future trajectory. Anaheim’s ...

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UNITE-HERE Hypocrisy On Hotel Incentive Programs

Cross-posted from OC Daily A militant, politically left-wing union that for years has denounced tax subsidies for luxury hotel development in Anaheim is embracing just such subsidy program in Santa Ana due to the city council’s inclusion of mandatory “labor peace agreements” for participating hotels. For the last four years, leaders of the militant hotel workers union UNITE-HERE Local 11 ...

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