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Disneyland “Star Wars Land” Construction To Start In 2016

Under the terms of the development agreement approved by the Anaheim City Council on July 7, Disney had to begin construction of what was later revealed to be “Star Wars Land” by the end of 2017. Otherwise, it would forfeit the de facto 30-year entertainment tax ban that was part of the agreement. Today, Disney announced it would begin construction of ...

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Anaheim in Wonderland: The Magical Invention of the “Right To Vote” On NOT Imposing A Tax

After losing the original GardenWalk project vote in 2012, Mayor Tom Tait and then-Councilwoman Lorri Galloway tried to define the post-vote by framing the economic assistance agreement as a “$158 million taxpayer giveaway.” It was a distortion, but largely successful in defining the issue. Fast forward to the July 7 city council meeting in which Tait and Councilman James Vanderbilt ...

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Tait Opposition To Gate Tax Ban Is The Opposite Of Conservative

Anaheim Insider here. At the brand launch celebration last week in downtown Anaheim, as the former Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau officially relaunched as Visit Anaheim, protocol dictated that the Mayor be on hand to make a few remarks. But more than a few snickers could be heard from the back of the audience as the Mayor ticked off ...

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Hollow Rhetoric From Opponents of Gate Tax Ban

Anaheim Insider here. Disney is proposes to invest a billion dollars into expanding and improving Disneyland Resort and the surrounding Resort Area.  This will include a 5,000 space parking garage, built on Disney’s dime. This is in contrast to the huge Mickey and Friends parking structure, which was publicly financed as part of the 1996 agreement, for which Mayor Tom ...

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Disney Buys Carousel Inn & Suites: 131-Room Property Across Street From Theme Park’s Main Gate

Disney has purchased the 131-room Carousel Inn & Suites for $32 million; the hotel is located directly across Harbor Boulevard from the theme park’s main gate. From the OC Register: Disney, through a limited-liability corporation, Carousel Holdings EAT, purchased the 131-room Carousel Inn & Suites on 1530 S. Harbor Blvd. from Good Hope International. Messages to Good Hope representatives for ...

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Bob Chapek Named New Head of Disney Theme Parks

From Bloomberg: Walt Disney Co. promoted the head of its consumer products unit, Bob Chapek, to theme-parks chairman, replacing Tom Staggs. Chapek starts immediately, Burbank, California-based Disney said Monday in an e-mailed statement. Staggs was elevated to chief operating officer earlier this month, putting him in line to succeed Bob Iger as chief executive officer of the world’s largest entertainment ...

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Disneyland Is The Most Instagrammed Place On Earth

From the Cult of Mac: Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but in 2014 it was also the most Instagrammed spot in the universe. Instagram revealed its list of the top 10 geotagged locations in 2014 with Cult of Mac this morning, and the Mouse is the King this year, after the Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok took ...

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Disney Buys Property At Harbor & Ball for New Parking Lot

The OC Register reports that Disneyland has purchased the 11-acre Anaheim RV Village, with plans to convert it into a 1,400-space employee parking lot to accommodate increased demand for parking stemming from increased attendance at its parks: The plot holds 293 trailer and camping spots aimed at Disney tourists, as well as an auto-repair facility, according to documents. The new ...

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Anaheim Host to Even More Disney Fans Than Usual This Weekend

As the home of Disneyland, Anaheim is ground zero for tens of thousand of Disney fans on a daily basis. That population will spike by 45,000 this weekend as the D23 Expo comes to the Anaheim Convention Center. From the OC Register: It’s the third biennial D23 Expo, the official Disney fan club’s get-together, at the Anaheim Convention Center, running ...

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