Stores Closing in Downtown Disney To Make Room For New Hotel

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Several businesses that have anchored Anaheim Downtown Disney since it opened in 2001 will be demolished this summer, including the popular ESPN Zone, Rainforest Cafe, and AMC 12 Theatres to make room for a new 700-room hotel that will expand lodging at the Disneyland Resort, according to the ocregister.

This is the largest renovation Downtown Disney has seen since it’s opening.Disney officials have said that the affected businesses will close by June 30, 2018, and demolition is slated to begin in July for the new hotel, which will occupy 17 acres of land, according to attractionsmagazine.

Here’s what is being demolished:

  • AMC 12 Theatres

  • Rainforest Cafe

  • ESPN Zone

  • Earl of Sandwich

  • Alamo Rent-a-Car

  • Starbucks (only the west side location)

  • Two Disney businesses – Disney Vacation Club and Walt Disney Travel – will continue to operate in other resort locations, according to ocregister.

People seem to be the most sad about losing the Earl of Sandwich (quick service restaurant), because it’s probably the least expensive and best tasting meal in Downtown Disney,” Gavin Doyle, author of “Disneyland Secrets,” stated, according to ocregister.

While the businesses were to close at Downtown Disney, the stretch of shops was also set for exciting additions, like Splitsville Luxury Lanes, a bowling place with drinks and more. Later in the year, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, “known for its award-winning burgers and signature Crazy Shake™ milkshakes,” is also expected to open. And San Diego favorite Ballast Point Brewing is set to have its own spot in the district, according to nbclosangeles.