Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel expands

Responding to a growing
demand for guest accommodations in Anaheim, the Disneyland Resort is expanding the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa that will
increase accommodations by more than 30 percent and will include the first
Disney Vacation Club villas in Anaheim.
  This expansion, scheduled for completion in late 2009, will involve 300
union construction jobs and result in 100 new hotel jobs. It underscores
Disney’s long-term commitment to growing and investing in Anaheim.
The
expansion also marks the latest in a series of major additions to the
Resort that include the newly launched Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at
Disneyland and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s California
Adventure.
  “This expansion underscores our commitment to growing and investing in
both the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Resort Area,” said Ed Grier,
president of the Disneyland Resort. “These new hotel rooms and villas will
give more people the opportunity to enjoy the immersive vacation experience
Disney is known for. We know that our guests value being able to stay in
the middle of the magic with our world-class theme parks, shopping and
dining just steps away.”
  The 2.5-acre expansion on the hotel’s south side will add more than 200
new hotel rooms and 50 two-bedroom equivalent vacation villas. Those
vacation villas, to include kitchens, living and dining areas and other
home-like amenities, will mark the West Coast debut of Disney Vacation
Club, Disney’s innovative vacation-ownership program.
  “For more than 50 years, the Disneyland Resort has been investing in
our community and they have helped us build a world class resort
destination in which all of Anaheim can be proud,” Anaheim Mayor Curt
Pringle said. “Thanks to Disneyland and the Anaheim Resort Area, Anaheim
boasts one of the fastest growing markets in the country for hotel
occupancy.”
  Other elements planned for the project include a rooftop deck for
viewing fireworks, a new swimming pool and about 300 underground parking
spaces. Peter Dominick of 4240, architect for Disney’s Grand Californian
Hotel & Spa as well as Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal
Kingdom Lodge at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is designing the
ambitious expansion. It will reflect the same California Arts & Crafts
architecture of the existing hotel, which immerses guests in a
turn-of-the-20th-century California experience.
  Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa currently features 745 guest
rooms, including 44 suites. Upon completion of the expansion project, the
hotel will feature 945 guest rooms, including 44 guest suites, and 50
Disney Vacation Club two-bedroom equivalent vacation villas.
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