Disneyland in Anaheim, CA announced that they put the Eastern Gateway Project on hold which included a new transportation hub which would include a 6,500-space parking structure. Robert Harbin, director of the Harbor Boulevard Merchants Coalition, said he was “thrilled” that Disney was putting the project on hold and called for better cooperation between the resort and local business owners.
“We hope when they do dust off the plan and bring it back we can work together,” Harbin said.
The transportation hub, along with the 14-acre Star Wars Land expansion project under construction, were to be part of a $1-billion investment promised to the city of Anaheim in exchange for a 30-year exemption on an entertainment tax.
By building a new 6,500-space parking structure adjacent to its existing 10,000-space Mickey & Friends garage, Disney will keep foot traffic within the resort, where visitors can be directed through the shopping district before entering the parks.