The Walt Disney Company announced plans to spiff-up and expand its oldest theme park, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, which opened in 1955. A major new feature will be a 12-acre "Cars Land," inspired by the Disney/Pixar animated film "Cars," to become a part of Disney’s California Adventure.
"The success of the Disneyland Resort over the past few years provides us with both the opportunity and the need to invest for growth, to enhance and expand the experience for our guests and attract new visitors, while at the same time delivering attractive returns on the investment. This plan is a reflection of our belief in the bright future of the Disneyland Resort and our continuing commitment to grow the Anaheim Resort Area as a world-class tourist destination," said Disney CEO Bob Iger.
The company says "Disney Imagineers" will be bringing more of the late founder Walt Disney into Disney’s California Adventure. Guests entering the new Plaza will be instantly immersed in the world that inspired Walt during his early days as an animation pioneer back in the 1920s. The new, interactive Walt Disney Story attraction will set the stage for the unfolding story of Walt that will permeate the park.
The latest announced expansion builds upon the transformation of the Disneyland theme park into a multi-day destination resort that began in 2001 with the creation of the Disneyland Resort and the opening of Disney’s California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.