Fresh off of the announcement of Disney Vacation Club’s proposed new tower at the Disneyland Hotel, Amy and I found ourselves in Anaheim, California, walking around trying to get a feel for this new resort. With many obstacles and hurdles to overcome before the tower becomes a reality, we couldn’t help but also think of some concerns about its effect on Disneyland as well. Here are a few questions we had as we spent the afternoon walking around the property:
Balcony or No Balcony?
Anyone who has been following along on DVC Fan for a while should know that I have a thing for balconies. The truth is, I feel these are one of the many things that set Disney Vacation Club resorts apart from other properties. So in exploring Disneyland Hotel, a quick concern I had was whether this new tower would provide a balcony for each room. Based on what we saw and some quick researching over on DISboards, Disneyland Hotel currently only has a handful of balconies available within the Frontier Tower. Will they continue this and break from the trend of DVC balconies, or will this new tower have a different design than the rest of Disneyland Hotel?
Does Trader Sam Need a Bigger Tiki Bar?
I’m going to answer this question with a no quickly, but I believe the theory behind it is worth considering. One of the unique charms of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is its intimate atmosphere, and thus regardless of expansion, should be left alone. However, it does raise the question of what other amenities we will see with the new tower. New dining options? A DVC Marketplace style store? In our quick review of the resort, the proposed addition of 350 rooms would add approximately 35% more capacity to the resort, taking it to a total of around 1,340 rooms. This influx of guests will definitely have an impact on the resort’s current dining options, and it will be interesting to see how Disney plans to supplement this with the new tower.
Throughout the short history of the Disneyland Hotel, the resort has already seen its towers renamed and rebranded. My assumption is we will not see this occur again, so it raises the question and yet obvious answer of what the new DVC tower will be named. With the three current towers named after the lands of Disneyland (Frontierland, Adventureland, and Fantasyland), will we see the tower of tomorrow be called Tomorrow Tower?
Theme Park View?
As Amy and I walked the grounds of the Disneyland Hotel, we got a feel for the proposed location and layout of the new DVC tower. Based on what we know thus far, the new building will replace an existing laundry facility and lawn area on the West side of the property. Although standing in this location cannot get us a real feel for what it will be like to be 12-stories in the air, one sure thing is that there is no clear line of sight for a theme-park-view room. With the other towers and other buildings blocking many sightlines, there is only a small section that may have a view into Disney’s California Adventure. To me, this sounds like a perfect reason to add a rooftop restaurant or bar to provide that excellent vantage point above everything else.
An Easy Trip to the Parks
One aspect of Disneyland Hotel that I found convenient was its proximity to Downtown Disney. A quick walk can get you a great meal, entertainment, and quickly into the parks. I use the word ‘quickly’ with caution, however, because even on a relatively quiet afternoon, we found ourselves waiting a long time to get through security walking back from the resort. Maybe it was just a fluke, but this may need to be another consideration if Disney plans on more guests entering via this security checkpoint.
I’m curious to hear your thoughts! What do you think Disney and DVC need to be considering with this new Disneyland Hotel tower? Are there any must-haves that should be included? Share in the comments below, and be sure to stay tuned to The DIS and DVC Fan as more information becomes available about this resort!