Disneyland clashes with Anaheim over housing project

Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 9:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A proposal to build housing near Disneyland has escalated into a battle of wills between the entertainment giant and key Anaheim officials, who once could be counted on to follow Disney's every lead. Although some Anaheim City Council members see the project as a way to add needed housing to Orange County's second-largest city, Disney says it would disrupt the tourist environment and street scene it has worked hard to create outside the gates to Disneyland and California Adventure.

Read more from The LA Times.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 9:34 AM
Its stuff like this that makes me glad Walt did the "Florida Project" the way he did.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:25 AM
Perhaps they could get the new residents to wear mouse ears as part of their rental agreement. Seriously though, how about a place where CMs can live near the resort?

Then again, I'm not so sure there isn't a shortage of low income housing in OC...in spite of what certain TV show may have you think of the county.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:42 AM
It's the reverse not-in-my-backyard syndrome. Classic!
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:58 AM
I'm sure a compromise can be reached. I like the idea of putting housing behind a retail area.

A lot of those jobs Disney provides are low paying jobs. It is very difficult to get by on $7 an hour, and low income housing is very helpful to the people people who do. On the other hand Disney, understandably, doesn't want slums within view of their guests. This would be harmful to the "magic" of a Disney vacation.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:10 AM
If Disney doesn't own the land the housing will be built on, then they don't have much say in it. I think the local government is finally deciding that they run things, the Mouse doesn't. Once you're in the park, you can't see out of it, anyway (at least not much). Anyone whose "magic" would be "disrupted" would have a problem with anything.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:21 AM
Ironically, this is housing that the Disney cast members might actually be able to afford.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:02 PM
Why can't Disney build the housing and use it for their CMs? Solve a lot of problems. It could be designed to look Disney-ish, and give their CMs a break.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:08 PM
I think the new development would actually be more expensive to live in that what is currently there:

"The project, developed by SunCal Cos., would replace about 300 mobile homes. Hundreds of apartments are also nearby..."

And the article references that the project would be for condos and apartments, and that easily would mean that no one who works for low wage employer Disneyland would be able to afford it. The apartments after all would be in a "resort" area, and prices would be inflated. The minimum for a 1 bed condo is 250K, and only mobile homes are less in Anaheim. The affordable housing crisis in socal will not be helped by buidling more quarter million and up condos. I'm surprised Disney wouldn't want the mobile home court demolished for what will likely be overpriced housing anyway.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 1:36 PM
This new housing is to replace 300 mobile homes?

My question is, when has a mobile home park ever added to the "tourist environment" surrounding a park? I know it sure hasn't had that effect on Geauga Lake ;)

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:20 PM
According to todays L.A.Times Disney got it's wish and the project has been scrapped
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