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Disneyland resort announces expansion plans

Proposals include plans for a "possible immersive theme park" and "a new kind of Disney entertainment."

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Happiest Place on Earth wants to get even happier and bigger!

Disneyland has unveiled plans for a big expansion in Southern California. Plans include proposals for "possible immersive theme park" as well as parking and retail expansions. 

The plan, called "DisneylandForward" doesn't go into specific details about any themes the expansions could follow, or dates that work could start or end. It does make clear though that Disney wants to squeeze in as much as possible into its 500-acre property. 

Disneyland says it is currently in the very beginning stages of the entire process, and the project will be refined over time. It does make clear that Disney is not asking for public funding, more room, or more hotel rooms beyond what is currently approved and allowed. It is "simply asking to update [its] existing approvals to allow for integrated development to be located and built on Disney properties." 

Credit: Disney

In a map showing the proposed expansion, it's unclear if the plans show new theme parks, or if it is an expansion of the current Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. The plans do include an expansion to include a new "entertainment destination" similar to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. 

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Editors note: the video attached to this story is from June 2020 when Disneyland and Disney California Adventure were closed.