The Walt Disney Company is purchasing the Anaheim RV Village with plans to make a 1,400 space employee (cast member) parking lot on the corner of Harbor Blvd and Ball Road. The move was made to address the growing parking problem that has accompanied the expansion of the Disneyland Resort.
With more guests visiting the Disneyland Resort, parking has frequently become an issue. On busy days it is not uncommon to find signs directing incoming guests to park in the current parking lot behind the Toy Story Lot that is generally used for cast members. The Garden Walk lot and even parking for the Anaheim Convention Center have been utilized during the busiest of days as well. As parking lots of continued to fill up, Disney has had to occasionally even ask cast members to park at the Angel Stadium and then bus them across to the Disneyland Resort to get them to work. It comes as no surprise that this has led to some disgruntled cast members. Significant time can be added to their work commute as they take into account the busy traffic that the bus has to navigate to get them to Disneyland.
The new employee parking lot should open by 2015 and offer parking that is closer to the Disneyland Resort than Angel Stadium. It also may free up some current cast member parking for guest parking on busy days. It also could be a potential home for a new cast member parking structure.
What do you think of this new parking lot for Disneyland cast members? Good idea? Bad idea? Have you stayed at the Anaheim RV Village before? Will you miss it?