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dennis-in-ct

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Just Curious.
What is the Eastern Gateway project and how did the lack of the project contribute to moving Mickey’s Run-a-way Railroad to DL versus the originally planned DCA location?
 

truecoat

Well-Known Member
Just Curious.
What is the Eastern Gateway project and how did the lack of the project contribute to moving Mickey’s Run-a-way Railroad to DL versus the originally planned DCA location?

As a refresher, originally it was this. Parking ramp, new drop off and security check away from the park and a bridge to the esplanade. The sticking point was Harbor access to hotels and businesses and a bridge that wasn't designed by da Vinci. Guests would have to follow the red arrows all the way around to get to the entrance. Although you could go up to Manchester (blue arrow) and cross to another entrance.

In the end, Disney needs to find a way to make Harbor people happy with local access and build a bridge encrusted with diamonds.

disneyland-eastern-gateway-plans.jpg
 

dennis-in-ct

Well-Known Member
As a refresher, originally it was this. Parking ramp, new drop off and security check away from the park and a bridge to the esplanade. The sticking point was Harbor access to hotels and businesses and a bridge that wasn't designed by da Vinci. Guests would have to follow the red arrows all the way around to get to the entrance. Although you could go up to Manchester (blue arrow) and cross to another entrance.

In the end, Disney needs to find a way to make Harbor people happy with local access and build a bridge encrusted with diamonds.

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Thank you for the explanation.
As a person who has stayed at a couple of the motels in that area, it would have been a huge inconvenience and downright annoying to have to circle the block like that instead of simply crossing the street.
 

Old Mouseketeer

Well-Known Member
Thank you for the explanation.
As a person who has stayed at a couple of the motels in that area, it would have been a huge inconvenience and downright annoying to have to circle the block like that instead of simply crossing the street.

There is room for them to make changes now to that plan, especially since USCIS vacated last year (their lease was up) so there's not that hole in the middle of it. I think if they were smart, they would elevate the security screening area to the second level and give ground access under what is labelled "Pedestrian Access" by turning that ramp into a second story connector all the way from harbor to the security screening. They might even squeeze in an exit-only stairs and elevator on the East Side of Harbor. They have also talked about allowing the motels on Harbor to open a back door to the pedestrian walkway running behind their properties. It will be interesting to see how this returns.
 

AL2000HS

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Although when it's all done it'll be great but if/when the construction begins it'll be a nightmare for castmembers. DCA cast currently park there.
 

Ismael Flores

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Thank you for the explanation.
As a person who has stayed at a couple of the motels in that area, it would have been a huge inconvenience and downright annoying to have to circle the block like that instead of simply crossing the street.
One of the options was to create gate entries in the back of their properties directly into the new parking and security area. Basically you would just walk to the back of the hotel property and use a key card to enter and exit. It would have been another selling point for the motels.
A couple of the restaurant owners were the ones against this because it would possibly reduce traffic in front of their business.
 

BasiltheBatLord

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Original Poster
Updates

Catching up on a bunch of stuff:

- Added DisneylandForward proposal to Resort-wide/Hotels section
- Added Avengers Campus opening date and some more confirmed details
- Added "new magic" coming to Haunted Mansion
- Added more details on Snow White's Enchanted Wish, including opening date
- Edited timeline to reflect all the above changes
 

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