Let me preface this by saying it is only a hypothetical and I have no way of knowing what Disney's plans are or what property they actually hold.
With that said, I am curious what Disney would do if they ever decided to undertake a major expansion of Disneyland or add additional parks in Anaheim beyond the rumored 3rd gate at the Toy Story Parking Lot.
By looking at google maps, there isn't much to work with in the immediate vicinity. Park operations surround the immeadiate border of the park and are needed next door no matter what size it becomes. Housing borders to the north, west and south of the park. Existing hotels are to the east along with what I consider the biggest obstacle, the 5 freeway.
So to hypothetically expand, would Disney:
- Consider buying out whole square miles of houses and risk the public backlash.
- Level hotels to the east and squeeze a park in there but depriving the park of much needed bed space
- Expand beyond the 5 freeway and takeover existing industrial land
I think option 3 is the most feasible, but having the parks separated by the 5 would seem somewhat weird to me.
Just a thought. Anyone have any opinions?