The announcement comes at a time when Disney is vigorously fighting the City Council's support of a planned housing development nearby. Despite the dispute, two council members said the plans prove that Disney has a continued commitment to Anaheim.

“This is an international company making a huge investment, making an investment based on a lot of knowledge and planning,” said Mayor Curt Pringle, who opposes the housing plan.

Councilwoman Lucille Kring, who supports the residential development, said the planned addition would be a boon for tourism, citing the swell of travelers Disneyland's 2005 anniversary celebration brought to the city.

“I think this is going to be very positive,” Kring said. “With the 50th anniversary celebration a couple years ago, people just came out in droves because it was a party every night.”