Earl Of Sandwich And Other Popular Businesses Set To Close In Anaheim's Downtown Disney

Brace yourself Anaheim residents, Earl of Sandwich is about to close for good.

Disney executives just announced that dozens of popular stores and restaurants in the Downtown Disney district will permanently close to make way for a new 17-acre hotel. All of these venues, which includes the beloved fast-service sandwich company owned by Planet Hollywood, are expected to permanently shut their doors on June 30th.

Immediately after word broke out that Earl of Sandwich would be closing, managers at the Anaheim branch were inundated with questions and concerns. Disney has neither confirmed nor denied that Earl of Sandwich will be added to the new hotel.

After Anaheim's location closes, there will be 30 Earl of Sandwich restaurants around the world. Travelers can still pick up these legendary sandwiches if they're ever in the Downtown Disney areas of Orlando and Paris. Local Californians will find a few Earl of Sandwich venues in Los Angeles.

Besides Earl of Sandwich, the most prominent restaurants closing in Anaheim's Downtown Disney include the Rainforest Café the ESPN Zone. Disney also announced the Starbucks West location, a Disney Vacation Club headquarters, an Alamo Rent-a-Car, and the AMC 12 Movie Theatres would close by June 30th. Guests will still be able to meet with Disney Vacation Club employees inside the nearby resorts.

There's no official word on the name or theme of this new hotel in the Downtown Disney district. All that's known today is that this 700-room hotel will be a four-diamond resort, have a monorail stop, and have a lounge/restaurant where guests can watch the Disneyland fireworks.

In positive news, Disney expects to hire at least 2,500 construction workers to make this mystery hotel a reality. An official construction timeline or expected date of completion has yet to be released to the public.

Once this new hotel opens, Disneyland will have four official resorts guests can stay in on Disneyland property. The other official Disneyland hotels include the ritzy Grand Californian, the classic Disneyland Hotel, and the budget-friendly Paradise Pier.

Disney hasn't set an official date for the demolition of these Downtown Disney businesses. According to news reports, Anaheim's city government hasn't given the Walt Disney Company the all clear for the new hotel yet.

Employees at all of the restaurants slated to close were either given a severance package or the opportunity to work in another Downtown Disney restaurant.


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