Anaheim’s Disney Cone limits building heights around Disneyland Resort

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Anaheim's Disney Cone limits building heights around Disneyland Resort

Around City Hall, it’s quietly known as the Disney Cone.

For developers, it’s just another rule to follow.

But for visitors of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, it helps add to a sense of escape – just as Walt Disney first envisioned on Disneyland’s opening day, more than 60 years ago.

“If you’re building in Anaheim, then you’re aware of the height limit around Disneyland,” said Jeff Flint, a spokesman for the Wincome Group, which recently announced plans to build a 78-foot-tall luxury hotel across the street from Disneyland.

“We’re planning to build at the density level that’s allowed at this site, so the city’s height limit is not constraining us in any way,” Flint said. “We’re actually happy to do our part in keeping the magic alive in Anaheim and at Disneyland.”

The Disney Cone, which limits building heights to 75 to 240 feet within a half-mile radius of the Disneyland Resort, isn’t meant to keep outsiders from getting a peek at the rides and attractions.

Rather, the policy limits views of the outside world for the 25 million-plus annual visitors who walk into the parks.

“I don’t want the public to see the world they live in when they’re in the park,” Disney once said, according to theme park officials. “I want them to feel they’re in another world.”

To start, Disney made sure that a dirt berm standing 12 to 20 feet surrounded Disneyland to shield his guests. Trees and well-placed walls help out, too. […]