With construction set to begin on a fourth hotel at the Disneyland Resort, it was announced that the ESPN Zone’s last day of operation will be June 2, 2018. Other Downtown Disney locations including Rainforest Café, Earl of Sandwich, Starbucks West, AMC Theatres, Alamo, the Disney Vacation Club preview center and Walt Disney Travel Company Guest Services are expected to close by June 30, but specific dates are not yet available.
The ESPN Zone opened with Downtown Disney in 2001. At the time it was a chain, but the other 8 locations had already closed leaving the Anaheim location as the last remaining venue.
As the ESPN Zone was owned and operated by Disney, it is expected that the Disneyland Resort will try to find alternate jobs throughout the Disneyland Resort for the displaced employees.