A long Anaheim City Council meeting ended early Wednesday with initial approval of a $1.9 billion expansion plan for Disneyland.

Called Disneyland Forward, the potential expansion plans, first unveiled in 2021, involve a 40-year agreement for future development on Disney’s Anaheim property. Those plans involve rezoning portions of Disney-owned land to house theme park rides, including space on the west side of Disneyland Drive near the current Disneyland Hotel.

Disney would also pay Anaheim $40 million to acquire several roads — Hotel Way, Magic Kay, and a portion of Clementine Street — from the city.

Council members voted 7-0 for preliminary approval of the plan after a hearing which lasted eight hours. As reported by Voice of OC, some residents did speak in opposition to the plan based on the speedy approval process — and a recent investigation which noted Disney’s heavy influence on Anaheim policy, including being the largest donor to several campaigns of current council members. 

Other residents and groups supported the proposal, citing the added construction and permanent jobs, as well as a Cal State Fullerton study commissioned by Disney, which estimated the expansion will bring Anaheim $30 million in new annual tax revenue.

The proposal does not come with any concrete details on what Disney will build or when. According to the Orange County Register, Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said a new land themed around the “Avatar” franchise is “at the top of the list.”

A final city council vote on Disneyland Forward is scheduled for May 7.