Downtown Disney: Shopping, Dining, and Experiences to Make Your Day Magical

The Downtown Disney District is a sight to behold! This impressive promenade is beautifully landscaped and contains unique shops, upscale restaurants, and exciting experiences.  This picturesque area is located in the heart of the action where Disney guests can take a break from the parks. Here is all of the information you’ll need for shopping, eating, and playing in this beautiful Anaheim area.

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Downtown Disney has been undergoing an transformation over the past few years and we received new details about how these changes will continue to grow the diversity of the shopping and dining options during this era of growth!

Some of these new changes coming to the dining in Downtown Disney include:

  • World-renowned restaurant Din Tai Fung will bring flavorful Chinese cuisine to the district.

Downtown Disney food

  • Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytan will bring his inclusive vision of Mexican cuisine to Paseo and Centrico in the locations currently occupied by Catal & Uva Bar.

Evolution of Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at the Downtown Disney District

  • Disney is working with Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen to finalize an evolution that incorporates a fresh approach to the menu, while staying true to the heart of New Orleans.
  • Earl of Sandwich will also open a special walk-up location for a limited time later this year.

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Along with changes to dining, we'll see changes that will impact the style of Downtown Disney as Disney draws inspiration from mid-century modern architecture as it transforms the west-end area into a blend of vibrant color palettes with design elements and patterns influenced by the Southern California region.

Downtown Disney District Continues to be Reimagined at Disneyland Resort

This area will also include an open lawn for future events and relaxation which will be a nice change especially for guests to enjoy grab and go food options and want a place to enjoy them!

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The World of Disney

The World of Disney is now fully remodeled and boasts the largest selection of toys, apparel, souvenirs and collectibles on the West Coast. This store is truly amazing and has something for everyone. Disney fans can purchase trading pins, plush animals, clothing, home decorations, and accessories.  The World of Disney store is a must-see for any Disney fan.

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Curl Surf

For the surf fan, Curl Surf has a great collection of men’s and women’s beach clothing, shoes and accessories. Curl Surf has a fun, coastal atmosphere and features brands such as Hurley®, Roxy®, Billabong®, Duvin® and Quiksilver® and shoes by TOMS®, Reef® and Vans®.

A store filled with clothing, purses, gloves, bags and items containing images of Minnie Mouse

The Disney Dress Shop

The Disney Dress Shop is a newer store and has a wide selection of vintage-inspired Disney dresses, skirts, handbags, and accessories.  This adorable shop sells well-known brands, such as ALEX AND ANI®, CHRISLU®, Dooney & Bourke™, Kate Spade and Disney Boutique.

Disney Home, offering seasonally curated home décor, gadgets and other goodies—at the Downtown Disney District!

Disney Home

Disney Home is another, newer store with Disney home décor, gadgets and other goodies. Disney fans can purchase kitchenware, linens, mugs, ornaments, and photo albums and frames.

Disney art, Vinylmation figures and merchandise inside WonderGround Gallery

The WonderGround Gallery

The WonderGround Gallery is a Disney art fan’s dream come true.  This contemporary gallery showcases original art, deluxe prints, t-shirts, journals and coffee mugs. Guests can often watch an artist at work while they browse. The gallery will return at a later date as the store space is currently being used for the Star Wars Trading Post pop-up store. 

Bracelets and rings from Pandora jewlery

PANDORA Jewelry

PANDORA® Jewelry sells customizable bracelets as well as necklaces, earrings, and rings.  The jewelry here is nice quality and guests can choose from a variety of Disney-themed charms to add to their bracelets.

A storefront with a sign that reads Sephora

Sephora

Sephora® is your one-stop beauty store that carries cosmetics, fragrances, skincare and more.  Here guests can find products from well-known brands, such as Origins, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, and Benefit. Guests can also set up a consultation with a Sephora representative.

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Sunglasses Icon

Need a new pair of shades? Sunglass Icon® carries many well-known sunglass brands, including Tiffany, Coach, Burberry, Ray-Ban, Oakley and Maui Jim.  Sunglass Icon® also sells cords, cases, cleaning products and even replacement lenses.

Interior shot of California sole, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort

California Sole- formerly Sanuk

California Sole took over the previous Sanuk location this summer. California Sole is described as a California inspired full service footwear store. Brand that will be sold at this location will include Vans, Sanuk, OluKai, Reef and Havaianas, along with Stance socks, Pura Vida bracelets and other accessories.

The storefront of Marcelines Confectionery

Marceline's Confectionery

Marceline's Confectionery is a must-stop for those with a sweet tooth. This old-fashioned candy shop is named after the small Missouri town where Walt lived as a boy. You can watch employees make candy apples, milk chocolate-covered marshmallows, and chocolate-dipped pretzels through the giant picture window.  Inside the confectionery guests can purchase prepackaged and fresh baked goods as well as cookies, candy, and popcorn.

Lego Store

Kids of all ages will enjoy the country’s second largest LEGO® Store.  This interactive store includes impressive displays, interactive play areas, and a huge selection of LEGO products. Be sure to check out the larger-than-life fire-breathing Maleficent to Belle and the Beast, which are made from LEGOs.

Bug repellant and other Rinse Bath and Body Company products posed with a hiker in the background

Rinse Bath and Body

This Georgia based store offers skincare products like bath bombs, soaps, essential oils, and more. All of their products are cruelty-free, handmade, and reasonably priced.

Interior of Sugarboo & Co. in Downtown Disney District

Sugarboo & Co.

Sugarboo & Co. offers a variety of jewelry, ceramics, paper goods, and decor with inspiring sayings that make meaningful gifts or great additions to your home.

Star Wars Trading PostThe store front of Star Wars Trading Post

Disney has converted the old Rainforest Cafe building into a Star Wars shop themed to look like a hidden jungle Resistance base. Guests can spot Rey's iconic speeder outside and the overall theme of the previous Rainforest Cafe fits this new Star Wars theme perfectly! Inside the store you can find all the Star Wars merchandise you could typically find in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge along with gear inspired by The Mandalorian.

Downtown Disney RestaurantsOne dozen cupcakes with a variety of decorations and toppings in an open cardboard box

Quick Service Options

Downtown Disney boasts some popular quick-service food options, such as Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and a Wetzel's Pretzels cart.  Looking for dessert? Look no further than the famous Sprinkles cupcakes. Guest can choose from several delicious flavors of hand-crafted gourmet cupcakes and decadent cookie creations.

Entrance sign for La Brea Bakery in Downtown Disney District

La Brea Bakery Café

La Brea Bakery Café offers artisanal sandwiches and fresh California cuisine, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Guests can enjoy granola with yogurt and seasonal berries, artisan pizzas, fresh salads, and delicious sandwiches as well as espresso drinks.  Guests can enjoy table service or visit La Brea Bakery Express and enjoy their food in their expansive patio.

The outside of Catal Restaurant at night

Catal Restaurant

For a more upscale atmosphere, guests can enjoy Catal Restaurant. Guests can dine upstairs inside or outside, and feast on grilled seafood, choice meats, burgers and salads. Reservations are recommended.  Uva Bar and Café is downstairs from Catal Restaurant and offers inside seating as well as a circular open-air bar. Disney fans can enjoy gourmet salads, sides, burgers and house-made desserts in a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria

For an Italian flair, guests can dine inside or outside at the recently remodeled Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria.  This restaurant serves wood-fired pizza, house-made pastas, appetizers, and fresh salads. Their outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy a great meal and rest your feet.  Naples has a quick-service option called Napolini where guests can buy pizza by the slice, sandwiches, and prepackaged salads.  Disney fans can eat the food on site or take it to go. You can read our full dining review to see how much we enjoyed this restaurant.

Entrance sign for Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney District

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

Guests will feel like they are in Louisiana when they visit Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen®. This two-story French Quarter replica serves Creole and Cajun specialties, such as Gumbo Ya-Ya, Pasta Jambalaya, and Southern fried chicken.  Their quick-service option, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen® Express, sells popcorn shrimp, red beans and rice, and sandwiches.  They are known for their fresh beignets! You can read our full dining review to see how much we enjoyed this restaurant.

Salt and Straw inside

Salt & Straw

This Portland based ice cream is said to be created as a one-of-a-kind experience, with diverse ice cream options. Salt & Straw ice cream offerings are handmade in small batches using local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Guests can enjoy scoops on handmade waffle cones, with fudge and rainbow sprinkles, as well as pick up pints and cones to-go.

Entrance and sign for Tortilla Jo's Mexican Cantina at Downtown Disney District

Tortilla Jo's

Tortilla Jo's serves some of the best Mexican food you will try in a festive indoor and outdoor setting. The décor includes Spanish tiles, ceramic pottery and rustic wooden furniture. Their menu includes traditional Mexican food such as tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos.  Their nachos are delicious and big enough to share.  There is also a quick-service option called Taqueria at Tortilla Jo's, where guests can customize tacos, nachos and burritos to enjoy on their patio.

Ballast Point - Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

Ballast Point

Ballast Point is the first brewery in Downtown Disney and offers more than 50 styles of its adventurous beers across 100 taps and along with specialty brews for Downtown Disney. The food options include Southern California favorites such as  Baja-style fish tacos, “Black Marlin” BBQ flatbread, the California “Kolsch” steak burrito, a variety of burgers, gluten-free options, vegetarian dishes, desserts and a kid-friendly menu.

Reservations are recommended for the fine and signature dining restaurants.  Reservations can be made online at Disney's dining website.

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Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes

Featuring the famous shakes of Instagram, this quick service restaurant has an option for sitting inside and eating the burgers along with a walk up Crazy Shake Window. The theme of this restaurant is a 80s and 90s New York Vibe as they call their food ‘an homage to the great American luncheonettes of our childhoods.'

Food items from Asian Street Eats at the Disneyland Resort

Asian Street Eats by Chef Hung Huynh

Asian Street Eats by Chef Hung Huynh from Earl Enterprises, the same group that made Earl of Sandwich, is a take out window restaurant serving a variety of Asian dishes. You’ll find this yummy take-out window on the west end of the district. On the menu is a flavorful variety of Asian dishes with plenty of options for the whole family. Grab a mixed bowl and customize it with your choice of either grilled chicken, braised beef short rib, or sautéed tofu.

Juices from Jamba Juice at the Disneyland Resort

Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice is undergoing a renovation at the end of year as the company transforms into a simplified name Jamba and undergoes a complete redesign of the store.

Downtown Disney Experiences

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ – Dining opened up recently and offers 40,000 square feet of bowling with a cool vintage vibe.  This two-story rock-and-rollin’ restaurant offers twenty bowling lanes, two state-of-the-art kitchens, four indoor/outdoor seating areas, and floor-to-ceiling windows.  This family-friendly atmosphere serves pizzas, gourmet burgers, sushi and filet sliders.

Parking at Downtown DisneyFour young adult Guests hang out together, eating snacks

Get three hours of parking free when you make a $20 minimum purchase and receive validation from any Downtown Disney location (includes quick-service restaurants, merchandise locations, and kiosks)- or up to 5 hours of parking from any table-service restaurant.

After those parking validations are up, each additional hour costs $14 which is charged in 30-minute increments with a minimum $7 charge after the 15-minute grace period.

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About Monique Smalling

Monique and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento, California with their two daughters, Sydney (14) and Reagan (13). Sydney's first trip to Disneyland was at one year old, and the family has been hooked ever since. The family has been annual pass holders for several years and visit the Happiest Place on Earth every couple of months. Each visit includes 3 to 4 days in the parks before heading to the beach. Monique and her daughters consider themselves huge Disney fans, and love sharing their knowledge and tips on the parks.

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