The Downtown Disney District is the shopping and dining area just outside of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure park. Disney has just announced that Downtown Disney will be home to new Los Angeles food favorites and fresh new restaurant concepts.
The Downtown Disney promenade is nicely landscaped and contains unique shops, upscale restaurants, and fun experiences. You’ll find lots of Disney shopping at the biggest Disney store on property and dining options that provide a respite from the crowded theme parks.
Here is all of the information you’ll need for shopping, eating, and playing in this beautiful Anaheim area.
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Splitsville Addition Coming Soon
The courtyard next to Splitsville Luxury Lanes is being transformed into a new space called The Ally. This area will feature interactive games, live music, lounge areas, and seating. This new addition to Splitsville will open this summer.
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Transformation Complete
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen has finished undergoing its refurbishment and is reopening under the new name Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio.
The design has been changed significantly to a more modern aesthetic which lines up with the design style we’ve seen Disney leaning towards lately.
Beignets Expressed will also return featuring the same popular beignets. Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio will have a new menu to match its fresh new look. The new menu includes familiar favorites along with new items like Lobster & Crawfish Sliders, Chile-Spiced Honey Glazed Grilled Salmon, Gumbo LA-LA filled with seafood, the Grilled Open Faced Lobster BLT Po-Boy, and the Reef & Beef, an entrée of grilled shrimp and braised short ribs.
Clyde’s Hot Chicken Stand Now Open
Clyde’s Hot Chicken is a new food stand now open in Downtown Disney. It’s located near the Disneyland Monorail and features Nashville hot chicken on a stick and is available in three different heat level seasonings.
La Brea Bakery CLOSED Permanently, Earl of Sandwich Now Open
Earl of Sandwich has replaced La Brea Bakery in their previous location much to the delight of Earl of Sandwich fans. Eventually, this location will be expanded and become the home of the new Porto’s Bakery coming to Downtown Disney. This temporary location is NOW open in Downtown Disney!
Earl of Sandwich again offers their hot sandwiches on artisan bread in both the counter-service and sit-down settings. The “Earl of Sandwich Tavern” sit-down will be a new concept that we are excited to try. Previously the sandwich place was counter-service only.
The restaurant serves hot sandwiches, salads, breakfast dishes, and baked goods. My favorite is always the holiday turkey sandwich with stuffing. The restaurant has also shared that a new Spicy BBQ Brisket Sandwich will be on the menu for a limited time.
The new sitdown Earl of Sandwich Tavern, which offers a full sit-down breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bar, is now open.
Disney has previously confirmed that the current location of La Brea Bakery would eventually become the Downtown Disney Porto’s Location that Disney previously announced during the D23 Expo to much applause. The restaurant will be built “on the footprint of the La Brea Bakery location” but will likely be larger than the current cafe to accommodate the expected demand.
Porto’s Coming to Downtown Disney!
Californian favorite Porto’s Bakery and Cafe is coming to Downtown Disney!
Here is the full announcement.
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Downtown Disney Changes
Downtown Disney has been undergoing a transformation over the past few years and here are all the 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.
Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytan will bring his inclusive vision of Mexican cuisine to Paseo and Centrico in the locations that were previously occupied by Catal & Uva Bar. Catal & Uva Bar has already closed and this area is in the process of refurbishment to begin creating this new space.
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. We’ve already seen this makeover with the newly transformed
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!
Downtown Disney Shops
Downtown Disney is full of shopping choices and plenty of stores selling Disney merchandise. This is the best way to get your Disney shopping done rather than carrying it around the parks.
World of Disney
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
California Sole is described as a California-inspired full-service footwear store. Brands that are sold at this location include Vans, Sanuk, OluKai, Reef, and Havaianas, along with Stance socks, Pura Vida bracelets, and other accessories.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
lovepop features a wide variety of pop up cars and paper flower bouquets. The perk of visiting this location in Downtown Disney is that this lovepop store has a huge variety of Disney cards!
You can find everything a soccer fan dreams of in this store from name brand soccer jerseys, gear, clothes and more.
Pin Traders is the kiosk you want to stop at if you’re a pin collector as you’ll find a wide variety of official Disney pins here.
Downtown Disney Restaurants
There are a variety of restaurants in Downtown Disney from sit-down restaurants (table service) and locations to grab-and-go food (quick service) with many recognizable brands here like Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and more.
Quick Service Downtown Disney Restaurants
Quick-service restaurants at Downtown Disney do not require advance dining reservations and are places where you can just “grab and go” food items.
There are a few great quick-service options in Downtown Disney from food carts to popular options like Starbucks. The Starbucks line in Downtown Disney tends to be a bit shorter than the ones you’ll find in the theme parks in the morning making it a better choice to grab your morning coffee. Occasionally, this location will offer mobile order saving you some more time to grab your coffee.
Wetzel’s Pretzels is where you can find less expensive, pretzel snacks and frozen drinks. There is one larger quick-service spot to grab pretzels and another pretzel stand located closer to the entrance of Downtown Disney facing the theme parks.
Looking for dessert? Look no further than the famous Sprinkles cupcakes. Guests can choose from several delicious flavors of hand-crafted gourmet cupcakes and decadent cookie creations.
Clyde’s Hot Chicken
Clyde’s Hot Chicken is a new food stand you can find Downtown near the Disneyland monorail. This food spot features Nashville hot chicken on a stick and is available in three different heat-level seasonings.
Earl of Sandwich
Earl of Sandwich has been a popular dining location that’s come and gone in Downtown Disney. Earl of Sandwich recently opened again (much to the delight of fans) in the space previously occupied by La Brea Bakery.
Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes
Featuring the famous shakes of Instagram, this quick service restaurant has an option for sitting inside and eating burgers along with a walk-up Crazy Shake Window. The theme of this restaurant is the 80s and 90s New York Vibe as they call their food ‘an homage to the great American luncheonettes of our childhoods.’
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 takeout 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.
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.
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.
Table Service Downtown Disney Restaurants
Table service restaurants at Downtown Disney require advance dining reservations if you want a guaranteed spot although many of these locations also offer walk-ups. You can make reservations up to 60 days in advance on the Disneyland dining website.
Catal Restaurant- Now Closed
Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar is now closed as this area begins its transformation into a new Mexican restaurant called Paseo & Centrico. Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytan is bringing his “inclusive vision” of Mexican food to these new spaces.
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.
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.
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 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. Ballast Point does take reservations but not through the Disneyland website. You can usually find it via Open Table but they take walk-ups as well.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Splitsville Luxury Lanes offer 40,000 square feet of bowling with a cool vintage vibe. This two-story restaurant has twenty bowling lanes, two kitchens, four indoor/outdoor seating areas, and floor-to-ceiling windows. This location serves easy American-style food like pizza, gourmet burgers, fries, and more.
The cost to bowl at Disneyland’s Splitsville varies between weekdays and weekends. The cost of bowling is usually $19 per bowler on weekdays and $24 per bowler on weekends.
Parking at Downtown Disney
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.
Plan Your Disneyland Vacation
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- Disneyland FastPass Tips
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