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- New Policies
Downtown Disney has new safety polices in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic so it's important to know how your experience might look different on your next visit.
New safety measures in place include limited capacity, face coverings required, and guests will undergo temperature checks prior to entering.
Parking will be limited to the Simba Lot (Disneyland Drive and Katella Ave) and operating hours are currently limited to 10AM-8PM.
Nearly all Downtown Disney locations are open and running at this point. Unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic, The VOID has been ordered to close and it's been reported they've been served with a Notice of Event Default and Lease Termination. They have been ordered to cease all use of Disney promotional material, trademarks, etc. So The VOID is not open but for different reasons.
How is shopping different?
- Mobile Wait List: At some retail locations, including the World of Disney store and Marceline’s Confectionery, a mobile wait list system is being used to manage the number of Guests shopping when the location and/or queue are at capacity. Guests can choose to provide their name and mobile number to receive a text message when they are able to return.
- New Product Launches: Guests can still find new merchandise at the Downtown Disney District. However, monthly program releases and limited-edition merchandise will now use a reservations system to help control crowd capacity and create effective social distancing.
- Dressing Rooms: For the time being, dressing rooms are not available for use.
- Returns: Eligible returns and exchanges will be accepted at the World of Disney store, as well as the other Disney-owned and -operated locations in the Downtown Disney District, subject to the returns and exchange policy.
What does dining look like?
Dining locations have incorporated the enhanced health and safety measures, physical distancing, use of face coverings, increased cleaning, and limited-contact Guest services. Outdoor seating is available along with indoor seating at select restaurants at this time.
To promote physical distancing and touchless transactions, a number of changes include:
- Increased outdoor patio-style seating
- Parties seated at tables 6 feet apart
- Digital or single-use menus available at many locations
For some table service restaurants, Guests will be able to make advance dining reservations by booking online. Some dining locations may also use their own reservation system or virtual waitlist.
California Adventure Backlot Shopping Location
A new extension of Downtown Disney was added to create additional shopping space and increase guest capacity. The Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop located at Stage 17 (which is a part of California Adventure)- guests will walk through Downtown Disney and find the entrance located on the east side of the Main Entrance esplanade. This will be a spacious new shopping opportunity which will allow for easier social distancing and a way to focus on sought after seasonal merchandise from World of Disney and other Disney stores.
You will be able to find plenty of the popular seasonal merchandise here like the Loungefly backpacks, Minnie ears, plush, mugs, trading pins, apparel, and accessories from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Disney and Pixar “Coco” and the Haunted Mansion, too!
Disney Opening Part of California Adventure for Dining and Shopping
Disney is opening a portion of California Adventure as they extend the Downtown Disney district to Buena Vista Street! Beginning in November, no exact date was announced, guests can enter California Adventure to enjoy select shopping and dining options at fan favorites like Carthay Circle and Elias & Company.
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.
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.
Star Wars Trading Post
This pop-up shop selling merchandise from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has taken over the Wonderground Galley temporarily so guests can purchase popular items from Batuu on their trip to Downtown Disney. The pop-up show features the Jedi Robes, pre-built droids from Droid Depot, animals from the Creature Stall, legacy lightsabers, and more.
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.
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- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Earl of Sandwich
Earl of Sandwich is a popular and affordable sandwich restaurant in Downtown Disney. They offer sandwiches, pizza breads, soups, salads, sides, wraps and decadent desserts. There is an outdoor patio option along with the indoor eating room decorated with the usual Downtown Disney flair.
Reservations are recommended for the fine and signature dining restaurants. Reservations can be made online at Disney's dining website.
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.'
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.
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™ – 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.
Update: The VOID has been ordered to close and it's been reported they've been served with a Notice of Event Default and Lease Termination. They have been ordered to cease all use of Disney promotional material, trademarks, etc. So it's safe to say The VOID will no longer be a part of Downtown Disney.
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID opened up earlier this year and is a must see! Star Wars fans can be transported to a galaxy far, far away in this cutting-edge, virtual reality experience. Guests move around freely in teams of four while virtually interacting with popular Star Wars characters and each other. This multi-sensory environment features groundbreaking technology where Star Wars fans can recover Imperial intelligence vital to the Rebellion’s survival.
The VOID also offers a Ralph Breaks the Internet called “Ralph Breaks VR!”
Guests must be 48” (122 cm) or taller and age 10 or older to visit The VOID. Guests will be required to sign a liability waiver before entering, and anyone under age 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature.
The Downtown Disney District is a great place to visit when taking a break from the parks. Disney fans can visit a variety of shops, eat at some great restaurants and experience unique entertainment, such as Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ and THE VOID.
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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