The Downtown Disney District, located at the Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California, is fun to visit! Here are some tips for exploring this unique, family-friendly, shopping and dining area.
Downtown Disney District
The Downtown Disney District Has Something For Everyone!
The Downtown Disney District is an outdoor promenade comprised of restaurants, shops, a movie theater, and more. It’s a great place to enjoy a snack or meal, do some shopping, or simply enjoy the day while leisurely strolling around the promenade.
Location of The Downtown Disney District
The Downtown Disney District is located at the Disneyland Resort, in Orange County. The promenade is in between the Disney Parks, and Disneyland Hotel. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is in the center of the Downtown Disney District.
If you stay at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels, you’ll walk through the Downtown Disney District to and from your hotel, as well as to the Parks. It’s an easy and nice walk.
You can also take the Monorail from Downtown Disney into Disneyland, if you have either an active Annual Pass, or valid Disneyland Park ticket.
Parking At The Downtown Disney District
Visitors receive 3 hours of free parking at the Downtown Disney District. Patrons may also get up to two additional free hours of parking at one of the sit-down restaurants, or at the AMC movie theater. Be sure to get your parking ticket validated at the establishment you visit, as parking is billed at $2 per 20 minute increment.
Valet parking is also available at certain times. I believe it’s an option on most evenings and weekends. I personally haven’t seen valet parking as an option on weekdays during daytime hours, but it’s usually pretty easy to get good parking on those days.
Restaurants Include Both Sit-Down & Take-Out Establishments
Some of the restaurants in the Downtown Disney District include Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Rainforest Cafe, La Brea Bakery Cafe, and many more.
The menu items we’ve tried at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria have been delicious, and there’s a great view from the upstairs.
We love La Brea Bakery, and the La Brea Bakery Express. There’s outdoor dining at both, as well as indoor dining at La Brea Bakery. They’re in the same building, but have separate entrances. It’s really nice to sit outside and people watch.
Shopping At Downtown Disney Includes Clothing, Accessories, Toys & More
There are a handful of neat shops at the Downtown Disney District. Some of our children’s favorites include Build-A-Bear Workshop®, The LEGO® Store, the World of Disney® Store, and Anna & Elsa’s Boutique!
The LEGO Store® is really awesome, whether you’re into LEGO® or not. They have awesome displays both inside and out. It’s always one of our top spots while visiting the area!
The local Build-A-Bear Workshop has some unique Disney inspired outfits available for purchase that I haven’t seen elsewhere. Items I’ve seen include tiny Mickey Mouse Ear hats, outfits such as Pooh, Darth Vader, Tigger, and more. So fun!
Live music is often played on nights and weekends at the Downtown Disney District. It’s both fun to stop and listen, or even dance, to one of the many live artists. There have been times that we’ve been there that up to three live artists have been performing in different areas at once. Here you’ll also find The House of Blues is also located in the Downtown Disney District.
There are several beautiful fountains at the Downtown Disney District. The one closest to the entrance to the Disneyland Parks is super neat both day and night. If you visit after dark be sure to go watch it for a bit.
It’s not difficult to feel the Disney magic at the Downtown Disney District. Between the neat little Disney touches, to the specialized Disney stores and more, it’s not difficult to get the warm fuzzies while visiting this fun marketplace.
If you love candied apples, some of the cutest, and most delicious can be purchased at Marceline’s Confectionery, in the center of the Promenade. It’s fun to stand outside the window and watch as the candy makers prepare awesome character inspired candies.
We love spending time at Downtown Disney District, taking in the sights and sounds, and enjoying a bite to eat. It’s fun to visit when going to the Disney Parks, or simply as a destination of its own. Take a look at the Disneyland website for more about the Downtown Disney District. If you’re a Disneyland Annual Passholder, be sure to inquire about discounts at the restaurants and shops! Perhaps we’ll see you there!
P.S. I bet you’d also enjoy reading our other related post, including more tips for your trip to the Disneyland Resort.
*Be sure to check the Disneyland website prior to your visit to verify that the store(s) and restaurant(s) you see mentioned here are still establishments in the Downtown Disney District, as they may change. Also, it’s always a good idea to verify parking pricing, as this could change as well.*
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