A bustling promenade offering shopping, dining, and entertainment, Downtown Disney District is an outdoor area within the sprawling Disney resort in Anaheim. Often called the resort's "shoppertainment center," the area lies between two theme parks and their hotels. Opened in 2001 as part of the resort's massive expansion, this entertainment district encourages extended stays in the popular Disney-themed entertainment complex. The district provides free parking for up to five hours, so you can take your time to enjoy a hearty meal and a few cocktails at an open-air cafe, shop at one of the largest Disney stores in the world, or explore a range of outdoor entertainment options, nightclubs, and movie theaters. Put Downtown Disney District and other Anaheim attractions into our Anaheim road trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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Fun to walk around, not really a necessity if you do not have time to walk it all. Most of the shops have things that are inside the park as well.
Fun to walk around, not really a necessity if you do not have time to walk it all. Most of the shops have things that are inside the park as well. more »
Absolutely love this place! Currently no mask available but will have to go through security to enter the district. Always a great place to go for dinner. ALWAYS a good idea to make a reservation...
Absolutely love this place! Currently no mask available but will have to go through security to enter the district. Always a great place to go for dinner. ALWAYS a good idea to make a reservation... more »
Downtown Disney is worth the parking if you just feel like taking a stroll some afternoon. I rarely end up buying anything, but seeing the changes that Downtown Disney implements is nice to see. Like if the district is an ever evolving tiny metropolis. You get people from all over the world here which at this point in time, is probably not a good thing. The place is clean, the bathrooms are nice, and I never had any problems with staff. I've always been treated like a valued customer. If you love all that is Disney, but don't want to enter the theme park, just go to Downtown Disney. The biggest souvenir shopping center with the biggest souvenir shop I've ever scene. Its got some good ice cream and some great restaurants as well.
A taste of Disney magic. First off, to enter any of the Disney Parks and/or Downtown Disney, you will need to line up for temperature check, enter another line for security, and the last line is to enter the park itself. Masks are required to enter and all employees are wearing their mask and may have face shields in addition. They will inform you that the only place you can take off your mask is in approved area for dining. Now, for Downtown Disney, they closed down the ESPN restaurant and the Safari restaurant. The Safari restaurant has been replaced by the Star War Trading Post, which was a lot of fun with tons of Star War goodies. Downtown Disney has a LOT of restaurant and my husband commented that it was like 70% restaurants. It's not, but you definitely have a lot of food options. The World of Disney store has one entrance in (to the left of the store) and one exit out (to the right of the store) and they closed all the entrance in the middle. They had a large mix of merchandise that my whole family was able to seize upon. We are teaching my twin boys (4.5 years old) the value of money and they had $20 each which they combined to buy a set of Cars. Don't forget to use your Disney credit card (if you have it) for a 10% discount. Have fun, we did!!
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