During our trip to California, we ended up at Downtown Disney (officially known as the Downtown Disney District) twice. The first time was the night we arrived in California; we got to the hotel in the evening and headed right to Downtown Disney. Kaycie wanted to buy her Minnie ears before we got into the park the next morning, and it was also the perfect time to check out other souvenirs and purchase our park tickets in advance. We went to Downtown Disney on our last night in California as well, after we had gone to the J. Paul Getty Museum. It was just the right way to start and end our trip!
Here are just a few highlights and favorites from our time at Downtown Disney:
There are A LOT of stores in Downtown Disney. The fun thing is that there is a huge variety – aside from the main Disney store (World of Disney), there are clothing stores, candy stores, toy stores, tech stores, jewelry stores, the LEGO Store, and much more. Some of these stores sell things that aren’t available anywhere else in Disneyland or California Adventure, so be sure to take advantage of these. We ended up getting matching Princess Leia LEGO keychains from the LEGO Store on Star Wars day! It was the perfect way to start off our trip.
Some of the stores sell the same items as those found in the parks. This makes it handy if you want to check for items (like the Alex & Ani bracelet Kaycie wanted), if you want to buy something before you get into the parks (like Kaycie’s Minnie ears), or if you need to buy extras after you’ve left the park (like the delicious Mickey Mouse suckers we got). Whatever you need, they’ve got you covered.
Come hungry! There’s a wide variety of dining options at Downtown Disney, from snacks to full meals. Whether you want to grab a cookie or sit down at a restaurant, you have plenty of choices. We tried out the macaron cart on our first night at Downtown Disney (of course), and it was amazing. Caroline got a passion fruit macaron and a chocolate macaron ice cream sandwich (yes, I just said MACARON ICE CREAM SANDWICH), while Kaycie got a pistachio macaron and a strawberry macaron ice cream sandwich. These are definitely some of the best macarons we’ve had in the US.
On our second night at Downtown Disney, we met up with some friends (shout out to Romney!) and ate dinner at Naples Ristorante e Pizza. We both got the margherita pizza, which was delicious and huge! There are lots of restaurant options, from more casual to more formal, with lots of choices – Italian, American, seafood, sandwiches, pizza, and more.
You can also take advantage of the candy store at Downtown Disney. We had hoped to get some more chocolate-covered pineapple skewers (which we had already gotten in Disneyland) while we were in Downtown Disney on the last night of our trip, but unfortunately the shop closed before we finished dinner. Next time!
Entertainment & Atmosphere
Downtown Disney simply has a fun atmosphere that is perfect for before you go to the parks, after you’ve gone to the parks, or even if you aren’t going to the parks! In addition to the shopping and food, they have live music, artists, beautiful fountains, and more. There’s no better way to get into the Disney spirit than a stop at Downtown Disney!
What is your favorite part of going to Downtown Disney?
Written by Caroline Larson.
*All photos in this blog article are taken by and property of Caroline Larson.