Downtown Disney (Disneyland Resort)
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|Location||Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California, U.S.A.|
|Owner||The Walt Disney Company|
|Operated by||Walt Disney Parks and Resorts|
|Opened||January 12, 2001|
|Website||Downtown Disney website|
Disney California Adventure
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|Shopping, dining and entertainment|
Downtown Disney (officially the Downtown Disney District) is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area, also known as a "shoppertainment center", located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, United States. It was constructed during the Disneyland Resort expansion which also included the construction of Disney California Adventure Park, and opened on January 12, 2001.
Location and history
Downtown Disney District lies between the Disneyland Resort's two theme parks and its hotels. The district was built on space previously occupied by the original Disneyland parking lot and Disneyland Hotel, and includes a bridge over Disneyland Drive (formerly West Street) which was regraded to accommodate the bridge. It is smaller than its Walt Disney World counterpart. Currently, no admission ticket is required for Downtown Disney District. Parking is free for the first three hours (or first five hours with validation) on most days. However, on very popular days, such as July 4 and New Year's Eve, there is an automatic parking fee collected when you enter the lot.
California's Downtown Disney District was designed to attract local residents and to encourage extended stays in the resort district.
Downtown Disney District in Anaheim includes the following attractions:
- Earl of Sandwich
- ESPN Zone
- House of Blues
- Jamba Juice
- La Brea Bakery Cafe
- Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
- Rainforest Cafe
- Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
- Tortilla Jo's
- Uva Bar
- Wetzel's Pretzels
- Alamo Rent-A-Car
- Apricot Lane Boutique
- Blink, by Wet Seal
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
- Disney's Pin Traders
- Disney Vault 28
- D Street
- House of Blues Store
- Lego Imagination Center
- Little MissMatched
- Marceline's Confectionery
- Pearl Factory
- Rainforest Cafe' Retail Shopping Village
- Roxy @ Quiksilver Boardriders Club
- Something Silver
- Studio Disney 365
- Sunglass Icon
- WonderGround Gallery
- World of Disney
- Anne Geddes (now Blink by Wet Seal)
- Basin (now Sanuk)
- Department 56 (now Ridemakerz)
- Island Charters (now WonderGround Gallery)
- Kitson Kids (now Apricot Lane Boutique)
- Compass Books & Cafe' (Now Earl of Sandwich)
Other attractions and entertainment
- AMC Theatres Downtown Disney 12
- A Walt Disney Travel Company Information Center
- Live musicians whose CD's are typically available for purchase.
- House of Blues Anaheim
- Swing Dancing
Disneyland Monorail System
The Disneyland Monorail System has two stations, one located in Tomorrowland and another in Downtown Disney. Built as part of the Monorail's 1961 extension, the station was once known as the Disneyland Hotel Monorail Station from 1961 to 2000. It underwent a major renovation and re-theming as part of the 1998-2001 Disneyland Resort expansion, and was re-designated the Downtown Disney Monorail Station in 2001. Admission to Disneyland Park is required to ride the Monorail.
When Downtown Disney first opened, theme park guests could purchase admission from a ticket booth adjacent to the Monorail station. However, the ticket booth was closed a few years later, leaving the Downtown Disney Monorail Station turnstiles open only to guests who had already purchased admission elsewhere.
- French, Sally (January 8, 2012). "Disney history: Star Tours opens in Disneyland". The Orange County Register. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- Tully, Sarah (June 9, 2012). "New Downtown Disney gallery sells pricey, urban art". The Orange County Register. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
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