Downtown Disney

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Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney (Disneyland Resort) logo.svg
Downtown Disney Anaheim.jpg
Location Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California, U.S.
Coordinates 33°48′33″N 117°55′26″W / 33.809052°N 117.924027°W / 33.809052; -117.924027Coordinates: 33°48′33″N 117°55′26″W / 33.809052°N 117.924027°W / 33.809052; -117.924027
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Opened January 12, 2001; 15 years ago (January 12, 2001)
Website Downtown Disney website

Downtown Disney (officially the Downtown Disney District) is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, United States. It was constructed during the late 1990s Disneyland Resort expansion which also included the construction of Disney California Adventure, and opened on January 12, 2001.[1]

Location and history[edit]

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 considerably smaller than its Walt Disney World counterpart. No admission ticket is required for Downtown Disney District.

California's Downtown Disney District was designed to attract local residents and to encourage extended stays in the resort district.

One side of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, and one side of the Disneyland Hotel's Adventure Tower face Downtown Disney, providing a view of the area.

Attractions[edit]

Downtown Disney District in Anaheim includes the following attractions:

Restaurants[edit]

Retail[edit]

Wonderground Gallery retail store in Downtown Disney.

Former shops[edit]

  • Anne Geddes (Predecessed by Blink- By Wet Seal)[34]
  • Apricot Lane Boutique[35]
  • Blink- By Wet Seal (Now Starbucks)[8]
  • Basin (now Sanuk)[36]
  • Compass Books & Cafe' (now Earl of Sandwich)[37]
  • Department 56 (now Ridemakerz)[38]
  • Island Charters (now WonderGround Gallery)[32]
  • Kitson Kids (now Apricot Lane Boutique)[39]
  • Studio Disney 365 (now Anna & Elsa's Boutique)

Other attractions and entertainment[edit]

Disneyland Monorail System[edit]

The Disneyland Monorail System[43] has two stations, one located in Tomorrowland and another in Downtown Disney. Built as part of the Monorail's 1961 extension, the station was known as the Disneyland Hotel[44] 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.

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Tortilla Jo's | Dining & Restaurants - Downtown Disney | Disneyland Resort". Disneyland.disney.go.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Alamo-Rent-A-Car | Shopping - Downtown Disney | Disneyland Resort". Disneyland.disney.go.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
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  21. ^ "LittleMissMatched Socks | Shopping - Downtown Disney | Disneyland Resort". Disneyland.disney.go.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  22. ^ "Marceline's Confectionery | Shopping - Downtown Disney | Disneyland Resort". Disneyland.disney.go.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
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  24. ^ "Rainforest Café Retail Shopping Village - Downtown Disney District Shops - Disneyland Resort". Disneyland. 
  25. ^ "Quiksilver - Downtown Disney District - Disneyland Resort". Disneyland. 
  26. ^ "RIDEMAKERZ - Downtown Disney District Shops - Disneyland Resort". Disneyland. 
  27. ^ "Sanuk - Downtown Disney District - Disneyland Resort". Disneyland. 
  28. ^ "Sephora - Downtown Disney District - Disneyland Resort". Disneyland. 
  29. ^ "Something Silver - Downtown Disney District Shops - Disneyland Resort". Disneyland. 
  30. ^ "Sunglass Icon - Downtown Disney District - Disneyland Resort". Disneyland. 
  31. ^ "Shops - Disneyland Resort". 
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  33. ^ "World of Disney - Downtown Disney District - Disneyland Resort". Disneyland. 
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  37. ^ "Compass Books at Yesterland". Archived from the original on 6 January 2016. 
  38. ^ "WDW News Today". WDW News Today. 
  39. ^ Laughing Place Disney Newsdesk (15 April 2011). "Kitson Kids Closing at Disneyland's Downtown Disney". LaughingPlace.com. 
  40. ^ "AMC 12 Theatres - Entertainment - Downtown Disney District - Disneyland Resort". Disneyland. 
  41. ^ "House of Blues Stage". Disneyland. 
  42. ^ "Jump, Jive and Boogie Swing Dance Party - Downtown Disney District". Archived from the original on 6 June 2013. 
  43. ^ "Disneyland Monorail". Disneyland. 
  44. ^ "Disneyland Hotel". 

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