Downtown Disney

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Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney (Disneyland Resort) logo.svg
Downtown Disney 2014 Fountain Build a Bear.JPG
LocationDisneyland Resort, Anaheim, California, U.S.
Coordinates33°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
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Operated byWalt Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products
OpenedJanuary 12, 2001; 18 years ago (January 12, 2001)
WebsiteDowntown Disney website

Downtown Disney (officially the Downtown Disney District) is an outdoor shopping center located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It opened on January 12th, 2001;[1] a component of the Disneyland Resort expansion project alongside the Disney California Adventure theme park and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Location and history[edit]

Downtown Disney connects the two Disneyland Resort theme parks with its three resort hotels, running from the western side of the property's Esplanade to the Disneyland Hotel. West Street, which bordered Disneyland's western side, was rechristened Disneyland Drive and lowered to accommodate a pedestrian bridge that connects much of Downtown Disney to the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.[2] A Disneyland Monorail System station sits adjacent to the pedestrian bridge.[3]

The area has featured several shops and restaurants, ranging from popular retail brands to many Disney-operated shops including a World of Disney store running beneath much of the Grand California Hotel.

Downtown Disney has featured as many as 30 shops, but there have been changes due to recent announcements.

Unbuilt Fourth Hotel[edit]

In 2017, plans were announced for a fourth resort hotel at the property. Situated in front of the Disneyland Hotel, the new hotel would displace much of the westernmost portion of Downtown Disney and would have featured 700 rooms.[4] The cost of construction for the hotel would have been offset by up to $267 million in tax rebates over 20 years, allowing the resort to keep a percentage of the transient occupancy tax levied on Anaheim hotels.[5]

In Summer of 2018, several large Downtown Disney tenants closed in preparation for the new hotel's construction - an AMC Theatres cinema, Rainforest Cafe and ESPN Zone restaurants, and smaller tenants including Earl of Sandwich and a Starbucks location.[6]

Weeks after the closures took place, growing tensions between Disney and the City of Anaheim over the subsidy and the hotel's location led to the project being put on hold.[7] Days after the announcement that the project was postponed, Disneyland requested that the tax subsidies be rescinded. The Anaheim City Council voted to rescind the tax subsidies days later.[8]

After weeks of inactivity at the hotel's proposed site, Disney announced in October 2018 that the fourth hotel project had been cancelled.[9]


Locations[edit]

Downtown Disney includes the following buildings:

Restaurants[edit]

Retail[edit]

Wonderground Gallery retail store in Downtown Disney

Other attractions and entertainment[edit]

  • Live musicians
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes
  • Swing dancing[10]
  • Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire (2018—present) virtual reality game by Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB and The Void[11]

Former tenants[edit]

  • Alamo Rent a Car (moved to Paradise Pier Hotel 6/2018)
  • AMC Theatres Downtown Disney 12
  • Anna & Elsa's Boutique (replaced by Dream Boutique)[12]
  • Anne Geddes (Predecessed by Blink – By Wet Seal)[13]
  • Apricot Lane (2011–?) women, teen to age 50, clothing and accessories store[14]
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Blink – By Wet Seal (now Starbucks)[15]
  • Basin (now Sanuk)[16]
  • Chapel Hats
  • Compass Books & Cafe (now Earl of Sandwich)[17]
  • Department 56 (space split into three fronts, was Chapel Hats, Sanuk and Ridemakerz)[citation needed]
  • Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Sales
  • Disney Vault 28 (October 11, 2006 — September 2017) Disney Parks' merchandising department run high-end apparel store. Kingdom Couture and DV28 were two new Disney brands created for Vault 28, which were shelved along with celebrity-favored designers clothing such as Chip and Pepper, Paige Premium Denim, Red Monkeyo and Tarina Tarantino.[18] Vault 28 was closed down by the end of September 2017 along with Fossil to make way for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience.[11]
  • D-Street
  • ESPN Zone
  • Fossil (—September 2017) closed to make way for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience.[11]
  • House of Blues Anaheim[19]
  • Illuminations (space split into two fronts, Fossil and D-Street)
  • Island Charters (now WonderGround Gallery)[20]
  • Kitson Kids (July 2009—April 30, 2011) replaced by Apricot Lane Boutique[14]
  • LittleMissMatched (replaced by Chapel Hats)
  • Pearl Factory
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Rainforest Cafe Retail Shopping Village
  • Ridemakerz
  • Something Silver (replaced by Sprinkles)
  • Starabilias (Replaced by Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Sales)
  • Studio Disney 365 (replaced by Anna & Elsa's Boutique)
  • Quiksilver and Roxy (now Curl Surf)
  • Walt Disney Travel Company Guest Services


References[edit]

  1. ^ Ebnet, Matthew (January 13, 2001). "Despite Rain, Crowds Flock to the Opening of Downtown Disney". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  2. ^ RECKARD, E. SCOTT (2000-07-16). "Anaheim Losing Out on Disney Growth". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  3. ^ "Disneyland Monorail". Disneyland. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  4. ^ "New Hotel Coming to the Disneyland Resort in 2021". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  5. ^ "Disney Pulls Plug on Proposed Luxury Hotel in Anaheim, Citing Loss of Tax Break". KTLA. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  6. ^ "Here's what's closing at Downtown Disney to make way for a new hotel". Orange County Register. 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  7. ^ Martin, Hugo. "Disney promised a luxury hotel and Anaheim offered $267 million in tax breaks — but a growing feud has plans on hold - Los Angeles Times". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  8. ^ "Anaheim Ends $267 Million in Disney Theme Park Subsidies". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  9. ^ "Disneyland Cancels Luxury Hotel Plans After Tax Incentives Removed Despite Being Exempt From Anaheim's $15 Min. Wage". NBC Southern California. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  10. ^ "Jump, Jive and Boogie Swing Dance Party - Downtown Disney District". Archived from the original on 6 June 2013.
  11. ^ a b c Eades, Mark (August 16, 2017). "Two shops closing in Downtown Disney to make room for Star Wars experience". Orange County Register. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Marsh, Doug (October 16, 2017). "Downtown Disney Dream Boutique is a Dream Come True for Disney Princesses Fans". Laughingplace.com. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  13. ^ Tully, Sarah (2010-12-10). "Exclusive Downtown Disney store set to close". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  14. ^ a b Tully, Sarah (April 14, 2011). "Downtown Disney store closing, another opening". Orange County Register. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Starbucks Coming to Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort this Winter". Disney Parks Blog.
  16. ^ "Downtown Disney specialty store closes – Around Disney". Around Disney. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012.
  17. ^ "Compass Books at Yesterland". Archived from the original on 6 January 2016.
  18. ^ Yoshino, Kimi (October 11, 2006). "House of Mouse Couture". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  19. ^ Fadroski, Kelli Skye (2016-05-20). "House of Blues says goodbye to Downtown Disney and hello to the Anaheim GardenWalk". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  20. ^ Tully, Sarah (June 9, 2012). "New Downtown Disney gallery sells pricey, urban art". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.

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