Downtown Disney

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Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney (Disneyland Resort) logo.svg
Downtown Disney 2014 Fountain Build a Bear.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; 16 years ago (January 12, 2001)
Website Downtown Disney website

Downtown Disney (officially the Downtown Disney District) is an outdoor shopping center located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It opened in 2001 as part of an expansion of the resort from one theme park (Disneyland) to a multi-park resort complex.

Location and history[edit]

Downtown Disney lies between the Disneyland Resort's two theme parks and its hotels. It is considerably smaller than its Walt Disney World counterpart, which is now named Disney Springs. No admission ticket is required for the area.[1] Downtown Disney was designed to attract local residents and to encourage extended stays in the resort district.[citation needed] 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.[2]

During the late 1990s Disneyland Resort expansion which also included the construction of Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney was built on space previously occupied by the original Disneyland parking lot and Disneyland Hotel, and includes a pedestrian bridge over Disneyland Drive (formerly West Street), which was regraded to accommodate the bridge. Downtown Disney opened on January 12, 2001.[3]

Buildings[edit]

Downtown Disney includes the following buildings:

Restaurants[edit]

Retail[edit]

Wonderground Gallery retail store in Downtown Disney

Former tenants[edit]

  • Anne Geddes (Predecessed by Blink - By Wet Seal)[4]
  • Apricot Lane Boutique[5]
  • Blink - By Wet Seal (now Starbucks)[6]
  • Basin (now Sanuk)[7]
  • Compass Books & Cafe (now Earl of Sandwich)[8]
  • Department 56 (space split into three fronts, now Chapel Hats, Sanuk and Ridemakerz)[9]
  • House of Blues Anaheim[10]
  • Illuminations (space split into two fronts, now Fossil and D-Street)
  • Island Charters (now WonderGround Gallery)[11]
  • Kitson Kids (became Apricot Lane Boutique)[12]
  • LittleMissMatched (replaced by Chapel Hats)
  • Something Silver (replaced by Sprinkles)
  • Studio Disney 365 (now Anna & Elsa's Boutique)
  • Quiksilver and Roxy (now Curl Surf)

Other attractions and entertainment[edit]

Disneyland Monorail System[edit]

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 known as the Disneyland Hotel[14] 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]

  1. ^ https://disneyland.disney.go.com/faq/downtown-disney-district/
  2. ^ See aerial view of the area:
  3. ^ French, Sally (January 8, 2012). "Disney history: Star Tours opens in Disneyland". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Apricot Lane Boutique | Shopping - Downtown Disney | Disneyland Resort". Disneyland.disney.go.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Starbucks Coming to Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort this Winter". Disney Parks Blog. 
  7. ^ "Downtown Disney specialty store closes - Around Disney". Around Disney. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Compass Books at Yesterland". Archived from the original on 6 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "WDW News Today". WDW News Today. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Kitson Kids Closing at Disneyland's Downtown Disney". LaughingPlace.com. 15 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jump, Jive and Boogie Swing Dance Party - Downtown Disney District". Archived from the original on 6 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Disneyland Hotel". 

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