Downtown Disney

Last Updated on: August 19th, 2023

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Downtown Disney is a lively and vibrant entertainment, dining, and shopping district located at the Disneyland Resort in California.


Downtown Disney was originally known as the Disneyland Shopping Center when it opened on March 28, 2001. It was part of a significant expansion of the Disneyland Resort, which included the addition of Disney California Adventure Park and three new hotels. The shopping center was designed to be a lively and bustling district that would complement the two theme parks and offer guests a unique shopping and dining experience.

In 2001, Downtown Disney featured a collection of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, all inspired by the distinct California themes and Disney’s storytelling. Over the years, the district underwent expansions and renovations, with the addition of new shops, restaurants, and entertainment offerings.


Downtown Disney is a bustling and dynamic district that spans approximately 20 acres. The district is divided into three main areas: the Downtown Disney District, the Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Each area offers its own unique experiences, making it a vibrant destination for locals and visitors alike.

The Downtown Disney District is the heart of the district and features a wide array of shops and boutiques, offering everything from Disney merchandise to high-end fashion and unique souvenirs. Guests can explore the World of Disney store, a flagship location with a vast selection of Disney merchandise, and The LEGO Store, where they can indulge in LEGO-building fun.

Dining options in Downtown Disney are diverse and cater to various tastes and preferences. From quick-service eateries to gourmet restaurants, guests can enjoy a range of culinary experiences. Some popular dining spots include Tortilla Jo’s, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, and Naples Ristorante e Bar.

For entertainment, Downtown Disney offers live music performances, street performers, and the outdoor shopping and dining district provides a lively atmosphere day and night. Guests can also catch a movie at AMC Downtown Disney 12, a state-of-the-art movie theater.

Downtown Disney has also been home to special events and celebrations throughout the year, adding to the district’s vibrancy and excitement.

With its blend of shopping, dining, entertainment, and Disney magic, Downtown Disney provides guests with a fantastic and immersive experience outside the theme parks. It serves as a lively and bustling hub where guests can relax, dine, shop, and be entertained, making it a must-visit destination for visitors to the Disneyland Resort.

Downtown Disney Address:

1580 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

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