It's a fresh feeling to take a small train all the way to Disney's interior.
The Downtown Disney District is a great place to shop, eat, drink and relax with friends, family or on your own. Whether you are heading to or from Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, the Disneyland Resort Hotels or are just visiting Downtown Disney - there are lot's of things to do.From the AMC Cinema to the Rainforest Cafe and House of Blues; there is always something going on within Downtown Disney - it could be live music, a swing dance by the stage or a special event; the area is always buzzing. There are plenty of restaurants and bars; from the La Brea Bakery & Cafe to Catal, Naples Ristorante, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen and Earl of Sandwich; there is bound to be something to suit your taste and budget. Don't forget to stop by Marceline's Confectionery near to the entrance of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and watch the cast members create delicious candy apples and other sweet treats.
this place is awesome! I love wandering through all of the stores here. There are tons of free music shows along the strip - guitarists and singers and more Don't forget to stop by the Jazz Kitchen Express for some of their beignets. Also, just about all of the restaurants here serve yummy food, although it is all a bit pricey.There is free parking for 3 hours here, and $6 per hour afterwards. If you eat here, you can get your ticket validated for another 2 hours free.If you're only going to Disneyland for a few hours and don't want to pay the $15 for parking, go ahead and park in Downtown Disney. You can hop onto the monorail into Disneyland, or go through the Grand Californian into California Adventure. Free parking AND convenient. Just act cool - cast members don't usually check beyond asking you if you are "just going to Downtown Disney." Heh.
I recall, during a dark night illuminated only by Downtown Disney's numerous twinkling lights, seeing a boy no older than I getting down on one knee and proposing to his girlfriend here. Initially, I wondered why anyone would want to propose in a theme park shopping district. Looking around, however, I realized that there were few places as both festive and serene as Downtown Disney. It was a beautiful scene. It just happened to take place in a theme park shopping district.Downtown Disney is my number-one recommended attraction for those just arriving into Anaheim but don't wish to waste a ticket on a half-day at the two parks. It's free, full of Disney magic and easy to get to. You can pick up Disney merch at the World of Disney while dining at some world-class restaurants. Additionally, sports fans should love ESPN Zone.
Downtown Disney is fantastic! Free parking for 3 hours and additional 2 hours free with validation from movie theater or restaurant. Parking can be hard to find at night with everybody coming over but it is manageable. Just remember where you park because it can be a nightmare if you forget.I love the energy of the place. They always have multiple bands or musicians playing live around. The area is good for kids and adults. Lots of various stores to check out and it is always really clean. It can be a bit crowded at times with it being so close to Disneyland and families coming for vacation especially during the summer time. You can catch a great view of the firework without having to pay for the ridiculous Disneyland admission prices.All in all, it's a great place to hang out and enjoy!
While most patrons may visit after a day at "The Happiest Place on Earth", I feel that it's a fun destination for couples and families to enjoy as well. There are fun stores to such as the Marceline's Confectionery's where adults and kids can watch the candy makers decorate candy apples, and Build a Bear Workshop, where patrons can take home a new best friend. There's also the Lego shop, Sephora, and ample restaurants to dine at (The Jazz Kitchen Express has the best beignets!). It's one of my favorite outdoor areas to take loved ones and it's also a great (and free) place to catch the magical fireworks in the evening.
Looking for a dose of Disney while outside the park? Then stop by Downtown Disney! Besides a ton of fun restaurants, there's shopping and entertainment galore. At WonderGround you can watch artists sketch you favorite Disney heroine while munching on your beloved mouse-shaped treat from Marceline's Confectionery. If you need a brief respite from rides, then catch a movie at the AMC Theater, a show at the House of Blues or watch your favorite sport at the ESPN Zone.
What a fun and beautifully designed entertainment complex for the whole family. No ticket needed! The Disney Store is so big that one of us usually gets lost! My kids just love the Lego and Build a Bear stores and my husband and I enjoy going to see concerts at the House of Blues which is a really great, intimate venue. Also recommend La Brea Bakery, Wetzel's Pretzels or Jamba Juice if you want a relatively cheap and quick meal.