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A Complete Guide to the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland

by Mommy Frog on April 2, 2024 18 Los Angeles

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Downtown Disney District has been such a frogtastic part of our Disneyland experience that it's hard for our frog family to remember a time when it didn't exist. Downtown Disney opened in 2001 and is being completely updated in 2024, with several new restaurants and community spaces. It is a walkable shopping, dining and entertainment area just outside the gates of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. You'll find many trendy stores, delicious restaurants and family entertainment. It's a perfect nightcap after a day in the parks. It's also a fun way to spend a few non-park hours. If you don't have a theme park ticket or reservation, Downtown Disney District gives you a taste of Disney with some Disney-themed treats, music and retail therapy.

What Is Downtown Disney District?

Downtown Disney is a shopping, entertainment and dining district at Disneyland Resort. It connects the three on-site hotels and even the parking structures (via walkway or parking tram) to the theme parks. It's open to the public. It's a great place to explore, whether you are passing through to get to the theme parks, or are just visiting Downtown Disney District on a day you are not visiting the parks.

Is Downtown Disney Free?

Yes. It's free for anybody to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere of Downtown Disney. It does, however, cost you money to park your vehicle or purchase food and merchandise. But during some seasons there are free crafts, and it's always free to enjoy the musical entertainment.

Our guide to Downtown Disney will give you an overview of the hoppenin' scene, exciting changes to come, plus tips on how to make the most of your visit.

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Quick Links : Hours, Location, Parking & Security | Table-Service Restaurants | Quick-Service Restaurants | Bars | Shopping | Entertainment | Tips | Coming Soon 

Downtown Disney District at Disneyland — Hours, Location, Parking and Security

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Downtown Disney at Disneyland is located off Disneyland Drive between all the Disneyland on-site hotels. You can access the parking lot just north of Disney's Pixar Place Hotel. For visiting frogs looking for an actual address to plan with, you can find Downtown Disney at 1580 Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, CA 92802.

Security opens at 7 a.m. (or an hour before the earliest park opening). You'll see the hotel guests with Early Entry and people who want to rope drop speed racing through Downtown Disney to the theme parks.

Downtown Disney connects all three on-site Disneyland Resort Hotels — Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and Disney's Pixar Place Hotel — with the Esplanade between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. You may reach Downtown Disney via its Simba Lot (near Disney's Pixar Place hotel) or the theme park shuttles that run from the Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures or Toy Story lot. If you are staying off Harbor Blvd., just go through security as you would to enter Disneyland, and continue straight past the theme park entrances to enter Downtown Disney.

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Downtown Disney has a Monorail station to transport guests straight into Disneyland. Downtown Disney's hours are posted in the Disneyland app and online. Monorail hours are also posted online. It usually opens when Disneyland Park opens and closes when the park closes. The Monorail opens early for hotel guests with Early Entry access. Guests must show a hotel room key or reservation to enter before the park opens. The Monorail can close early, during fireworks or shut down for hot weather.

When Does Downtown Disney Close?

You can find all park and Downtown Disney hours in the Disneyland app on the home page. Downtown Disney usually closes about an hour after the last park closes for regular operating hours. So if Disneyland Park closes at 12 a.m., Downtown Disney closes at 1 a.m. But all shops and restaurants set their own hours. That means Downtown Disney may be open to walk through late at night, but most shops and restaurants will be closed a few hours before that (by 10 or 11 p.m.) World of Disney usually stays open as late as Downtown Disney. On Disneyland After Dark Party nights, Downtown Disney may close much earlier than usual, such as at 11 p.m., so check the schedule.

How Much Is Downtown Disney District Parking?

If visiting only Downtown Disney at Disneyland and staying off-site, you can use the short-term Simba parking lot near Paradise Pier Hotel (the Magic Way lot is no longer for guest parking but is available for drop-off).

There are new Downtown Disney District parking prices. New Parking Self Pay stations have opened at the parking lot. Be sure to bring your ticket, validate it, and pay before returning to your car!

Here are the new Downtown Disney District parking prices:

  • The first hour of parking costs $10.
  • Validations apply after the first hour of paid parking.
  • Enjoy an additional 3 hours of same-day parking with a $20 minimum purchase and validation from any Downtown Disney location—or up to 5 additional hours of same-day parking with validation from any Downtown Disney table-service restaurant.
  • Beyond these validations, each additional hour costs $14, charged in 30-minute increments, with a minimum of $7.
  • The maximum daily parking and lost ticket fee is $66. Hop tip: Don't lose your ticket!
  • Parking is subject to capacity.
  • The hotel restaurants do not validate parking.
  • Magic Keys do not have parking benefits at Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney locations that validate for three hours include quick-service restaurants, kiosks and merchandise locations. Table-service restaurants validate for up to five hours of free parking.

If you are planning a lengthy visit to Downtown Disney or will be visiting the theme parks, you should park in the Pixar Pals or Mickey and Friends parking structure or other Disney lots for $35 per day. From the Mickey and Friends or Pixar Pals parking structure, you can walk or take a parking tram. If you have a stroller, you must remove your baby and fold your stroller to ride the tram. We find it easier to use the pedestrian bridge (from the second floor of the Pixar Pals structure) to Downtown Disney when we have a stroller.

Downtown Disney District — Security

Disneyland Resort has increased the boundaries of the secure areas to include Downtown Disney. When entering Downtown Disney near the Disneyland Hotel, you will go through a bag check and metal detector. You may see police dogs working, as well. Anything not allowed in Disneyland is not allowed in Downtown Disney — leave those selfie sticks and oversized stroller wagons at home!  You can freely wander from the Esplanade into the Downtown Disney area and back.

You are allowed to bring any rented wheelchairs or strollers with you up to the exit. Note that to get your deposit back from a wheelchair or electric conveyance vehicle (ECV) rental, you’ll need to return it to the rental location near the park, but you can leave a rented stroller in Downtown Disney. The multiple security checkpoints usually result in short wait times to enter, depending on when you arrive.

There is a security checkpoint for guests arriving at the Harbor Boulevard entrance. Once you go through security from that side of the Esplanade, you can continue straight past the park entrances to enter Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney District Restaurants — Table-Service Locations

A Complete Guide to the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland - Woman with food at Jazz KitchenFrom fancy bowling alleys to open-air cafes, you'll find many unique sit-down restaurants at Downtown Disney at Disneyland. You can make reservations for any of these table-service restaurants through the Disney Dining Reservations system. It's possible to snag a walk-in table, but we recommend reservations, especially on a weekend or during peak times. All Downtown Disney District restaurants are casual — hey, it's California. You can go into more depth with upcoming and existing restaurants with our insider scoop on the Downtown Disney restaurants.

 Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio

Dine on fresh seafood dishes inspired by Creole and Cajun specialties and all that jazz in this two-story restaurant. You'll find French Quarter fare such as gumbo ya-ya (as well as gumbo la-la), po'boy sandwiches, Creole crispy chicken sandwiches and a lobster & crawfish remoulade roll. Don't worry — they have familiar, kid-friendly favorites as well.

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Hop in for brunch, lunch or dinner, accompanied by some smooth jazz tunes. But don't skip dessert! Beignets, lemon jar pie and double chocolate bread pudding are calling your name.

Naples Ristorante e Bar

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Naples has a gorgeous, expanded patio dining area and bar. It makes you want to sit down and chill out with a nice mocktail or maybe even something a little stronger. Naples still serves up Italian food and pizza. Share some piccoli piatti (small plates) or get started on some zuppa (soup) and insalate (salad) before digging into the hearty pasta, entrees or pizza. Save some room for tiramisu, cannoli, panna cotta with hints of orange, gelati or sorbetti.

Ballast Point Brewing Co.

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This bar and restaurant offer an extensive menu of California cuisine that features local sustainable ingredients in their salads, flatbreads, small plates and entrees. It's also serving up award-winning craft brews with the very first on-site brewery, tasting room and an outdoor beer garden in Downtown Disney.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Splitsville is an eclectic restaurant and entertainment spot where you will find indoor/outdoor seating either at a bowling lane or at a table. You can enjoy hand-tossed pizzas, gourmet burgers, filet sliders, grilled avocado and ahi tuna, or even sushi. They have healthy options you’ll actually want to eat. The tadpoles will enjoy pizza, grilled cheese or chicken tenders while you can dig into something a little more adventurous like short ribs or veggie bowls. Catch a game on the flat-screen TVs, or bowl a few games. There is something for everyone in this huge and unique dining space.

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The Alley

Come play games, listen to live music, and enjoy food and beverages in the courtyard next to Splitsville. You can relax in lounge seating or seats for dining.

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Earl of Sandwich Taverne

This temporary table-service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the morning enjoy blueberry pancakes, avocado toast, burritos, eggs Benedict and more. At lunch and dinner get sandwiches, burgers and other entrees.  But if you are looking for the affordable food that you usually associate with Earl of Sandwich, stick to the quick-service Earl of Sandwich next door.

Soon, these two eateries will be relocated near the Esplanade area of Downtown Disney to make way for the construction of an all-new Porto’s Bakery on the east end of the district.

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Downtown Disney District Restaurants — Quick-Service Locations

Your Complete Guide to the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland - Starbucks exteriorWho has time to eat when you're at the Hoppiest Place on Earth? Downtown Disney at Disneyland offers great fast-food restaurants. Check them out for a snack or as a less-expensive alternative to table service.

Earl of Sandwich

This sandwich shop temporarily took over the former La Brea Bakery location (and future Porto's location) near the Esplanade as of Feb. 1, 2023. We love their affordable and tasty sandwiches. Once it is replaced by Porto's Bakery, a new Earl of Sandwich location will situated in the Esplanade area of the district. In the meantime, a temporary Earl of Sandwich pop-up will open near Star Wars Trading Post.

Jamba

For a smoothie or energy bowl on the go, hop into Jamba. Get the kids to drink their greens for a nutritious start to their day.

Starbucks

You can get your caffeine fix at the Starbucks near the World of Disney store. Take it to go or sip it on the outdoor patio while doing some great frog (or people) watching.

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Napolini Pizzeria

When you need to build your own personal pizza with a variety of toppings, then hop into Napolini Pizzeria to design your own pie. They also offer fresh grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, drinks and desserts. I could go for some gelato right now. Yum!

Beignets Expressed

Your Complete Guide to the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland - Beignets ExpressedEnjoy original beignets with chocolate, raspberry or caramel dipping sauce, or try flavored beignets. You can even get a combo pack to try four different beignets! Wash it down with a frozen non-alcoholic mint julep or a frozen hot chocolate made with Ghirardelli. They do not open until 9 a.m., so do not head here early.

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer

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Black Tap serves up burgers and signature, over-the-top CrazyShake milkshakes with a fabulous fusion of luncheonette-style food, beverages and old-school hip-hop music! Order at the counter and take a seat. Or, if you just want a CrazyShake, order at the to-go window for faster service. Even though this is a quick-service dining location, if you sit at the bar you can order there and be served. It's a good way to skip the order line.

Wetzel's Pretzels

Enjoy a fresh-baked flavored pretzel or pretzel dog with the appropriate dip, of course. Whether you go for the sinful cinnamon, cheese meltdown or pepperoni twist pretzel, be sure to wash it down with some fresh or frozen strawberry lemonade.

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It's no secret that we love Disneyland caramel apples. We have a whole post about them. You can get all the caramel apples, crispy treats, Mickey cookies and other freshly made treats (such as the addictive churro toffee) you'll find in the parks in Downtown Disney at Marceline's Confectionery. This is a great stop in case you forgot to purchase the goods inside the parks. Marceline's is expanding. During construction periods, you might find the hand-made treats at a Marceline's cart.

Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw, opened in October 2018 and we were among the first people in line because … well … ice cream. We all scream for ice cream! And it’s not just basic ice cream, but organic and handmade ice cream. The flavors are creative, and you’ll want to try a whole bunch before making a final decision because maybe you’ve never tasted honey lavender, strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper, chocolate gooey brownie or freckled mint TCHO-colate chip (vegan and gluten-free) ice cream. You might think that vegan flavors can’t possibly rival their dairy-rich counterparts, but you’d be wrong. They’re delicious. We tried all of the vegan and gluten-free flavors, too, and loved them as much (and possibly more) than the other flavors we tried.

Hop tip: Get a double scoop and share. If you really can’t decide what to get, ask for split scoops. Be sure to check out the limited-edition seasonal flavors. YUM!

Kiosks and Food Trucks

There are multiple kiosks for purchasing gifts, treats, souvenirs, T-shirts, sunglasses and more. Is henna or face painting on your vacation bucket list? Well, hop right up and get some body art. One of the newest kiosks is Post 21. Near World of Disney, Post 21 is a new Black-owned kiosk by a mother-daughter team from Los Angeles. They sell merchandise from Black-owned businesses. You can find a unique collection of gifts, such as mugs, home décor, children’s items and graphic tees.

Different food trucks appear from time to time, based on a season or celebration.

Downtown Disney Bars

Your Complete Guide to the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland - naples barAll of the table-service restaurants at Downtown Disney at Disneyland include a bar. If you're looking for more bar options — always a good thing — we have a post on the best bars and lounges at Disneyland. Are you looking for a location with screen to watch a sports game? Here's where to watch the game at Disneyland.

Jazz Kitchen has many sea-themed cocktails, beer wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Relax with a cocktail, sangria or a glass of wine at the new, beautifully lit outdoor bar at Naples Ristorante e Bar. They have some exciting mocktails for the tadpoles in your crowd too.

Splitsville serves up bowl drinks, cocktails and handcrafted spirits. You can also find wine, draft beers and bottled beers.

Ballast Point Brewing Co. has an impressive 3-barrel brewing rig and an array of craft beers on tap (and some wines too). Check out the inviting tasting room.

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer serves beer and canned cocktails, alongside the burgers, wings and CrazyShakes.

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As of May 2024, Paseo and Céntrico offer new places to get a drink or a flavorful bite.

Downtown Disney Shopping

Downtown Disney District at Disneyland is a small outdoor shopping mall with a variety of shops. You'll enjoy souvenir shopping, picking up necessary sunglasses and home goods. You can even learn to dress like a local at the surf shop. Looking for DisneyBounding outfits you can wear in the parks or Disney collectibles? They have that too.

Curl Surf

Surf's up at this rad shop. Soak in the top surfwear brands for swimsuits, clothes, footwear, trendy socks, watches and eyewear. Sizes and styles are perfect for that teeny wahine or big kahuna on your list. You'll be toadally ready to show off your new threads at the beach.

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If you are looking for the perfect outfit for Dapper Day (or any day), then take a whirl in one of the whimsical Disney-inspired dresses in this unique shop. They also sell coordinating jewelry, hats and handbags to enhance your ensemble. It can be an easy place to find ears, accessories or seasonal clothing items without the crowds of World of Disney. There are items for guys too! It has moved to the former WonderGround Gallery location.

Disney Home

If you're looking to bring some Disney magic home to enjoy daily, then these gift items, gadgets, kitchen items and décor will offer the right amount of pixie dust to keep the enchantment going. This is the place to find items that used to be in WonderGround Gallery.

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Disney Pin Traders

Just outside the Monorail Station, you can find fun collectible pins that you can buy and trade with others to grow your collection.

The LEGO Store

Step into this dazzling store with impressive LEGO displays, a Pick-a-Brick Wall and play areas to shop for your next LEGO set. (Play areas may be closed due to COVID-19.)

Lovepop

This is the place to get your laser-cut, 3-D pop-up greeting cards, paper art and gifts. The intricate paper cuts are a modern take on kirigami, allowing the items to pop open into shaped designs. It's located near Disney Home and Sprinkles.

Marceline's Confectionery

This is the place to get handmade chocolates, treats and caramel apples. It's also a great place to pick up edible souvenirs and gifts. This shop is expanding!

Pandora Jewelry

Craft a one-of-a-kind charm bracelet or other jewelry at Pandora. Get a gift for yourself or someone special. It's the box you'll love to open. Be sure to check out the charms that are only available at the Disneyland location!

Pele Soccer

This new soccer shop is the place to get your cleats, jerseys and gear. It's located near Sprinkles.

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Step in for some popular California footwear options such as Sanuk or Reef sandals, Vans, Disney (and other) Havaianas, Stance socks and accessories.

Sephora

Browse the hottest brands in fragrances, skincare, cosmetics and hair care.

Sunglass Icon

Did you lose your sunglasses on a ride? Maybe it's time for a new pair. Get a fresh new look in sun protection at Sunglass Icon. The Southern California sun is bright. Don't go out without shades!

Star Wars Trading Post

It used to be that you'd have to travel to Planet Batuu (via Disneyland Park) to access the toys, gifts and clothing items in this shop, but smugglers seem to have gotten these items out and have set up a trading post in the old Rainforest Cafe location.

 

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Welcome to the West Coast's largest selection of Disney souvenirs. You can find plush toys, collectibles, apparel, costumes, toys, pins, home décor, memorabilia and all the Nuimos you didn't know you needed. Hop into the store to take it all in.

Downtown Disney at Disneyland — Entertainment

Even if you've shopped, dropped and dined to your heart's delight, there's still more fun at Downtown Disney! Select evenings, you can enjoy a variety of live entertainment. To get the scoop on live performances or special events, consult the Disneyland online entertainment calendar.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes rolled into Downtown Disney in 2018, bringing bowling, live entertainment and fabulous food with it. This is not Grandpa Frog’s bowling alley, but he’ll probably love it just the same. Ribbit! 

As of late 2023, guests can groove to live beats at a new stage and lawn specifically made for special events, activities, and musical entertainment at the west end of the Downtown Disney District. More restuarants are coming soon to this location.

Trade Pins

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Stop by the Disney Pin Trader's kiosk near the Monorail entrance to add to your collection or start a new one. You can trade with cast members and guests to build your collection.

Get Pressed Coins

The Disneyland Resort has over 150 commemorative images that can be pressed onto a penny. Kids will enjoy collecting these inexpensive souvenirs. The Downtown Disney locations are in the World of Disney store and the Disney Dress Shop.

Live Entertainment

Most evenings, you can find various musicians and street performers as you wander through Downtown Disney. There are usually more on the weekend than during the week. Look for seasonal music fests such as the ones that take place during Black History Month in February and in June.

Personalized Artwork

There is a caricature artist at a kiosk outside of the World of Disney store. Lily found the booth with the artist who will make personalized artwork out of your name and would not leave without one.

Take Photos

The old ESPN Zone building has picture-perfect Disney backdrops on the exterior to make your selfies extra special. The corner on the building periodically gets a new mural, so hop by to check it out.

Downtown Disney at Disneyland — Tips

Your Complete Guide to the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland - monorail disney genieFollow these tips for a hoppin' good time:

  • Catch the fireworks in Downtown Disney on select nights! You can see them just outside of security in the Downtown Disney employee parking lot, as well as from the bridge between the Pin Trader kiosk and Tortilla Jo's (across from The LEGO Store). Our new favorite (and less-obstructed) view is between Splitsville and Tortilla Jo’s. Read our post on the best places to view Disneyland fireworks.
  • Get a jump on Genie+. If you are heading to Disneyland Park, take the Monorail from Downtown Disney straight into Tomorrowland. Once you have scanned your park ticket at the station, you can reserve your first ride of the day. Hop over to our Guide to Genie at Disneyland post for all the details. 
  • Enjoy holiday fun. In spring, look for hidden eggs during Eggstravaganza. At Halloween Time, go on a search for decorated pumpkins during Pluto's Pumpkin Pursuit. Listen for SCAREolers and enjoy the spooky decor. For holiday time, Downtown Disney gets into the festive spirit with decorated trees and festive lights. And of course, Marceline's Confectionery has the perfect holiday treats to go with any season you visit.
  • Celebrate Soulfully. In February and June, enjoy art and music with nightly outdoor concerts featuring R&B, Gospel, reggae, funk and jazz music throughout the month.
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, enjoy music and cultural foods from participating restaurants.
  • Purchase Disneyland balloons at Downtown Disney without having to enter the theme parks!

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What's Coming Soon to Downtown Disney at Disneyland

Downtown Disney is undergoing a lot of changes. The west end, near Disneyland Hotel, is being reimagined. That means saying hello to new businesses!

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Here's what's coming to Downtown Disney:

  • Din Tai Fung in summer 2024 — This world-renowned Asian restaurant from Taiwan specializes in soup dumplings and family-style Chinese cuisine.
  • Porto's Bakery — This local fan favorite brings sweet pastries, desserts and Cuban-inspired dishes to Downtown Disney.

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  • Paseo, Centrico and Tiendita open in May 2024 — Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytán will bring Mexican cuisine to replace the now-closed Catal and Uva Bar. Next door, Tiendita will offer the same flavors on the go, with quick-service Mexican street-food staples. (Coming in late 2024)
  • Seoul Sister — A casual quick-service eatery offering a Korean-forward menu with a California twist, inside Parkside Market. (Coming in late 2024)
  • Sip & Sonder — A new Black women-owned café serving up signature lattes, fresh treats, frozen drinks and Caribbean-inspired bites, inside Parkside Market. (Coming in late 2024)
  • GG’s Chicken Shop — Founded by award-winning restaurateurs Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm, alongside Michelin Star Chef Partner Lee Wolen, this new eatery will serve a family-friendly menu of chicken sandwiches. The Downtown Disney location will be the first on the West Coast — located inside Parkside Market. (Coming in late 2024)
  • Second Story Bar — An outdoor spot, in the Parkside Market building, with a great view overlooking the other shops and restaurants. Sip on a variety of signature cocktails and mocktails, including frozen lemonades, frozés, espresso martinis and spirit-free drinks. (Coming in late 2024.)
  • A new steak house and barbecue location will take over the former Tortilla Jo's location TBD.

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  • Downtown Disney LIVE! stage and lawn — A new, large amphitheater area for nighttime entertainment and live music, opened in late 2023.

Hop back to learn about other new and exciting dining options and experiences!

Many people begin and end their day by walking through Downtown Disney. It is conveniently close to the theme parks. Guests often like to exit the parks to visit the restaurants and then return to spend the rest of the day in the parks. It is also fun to visit Downtown Disney on a day when you are not visiting the theme parks. However you decide to do it — shopping, dining or playing — you'll find something for everyone in your party at Downtown Disney.

Do you make Downtown Disney your shopping, eating and entertainment destination? What is your favorite spot? Do you have any tips to share? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 15, 2022 at 5:21 p.m. Nidia H Says...

Is Disney Citywalk free? Is there parking? Where do we g Citywalk walk?

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May 16, 2022 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nidia!

There is not a separate entrance fee for the Downtown Disney District!

The first hour of parking costs $10. Then, each subsequent hour costs $14, charged in 30-minute increments (with a minimum $7 charge after the initial 15-minute grace period and a maximum daily charge of $66). However, you can get three additional hours of parking (after the initial hour) if you make a $20 minimum purchase and receive validation from any Downtown Disney location (quick-service restaurants, merchandise locations and kiosks) or up to five additional hours (after the initial hour) with validation from any Downtown Disney table-service restaurant.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2021 at 3:16 p.m. Erin Alvarado Says...

Is there a Guest Relations location at Downtown Disney where you can activate your park tickets and ask questions about the parks? That way we don't have to wait in line at Guest Relations on our first park day. Thank you!

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Oct 21, 2021 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

There is a Guest Services window to the left of each theme park (but none in Downtown Disney). You cannot activate park tickets until you enter the park or the Monorail entrance in Downtown Disney. But if you are looking to get DAS activated, then you have to talk to any Guest Relations location inside the park same day of visit (though you will soon be able to get DAS access over video chat between 2 and 30 days before a visit).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2021 at 2:10 a.m. Crystal Says...

Hello, you mentioned the "old" ESPN Zone...does that mean it is no longer in Downtown Disney?

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Sep 27, 2021 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

Yes, the ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney permanently closed in 2018.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2021 at 12:28 p.m. Terry Says...

Are dogs aloud in Downtown Disney?

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Sep 20, 2021 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terry!

Only trained service animals are allowed at Downtown Disney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 11, 2019 at 10:35 a.m. Peta Says...

Hi, just wondering how safe it is to be walking around between Disneyland and Paradise Pier hotel at night, after the fireworks.

Thanks,

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Aug 13, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peta!

It sure is - enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 17, 2019 at 5:29 p.m. Robyn Says...

So we arrive in the later afternoon and there are 6 in my family we were hoping to visit downtown Disney that evening. Do we just find an entrance and walk in or is there a gate we need to access? we are staying at a nearby Hotel near Harbor Blvd. and are walking over?

Thank you

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Jun 19, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robyn,

Just enter the same security screening area off Harbor Blvd. that you would use to access the theme parks, and continue walking straight past the park entrances. Downtown Disney begins just on the other side of the esplanade.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 6, 2019 at 2:46 a.m. Ethan Sanchez Says...

Hello, I was wondering if there was still the art kiosk in Downtown Disney that draws names using Disney characters?

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Jun 10, 2019 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ethan!

There sure is - enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 20, 2019 at 5:30 a.m. Deb Says...

I remember once we tried to use the monorail from downtown to Disneyland park. They refused to let us use it as that was only for the hotel guests until after 11 am. Have you heard of this? We dodge this until later in the day.

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Jan 23, 2019 at 2:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb!

We have not heard of this, and actually asked a few Cast Members about it to get the official scoop. Their response was that the monorail is open for all guests with park tickets, and is not limited to hotel guests in the a.m. Very strange! Was this during Extra Magic Hours, or a particularly busy time?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 9, 2018 at 11:13 p.m. Matt Says...

What time do they start scanning tickets at the monorail station? Before the main gates start scanning?

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Apr 15, 2018 at 11:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt!

The monorail does not let people through the turnstile until the park opens, but hotel guests and people with early entry tickets on select days can enter the turnstile one hour early.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Undercover Tourist is the leading supplier of online discount tickets to Orlando, Florida-area attractions, including Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld® Orlando, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and more.

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