Shopping and Dining ties Disneyland Hotels- DISNEYLAND HOTEL, DISNEY'S
PARADISE PIER AND GRAND CALIFORNIAN RESORT- to the
Disneyland Resort Theme Parks
allows visitors to Disneyland or conventions the opportunity to shop in
a boutique style outdoor mall next to the theme park without having to
enter the park itself. In fact, you can park several hours free to dine
and shop at Downtown Disney. Extremely popular before and after the
theme parks are open and in the evenings when the clubs have live
entertainment, Downtown Disney includes lively decor and a great
artichoke fountain made of intricate tile work. Fan palms add the
island or tropical feel to this outdoor space that enjoys great weather
nearly all year long. (In Southern California the daytime
temperature rarely dips below 62 degrees.)
the lobby of the Disneyland Hotel and look at the black and white photos
of Walt Disney's dream resort taken approximately 50 years ago. Guests
visiting Disneyland for the decades since Walt opened the theme have
enjoyed the vision he created and shared with the world.
Expanding its vision, Disneyland now
includes a second theme park, Disney's California Adventure, and the
Downtown Disney shopping and dining promenade filled with shops and
themed restaurants. Colorful, inviting and open to the public
free, Downtown Disney provides an opportunity to sample the best in
Southern California entertainment and foods in one location.
Parking: Self-parking is available with
the first three hours of parking free. An additional two hours can be
validated at AMC Theatres and at table-service dining restaurants. After
that, the cost is $6 for each additional hour, charged in 20-minute
increments. The maximum fee is $30, plus an additional $6 if the Valet
is used. Valet Parking is offered from 5 p.m.- 2 a.m. for $6 (note: the
fees stated were obtained some time ago so be sure to check before you
go by calling one of the restaurants listed below!)
DOWNTOWN DISNEY RESTAURANTS
Catal features Mediterranean
cuisine with grilled seafood, poultry and vegetables served in an Art
Deco atmosphere. Priority seating:
ESPN Zone includes video and
interactive games, sports displays and a screening room where you can
sit back in an easy chair and watch television sports broadcasts while
drinking your favorite beer or cocktail. Meals served: Lunch and Dinner.
Cuisine type: American. Priority Seating:
House of Blues includes shrimp,
BBQ ribs and Louisiana-style Cajun delights plus top blues musicians
featured nightly. Meals served: Lunch and Dinner. Cuisine types: Cajun
and Creole. Priority seating: (714) 781-3463.
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
includes an entertaining display of pizza tossing. Pizza, pasta and
salads are perfect for the entire family. Meals served: Lunch and
Dinner. Cuisine type: Italian. Priority seating: (714) 781-3463.
Napolini is quick serve Italian
faire for those on the run seeking foods such as panini sandwiches,
pizza and snacks for the munchkins. Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch
Rainforest Cafe includes live
parrot shows outside the cafe daily and a thunder and lightning display
every 20 minutes inside while you dine. Cuisine type: American.
Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Reservations: (714) 772-0413.
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
provides the atmosphere of Bourbon Street with intimate jazz and blues
concerts to accompany your favorite cuisine, spicy and exciting.
Other shops include
Wetzel's Pretzels, Marceline's Confectionery, Jamba Juice
and Compass Books and Cafe with a coffee bar.
DOWNTOWN DISNEY SHOPPING
World of Disney,
fashions, Liquid Planet for casual, youth clothing, Sephora
fragrances and make up, Petals handbags and accessories, Department 56 collectibles,
HoyPoLoi gifts, glass and
lighting, Something Silver, Illuminations candles and
craft items, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Island Charters, The Lego
Imagination Center, Starabilias, Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange and
for entertainment, AMC Theatres.