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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Shopping and Eating Expanded at Disneyland Resort

 by Ray Keating



October 24, 2020


The battle rages on between California’s governor and the state’s theme parks, including Disneyland. In fact, on this past Wednesday (October 21), theme park officials held a joint virtual press conference in which it was noted that legal action against the state is under consideration.


In the meantime, Disney fans and fun seekers in general cannot enjoy “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!” at California Adventure, for example, or “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” at Disneyland. However, they soon will have more eating and shopping options at the Downtown Disney District. Hey, eating and shopping are fun.


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Disney announced on October 23 that the Downtown Disney District, which has been open since July, will be extended to California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street at some point in November. Disney noted that “there will be even more distinctively Disney dining and shopping for you to enjoy.”


What are the specifics? Well, here’s what Disney served up via the Disney Parks Blog:


    • Holiday shopping? Head to Elias & Co. The store is divided into distinct sections for men, women and children, so you’ll find something special for the entire family! At Julius Katz & Sons, peruse even more holiday merchandise and Disney-themed home décor. The Kingswell Camera Shop offers great gift-giving ideas like frames, photo albums and more. Buena Vista Street stores have a variety of your Disney favorites!

    • If you are looking to tempt your taste buds with a snack, Trolley Treats offers classic candies, old-fashioned confections and all kinds of freshly made treats. Vending carts will offer popcorn, churros, ice cream and other “must-bite” treats.

     • Swing by Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe for the enchanting sights and sounds of Buena Vista Street—and a cup of coffee or scrumptious artisan sandwich.

         • Sit-down dining options include Carthay Circle Lounge, where you can unwind in our expanded outdoor seating area featuring an all-new menu of cocktails and dining. Smokejumpers Grill is serving up tasty American classics for lunch and dinner with a streamlined menu of burgers, fries, onion rings and craft beer, located just around the corner from Buena Vista Street. The primary way to place your order at this dining location is through mobile order on the Disneyland App.


For good measure, the Backlot Premiere Shop at Stage 17, which offers seasonal merchandise, recently opened.


Since California Adventure remains closed, Disney noted that Buena Vista Street will only be accessible from the Downtown Disney District. Also, the company reminded guests about health and safety protocols in effect, including temperature screenings before entering, requirement to wear masks, and limited attendance to promote social distancing.




Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels. He can be contacted at  raykeating@keatingreports.com.


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