by Beth Keating
February 25, 2021
Have you been dreaming about Disneyland’s famous Monte Cristo Sandwich from New Orleans Square while you’ve been under California’s lockdowns? Craving a DOLE Whip or churro? Now’s your chance to scarf up what you’ve been missing. Those items will be among the food and beverage selections for sale at the new, limited-capacity ticketed experience called A Touch of Disney at Disney California Adventure Park.
The event kicks off March 18, and runs Thursdays – Mondays from noon to 8 p.m., through April 5. Visitors can purchase tickets to sample some of the iconic food and beverage offerings from both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park; look for their favorite Disney characters; and shop till they drop at six special seasonal and themed marketplaces, as well as in the shops along Buena Vista Street. An assortment of unique photo locations (socially distanced, of course) will also be set up for guests during the event.
Advance tickets are required for A Touch of Disney, and must be purchased for a specific date in order to maintain health and safety capacity limits. Tickets will be available on Disneyland.com beginning March 4, with tickets released for dates on a rolling basis until the experience ends. According to the Disney Parks Blog, “the introductory $75 ticket includes admission, parking for the experience at Mickey & Friends parking structure, unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the day of the experience, and a $25 A Touch of Disney dining card valid towards the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages (subject to restrictions including not being valid for alcohol). Ticket prices are subject to change.”
If you’ve munched your way around the various festivals at EPCOT, you are no doubt familiar with Disney’s snack-sized offerings, allowing guests to partake of lots of different dishes and flavors during their visit. A Touch of Disney offers a similar arrangement, with smaller sized versions of many favorite treats. Among the numerous dining locations open for the event will be Smokejumpers Grill, Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, Award Wieners, Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff and Cocina Cucamonga. Table reservations for Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining will be available beginning March 11.
A Touch of Disney Foodie Guide will be offered soon with a complete list of the dining spots so you can plan out your culinary choices.
Food and shopping aren’t the only highlights of this special event. Guests should be on the lookout for their favorite Disney characters throughout the Park, including Mater and Lightning McQueen in Cars Land, Joy and Sadness at Pixar Pier, and Mickey and friends “in unexpected settings.” Some of the photo opportunities and special settings are available only at A Touch of Disney. A new “specially curated” Disney soundtrack is also being developed to add to the ambiance of the event.
The Disney Parks Blog advises that the “Downtown Disney District will remain open seven days a week with unique dining and shopping that includes Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Naples Ristorante e Bar, World of Disney and Star Wars Trading Post, which recently opened in a new location. Buena Vista Street will remain open as an extension of the Downtown Disney District through March 14, and will be closed beginning March 15. Beginning March 18, Buena Vista Street will become part of A Touch of Disney.” While dining and shopping venues will be open during the event, guests are reminded that the rides and attractions are not yet operational.
Visit Disneyland.com/ATouchofDisney for updates to the event.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.
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