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Valentine’s Day Offerings at the Downtown Disney District

by on February 9, 2018

With Valentine’s Day now one week away, it’s time to start planning what you’re going to be doing, that is if you haven’t already started planning.  If you’re going to be visiting Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort, we have some great suggestions of things you can do to celebrate the with love in your life.

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At Catal, Guests will be able to enjoy a decadent three-course menu crafted by Chef Alfonso Ramirez. Guests will be able to choose from gourmet dishes such as filet mignon, Maine lobster pappardelle, and a rack of lamb. In addition, a special selection of Valentine’s Day inspired craft cocktails will be available. For those who purchase a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve, they will take home two champagne flutes with Catal heart wine charms.  You can take a look at the menu and book your reservation here

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New Details About Renovations for Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria at Downtown Disney

by on February 8, 2018

The Downtown Disney District at Disneyland is undergoing some massive renovations lately, and it’s been announced that another restaurant will be seeing some updates, too. Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria is set to refresh its aesthetic, as well as enhance the dining experience. The restaurant will be adding a new outdoor bar, which will be the feature of an expanded patio with additional al fresco dining among all new landscaping.

Additional updates will include a new all-glass entry that will welcome Guests. Moving inside, three new wood-burning pizza ovens will be installed, and they will become the focal point of the room. The second-floor dining area will feature an open kitchen, as well as enhanced outdoor terrace dining.

Naples

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Naples will remain open during the construction process, and work on the restaurant will be completed in three phases. This means that Guests will still be able to enjoy delicious Neapolitan pizza, as well as other Italian delights.

Visitors can also expect Napolini, Naples’ fast-casual concept, to undergo a revamp. Napolini will stay open, as well, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to Guests on-the-go in need of an authentic Italian quick bite.

All renovations are slated to be completed by the fall of 2018.

Disneyland Preview — Week of February 3, 2018

by on February 2, 2018

This week brings football, the Lunar New Year Celebration, and the start of a new sneak preview of an upcoming Disney movie. Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

You may have heard that the NFL’s Championship Game is this Sunday, and you might be wondering whether there’s anything going on in the parks for the occasion. The short answer is “not really,” but if you’d like to watch the game while you’re there, ESPN Zone will be showing the game and hosting a special event. The price of $75 for adults or $25 for children entitles you to a prix fixe menu, a souvenir cup, and a 4-hour play card for the games in the Sports Arena (which need not be used that day). The event runs from 2-8 p.m.

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Ballast Point Coming to Downtown Disney District

by on January 24, 2018

Ballast Point

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Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District is in a moment of change. The shopping and dining district is being enhanced with an ambitious, promenade-wide transformation in 2018. Multiple new venues and significant refurbishments will be coming, resulting in a fresh, one-of-a-kind Disney experience.

One of those changes was announced today; the San Diego-based brewer Ballast Point will open its first Orange County location later this year. Ballast Point pairs its award-winning beers with an extensive menu of Southern California cuisine. Along with its beers, the restaurant’s menu will also offer a taste of San Diego with some of its most popular dishes from its brew pubs, including Baja-style fish tacos and a house-made pretzel with beer mustard. Similar to Ballast Point’s brewing philosophy, the kitchen will only source the best possible ingredients, including steroid and antibiotic-free proteins, line-caught fish and local produce when available. The kitchen will feature a seasonally inspired menu, with a focus on cuisine that not only pairs well with the vast selection of beers, but incorporates them in the recipes. Ballast Point at Disneyland will also offer a children’s menu, along with gluten-free and vegetarian options for guests.

Adding to its uniqueness for the Downtown Disney District is that this will be the first-ever on-site brewery. The location will be family-friendly, offering an outdoor patio and large-party, cabana style seating, and visitors 21+ can enjoy many of Ballast Point’s iconic beers including its flagship option as well as exclusive, custom, limited-edition beers available only at the Downtown Disney location.

“As one of Southern California’s premier brewers, for the team at Ballast Point, we couldn’t be more honored to work with such an icon in our great state and become the first brewer at Downtown Disney,” said Marty Birkel, president of Ballast Point Brewing Company. “We hope SoCal locals and visitors alike will enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, seasonal cuisine, and good cheer (and beer) of our signature tap room experience that we plan to bring to Disney.”

Construction is scheduled to begin soon. Ballast Point will be located across from Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar.

 

Splitsville at Downtown Disney District to Open This Month

by on January 23, 2018

Those of us who frequent the East Coast parks know how fun Splitsville is, and soon, those who visit Disneyland more frequently will be able to experience the bowling and dining complex themselves! Splitsville will be opening at the Downtown Disney District on January 29!

Splitsville

Splitsville gives a whole new meaning with bowling, live entertainment and fabulous food. The complex is a spectacular 40,000-square-foot, two-story venue that invites people with its lively, yet comfortable atmosphere for guests of all ages to enjoy. The environment will fuse modern elements with a mid-century vibe. It will featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, an expansive outdoor patio, two state-of-the-art kitchens and 20 bowling lanes interspersed throughout!

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The #RockTheDots Event is Back at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

by on January 18, 2018

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Last year, Guests were able to experience the very first #RockTheDots event, where the resorts celebrated everything Minnie and polka dots! This year, the event is back once again, on January 21, the day prior to National Polka Dot Day (because there is a day for literally everything).  During the #RockTheDots event, Guests will be invited to participate in a variety of fun offerings to celebrate. Guests looking to celebrate should visit Disney Springs in Walt Disney World or Downtown Disney in Disneyland dressed in their polka-dotted attire.

Guests who visit should first stop and pick up a commemorative button. At Disney Springs, the button can be found at World of Disney, Tren-D, and the Welcome Center while supplies last. At Downtown Disney District, they are at

At Walt Disney World, Guests will be able to take advantage of special retail discounts or Minnie-themed items from January 18-22 at the following locations:

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World of Disney at Walt Disney World and at Disneyland to See Updates

by on January 10, 2018

World of Disney

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Do you love shopping at World of Disney as much as I do? The large Disney-centric stores which are found in both Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort offer tons of souvenirs and I almost always end up taking something home when I visit. But soon, both of these locations will be receiving some love beginning mid-February 2018.

Work on the stores will be done in phases and the stores on both coasts will remain open during construction. When work on the interior is done, Guests will a dynamic and distinctly Disney retail environment.

A few shops will offer select merchandise while construction takes place. In Town Center at Disney Springs, Ever After Jewelry Co. and The Disney Corner, which opens in mid-February, will carry select merchandise while World of Disney undergoes renovations.

Over at Disneyland, at the Downtown Disney District, Guests can find some items in the recently opened Dream Boutique, as well as the Disney Home store which is opening in February in the former D-Street location.

I’m excited to share more details about what we Guests can experience once the refurbishment work is completed, so make sure to stay tuned to the blog for more!

Disneyland Planning for Walt Disney World Veterans – Part 1

by on December 4, 2017

For veterans of Walt Disney World, Disneyland planning can be a bit of a challenge in that there are several unknowns. Yes, Disneyland and Walt Disney World are similar in a lot of respects, but there are enough differences that your familiarity with the east coast parks will only get you so far. The good news, however, is that Disneyland planning is actually far easier than planning an Orlando trip — the park is set up to be equally accessible to day guests and locals as people who’ve planned for months — so with just a little bit of planning, you’ll quickly find the same comfort level out west in no time. Read on for all the info you need to take your Disneyland planning from newbie to expert!

The Basics

First and foremost, some basic info to help you get oriented: there are two theme parks at Disneyland Resort, three Disney hotels (for now) and the Downtown Disney area. The theme parks are Disneyland Park, which is similar in layout and content to Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s California Adventure, which I think of as sort of a smorgasbord of attractions you’ll find spread across Disney World’s parks (like Soarin’, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Turtle Talk with Crush), plus several original attractions that only exist there. Unlike Disney World’s parks, these two parks are very close to each other, and park-hopping takes about 90 seconds, exclusive of lines at the turnstiles. Yes, really!

The three Disney hotels are:

  • Grand Californian: the nicest, closest, and most expensive Disneyland Resort. It is attached to Disney’s California Adventure and has its own dedicated entrance to the park.
  • Disneyland Hotel: the original, throwback Disneyland lodging experience, and home to Disneyland icons like Trader Sam’s. It is typically the middle tier from a pricing standpoint.
  • Paradise Pier: the most spartan, and least expensive Disney hotel at Disneyland. Least expensive does not mean inexpensive, however, as will be discussed in more detail below.

Guests of Disney hotels can enter one park an hour early each day, sort of like Extra Magic Hours at Disney World. Disneyland does not do extra hours in the evening at all. In addition to the Disney hotels, there are several non-Disney “good neighbor” hotels that are within walking distance of the parks. While these guests do not get early entry every day, they can purchase multiday tickets that allow them to enter only Disneyland Park one hour early on certain days once over the course of their trip (called “Magic Mornings,” more on that below).

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Downtown Disney District to Offer Special Holiday Fun

by on November 28, 2017

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The holiday season is officially here and the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is fully embracing the festiveness. Guests will see that the planters around the shopping and dining district are bursting with oversized ornaments and bright holiday lighting. There is also Christmas tree found in the center of the promenade.

Of course, there is lots of entertainment to experience, including a brand new caroling act called Holiday Harmony. The group is clad in ugly sweaters and they will perform fun Christmas carols.

Looking to meet the big man himself? Guests can attend Breakfast with Santa, which will take place at Catal Restaurant. Here, Guests are invited to join Santa Claus and his elves for a family-style breakfast, carolers and more! All kids will receive a Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bear from Santa himself! This breakfast will take place on December 16 and December 21-22.

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Uva Bar – A Disneyland Dining Review

by on November 6, 2017

Uva Bar Review

Uva Bar, located in the heart of the Downtown Disney District, is one of Disneyland’s many hidden gems and a perfect place to hit when you’re looking for a quick bite to eat. A few weeks ago I headed out for a last-minute weekend getaway to the Disneyland Resort and was looking for an exciting late-night spot to check out on my first evening in LA. After taking the car service from the airport to my friendly Disneyland Good Neighbor hotel, I quickly dropped my bag in my room before enjoying the short walk to the Downtown Disney District in search of a tasty dinner.

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