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Guide to Dining at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in 2019

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Over the past couple of years, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has undergone an incredible transformation with new additions, refurbishments, and more. There are plenty of new options for dining at Downtown Disney along with some classic favorites. With so much to choose from, you’ll never have to go hungry when spending an afternoon in Anaheim! 

Below, you can find all of the new and newly enhanced restaurants alongside the incredible collection of existing locations. No matter where you dine, you’ll be swept away by amazing flavors and good vibes. But remember, some of these popular locations take reservations, so be sure to book yours in advance! 


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Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes and CrazyShake Window by Black Tap

Take a bite out of a mouthwatering burger or sip on one of the restaurant’s famous CrazyShake milkshakes at Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes. With an atmosphere that will bring you back to the old-school days of hip-hop and pop, this brand-new bistro offers a savory selection of craft burgers as well as chicken sandwiches, wings, salads, vegan burgers, and veggies. In addition, you can go to town on one of their signature, whimsical, over-the-top milkshakes stacked with cake, cookies, and retro candies rolled in frosting! And if you’re just interested in the milkshakes, you can visit the CrazyShake Window located just outside the main entrance!

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Ballast Point Brewing Co.

This new family-friendly brewery and kitchen features craft beer and a full menu of locally-inspired cuisine including Duck Confit Nachos, Baja-style Fish Tacos, and the Smokey Blue Burger featuring an 8 oz. Kobe and Chuck Blend patty with blue cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, pickles, and crispy onions on a brioche bun. Pair your meal with hand-crafted drafts ranging from crisp and bright lagers to award-winning IPAs. The restaurant is also located on the second floor and features a patio offering amazing views of the Downtown Disney District.

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Naples Ristorante e Bar and Napolini Pizzeria

Celebrate the charm, cuisine, and spirit of southern Italy at these classic Neapolitan eateries. Offering a second floor patio with sweeping views as well as a two-story dining room and an outdoor bar, you’ll feel inspired by the whimsical décor, open-air kitchen, and impressive wine cellar.  Whether you’re sitting down for a meal filled with bold and satisfying Italian flavors or you’re eating on-the-go with a make-your-own pizza, these two new restaurants are great options for anyone! 

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Salt & Straw

Discover taste-provoking ice cream at this family-run scoop shop! Here you’ll find handmade ice cream featuring small-batch flavors created with local, organic, and sustainable ingredients. Each month, you can also indulge in new limited-time specials showcasing flavors rooted in seasonality. 

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Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Grab a bite and bowling ball at this rock-and-rollin’ restaurant. This eclectic eatery fuses modern and retro elements for a fresh spin on food, music, and entertainment. From burgers and fries to sushi, pizzas, and more, you’ll find a wide variety of delicious items on the menu. Dine tableside or chow down at one of the 20 bowling lanes available and on select nights, take in the sounds of live music while enjoying a great bar and patio seating. 


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Catal Restaurant

This relaxed and elegant restaurant sits at the center of the Downtown Disney District and features gourmet cuisine with homespun hospitality.

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Earl of Sandwich

Inspired by a 250-year legacy of sandwich-making, here you’ll find an array of unique and delicious specialty sandwiches perfected by the inventor’s own family as well as salads, desserts, and more! 

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Jamba Juice

Refuel here with refreshing and revitalizing smoothies made with fresh fruits and veggies. 

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La Brea Bakery Café and La Brea Bakery Express

If you love freshly-baked bread, you’ll love these popular locations! Enjoy the craftsman-style café with artisanal sandwiches, fresh baked goods, healthful salads, and fresh California cuisine or try some fresh fare on-the-go from the express kitchen. You can even find a full breakfast menu here!

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Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express

Here you’ll dine on delicious fresh seafood and Cajun-Creole cuisine made with flavorful ingredients and a proud family tradition of southern hospitality direct from Louisiana. And of course, it wouldn’t be a true New Orleans-style restaurant without beignets! 

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Sprinkles Cupcakes

If you love cupcakes then you’ll love Sprinkles! Try an irresistible variety of hand-crafted gourmet cupcakes, seasonal specialties and decadent cookie creations. 

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Tortilla Jo’s and Taqueria at Tortilla Jo’s

Savor south-of-the-border specialties in a vibrant setting with items like made-to-order guacamole, tacos, burritos, tamales, fajitas, and more. The Taqueria also features make-your-own tacos, bowls, burritos and more! 

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Uva Bar

This swanky outdoor bar is a great place to sit back and relax while savoring Spanish-style tapas, entrées, craft beers, and signature cocktails. 

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Wetzel’s Pretzels

Pretzel lovers, listen up! You won’t want to miss out on these freshly-baked pretzels with tasty dips, cheesy dog bites, pizza bits, and fresh-squeezed lemonade!

For more information on all of the restaurants listed above, visit the Disneyland Resort Dining Pageor call 714 781-DINE (714 781-3463).  

Where are your favorite locations for dining at Downtown Disney?

Downtown Disney Summer Celebration 2017 at Disneyland Resort

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Even if you aren’t planning a Hawaiian vacation this summer, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is ready to fill you with the spirit of Aloha, as well as with some sensational island-themed food and drink, throughout summer 2017.

The Downtown Disney Summer Celebration 2017, sponsored by Dole Packaged Foods, is now under way through September 4, 2017, with more than a dozen special menu items available at the restaurants of Downtown Disney District and regular weekly appearances by the Polynesian performers of Tupua.

Tupua will make its Downtown Disney Summer Celebration 2017 debut this Saturday evening, July 1, presenting its exciting exhibition of music, dance and color on the Downtown Disney LIVE! Stage. During the rest of the celebration, the troupe will appear Friday evenings, July 7 through Sept. 1.

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You can savor special food and drink selections throughout the Downtown Disney Summer Celebration. Earl of Sandwich is featuring a Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich, while at ESPN Zone restaurant you can take in a summer baseball game while you enjoy a meal of Hawaiian Pork Sliders and Pineapple Upside Down Cake with a Summer Sangria.

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Haagen-Dazs offers a Banana Split Dazzler, Jamba Juice has Dole Fruit Bowls, and La Brea Bakery & Café has a selection that includes Scallops Al Pastor, Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Gelato, Blackberry Mint Cooler and a Blackberry Mojito.

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You can get Hawaiian BBQ Pizza at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria and Napolini, or a Taste of the Islands Entrée at Rainforest Café. The summer menu at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen features Blackened Mahi Mahi, Peach Cobbler and Pineapple Milk Punch.

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(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

Start with a Summer Salad at Tortilla Jo’s, follow up with Chorizo and Pineapple Flatbread at Uva Bar, and top it off with a Hawaiian Pretzel at Wetzel’s Pretzels.

But…you probably don’t want to do it all in one visit. Fortunately, the Downtown Disney Summer Celebration 2017 continues daily through Sunday, September 4, 2017. You’ll want to return many times with family and friends to sample everything. Have a wonderful Aloha Summer!

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Late 2014 Disney Springs Update from Disney World

Chances are by now you’ve heard about the transformation happening at Downtown Disney at Disney World which will eventually become Disney Springs. There is plenty of construction there and we’re finally seeing some progress and changes making way for Disney Springs. Two new restaurants, Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE, were recently announced to be coming to Disney Springs. Here is a late 2014 Disney Springs update!


Walt Disney Imagineering has installed a Springs Bottling Co. Marquee on top of the building that is the future location of Morimoto Asia. The sign is part of the Disney Springs story which pays tribute to Florida’s waterfront towns at the turn of the century since the building was formerly used as Springs Bottling Co., the town’s bottling company. The inside of Morimoto Asia will continue to honor the theme and history of Disney Springs.

Check out this time-lapse video of how the Imagineers put up the new marquee literally over night! The new sign is already part of the illuminated nighttime skyline at Downtown Disney!

The Waterview Stage, which can be found adjacent to the future home of The BOATHOUSE, is already home to nightly entertainment as well as spectacular views of Village Lake. You can find specific showtimes on a Times Guide.

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The Food Trucks at Exposition Park on the West Side will be opening tomorrow, Tuesday, November 25, 2014. This will be the permanent home for the Downtown Disney owned and operated food trucks that serve delicious culinary creations along the water. The food trucks have items from Disney Parks such as chicken and waffles or tandoori spiced shrimp. The area will offer additional seating for dinners and shaded areas during the day.

The Landing, the first phase of Disney Springs, has already brought a new pedestrian bridge between Portobello and Paradiso 37. This makes it easier to access The West Side than ever before. Plus,

The West Garage (the first of two planned garages for Disney Springs) is opening in phases and is now available for guest parking!

By the time Disney Springs is complete, there will be:

  • Dedicated bus lanes separate from the traffic for guests using the buses 
  • A beautiful spring as the center of the new Disney Springs
  • Marketplace Causeway connecting T-Rex to Rainforest Cafe

There are a lot of exciting transformations and additions happening at Disney Springs! Which are you most looking forward to seeing?

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Marketplace Co-op at Downtown Disney Now Open

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Marketplace Co-op at Downtown Disney is now officially open! This new store can be found in the Downtown Disney Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The location was previously home to Team Mickey, a sports-themed location found next to Tren-D. Marketplace Co-op contains six different boutiques and serves as a testing location for new Disney retail concepts, shops, and products. Each boutique will offer unique and authentic merchandise created just for Disney Parks.

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Marketplace Co-op is home to the following six boutiques:

  • Beautifully Disney- A “beauty destination” for women where you can purchase make-up, fragrances and beauty accessories.
  • Cherry Tree Lane- You will find accessories such as scarves, shoes, bags, and jewelry, including Disney Parks exclusive lines such as Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, and Alex &Ani.
  • D-Tech on Demand- A place where you can personalize and customize your favorite electronic gadgets.
  • The Trophy Room- You can pick up vintage- inspired sports apparel and collectibles.
  • Disney Centerpiece- You can find home products with just a hint of Disney in room furnishings, textiles, and everyday ware.
  • Zoey and Pickles- A “girls’ destination containing the latest trends and glamour for the up-and-coming fashionista.”

You can also find select merchandise from Marketplace Co-op retailers Cherry Tree Lane, Disney Centerpiece, and Beautifully Disney at the Disney Parks online Store.

Are you planning to visit Marketplace Co-op during your next Disney World vacation?

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Downtown Disney and Disney Springs Update

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It has been almost a year since the Walt Disney World Resort announced the expansion of Downtown Disney to become Disney Springs. This multi-year project is well under way now so I wanted to share with you some updates on the progress of Disney Springs that the Disney Parks Blog shared with us.

One of the newest, and most visible, additions to Downtown Disney is the new pedestrian walkway that connects the West Side and Pleasure Island. This temporary walkway will help with traffic flow and also make it easier to travel from one district to the other. Plus, the beautiful boardwalk meanders along Village Lake to offer a spectacular waterfront view.

Here are the latest additions and changes from Downtown Disney:

  • Fit2Run, the Runners Superstore, opened just last month. The store features Premier footwear, apparel, GPS, performance sunglasses and more.
  • The first of four themed Food Trucks made its debut during Festival of the Masters. Featuring a variety of delectable meatballs, the Superstar Catering Truck was a hit with guests. Additional trucks will continue to roll in soon!

If you’ll be checking out the newest offerings at Downtown Disney, don’t forget to make use of the new pedestrian walkway, with entrances located near Characters in Flight and Paradiso 37.

What are you most looking forward to at Disney Springs?

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Siera is a Disney travel specialist. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

Ring In the New Year at the DisneyQuest New Year’s Eve Party

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If you will be in Orlando for New Year’s Eve, you can ring in the new year at the DisneyQuest New Year’s Eve Party at Downtown Disney. Wreck-It-Ralph and Vanellope will usher in 2014 along with Buzz Lightyear and Chip ‘n’ Dale at the DisneyQuest New Year’s Eve Party!

You can experience 5 floors of virtual landscapes, 3-D encounters and classic video games while you celebrate the New Year!

The party gets underway at 8:00 PM on December 31, 2013 at DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, located in the heart of the Downtown Disney area, and keeps going until 1:00 AM on New Year’s Day.

Admission to this fun-filled evening includes:

  • Access to all DisneyQuest attractions and video games, including CyberSpace Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold and the Fix-It Felix console games from the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph, available for a limited time only
  • Meet-and-greets with some popular Disney Characters, such as Chip ‘n Dale, Buzz Lightyear and Wreck-It Ralph
  • 2 DJ dance parties, complete with party favors
  • A New Year’s Eve countdown and a confetti drop at midnight

Plus, you can satisfy your appetite with a special event menu that includes:

  • Your choice of the following: grilled chicken sandwich, grilled veggie wrap sandwich, cheese-steak sandwich or barbecue pork sandwich
  • Popular side dishes, like your choice of side salad or chips—as well as your choice of cupcake or fruit cup
  • A soda or bottled water

Please note that menu items, activities, and Disney Characters are subject to change.

Are you thinking about New Year’s Eve 2014? The DisneyQuest New Year’s Eve Party is an annual event so you can always start planning for next year! I guarantee it will be a New Year’s Eve to remember!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist who would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com. 

Marketplace Co Op Coming to Downtown Disney in 2014

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Disney has recently announced another change coming to Downtown Disney as part of the Disney Springs transformation. A new merchandise location, Marketplace Co Op, is coming to the Downtown Disney Marketplace next spring. The Merchandise Co Op will replace Team Mickey, which can be found to TrenD in the Marketplace. Marketplace Co Op will be a “shop with shops within it,” highlighting new and innovative Disney retail concepts.

“This public marketplace will serve as a laboratory to showcase new concepts and specialty products,” according to Tom Sheldon, manager of retail design and development for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. “It will be an incubator to introduce exciting new Disney retail shops and products.”

The Marketplace Co Op’s six new areas will include:

  • Beautifully Disney – A beauty destination for woman featuring make-up, fragrance and beauty accessories.
  • Cherry Tree Lane – Accessories for the sophisticated woman with a passion for scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry.
  • D-Tech on Demand – A place to personalize and customize your own electronic accessories.
  • The Trophy Room- Vintage inspired, lifestyle sports apparel and collectibles.
  • Centerpiece – Home product for Guests that want a splash of Disney in their room furnishings, textiles and everyday ware.
  • Zoey and Pickles – A girls’ destination containing the latest trends and glamour for the up and coming fashionista.

Construction for the new Marketplace Co Op will begin in early 2014. Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for the update!

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Food Trucks at Downtown Disney

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Beginning in early November, Disney will introduce four fun, new Disney Food Trucks at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. These food trucks will be open Wednesday through Sunday. You will be able to find them parked at Downtown Disney West Side near Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues.

  • Superstar Catering, “Favorite of the Stars of Disney’s Hollywood Studios,” will offer delicious variations on hearty meatballs including a spinach and feta beef meatball sandwich; turkey sausage and golden raisin meatballs on polenta; and a lamb meatball flatbread with tzatziki. Plus, they will have meatball sliders for the kids. The truck’s design is stainless steel with teal, tan and orange accents, inspired by a sleek, retro, 1930’s Art Deco diner.
  • Namaste Café, “Tasty Explorations from Disney’s Animal Kingdom,”will feature butter chicken, slow-cooked beef short ribs, and tandoori spiced shrimp, each served with basmati rice, naan, and pickled veggies. This will be the most colorfully decorated truck, with art inspired by the colors and textures of Asia in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • The bright-red Fantasy Fare truck, “Delightful Dishes from Disney’s Magic Kingdoms Around the World,” will serve the legendary hand-dipped corn dogs from the Disneyland Resort on the East Coast. You could also try a Croque Monsieur with house-made chips from Magic Kingdom or glass noodle salad with chicken and pickled veggies from Hong Kong Disneyland. The truck has been designed with down-home appeal and a tribute to the past.
  • The World Showcase of Flavors truck, “The Best of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival,” will bring favorites from the festival including lobster rolls, pierogies and kielbasa, and grass-fed beef sliders. Vintage travel stickers will decorate this big green truck.

Food truck dishes will be one quick-service credit on the Disney Dining Plan. Prices will range from $8.99 to $16.99.

Which food truck are you most excited to try?

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Enjoy a 3-Course Meal Deal During Downtown Disney Foodtopia

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The Walt Disney World Resort is offering another great option for foodies, Downtown Disney Foodtopia! Now through October 31, 2013, you can delight in prix fixe dinner menus at select Downtown Disney restaurants. With this package, you will enjoy an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage. All three courses are just $30 plus tax and 18% gratuity at most participating restaurants!

Plus, you can extend your evening out when you add discounted tickets to La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil®. You can purchase an adult Category 2 Ticket for just $76 plus tax, which is a savings of 20%! This ticket option is valid for Tuesday to Saturday performances in October 2013.

Here is the list of participating restaurants you can choose from:

  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria
  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes
  • Paradiso 37
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Bongos Cuban Cafe
  • Crossroads at House of Blues
  • Fulton’s Crab House ($60 plus tax and 18% gratuity)

You must make your dining reservations at least 48 hours in advance and payment is due at the time of booking. This offer is valid on reservations between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

Don’t forget that Epcot is hosting the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival presented by Chase. Check out the official guide here. It’s not too late to plan a last-minute getaway, either! Don’t miss out on this spectacular event!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She would love to help you plan your next Disney World vacation at no cost to you! Request a free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com. 

What’s New Around the Mouse- First Week of October 2013

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Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

  • New! Chalk Art at Downtown Disney – ­ Add a dash of color to your weekend when Limited Time Magic presents the Downtown Disney Chalk Art Festival! Watch in wonder as talented artists intricately transform flat concrete walkways into canvases for their dazzling works. This is your chance to marvel at the eye­catching creations as they carefully come together, crafted entirely from chalk and other materials. And while visiting Downtown Disney area, stop by the Art of Disney Gallery and celebrate with artist Greg McCullough as he appears for signings—from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, October 2 to October 6, 2013. Meet the mind behind the art as Walt Disney World Resort showcases the release of new pieces in his collection. It’s all happening for a limited time, courtesy of Limited Time Magic!
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – ­ Disney recently kicked off the super popular Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. This event is free with your paid admission into Epcot. You can enjoy food and beverages around the World Showcase, cooking sessions, and so much more.
  • Sofia the 1st at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique- ­ If you have a little princess that is a fan of Sofia the 1st, you can now get a makeover at Downtown Disney inspired by her. Be sure to make reservations for this experience.
  • Transportation from Animal Kingdom to Downtown Disney – ­ Disney is testing through
    October 31. They are providing bus transportation (round trip) from Animal Kingdom Theme
    Park to Downtown Disney. You can then take a bus from Downtown Disney back to your resort
    or back to the Animal Kingdom parking lot.
  • Disney MagicBands – ­ Disney is still testing the MagicBands at select resorts.
  • Princess Fairytale Hall – ­ This new location for our favorite Princesses at Magic Kingdom Park
    opened last week. This is a perfect spot to see Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other Disney
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – ­ This popular special events for families is runningthroughout September and October at Magic Kingdom Park. This event runs from 7 PM – ­midnight.
  • Renovations – ­ Learn about the latest renovations at Disney World, before you plan your trip or before you head down for your vacation.

Magic Kingdom

  1. Peter Pan ­ Closed 09/30/13 ­- 11/13/13
  2. Walt Disney World Railroad ­ Closed 09/30/13 -­ 10/20/13

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  1. Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground ­ 09/03/13 -­ 11/19/13

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort

  1. End Zone Food Court ­ Closed 08/05/13 -­ 12/20/13
  2. Arcade ­ Closed 07/29/13 -­ 12/20/13

Downtown Disney® Area

  1. Capt’n Jacks ­ Closed 08/18/13 -­ TBD

Disney Golf Courses

  1. Disney’s Palm Golf Course ­ Closed 06/12/13 -­ mid­November

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Halloween Horror Nights -­ If you love zombies, Halloween Horror Night is the special event for you! This event runs select evenings through October. For this special event, separate admission is required. You can enjoy themed haunted houses, scare zones, your favorite Universal Studios rides, and much more. Call Destinations in Florida for more information about booking Halloween Horror Nights or a VIP Package.
  • Despicable Me -­ Do your kids love the Minions? You can now book one of 18 themed rooms at Portofino Bay Hotel (opening on October 1) with the Despicable Me theme.

Disneyland in California

  • New! Chalk Art at Disneyland -­ Add a dash of color to your weekend when Limited Time Magic presents the Downtown Disney Chalk Art Festival! Watch in wonder as talented artists intricately transform concrete walkways into a series of canvases for their works. This is your chance to marvel at each eye­catching creation as they’re carefully crafted together from chalk, paint andother materials. Plus, you can even meet popular artist Miss Mindy—from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, October 4-­5, 2013—as the Disneyland Resort celebrates the release of some new pieces in her collection at WonderGround Gallery, in addition to a special artist showcase by Haunted Memories—from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, October 5­6, 2013. It’s all happening for a limited time, only at Downtown Disney District!
  • Renovations ­- Click on this pdf to download the latest renovations at Disneyland.