I think Downtown Disney has a lot to offer, but could improve in some areas. Most of the stores are pretty good. My kids ages 4 & 7 could spend hours in the Downtown Disney area because of the Lego Store. It is amazing. If you have Lego fans than this is a must do. I enjoy the World of Disney Store which is basically your one stop shop for all things Disney. We also enjoy the pin trading booth by the Monorail. Pretty much all the other stores we pass by with little interest. If you are not a frequent visitor of Disneyland, I would recommend stopping by and having a look though. There are some decent restaurants, but they tend to be busy, so make sure and put your name down early. I will say I enjoy Downtown Disney at night with the live music and interesting performers. My new favorite place to eat is the Earl of Sandwich. Great menu, reasonable prices and yummy food. Overall, I think Downtown Disney is worth a visit.
I went to Downtown Disney several years ago with my wife, no kids. It was a pretty fun date night, we enjoyed dinner and walking around and browsing in the shops. Now that I have young kids (3 & 2), I know it's not really for the small kids, more for older kids and up. Just geared more toward adults in my opinion. Especially liked ESPN Zone, and it was cool that they occasionally filmed live there for ESPN.
Love the atmosphere and mood of downtown disney. Great night life. Fun place to just walk around. I just wish it were a little bigger with more options of stuff to do, like universal city walk. But overall, a fun free thing to do! Free parking for 3 hours, so either move your car or validate to get 5 hours.
This is THE place for your kids after all the rides. It's like a huge shopping mall, you just can't stop spending money. Many shops, restaurants, kiosks will keep you busy and entertained for hours! Also, there are many Disney characters here so your kids will be very entertained too. Make sure to bring lots of money, you're going to want to buy lots of things. Nothing bad to say about this place, free parking is a plus too. It's got everything you could ask for!
Whenever my family and I finish all the rides, we go to this place so we could relax and have some family time. It is great for that! The kids will need some time out after all the rides they've been (trust me, no matter how energetic you think your kids are, they'll want to rest) and this is a place for it. Lots of shops, restaurants, kiosks. The parking was free, which was quite nice for us and our wallets, which have been suffering all day. Actually, many other things were free which was quite surprising. The atmosphere is quite fun, though it can get crowded at times. Make sure you keep an eye on your kids the entire time.
We visited Downtown Disney the first night of our stay in Disneyland Resort. Highly recommend the Lil Miss Matched sock shop and World of Disney. World of Disney has everything you could possibly want to buy as a souvenir as a reminder of your trip.
A great Disney experience on your "day off" of Disney. Because there is no admission price, but lots of Disney flavor, it is a great place to visit on the day/days you are not going into the park. Tons of restaurants for every appetite and lots of shopping experiences! One of the big activities for my 6 and 4 year old on our trip was pin-trading and I loved that we could do this on our day "off". Lots of cast-members to trade with and tons of pins all in one place! I highly recommend!
Downtown Disney made it convenient to grab a meal outside of the Disney park. Some good choices for food, and a little bit of shopping too. The place itself, really wasn't all that incredible, other than the convenience that it provided. We will visit again I'm sure, as it met the basic needs:)
We love Downtown Disney! There are som nay shops and dining options. We love Rain Forest Cafe. The Earl of Sandwich shop had just opened the week before we visited. I would have to say they make the best sandwiches ever! Ther is also a large selection of salads, fruits, desserts and drinks. Yummy!!
I've been to Disneyland several times now and I always loved walking through Downtown Disney and looking at all of the shops and stores. There is no fee to get in and the stores and restaurants here are great! The only problem was that I wanted to buy a little bit of everything... and I didn't have quite that much cash.
They have the biggest Disney store I've ever seen (it is Disney after all!) which is awesome for taking the kids into. My little brothers and sisters have been with us before and couldn't stop squealing over all the Disney merchandise.
We've eaten at Rainforest Cafe and always have a blast. The animatronics are fun to watch, and while having a meal you'll experience a "thunderstorm". I can imagine that it might scare a younger child, but luckily there were never any problems with our smaller diners.
Last time I walked through Downtown Disney I saw a piano bar that looked like a fantastic place for adults only time, but I wasn't able to get away from the kiddos long enough to find out! We'll be going back again the next time we are near Anaheim (hopefully that won't be too long!), and this time we'll take some grandparents with us so my husband and I can have some alone time to check out what they have to offer to adults!
I first got their using the Disneyland monorail which you have to paid admission into Disneyland, But, you can get their for free just driving their. There is lots of great shops at Downtown Disney. Except you will just need your wallet cause not everything is cheap. By hey its the price you pay for a Disney product.
I've a huge fan of Downtown Disney! It doesn't cost anything to visit, just to shop. The kids can get their picture taken with a bunch of different disney statues and lifesize lego men. There's tons of great places to eat, some more expensive than others, but they're all so cool and interactive! There's usually live music too. The only not as good thing is that you have to do a lot of walking to see the whole strip, but big deal!
Downtown Disney is located next to Disneyland park, and it is free to walk around. Of course, if you want to purchase items in a store or eat at a restaurant, then you'll have to spend money. But it is a nice area to spend some time strolling around and looking at the various stores without necessarily buying anything. They often have live performers (for example, music) who also are trying to promote their items (like CDs, etc.). It is a pleasant area to visit and there is a good amount to see.
We really enjoyed Downtown Disney. It was a nice addition to our Disney vacation. There were loads of great little shops and food vendors. We ate at the Rainforest Cafe which was located in Downtown Disney. The wait was extremely long...so get there early. My daughter loved the build a bear building. It was huge and she was in heaven. We will definately go there again!!
Downtown Disney is one of my favorite places, just below Disneyland. Downtown disney provides a welcoming environment for all ages. During night, they offer live music and entertainment. They have great restaurants, my favorite is Rainforest Cafe. This is must for all ages. My kids enjoyed it because there was so much to look at. They have live music at night and festive colors.
Downtown Disney is a nice walk, and a great place to shop without kids. However, after tiring the kids out with a day full of rides and sugary treats all day, they want a toy and tantrums are inevitable. Yet La Brea Bakery is a nice place to have dinner with kids, with a good kids menu and, if you time it right, a relatively good view of the fireworks sans crowd.
If you are going to Down Town Disney for walk, then this is a great place for you. If you want to spend a lot of money then its a better place for you. There are a lot of great themed resturants, including ESPN ZONE, House of Blues and Rain Forest Cafe. They are expensive but food is good. There are plenty of stores to walk through and even live entertainment on the weekend nights. My kids love to go to Build-a Bear, but this too is pricey.
What better than Disney and Build-a-Bear! Downtown Disney is actually a nice little break from the hurry and waiting in line at Disneyland. Many great restaurants--the kids live Rainforest Cafe and eating outside at Tortilla Joe's. The water fountains and music make it very relaxing and enjoyable for all ages. -and yes, the kids of course, love the build-a-bear and lego stores :)
You can walk to Downtown from Disneyland or California Adventure in a few minutes.
Downtown Disney is more of the shopping and dining district of Disneyland. This area is great for teenagers and adults, but young kids aren't going to be entertained for long. There are tons of fantastic restaurants to choose from, and the nightlife is something to be enjoyed.
Love downtown disney, if you live close to disneyland or are on vacation you should check out downtown disney. It's lik an outside mall it has a lot of stores to shop at, movie theater, restaurants, and disney stores where you can buy souvenirs. So if you want to have the Disney experience without actually going to Disneyland this is perfect