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Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort Celebrates the Holiday Season

Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is a wonderful place to visit during the holiday season with beautiful décor, tasty treats, holiday entertainment and unique shopping options.  Take a look below!

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Seasonal Décor
You’ll want to stop for selfies around the gorgeous holiday displays and horticulture throughout the Downtown Disney District. Sights to see include a total 6,200 ornaments, with 800 ornaments on the 30’ tree by the Uva Bar and 900 ornaments in each of six planters, which feature more than 50 types of flowers and ferns.

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Sips & Sweets
Be sure to sip and savor these sweet treats:

  • California Churro – The White Christmas Churro coated in powdered sugar with a minty flavor is a favorite!
  • Cotton Candy Creations – Enjoy seasonal Peppermint, Candy Apple and Hot Chocolate cotton candy buckets.
  • Earl of Sandwich – In addition to the popular Holiday Sandwich, enjoy the Holiday Ham-Ham with Cheddar, Yams and Cranberry Sandwich.
  • Kayla’s Cake – Christmas Snowman and Gingerbread Macarons are delicious and adorable.
  • Salt & Straw – Savor a scoop or pint of seasonal flavors like Gingerbread Cookie Dough, Peppermint Bark Mocha and Cinnamon Coconut Eggnog.
  • Starbucks – Try the Sugar Plum Cheese Danish, a Caramel Brulée Latte or pick up a pound of the Christmas Blend Espresso Roast. A second store location is coming soon to the Downtown Disney District, across from the Disneyland Monorail station.
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels – Cin-A-Bitz with Sweet Glaze are sugar, spice and very, very nice.
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The Downtown Disney District features nightly entertainment throughout the holiday season, from the a capella carolers, Holiday Harmony, decked in “ugly” holiday sweaters to magicians and other talented artists throughout the promenade.

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  • World of Disney – A must-visit for Disney fans is the newly reimagined, the 40,000 square-foot store was redesigned to make shopping even easier and more entertaining with touches of pixie dust in the displays. Be sure to check out the new Disney Parks Holiday Collection.
  • Ice-Land Workshop – Check out this spot near near The LEGO Store. For a limited time, pick out personalized holiday ornaments — a great gift idea.
  • PANDORA Jewelry – Limited-edition jewelry and special offers are available for every holiday shopper throughout the season.
  • Sanuk – This spot for cozy footwear includes Puff N Chill boots and Chiba Chill shoes.
  • Other favorite shops include Disney Home, The Disney Dress Shop, Sephora and Curl Surf.

World of Disney Reopens in Grand Style in California and Florida

Whether at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, or Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, World of Disney is the ultimate shopping destination for all things Disney. Now these two dynamic retail experiences are unveiling complete transformations that make shopping easier and more fun – with a dash of pixie dust on top.

More than a year in design and development, World of Disney reopens Friday, Oct. 26, at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort and Saturday, Oct. 27, at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.

This grand World of Disney makeover touched every feature and function in the store, as if the Fairy Godmother outfitted the store herself. From displays to signage to lighting and much, much more, the new World of Disney creates an exciting, dynamic shopping experience where the products are the stars and guests discover magical Disney storytelling wherever they look.

“We saw World of Disney as an opportunity to reimagine what Disney retail is today,” said Alysia Kelley, vice president of visual merchandising and location strategy for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “The new store design highlights the best of what is current and new, while also celebrating classic Disney heritage based in storytelling.”

The transformation begins with the store’s exterior, which features new marquees and magical window displays. When guests step inside, they discover an open, loft-style atmosphere with such great visibility they may even fall in love with an item from across the room.

The merchandise also serves as décor in the new World of Disney. In one area, a giant Mickey Mouse Club ear hat beckons guests to the new Mickey Mouse Club Collection. Several spaces throughout the store will change regularly, showcasing the newest and hottest Disney offerings of the season. When new displays debut, their stunning impact will leave guests feeling as if an entire section of the store was reimagined all over again.

Complementing these displays are enchanted flourishes inspired by the history of the Walt Disney Animation Studios and the “Nine Old Men,” the legendary animators who created classic films such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Peter Pan” and “Fantasia.” For instance, ink jars suddenly swirl with color and animate artwork on the walls.

Out of nowhere, blank pages fill with pencil sketches as if drawn by an invisible hand. Magical movie posters twinkle with pixie dust before coming to life. When making purchases, eagle-eyed guests may notice the store’s sales counters are inspired by the desks and furniture used by animators of generations past.

Beyond delivering exceptional service to guests, Disney cast members play a role in this storytelling, as well; cast members will help guests discover the magical elements in the store and share insights into its pixie-dusted artwork. This commitment to placemaking makes the new World of Disney more than a retail experience – it’s truly a Disney experience.

World of Disney will regularly roll out exclusive Disney Parks merchandise, reinforcing its reputation as a must-visit shopping destination for devoted Disney fans. Unveiled earlier in October was a new Mickey Mouse Club Collection with apparel and accessories featuring a vintage Mickey Mouse from the original television show.  Also revealed with the store’s grand reopening is the Nordic-inspired Disney Parks Holiday Collection 2018, complete with Disney-themed holiday décor, ornaments, apparel and more.

World of Disney stores at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World now offer guests the option to purchase new reusable bags, rather than use plastic bags. This program is part of The Walt Disney Company’s global commitment toward significant single-use plastic reduction by mid-2019. Featuring artwork of beloved Disney characters, these reusable bags are offered in three sizes for a nominal fee. Traditional plastic bags are still available upon request at no charge.

World of Disney is an anchor location at both Downtown Disney District (Disneyland.com) and Disney Springs (DisneySprings.com). Theme park admission is not required. Select products may also be found at ShopDisney.com.

VIDEO: World of Disney Reopens in Grand Style in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

Salt & Straw Opens Friday, October 12 at Downtown Disney District

Salt & Straw, the family-run ice cream company known for its taste-provoking, imaginative ice cream creations, will open its newest location on Friday, October 12 at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

At Salt & Straw, every ice cream flavor is handmade in small batches using the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Special offerings will be available seasonally, showcasing co-founder and head ice cream maker Tyler’s passion for cultivating genuine partnerships with local farmers and artisans.  Favorite flavors include Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Double Fold Vanilla and Chocolate Gooey Brownie.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9:30am, with the shop opening at 10:00am.

Salt & Straw is located in the former Haagen-Dazs location.

Food Trucks Roll Into Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

Every afternoon beginning at 3 p.m., food trucks will arrive at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.  The trucks visit on a rotating basis this fall including The Habit Burger Grill, Crepes Bonaparte, Brew Wings and Mad Dumplings, to name a few.

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Also, at the west end of the district, enjoy live music on the main stage beginning at 6 p.m. nightly, which is a great spot for dancing or meeting up with friends.

Throughout October, it’s Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney is in the spooky spirit with entertainment, seasonal food and beverage offers and pumpkins-a-plenty stacked in stunning displays throughout the district. Take a look!

It’s an exciting time at Downtown Disney, so stay tuned as we welcome Salt & Straw scoop shop, celebrate the reimagined World of Disney store and introduce Ballast Point brewery — all coming soon!