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Downtown Disney, Anaheim

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A bustling promenade offering shopping, dining, and entertainment, Downtown Disney is an outdoor area within the sprawling Disney resort in Anaheim. Often called the resort's "shoppertainment center," the area lies between two theme parks and their hotels. Opened in 2001 as part of the resort's massive expansion, this entertainment district encourages extended stays in the popular Disney-themed entertainment complex. The district provides free parking for up to five hours, so you can take your time to enjoy a hearty meal and a few cocktails at an open-air cafe, shop at one of the largest Disney stores in the world, or explore a range of outdoor entertainment options, nightclubs, and movie theaters. Plan to see Downtown Disney and other attractions that appeal to you using our Anaheim itinerary planner.
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  • This was a great place to enjoy a great meal after the park closed. Food was great, there was a wide variety of food choices, and the prices are much better than eating in the park. Would recommend fo...  more »
  • Downtown Disney has everything you need from entertainment to food, plenty to look at and plenty of souvenirs all around.  more »
  • good restaurants, stores and good views of the fireworks. Everything is open until pretty late at night  more »
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  • Great place to bring the family. Safe and secure and Disney clean. Lots of outdoor dining options. Beautiful landscaping. Disney pin trading at all Disney stores and kiosks. My kids had a great time at Downtown Disney. It's a fun Disney feel without the price of admission or the lines waiting for rides. Fun for the whole family. Street music and entertainment (we saw a magic show for kids) throughout the area. We'll be back anytime we're in the area. Also we went to dinner early (around 5) and didn't have any problem getting a table.
  • It is a very cool outdoor, upscale, shopping mall. You can find anything Disney here. I only wish there were more dining options and variety of places and prices to choose from. Consider making reservations to eat at least three days before, maybe a week in advance of your planning to be there in a weekend. Most restaurants will validate parking too, so make sure you ask if they don't ask you.
  • True Disney Experience outside amusement park. The streets are super clean and lushly landscaped. All the buildings are architecturally interesting. The area is well secured. The atmosphere is fun, yet tranquil. Also, great place to sit and people watch. Humans are interesting to observe. Great choices of eateries.
  • Very cool place, really great to take a walk, grab something to eat, it's always fun and exciting here! Fun restaurants, live entertainment, great food options, movie theater ~ definitely one of my go-to places for a Sunday afternoon! I definitely recommend checking it out!!! Parking is great too ... free two hours which is usually plenty if you don't plan on staying for movie and dinner.
  • Bathrooms are "usually" clean. Downtown Disney is great to spend some down time but can be dizzying at times and parking becomes more challenging -- especially during the busiest times of the season. With a little patience, you'll find a little bit of everything whether it's shopping, movies, bars, restaurants, or a park-like promenade. It's definitely a teaser to Disneyland.

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Where to stay in Anaheim

Anaheim and the surrounding area have over 50,000 hotel rooms, ranging from luxurious resort suites to budget-friendly lodgings in small motels. Most visitors come to Anaheim for the world-famous Disney theme parks and end up staying at one of the Disney hotel-resorts. If amusement parks aren't your thing, or you need less expensive accommodations away from big tourist crowds, choose one of the city's non-Disney hotels, offering all the comforts of home within walking distance of Anaheim's finest shops and restaurants.
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