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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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  • A fun feel to just walk downtown disney, even if you aren't going into the parks. Just avoid peak times. Other than that, the restaurants are good and there are good shopping options.  more »
  • Giant turkey legs are a must! Had so much fun and was grateful for the shady spots when it got hot. The light parade was fantastic!  more »
  • Sandwiched between Disneyland and the California Adventure Downtown Disney is a walking between the parks and the Disney hotels lined with vendors, shops, and restaurants. **Note that as of this year ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • There is so much here. All the food I tried was great. Every restaurant follows Disney's policies about food allergies. I always felt safe when I ate. You can do all of you Disneyland shopping in one place instead of hitting every shop inside the park. All of the same merchandise is here, in one smaller area.
  • Love this place. Lots of places to eat and shop. There is also a theatre. Really digging the live bands and street performers. Has all the same food stands as Disneyland but without the lines. Just wish it wasn't an exit at the end of the evening from Disneyland, because it gets super congested then. If your expecting to eat at a place like Jazz Kitchen, don't be surprised by the hour waits in the evening times. Overall, though, great place to chill.
  • Really well designed. People traffic flows through here smoothly and I've never experienced a jam. Lots of rad shops and restaurants, although everything is pricey. It's a long ways down the whole strip so where walking shoes if you're hanging out. Definitely stop by the LEGO store. Super rad stuff there.
  • Great place to spend an afternoon. Now that the security is updated it is less crowded as they do search all purses and backpacks. I usually just bring my wallet and my phone and it's easy in Easy out and they validate your parking if you make any purchases. Relaxing fun and free.