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Things To Do In Downtown Disneyland

If you know me then you know I love Disney. If you didn’t know now you do. Even more so I am the biggest Mickey Mouse fan! When I was 2 years old I pulled an entire display of Mickey Mouse stuffed animals down at Disneyland. So my love stems from way back when.

Me at Downtown Disney ©2015 Holly Dayz
Me at Downtown Disney ©2015 Holly Dayz

Living in Los Angeles where Downtown Disney and Disneyland is just a drive away has always been awesome to me. There are many things to do and see before you even get into Disneyland or California Adventure for that matter. Disney is about a 45 minute to an hour drive away from Los Angeles, depending on that good ole’ LA traffic. So if you are looking for some things to do in Downtown Disneyland, here is some information.

Once you get there, you can park for free for up to 3 hours unless you get a parking validation from certain locations and then you will receive up to 5 hours free. Depending where in the lot you park it is about a 5 – 8 minute walk to the entrance. Don’t forget, if you’re taking small children with you, a disneyland stroller rental can really be a godsend!

Shrimp Po Boy from Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen ©2015 Holly Dayz
Shrimp Po Boy from Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen ©2015 Holly Dayz

There are a ton of places you can eat or get drinks while there. Some of these options include The Rainforest Cafe, The Voodoo Lounge at the House of Blues, and ESPN Zone. My favorite though is Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and the Express version. You can either dine in and be served or go in order and find your own seat outside. I always order a shrimp po’ boy. They also have beignets. If you want you can even buy a box of Cafe Du Monde beignet mix while your there.

Beignets from Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen ©2015 Holly Dayz
Beignets from Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen ©2015 Holly Dayz

Downtown Disney also has a bunch of places to shop. The LEGO Store is pretty cool. They have a bunch of Disney characters made out of legos outside of the store. I see a lot of guys and little boys get a kick out of the RideMakerz store where they can build their own toy cars and trucks. By far, in my opinion, the best store is The World of Disney!

Outside of the LEGO Store in Downtown Disney in California
Outside of the LEGO Store in Downtown Disney in California
Outside the LEGO Store in Downtown Disney. Beauty & The Beast ©2015 Holly Dayz
Outside the LEGO Store in Downtown Disney. Beauty & The Beast ©2015 HollyDayz

The World of Disney has the biggest selection of Disney everything on the West coast. The store is HUGE! They have everything, kitchen ware, stuffed animals, trading pins, clothes, and so much more. I have had several field days in that store. I still regret that I didn’t buy the Mickey Mouse travel laundry bag there. I have never been able to find it again. That store is definitely a place I have had to try and not go too crazy spending all my money in.

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If you are looking for some entertainment in Downtown Disney you have some good options. One such option is the House of Blues Stage where I have seen people lined up to go to a performance. If jazz is your thing, then the Ralph Brennan Jazz Kitchen has a Jazz Club. There is also the ESPN Zone Sports Arena, and an AMC Movie Theater.

There are a lot of different things you can see and do in Downtown Disney. The atmosphere is great too. Anaheim is a beautiful city and a nice change of pace from Los Angeles.

Have you ever been to Downtown Disney in Anaheim? What were you favorite places there?

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  • Djuana

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to visit this place!!

    • Holly Dayz

      You would have a blast. This is before you even get into the parks.

  • Hector

    Cool beans

    • Holly Dayz

      Very kool beans haha.

  • thesophislife

    Oh this is perfect! I have been to Disney World and Downtown Disney in Orlando countless times but will be at Disneyland for the first time next month. The Jazz place sounds fun and yummy!

    • Holly Dayz

      Oh awesome! You can definitely check out these places. They are right before you get into the parks. I LOVE Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, it is so good. I always have to stop there!

  • Kimberly Bolden

    I have never been to Disney, but it seems fun for both children and adults alike. The food looks delicious.

    • Holly Dayz

      Disney is amazing! It is for both kids and adults..very family oriented. The food is sooo good!

  • Penny @ OnePennyTourist

    I’m a huge Disney nut too, haha. Normally WDW, but want to get back to Disneyland again soon as it’s been a while…hmm, maybe 9 years thinking on it, rep!

    I love the atmosphere at Downtown Disney, especially at night <3

    • Holly Dayz

      I love Disney..Mickey everything. I hope you get to Disneyland again soon. I need to head back to DisneyWorld.

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