Shopping in California Adventure
California Adventure has a bunch of shopping opportunities that are reminiscent
of, well, California. Some of the shops will prove interesting, I'm
sure, but it will take some time in the park before I can give more than a
In the Entry Plaza area, The Greetings From California
shop is California Adventure's answer to Disneyland's Emporium. It's
the big, catch all shop. Engine-Ears Toys sells all kinds of toys,
but focuses primarily on toy railroads.
In Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Rizzo's Prop and Pawn is a Muppet character shop
(similar to the comparable store at the Disney-MGM Studios in
Florida). Off The Page, selling Disneyana and animation art will be
interesting. I'll have to check out Gone Hollywood to see if the
Rodeo Drive parody shop really is as interesting as it seems it might be.
On the other hand, I don't like poking fun at eccentric rich people -- I'm
hoping to be one someday (when I hit those lotto numbers).
The Golden State and Paradise Pier areas sells items that
are typically available in any California strip mall. Model
airplanes, T-shirts, corkscrews, wine glasses, sunglasses, backpacks and
compasses, beach towels, makeup, and costume jewelry don't seem to be my
idea of Disney park shopping.
On the other hand, the park does have some unique logo merchandise. Some of the new
attractions (the Sun Wheel, Grizzly River Run, Superstar Limo) figure
prominently in that effort. Other logo merchandise is focused more
on the new park itself.
Don't forget, if you're staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, you can have packages
delivered to your hotel. Take advantage of the service. It's
definitely worth while.