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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources

Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations

Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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Shopping in Disneyland

Disneyland, like the Magic Kingdom in Florida, is filled with interesting and fun shops beginning, of course, with the Emporium on the West side of Main Street at town square. However, in little nooks and crannies throughout the park, you'll find little specialty shops that are worth at least a walk through.

The inside of many of the main street shops are connected one to another. On the East side of Main Street, you can enter the shops down at town square, and walk all the way to the last shops at the plaza end of the street, although you do have to go outside at the small courtyard "cross streets" mid-way down Main Street. On the West side, North / South progress is impeded by a quaint outdoor restaurant (Carnation Cafe). The Main Street shops are least crowded before lunch. Then, from lunch time on, the crowds steadily build to a shopping frenzy during the last hour or so that the park is open. Do your shopping on Main Street during the morning or early afternoon.

Among the most notable of the Main Street shops (at least in my opinion) are the 20th Century Music Company, the Candy Palace, the China Closet, and Disney Clothiers. The Music Company, located near the Magic Shop towards town square on the East side, sells music, CDs and tapes.  It's a great collection of Disney music from the movies, parks, and even unofficial recordings (CDs of Rod Miller and Alan Thompson playing four-hand piano is my latest purchase).  The Candy Palace serves up chocolates, toffee, salt water taffy, and other delectable items.  My mouth is watering just thinking about the various confections!  The China Closet and Disney Clothiers sell upscale figurines and other collectibles as well as Disney-label clothes items that most people wouldn't buy due to the steep price tag. Unfortunately, I am one of them.

There are interesting shops in Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown, and Tomorrowland that sell products that are themed to those particular areas. I was surprised to find Wilderness Lodge logo merchandise for sale in Frontierland on previous trips. Geppetto's Toys & Gifts and the Castle Princess Shop are both fun in Fantasyland and the Heraldry Shop is interesting -- especially for genealogy fans. Tomorrowland's retailers are of course, futuristic in nature. Not really up my alley, but maybe up yours...or your kids.  The one exception of note being the Premiere Shop, where the Disneyland Forever kiosks allow you to put together your own selection of Disneyland soundtracks to take home on your own CD!

But in my opinion, New Orleans Square has historically had Disneyland's most interesting shops. Fortunately, after a dry spell, that is becoming more true (as it used to be).  The Disney Gallery, upstairs above Pirates of the Caribbean, sells animation artwork and sculptures, books, and displays historical art from the company archives, much of it from Imagineering.  Port D'Orleans sells Creole and Cajun sauces, kitchen utensils, and so on.  La Boutique Noel, not surprisingly, is a Christmas shop with a French Quarter flavor.  However, the old One of a Kind Shop, which used to sell a lot of interesting antiques, and Mlle. Antoinette's Perfumerie, where you used to be able to mix your own perfume from oil bases, are both gone.

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.

 

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