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


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


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

First, if you couldn't find it here, I would appreciate it if you would click on this link and send me a message to tell me what's missing.  I'll do my best to "fill in the blanks" as soon as possible.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is the newest addition to the Disneyland Resort.  In addition to several fine themed restaurants (in alphabetical order Cafe Catal, House of Blues, La Brea Bakery, Naples Ristorante Pizzeria, Rainforest Cafe, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, Studio Grill, and Y Arriba! Y Arriba!) all of which are described in Kevin Yee's Disneyland Restaurant Resource, Downtown Disney has some bona-fide attractions in their own right.  There is something for everyone here, so plan on spending at least some time (perhaps an evening) early in the trip to check things out.  You can always return for more later after you've scoped it out.

Clubs / Attractions

House of Blues

House of Blues has a wide mix (not just blues, by any means) of live acts performing nightly.  Tickets (ranging from $5 to $30) can be purchased at the House of Blues box office or via Ticketmaster.

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

The Jazz Kitchen serves up more "traditional" jazz entertainment along with big (swing) band acts.  Tickets may be required.

Y Arriba! Y Arriba!

Latin, Spanish, and South American acts perform here.  Tickets may be required.

AMC Theatre

Why anyone would want to watch a movie when they're on vacation at Disneyland is beyond me, but if that's your thing, you're covered.


To say that the ESPN Zone is a sports bar (called the Screening Room) would be partly correct.  To add that it includes a high-tech, interactive sports-themed arcade (called the Sports Arena) is also true.  ESPN Zone is a big time destination for sports enthusiasts.



Bath and Body products...just like in your local mall at home.

House of Blues Company Store

Food items and logo items are sold. 

Liquid Planet

Beach wear and surfing equipment are the items for sale. 

Main Spring

Watches and timepieces of every make and style. 

Marceline Confectionary

Named for Walt's hometown in Missouri, chocolates and candies are made and sold here. 


Leather items, including bags, jackets, etc. are available here. 

Rainforest Shop

This shop pushes Logo merchandise and other items with a environmental theme. 


Makeup, bath, and beauty products...again, just like at the mall at home 


Sunglasses of every style are available here. 

Something Silver

Jewelry, mostly with a silver finish, is the product of choice here. 


Film, television, and other memorabilia are available to peruse or purchase. 

World of Disney

If Disney merchandises or licenses a product for manufacture, it's very likely that it can be purchased here.  This store is huge, second in size only to it's counterpart at Walt Disney World in Florida.

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