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
Y Arriba! Y Arriba!
Latin, Spanish, and South American acts perform here. Tickets may
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
Bath and Body products...just like in your local mall at home.
House of Blues Company Store
Food items and logo items are sold.
Beach wear and surfing equipment are the items for sale.
Watches and timepieces of every make and style.
Named for Walt's hometown in Missouri, chocolates and candies are made
and sold here.
Leather items, including bags, jackets, etc. are available here.
This shop pushes Logo merchandise and other items with a environmental
Makeup, bath, and beauty products...again, just like at the mall at
Sunglasses of every style are available here.
Jewelry, mostly with a silver finish, is the product of choice
Film, television, and other memorabilia are available to peruse or
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.