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Earl of Sandwich Now Open in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 5th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Earl of Sandwich co-founder Robert Earl, Mario Lopez and Mickey Mouse Cut the Ribbon to Celebrate the Opening of the First Earl of Sandwich Restaurant in California, Located in the Downtown District at the Disneyland Resort

On Friday, Nov. 2, we cut the ribbon on the first Earl of Sandwich restaurant in California – here in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. “Extra” host Mario Lopez, Earl of Sandwich co-founder Robert Earl, and the “big cheese” himself – Mickey Mouse – joined me on stage to officially open the new restaurant.

Mario Lopez and Mickey Mouse Celebrate the Opening of the First Earl of Sandwich Restaurant in California, Located in the Downtown District at the Disneyland Resort

Our Downtown Disney District guests have been just as excited as we are about the new Earl of Sandwich restaurant. If you haven’t tried one of their delicious sandwiches, salads or desserts yet, I invite you to come to the Downtown Disney District and see what everyone is talking about!

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Earl of Sandwich Grand Opening Set for November 2 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 27th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this year, I shared that we soon will welcome Earl of Sandwich to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. I know many of you will share my excitement that official Grand Opening Ceremony is set for November 2! We are thrilled since this is the only Earl of Sandwich location in California, and we have many guests eagerly anticipating this new location.

The Original 1792 Available at Earl of Sandwich, Opening November 2 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

Construction is almost complete, and then comes the fun part – testing out all those delicious sandwiches. Known as the “World’s Greatest Hot Sandwich,” the Earl of Sandwich was created by a direct descendent of John Montague, the earl who invented the sandwich in 1792. Each day, the restaurant bakes fresh artisan bread and roasts meats using traditional family recipes. The restaurant will offer 14 different sandwiches, all priced at $6.99, including The Original 1792, pictured here, with roast beef, sharp cheddar cheese and creamy horseradish.

Stay tuned for more details about the restaurant and the grand opening, and be sure to stop by on your next visit!

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Ice Skating Rink Officially Opens in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 24th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


A few weeks ago, I told you about the new ice skating rink coming to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Today I’m pleased to tell you that the ice rink, celebrating the new Disney film, “Secret of the Wings,” is now officially open! Last night, Tinker Bell and her pixie sister, Periwinkle, joined us to celebrate this new, magical experience. Take a look!

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Special Events at the Downtown Disney District in the Disneyland Resort this Weekend

posted on October 12th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Happy Friday! With the weekend upon us, I wanted to give our Disney Parks Blog readers a heads-up about some special events this weekend at the Downtown Disney District in the Disneyland Resort.

The Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

Let’s start with Sephora. From noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, Sephora will be offering Cinderella-inspired makeovers to celebrate the new Disney Cinderella Collection. A Sephora Senior Artist will also be on hand to offer pro tips and tricks on how to get the most out of these new Cinderella-inspired products. Check out the new Disney Cinderella Collection here.

Next, you can get your oompah on at the Downtown Disney Oktoberfest Biergarten. From noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the common area next to Tortilla Jo’s, the celebration will feature live music, dancing and special food & beverage offerings. See the full menu from Uva Bar here.

We hope to see you this weekend at the Downtown Disney District!

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Disneyland Resort Guests Will Soon be Ice Skating at the Downtown Disney District

posted on October 12th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Have you ever wanted to ice skate through a winter wonderland, but you live in a warmer place (like sunny Southern California) and don’t own a pair of skates? If so, I have some exciting news for you! Tinker Bell and her pixie sister, Periwinkle, will soon bring a whole new experience to the Disneyland Resort. A new ice skating rink at the Downtown Disney District will allow guests to skate right into the world of Tinker Bell to celebrate the October 23 release of Disney “Secret of the Wings”! The new ice rink will soon begin limited operation, with a grand opening to follow on October 23.

Tinker Bell and Frost Fairy Periwinkle from Disney ‘Secret of the Wings’

This magical ice skating rink will be located between AMC 12 Theatres and the ESPN Zone, and will invite guests of all ages to glide along to special music and lighting effects. Skates will be available for rent, and helmets will be provided and required for each skater’s safety.

And starting November 12, a special holiday village will surround the rink, with themed chalets where guests can purchase seasonal foods and merchandise. Come stretch your wings and your skating legs at the new “Secret of the Wings” ice skating rink this fall and during the holiday season at the Downtown Disney District!


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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 13th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Tortilla Jo's in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

This Sunday, September 16, we invite you to celebrate Mexican Independence Day in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort! From special menu items to live music, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at what’s in store from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday:

  • Performances by the award-winning Mariachi Divas at Tortilla Jo’s
  • Special Food and Beverage Offerings at Tortilla Jo’s
    • Mexican Independence Day Menus – special dishes to be served in the courtyard and inside the restaurant from September 14–16
    • Signature tequila cocktails
  • Family Activities
    • Face Painting by Kaman’s Art Shoppe (at no cost!)
    • Piñata Bust (3 sessions between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • WonderGround Gallery to feature “Day of the Dead” artist David Lozeau from 1-4 p.m.

Come by the Downtown Disney District this weekend and experience the celebration for yourself. We hope to see you there!

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Uva Bar and Cafe Reopens in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 25th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


I am happy to share with you my excitement about the reconceptualized Uva Bar and Café, including a new menu by Executive Chef Nick Weber, which reopened on June 7. Nestled in the heart of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort, this sidewalk bar and café now features an expanded patio area with additional seats which evoke the feeling of Spanish eateries found in Barcelona. Surrounding the vibrant terrace, umbrellas line the open air space, providing an ideal locale for observing the hustle and bustle of the Downtown Disney District. The centerpiece circle bar has been given a facelift, with festive tiling backlit by an LED-lighting system which brings an atmosphere of Spain to Anaheim.

Uva Bar and Cafe Reopens in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

The featured a la plancha entrees include the Lamb Burger with piquillo peppers, feta, arugula, lemon dill aïoli and pickled red onion; and the Market Fish with roasted artichoke heart, preserved lemon purée, blistered tomatoes and olives. New offerings include an extensive menu of side items, including sweet potato fries, sea salt and garlic fries and the classic Uva street fries with chorizo Bilbao, spicy crema, shaved green onions, pickled garlic and melted cheese. Other sides include asparagus served a la plancha and Shishito peppers with sea salt and lemon garlic emulsion.

As a perfect pairing to numerous dishes on the new menu, Uva Bar is pleased to offer an extensive list of local and regional microbrews including Firestone Doublebarrel, Lost Coast Great White and Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale. The new bar space now features twelve draft handles which are set to house premier selections including Green Flash Hop Head Red, Alaskan Amber Ale, Stone I.P.A., Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat and a rotating seasonal draft, among others.

I look forward to seeing you at the Uva Bar and Cafe – the best spot to see and be seen in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort!



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California Avocado Week at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Begins July 1

posted on June 25th, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Now in its second year, California Avocado Week at the Downtown Disney District is getting ready to start at the Disneyland Resort. From July 1-7, Downtown Disney District guests will take part in cooking demonstrations, enjoy featured menu selections and more!
The Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

Each Day on the Main Stage:

  • 4 p.m. 5:30-6 p.m.: Cooking demonstrations showcasing dishes that feature fresh California Avocados. Seating will be available for 100 guests (seating will be first-come, first-served, but unlimited standing room will be available). Each seated guest will have the opportunity to taste the item being demonstrated.
  • 6 p.m.: Guacamole contest featuring three participants selected by the California Avocado Commission. Contestants will make guacamole out of ingredients provided, and each dish will be judged by three judges. The winning dish will be awarded a $100 gift card to a participating restaurant in the Downtown Disney District and an $85 California Avocado Gift Pack.
  • Nightly until 10 p.m.: DJ Wendy will play music and entertain Downtown Disney District guests.

Featured Menu Selections:
Throughout the week, the following locations will offer featured menu selections containing California Avocados:

Also, Sephora will be offering mini-facials at no charge to Downtown Disney District guests between 2 and 4 p.m. each day. So be sure to join us in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort for all the delicious festivities during California Avocado Week, July 1-7!

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La Brea Bakery Café and Express Café Now Open in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 2nd, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


Hi everyone! In my first Disney Parks Blog post in February 2012, I had the opportunity to share with you the pending remodel of La Brea Bakery Café and Express Café in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort; I am happy to tell you the location is now fully renovated and officially reopened on Friday, June 1!

La Brea Bakery Café and Express Café Now Open in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

The enhancements to the building have been significant and beautiful, such as expanding the Express Café, creating a stunning new exhibition bakery and adding a new kitchen. The addition of trees and shade to the outdoor Express Café has created an inviting patio setting for express dining. The full-service La Brea Bakery Café dining area has been enclosed with a beautiful awning for shade and heat lamps for warmth.

The La Brea Bakery Café offers a new menu with many classics such as the Grilled Smoked Ham and Gruyere Panini, Nancy’s Greek Salad, Caprese Mozzarella Sandwich and Seared Salmon. La Brea Bakery Café will also offer a new flatbread section with selections such as the Red Pepper Artichoke, Italian Sausage and Sunny Side Up Flatbreads.

Additionally the menu will feature several new fresh salads, such as the California Salad with sun dried tomatoes, apricots, candied walnuts and goat cheese as well as a new, exciting wine list with wines by the glass or by the bottle, sure to please any palate.

The La Brea Bakery Express Café, in its new location adjacent to the full-service café, is offering a larger selection of freshly made panini, sandwiches, salads, breakfasts and a large variety of pastries and sweets all made fresh daily at La Brea Bakery. Be sure to try the new deep-dish focaccia, meat or cheese lasagna, turkey chili or a variety of handmade panini and sandwiches. If you are interested in a freshly baked loaf of bread, La Brea Bakery now offers a variety of its artisan-style breads to enjoy at home.

I invite you to share a meal with us at La Brea Bakery Café and Express Café, the perfect al fresco dining spot in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort!

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Preview ‘TRON: Uprising’ in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort June 3-7

posted on June 1st, 2012 by Janet Knox, General Manager, Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort


I am so excited to share with you a terrific experience brought to us by our partners at Disney XD – the “TRON: Uprising” truck will be in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort from June 3-7! This custom-designed, immersive cinematic environment is a fully transformable mobile movie theater, complete with state-of-the-art projection, sound system and stadium seating for up to 90 guests.
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The “TRON: Uprising” CineTransformer will provide Downtown Disney District guests an advance preview of “TRON: Uprising,” an all-new animated series premiering on Disney XD June 7 at 9 p.m./8c. Inside the Grid, a young programmer named Beck will become the one hero that will reprogram the future. Recruited and trained by Tron, Beck becomes the powerful leader who can inspire an uprising against Clu’s corrupt regime. The voice cast includes Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Emmanuelle Chirqui, Bruce Boxleitner, Nate Corddry, Paul Reubens, Reginald VelJohnson and Lance Henriksen. To learn more, visit disney.go.com/xd/tron/ or the official Disney XD Facebook page.

This experience is offered at no charge to guests visiting the Downtown Disney District from June 3–7, and operating hours vary by day. Join us for a unique opportunity to preview “TRON: Uprising” in this one-of-a-kind setting!

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