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Romance is in the Air at Downtown Disney District as Valentine’s Weekend Brings Special Menus, Gift Ideas and Entertainment

posted on February 9th, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Whether it’s a romantic dinner, a special gift for your sweetheart, Valentine-themed entertainment or a horse & carriage ride, you’ll find all the makings of a perfect Valentine’s Day weekend in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

Shakespeare’s celebrated lovers Romeo and Juliet, as portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, will be on the screen at AMC Theatres in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” at 9 p.m. each evening, Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 14.

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For a Valentine’s dinner, Catal Restaurant offers a special prix fixe three-course menu on Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, featuring such starter options as oysters on the half shell, Manchego salad and more. Petite filet, paella and asparagus risotto are among the entrée options. And dessert choices include strawberry shortcake, chocolate croissant bread pudding, house-made gelato or sorbet.

Valentine’s Day specials at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen on Saturday and Sunday include a seafood lover’s sampler, choice of smoked red bell pepper soup or grilled hearts of romaine salad, then entrée choices of French cut chicken breast, citrus crusted salmon or pink peppercorn crusted filet mignon and, for dessert, white chocolate brownie a la mode.

Tortilla Jo’s offers a three-course prix fixe Valentine’s menu Saturday and Sunday highlighted by a fruta del mar entrée with lobster, scallops, rockfish, Mexican shrimp and PEI mussel; choice of sweet corn soup or endive salad to start; and a dessert choice of chocolate hazelnut crunch or berries and cream.

Kayla’s Cake along the Downtown Disney District promenade is currently offering strawberry shortcake, vanilla bean and banana cream macaroons to take home or enjoy as you window shop through the district. You will find a wide variety of great Valentine’s Day gift ideas ranging from Disney mementos to accessories and jewelry. Fossil is offering complimentary watch engraving with purchase through February 14. Or you can personalize something cuddly at Build-A-Bear.

Somewhere along the way, you should plan on taking your significant other on a romantic horse & carriage ride. The steeds will be departing from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, as part of a very special Valentine’s Day weekend at Downtown Disney District.

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Downtown Disney District Celebrates Mardi Gras at the Disneyland Resort with Special Music, Menus at House of Blues and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Tuesday, Feb. 9, is Mardi Gras, and no one knows how to do a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration like the folks at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and House of Blues in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

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The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group has deep roots in the New Orleans French Quarter Mardi Gras tradition. The Mardi Gras menu at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen features such specialties as traditional gumbo, red beans and rice, Creole jambalaya, BBQ shrimp and grits and the famous beignets.

Also on the agenda for Mardi Gras at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is live music from 6-10 p.m. in both the first- and second-floor dining rooms, a Mardi Gras costume contest at 8 p.m. in the Flambeau Room, free Mardi Gras beads for kids and some Bourbon Street specials at the bar.

Over at House of Blues, the all-ages entertainment lineup starts at 7 p.m. on February 9 and features L.A. Vation, “The World’s Greatest Tribute to U2,” and The Who Generation, “A Tribute to The Who.” Special Big Easy-inspired menu items include a fried catfish po’boy or a plate of fried catfish nuggets.

Let the good times roll or, if you prefer, laissez les bon temps rouler!

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Dining! Shopping! Entertainment! Pinterest Points to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Highlights at Downtown Disney District

posted on January 27th, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will continue through September 5, 2016. Families and guests of all ages can celebrate throughout the resort, including daily and nightly in the Downtown Disney District.

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Chances are, you’ll need no help finding places to celebrate 60 years of Disneyland Resort in the Downtown Disney District but, just in case, you’ll find a handy guide to Downtown Disney celebration highlights – dining, shopping, entertainment – on Pinterest here.

Look closely, and you’ll find the diamond picture in each suggestion. Choose your own celebration!

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Pinterest Points to Family Fun During the Holidays or Any Time at Downtown Disney District

posted on December 29th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


These vacation weeks are a perfect time for family fun, and Downtown Disney District is a perfect family fun addition to a day or a week’s vacation at the Disneyland Resort. Entertainment, shopping, food and play are all on tap at Downtown Disney District, and Pinterest offers some great suggestions for planning your visit.

Have a look … and Happy Holidays!

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Hit the Ice, Then Enjoy Extra Fun With Special Skating Packages at Downtown Disney District

posted on December 23rd, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Now that the holidays are fully underway, with schools out and many families on vacation, Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is a better-than-ever choice for a family recreation break, a skate date or just some chill exercise.

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To add to the fun, Downtown Disney District is offering ice skating packages with your choice of a skating session plus a movie, a visit to Build-A-Bear Workshop or gaming time at ESPN Zone.

Packages are $49 and offer your choice of:

  • Two ice skating tickets, a $25 AMC Theatres gift card plus a complimentary small popcorn coupon
  • Two ice skating tickets, a $25 Build-A-Bear Workshop gift card plus a complimentary reusable cinch bag
  • Two ice skating tickets plus a $25 ESPN Zone game card

All three options include four hours of complimentary parking validation for Downtown Disney District.

An afternoon or evening at Downtown Disney District offers something for everyone. Now you can add to your holiday enjoyment with ice skating and more this holiday season. And while you’re visiting Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, you’ll want to spend some time in the Downtown Disney Winter Village, featuring chalets and carts offering a variety of treats and holiday gift ideas.

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Check Out This Handy Date Night Guide to Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on Pinterest

posted on December 4th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is alive with entertainment, fine food and fun every night of the week. Couples on the lookout for a unique night on the (Down)town will find date night options here the likes of which can’t be found anywhere else.

And thanks to Pinterest, you can find a useful little guide to just a few of the Downtown Disney District highlights. Check it out … and best wishes for a lovely evening.

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A Day and Night in Downtown Disney District … in 79 Seconds

posted on November 18th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Day or night, old, young or in between, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has something for everyone, and there’s no better time to visit than right now, while the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is in full swing.

Experience the beauty and scope of Downtown Disney District in this fun Hyperlapse video, a high-energy visual map of what the district has to offer guests of all ages: entertainment, shopping and dining. It’s all just steps away from Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

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Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Has Something for Every Holiday Celebration

posted on November 16th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort brings even more opportunities for play, entertainment and holiday shopping to the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim.

Olaf, the summer-loving snowman from the blockbuster Disney animated motion picture, “Frozen,” returns to sunny California to reopen his Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink in Downtown Disney District between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich. The custom-designed, 50-by-90-foot rink features colorful “Frozen”-themed décor, holiday and “Frozen”-themed music and the figure of Olaf himself overseeing the fun.

The rink will be open Monday through Thursday from 3-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 2-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 2-10 p.m. Skates and helmets are provided with the admission fee.

As in holidays past at Downtown Disney District, the ice rink is surrounded by the Downtown Disney Winter Village, featuring chalets and carts offering a variety of holiday gift ideas, including Star Wars-themed items from World of Disney; magic, gags and novelties from Houdini’s Magic Shop; yo-yos and juggling kits from Duncan Yo-Yo; crystal art from Arribas Brothers; hot chocolate, snacks and desserts from Ghirardelli; personalized objects from You Name It; surfboard themed art are from Laguna Beach Surfboards; and personalized holiday ornaments from Ice-Land Workshop. A Working to Give/ACT Anaheim chalet will offer handmade holiday stockings with all proceeds going to Accelerate Change Together.

Downtown Disney District will also have a full lineup of special entertainment offerings for the holidays, including live performances by Holiday Carolers nightly December 4-25 and a 40s Jazz/Pop Vocal Group from December 25 through January 1. Appearances by Duncan Yo-Yo experts, and the Houdini Magic Shop Show are also on the schedule. Horse & Carriage rides will be offered November 27 through January 2.

And a special Downtown Disney District holiday tradition, Tuba Christmas, will take place at noon on Saturday, Dec. 19. No matter how you celebrate, Downtown Disney District will have something for you this holiday season.

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Ghirardelli’s Comin’ to (Down)Town Disney District at the Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


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If you’re looking for holiday treats, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort offers a new opportunity. Beginning today – Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Ghirardelli will have a seasonal holiday store, located next to the Disney Vacation Club Preview Center across from Rainforest Café.

For the shopping convenience of Downtown Disney District guests, the seasonal retail location offers a variety of beautifully wrapped gifts, limited-edition Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark, classic bars and SQUARES, pick-and-mix chocolates, novelties and more.

Please note that this is a merchandise-only location. For the Ghirardelli ice cream experience, please visit the location in Disney California Adventure park.

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Celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest This Month in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 9th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


October is all about seasonal celebrations in the restaurants, shops and entertainment venues of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Whether your taste runs to harvest, Halloween or “hoisting” a beverage for the occasion, the Downtown Disney District offers something for every age and every member of the family.

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Pumpkin is one of the predominant tastes of the season, and there is plenty to taste at locations throughout the Downtown Disney District: a pumpkin churro from the California Churro cart, a pumpkin macaroon from Kayla’s Cakes, Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and a pumpkin smoothie made with almond milk, pumpkin, bananas and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg at Jamba Juice.

Halloween celebrants can enjoy an evening of “Scary-Oke,” including costume and karaoke contests, at Crossroads at House of Blues on Saturday, Oct. 31. LittleMissMatched is offering a Buy 3 Get One Free deal on limited-edition Halloween-themed socks.

And if, inspired by Haunted Mansion Holiday, you’d like to construct your own haunted gingerbread house, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will offer a Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. A Gingerbread Kit and two seats at the work table are available for $48; additional seats would be $12 apiece. Tickets are available online here.

Meanwhile, October brings with it the opportunity to show your Bavarian side with the celebration of Oktoberfest. Uva Bar is currently offering an Oktoberfest-inspired menu through October 31. Crossroads at House of Blues will have a special Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring specialty menu items, a stein-hoisting competition and a pretzel eating contest. Meanwhile, a special Oktoberfest menu at House of Blues features grilled bratwurst, schnitzel, apple strudel and giant Bavarian pretzels.

It’s a full month of October events at the Downtown Disney District. Choose your celebration!

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