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!
Each month, I love giving you an inside look at delicious treats prepared in our Disneyland Resort candy kitchens! We recently had a chance to meet up with Master Candy Maker Rob Mc Hargue, who shared some magical tricks and tips on how you can create some of this year’s favorite holiday treats at home, including the peppermint-infused candy-coated apple and winter crispy. Take a look!
Special Fun Fact: Did you know that Rob has been a Candy Maker at the Disneyland Resort for more than 41 years? The next time you visit any of our candy kitchens at the Disneyland Resort including Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., or Hunny Spot in Critter Country at Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park or Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney District, see what kind of magic our Candy Makers are creating.
What is your favorite treat to make for the holidays?
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.
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.
This holiday season, our first as “Disney Springs,” it’s been fun to see all that’s new on property during this most festive time of year.
It’s also been nice to take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about some of my favorite long-time offerings.
At the top of list? The Christmas music that fills the promenade through December.
One of our performers, Pat Frost, has been making musical magic for years. With his Santa hat and conch shells, his rendition of familiar holiday tunes is unique, to say the least!
I loved taking a look back at this 2012 video from Christmas past when we were still “Downtown Disney” and the West Side hadn’t yet begun to make way for new locations like Starbucks and United World Soccer.
If you want to see Pat perform this year, stop by Dockside Margaritas — he’s frequently spotted there. And if you miss him, pick up a Times Guide to check out other entertainment options including Including meet and greets with Santa, live musical performances, stilt walkers and more! ’Tis the season.
Recently I had the chance to sit down with the big man in red himself, Santa Claus. We chatted about all there is to see and do during the holidays during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. He also gave me a little hint about my position on the naughty and nice list …
What is your favorite part of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?
What marvelous new merchandise is debuting at the Disneyland Resort? Here’s your first look at some exciting new offerings themed to some favorite super heroes.
I admit I’m the first to get caught in the web of having to try this new apple. I think it’s safe to say you know who I’m talking about. So how did they do it? Magic, of course, along with super hero powers. This new apple has been dipped in rich caramel, covered in red sanding sugar and minutely detailed with chocolate to create the look of the mask.
It can be found at Candy Palace and Hunny Spot in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. Don’t despair, East-coast crime fighters – Goofy’s Candy Company and Candy Cauldron in Disney Springs will be offering it soon as well.
What else? I’m glad you asked! If you haven’t had the chance to visit Super Hero HQ in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park to see all of the amazing new offerings, here’s one more reason to check it out! D-Tech on Demand recently expanded to both merchandise locations within the Tomorrowland Expo Center. What does that mean? When you visit Super Hero HQ, you can create your very own D-Tech on Demand case for any of the following devices – iPhone® 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6. Once you have the perfect fit, select your favorite piece of art from 70 new themed designs featuring some of the characters that have assembled here.
In approximately 10–15 minutes from start to finish, you’ll be ready to go! You can even personalize your phone case with your name! I know which one I have my eye on. I’m curious to know which super hero you’ll choose.
iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Apple and Samsung are third party products and are not affiliated with this offer.
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.
With Holidays at the Disneyland Resort underway through January 6, 2016, there is so much to see! Some of my favorite festive features are the unique Christmas trees found throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, the Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. How well do you know these beautiful trees? Find out with the quiz below!
How Well Do You Know the Christmas Trees of the Disneyland Resort?
Which classic story inspired the Christmas tree found in the European scene of “it’s a small world” Holiday?
How many multicolored LED lights cover the Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street?
How tall is Sally’s traffic cone tree at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land?
How many live, miniature Christmas trees can guests find throughout the Disneyland Resort?
In honor of Giving Tuesday, our Disney VoluntEARS would like you to join us in sharing the spirit of the season! Now through December 12, we are hosting the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive at locations throughout the Downtown Disney District and inside the lobbies of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.
On December 5 and 12, you also can join in some fun music and dancing at the Downtown Disney Main Stage from noon to 6 p.m., where the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Anaheim Fire & Rescue and Disney VoluntEARS will help collect your toys.
By providing a new and unwrapped toy with a suggested value of $10 or more, you can make the holiday season brighter for kids in Orange County, Calif. Some Downtown Disney District stores feature a recommended toy to purchase if you are not sure which gift to buy.
Participating locations are:
Now that the tryptophan is wearing off, you’ll need some energy if holiday shopping is part of your seasonal tradition.
This Week in Disney Parks Photos, we’re sharing a few fun ideas for holiday gifts – from Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
Michelle Harker shared this year’s commemorative Disney ¡Viva Navidad! items – a zip fleece hoodie, T-shirt, dimensional ornament, and limited release pins featuring the The Three Caballeros and Donald Duck atop an ornament.
You can find them at Seaside Souvenirs in Disney California Adventure park.
At both Disneyland Resort D Street, Downtown Disney District and Walt Disney World Resort Pin Traders, Disney Springs Marketplace, four new Funko Pop! figures themed to the Haunted Mansion just went on sale yesterday. Check out Ezra, Gus, Phineas and the popular Hatbox Ghost. Each figure retails for $19.95 plus tax.
Try not to eat your viewing device for these next items: debuting December 15, hand-crafted chocolates from the Ganachery at Disney Springs – “the most beautiful product in the world” according to Disney Pastry Chef Stefan Riemer.
A great keepsake for the true all-things-Disney fan: the custom-made bars that celebrate Disney’s iconic destinations (including Aulani, Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Resort) and the “Fab Five”.
As a dark-and-semi-sweet chocoholic, these may not make it out of the Disney Springs parking lot.
What Disney gift are you hoping to receive?