A Shopper’s Guide to Disney California Adventure Park

Michelle Harker

by , Manager, Event Programming

This is it, gang! We are less than 24 hours away from the Grand Reopening of Disney California Adventure park. The momentum is exhilarating! So what’s the first thing you’re going to do when you enter the gates? Check out Buena Vista Street? Hop on the Red Car Trolley? Head straight for Cars Land? If you ask me, it’s time to shop ‘til you drop!

Here are a few tips on things you shouldn’t miss and places you must visit.

Charming and quaint, Buena Vista Street is a true treasure, and a trove at that. Elias & Co. is home to the Red Car Trolley and “Storytellers” merchandise I showed you just a few weeks ago. If you’re looking to take a step back in time, this is the place to do it.

Just across the tracks is Trolley Treats, with must-sees including Rock Candy Mountain and the team of Candy Makers hard at work creating hand-pulled taffy and gourmet marshmallows.

And around the corner at the Disney Animation Building is where all of the limited-edition and commemorative merchandise will be, so if you “have to have it,” then make this the one place you have to go.

Special Tip for June 15 – For guests interested in purchasing limited edition and commemorative merchandise, the queue will open at 11 p.m. on June 14 on Disneyland Resort property.

Now, shifting gears a little bit, let’s head down the street into Cars Land. Your first pit stop, of course, should be Radiator Springs Curios, where you’ll find pins, Vinylmation and other novelties. But if cruising around is more your speed, get the right style at Ramone’s House of Body Art, whose Champions Custom Speed Shop and Low ‘n Slow collections will knock your socks off.

Looking for something with a little bit more “flare” for the kids? Then get in on the action at Sarge’s Surplus Hut. Sarge runs a tight ship, but he has everything you need themed to some of the main attractions in this revving new town. I can guarantee, he’s not “toying” with you.

Alright, I think that’s everything you need to know! See you out there!

Read more news about shopping at Disney California Adventure park in the posts below:


  • Hi Michelle, I couldn’t find the comment section on your post “Get on Board with the Red Car Trolley Collection at Disney California Adventure Park” post, and I was looking at the conductor hats and was noticing that the clip on the hat was different from the one I purchased at the park. The conductor hat in the picture had a much larger clip and different design. Just wondering if the one in the picture was was a prototype and not the finished released product. Because I really do like that one better! And if the version of the conductor hat in your post was available, if so is there anyway I could get my hands on that version of that hat?

  • Hi Michelle,

    I was just wondering if the merchandise will be extremely limited? I am planning to get in line no later than 6 A.M., which I understand is cutting it close, but I would like to get in the general admission to ride RSR first. Is there any chance of getting limited merchandise at that point? Thank you!

  • I’d like to know the answer to Raymond’s question. Will the Mr. Potatohead parts make a comeback to the park?

  • Hi Michelle,

    Regarding your post to Kathleen
    “once you head in the general direction of the Animation Building, Cast Members will be on hand to direct you to the proper queue for Merchandise”

    Does that mean that a Cast Member will not be walking us to the store?

  • Will any new DCA merchandise be available online or via mail order?

    • Jason,
      Unfortunately most of the new Disney California Adventure park merchandise will only be available inside the park. However, you can always check with our Disney Merchandise Guest Services team for the most up to date information and remaining quantities of merchandise.

  • Hi Michelle,

    Will there be separate wristbands for the park and the merchandise or is it just one wristband for both? Thanks and we can’t wait to see everything!!

    • Anita,
      There will be separate wristbands for the park and the merchandise location initially.

  • Erin said yesterday that there would be a separate queue for the merchandise. Will it work the same way as the regular queue where you get a color coded wristband to hold your place so you can go back to your hotel/take bathroom breaks, etc?

    • Kelila, as Erin mentioned in her post, yes, the wristband process will be the same, allowing you the opportunity to take brief bathroom breaks, etc.. we recommend that you do not leave for an extended period of time.

  • Will there be a separate line queue for merchandise at the Animation building?

    • Kathleen, once you head in the general direction of the Animation Building, Cast Members will be on hand to direct you to the proper queue for Merchandise.

  • Will the Potato Head Pieces be back in California Adventure Park now? If not, are there plans for it to head over to Disneyland Park or Downtown Disney? We love this when we are at WDW, and would love to get some pieces in October when we come to Disneyland Resort!

  • Hello Everyone,

    I do really like all the choices, of course pins are my favorites.

    Will there be a way for us to get a merchandise wristband and a Cars Land wristband, too? I don’t know how I would choose, if I could only get one wristband!

    Is the (non-merchandise) overnight queue/wristband only for those wanting to go to Cars Land or is it for everyone entering DCA? My friends have reservations for breakfast at Ariel’s at 10:15. Will they be able to get in, or will they need to be in the wristband line?

    I’m confused by this whole zone thing in the merchandise catalog. Will there be a distinct queue and register line for each zone, or will everyone file through the zones, choosing what they want along the way, ending at a bank of cash registers to pay for everything?

    Will there be different wristbands for each of the limited edition merchandise items or zones? If I only want a few things, I don’t want to wait in line forever, just to find out the items are already gone.

    I do have a suggestion. Do what they did at the first D23 expo for LE merch. We were asked which items we wanted to buy and then we were given a slip of paper for each of those items.

    I like that system better than the the way they do the colored wristbands. Ex: if there is an item that is LE 100, the first 100 in line get a red wristband. If the next LE is 250, the next 150 get a green wristband, because those with red wristbands can get all the LE items. They don’t ask if you plan to buy the LE 100, they just give that wristband to the first 100, no matter. One time I asked for the next color, because I didn’t want the LE 100. The line monitor said no. So sad because, then someone who really wanted the LE 100 had to wait until 1 PM to find out if there were any LE100 left. I wasn’t the only person at the front of the line that didn’t want the LE 100.

    Hopefully the merchandise wristbands system will be like usual. You get your band and then have until 1PM to make your purchase. Then we can go to Cars Land first.

    Please provide more information on how the merchandise queue will work.

    • Anna,
      Great questions! I think Erin actually answered quite of few of your questions, so I’ll try just to focus on the merchandise shopping inside the venue.

      Upon entering the venue, you may visit each zone as you are eliglible, one zone is specifically geared towards Annual Passholders. Guests will be permitted into the venue as space allows. Guests will have to determine which zones they desire to visit first based on their most wanted list. Once you are done shopping at each zone (concert style), you will be directed to a bank of registers to check out.

      Hope that helps.

  • Michelle,

    Can you please tell me if there are plans to sell any of the open-edition new California Adventure items online? I would love to know if anything will be available!

    • Jonathan, currently all Disney California Adventure merchandise items, both open edition and limited edition will only be available to purchase inside the park. Should it become available at a later date online, I will definitely let you know.

  • Will we be given wristbands at 11pm?

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