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Downtown Disney Announces Delicious New Experiences

Valerie Lee

by , Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

We have several tasty new updates to share with you from the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort! This dynamic destination offers something for everyone and will continue to evolve with several exciting new additions. Take a look at what’s new and what’s coming!

Now Open! Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio and Beignets Expressed
Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio

For more than two decades, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen has been revered for its warm hospitality, French Quarter flair, bold flavors, and famous, hot beignets! Building on this rich tradition, the iconic restaurant has evolved with a fresh new look, new name and new menu! The location is celebrating its reopening as Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio, a modern, casual and fun celebration of the Gulf and Pacific coasts, and Beignets Expressed.

The restaurant’s all-day menu features long-time fan favorites alongside new selections such as Lobster & Crawfish Sliders, Chile-Spiced Honey Glazed Grilled Salmon, Gumbo LA-LA filled with succulent seafood, the Grilled Open Faced Lobster BLT Po-Boy and the Reef & Beef, a delectable entrée of grilled shrimp and braised short ribs. This contemporary menu pairs perfectly with a newly expanded wine list from California vintners, and seasonal, seaside-style cocktails.

And let’s not forget the famous beignets! Beignets Expressed is a fast, friendly, and fun counter-service spot, bestowing the much-loved New Orleans confection served classically (fried and topped with heaping mounds of powdered sugar) and the specialty glazed beignets, dipped, drizzled, and sprinkled in infinitely delicious flavors. Signature and seasonal glazed selections include Snickerdoodle, Fruity Crunch and Bananas Foster.

New! Clyde’s Hot Chicken
Clyde’s Hot Chicken

Have you had a chance to taste Clyde’s Hot Chicken yet? It’s a new cart located in the district near the Disneyland Monorail that serves scrumptious Nashville hot chicken on a stick, handmade fresh daily and available in three different heat level seasonings. If you really want to turn it up a notch, try the Hot as Cali with cayenne and habanero spices! Wowza!

Coming soon: The Alley!
The Alley

The courtyard next to Splitsville Luxury Lanes is being transformed into an exciting space — The Alley — with interactive games, live music, lounge areas and seats for dining. This summer, you can relax, play games and create memories in this fun new spot, and enjoy all the delicious food and beverage offerings from Splitsville.

Family at Downtown Disney

Shopping is always on the menu in the district! Disney Home and WonderGround Gallery have recently reopened with unique selections of Disney décor. Down the way, you can pop into Lovepop for the coolest 3D pop-up cards, and Pelé Soccer for the latest in soccer gear and apparel.

It’s an exciting time as Downtown Disney District continues to be reimagined with new dining, shopping and entertainment experiences, along with long-time favorites throughout the promenade. Future plans for the district also include the addition of Din Tai Fung, a world-renowned Chinese restaurant known for its soup dumplings and noodles, plus masterful Mexican cuisine by Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytán at Paseo and Céntrico, and the oh-so-yummy California-Cuban cheese rolls and pastries from Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for all the latest updates on Downtown Disney District!


  • Used to love swinging by Jazz Kitchen Express for some Gumbo to go. With that change, along with the horrendous frozen yogurt look from the renovation, I don’t think Ralph Brennan’s will be getting my business anymore. 🙁 Shame. Zero New Orleans spirit nor charm.

  • Jazz Kitchen will match the modern style of the newer buildings currently under construction on the west end of DD. It looks out of place now but will match better with the newer portion of DD. Although I was a fan of the original New Orleams style, it was looking tacky and junky and tired out imo.

  • Wow, the redesign on Ralph’s is just straight trash. DTD is looking more like my local mall everyday.

  • Neat to see the evolution of Downtown Disney. While I’ll be sad since I grew up with the early 2000s era Disneyland Resort, I’m optimistic at the same time for what’s coming. The first two decades were great! Thanks for the memories, good times, and laughs! Looking forward to making even more magical memories once the reimagining of the Downtown Disney District is complete!!

  • Daniel I completely agree with you on the changes to Jazz Kitchen. They took away the charm and turned it into some cookie cutter restaurant

  • I usually love redesigns in the parks and DTD, but the changes to Ralph Brennan’s are so disappointing. Flat, no character/charm, and looks like a mall food court.

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