With the reopening of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure being up in limbo. Downtown Disney has been the place to make the Magic Happen.
Like all other Disneyland Annual Passholders and Disneyland lovers, we have found our Magic at Downtown Disney. I decided to finally go back and experience it myself.
I was advised to arrive early, since Downtown Disney can reach capacity fairly quickly, after opening. So, we arrived at 9:10am, not knowing that the parking lot does not open until 9:45am. We had to drive around the block a few times, but after the third time, around 9:30am, they opened the parking lot, (Simba Parking lot), and we were able to come in. The parking lot was empty and we got a great spot.
Walking into the security area was a breeze. No one was there. We walked through the entire thing. Be ready to have your temperature taken and they do have an area where they will check your bags.
Once in Downtown Disney, they have the social distancing markers everywhere. They also have hand wash stations and hand sanitizer is available at all the stores and around Downtown Disney.
Another great thing about arriving early is that all of the shops were empty. We walked right in to Star Wars Trading Post. Right into the Lego Store and we did have to wait for 3 minutes, to get into World of Disney.
Ordering from Jazz Kitchen Express was very easy to do. They have signs all over Downtown Disney showing QR code’s for you to scan and place your orders. We only waited 10 minutes before our order was ready. They also have this available for Jamba Juice, Sprinkles and Salt & Straw.
Do not be discouraged if you are not able to get a restaurant reservation online. Once you are at Downtown Disney, most of the restaurants will take walk-ins, which is exactly what we did at La Brea Bakery. We did have to wait about 15 minutes, but it was worth it. They offer two outdoor seating areas, and they also offer brunch the entire day. Tortilla Jo’s, Naples Ristorante e Bar, Earl of Sandwich, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes and a few others, also offer outdoor seating as well as indoor.
By 12:30pm, it was getting crowded. We took one last stroll, stopping at the Churro cart. All of the stores had very long lines. We tried to go to the Lego store and the wait time was over 45 minutes, so we just continued walking and left.
Here is why I recommend to come in the morning or in the late afternoon.
Until they give the go to open Disneyland, Downtown Disney is full of Magic for everyone.
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