Buena Vista Street and More, What’s OPEN at Disneyland Resort

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What’s open at Disneyland and in the surrounding area, even during the current events of the year. As Disneyland continues their phased reopening, new shops and experiences continue to open.

We’ve seen Disney do an excellent job with extra safety precautions in place so we can also look forward to visiting some of our favorite places even during these challenging times. Whats open at Disneyland Resort

Are you ready to come back home to the Disneyland Resort area? I have compiled a list of things that are open and more details to help you adjust your trip as needed. P.S. Walt Disney World is open, if you need some Disney in your life right now book here.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there and because things continue to change, it’s hard to keep track.

California Regional Stay at Home Order 

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new regional stay at home order in California on 12/03/20. It is currently in effect and limits non-essential travel in the state. 

Here’s what that means and how it impacts Downtown Disney. At the current update the stay at home order DOES affect Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney operations, effective Monday December 7,2020.

When regions available ICU capacity reaches 15% or below, they will then be subject to this current SAH order. Here’s what can and cannot happen with those restrictions. 

  • Regional SAH order will be in place for 3 weeks (minimum) when available ICU capacity is at or below 15%
  • The region includes Southern California and Orange County together. 
  • If Southern California’s available ICU capacity is at or below 15%, at that point, dining will be limited to take out or delivery. 
  • If Southern California available ICU capacity is at or below 15%, at that point, retail will be limited to 20% capacity. 
  • All non-essential travel restricted.

In order to get out of the regional stay at home order, a county will exit if their ICU has more capacity than 15%. The three weeks start as a region (all Southern California) and exit as a county (Disneyland is in Orange County).

As of this update, this order DOES affect Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney operations, effective noon Monday December 7,2020. Keep reading for what is open and what is not during this minimum three week closure.

What’s Open at Downtown Disney

You do not need a reservation to visit Downtown Disney, but there are a few things you should know before you arrive. 

I support responsible travel and taking extra steps to ensure a safe and healthy visit. 

 

Oswalds California Adventure

 

Downtown Disney Parking

Downtown Disney Parking is limited to the Simba parking for $10 per car. Validation does not apply during this time. Those with parking added to their Annual Pass will still need to pay for parking because this is not considered theme park parking. 

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The Simba parking lot leads you to enter Downtown Disney near Earl of Sandwich. You do NOT need a dining reservation to visit Downtown Disney, but it will help incase parking is full. See the best places to eat in Downtown Disney here.

You do not need a Disneyland ticket to visit Downtown Disney. You will have to go through security to enter in this part of the Disneyland Resort “bubble” but again, no Disneyland ticket is required.

 

Simba parking Downtown Disney

 

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Only parking is closed off when it’s full—not walk in access. 

Downtown Disney Entrance

Downtown Disney Entrances are available near Earl of Sandwich after parking in the Simba lot, or on the Harbor Blvd. pedestrian access point. The pick/up drop off area is open on Harbor Blvd. 

 

Downtown Disney entrance

 

No matter which direction you’re coming from, it’s super easy to access. Just follow the signs for entry. Note that entry may be paused throughout the day due to capacity restrictions.

Downtown Disney Health Check

I’ve covered health and safety measures extensively in this Disneyland reopening article but also have some basics for you right here. 

 

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Health Screenings will be performed at each entry point. All guests must have a temperature lower than 100.4. It’s a simple, quick process to get your temp checked as you arrive at Downtown Disney. 

 

Disneyland Health screening

 

If anyone in your party has a temperature above the limit, you can return at a later time or step aside to be re-screened. After this, you’ll go through the regular security screening process covered here.

Downtown Disney Mask Policy

Yes, face coverings are required for the duration of your visit. This includes cast members and guests ages 2 and up. See more regarding the face covering requirement here

 

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Once you complete the check in process, you’ll want to stop by one of the many wonderful places to shop and eat at Downtown Disney. I’ve outlined most of the dining options here, which one will you be eating at first?

What Restaraunts Are Open at Downtown Disney

It’s hard to decide where to eat at Downtown Disney. Where I go definitely depends on my mood, who I’m with and what I’m craving. The good news is there are many fabulous places to eat at downtown Disney District, so whatever you’re craving there’s something for you.

The regional stay at home order beginning December 7, 2020 mandates no food or drink consumption on Downtown Disney property. Only food ordered to go can be purchased and taken elsewhere to eat.

Current food and drink options open in Downtown Disney:

  • Black Tap’s CrazyShake Window
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Jamba
  • Jazz Kitchen Express
  • Marceline’s Confectionary
  • Salt & Straw
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels
  • Some food carts

 

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My downtown Disney and go-to’s are Tortilla Jo’s, Uva Bar and Black Tap, but I do like to keep everything else in rotation. Click here for all the food details and my in-depth dining reviews.

What Shops are Open at Downtown Disney 

Disney welcomes YOU back as part of the phased reopening of Disneyland Resort. As Downtown Disney progresses to a full opening, hours and offerings continue to expand. Here’s what’s open for shopping.

The regional stay at home order beginning December 7, 2020 allows retail to be open at 20% capacity. Most retail locations will remain in operation at Downtown Disney.

Disney Stores Are Open at Downtown Disney:

  • Disneyland exclusive merchandise shopping opportunities pop up often during  special, reservation only shopping experience in Downtown Disney. Follow Disney Parks Blog for your chance to shop.
  • Disney Home
  • Disney Pin Traders
  • Marceline’s Confectionary
  • The Disney Dress Shop
  • Star Wars Trading Post coming soon to the old Rainforest Cafe location, currently in WonderGround Gallery
  • World of Disney
  • WonderGround Gallery returning soon

NEW shopping experiences in Downtown Disney. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge shopping inside the old WonderGround Gallery, you’ll find items like this. Disneyland Resort’s Backlot Premiere Shop for seasonal merchandise and more. 

 

Disneyland backlot shopping

Other Stores Open at Downtown Disney:

  • California Sole
  • Curl Surf
  • The LEGO Store
  • Pandora Jewelry 

 

Curl Surf Downtown Disney

 

  • Rinse Bath & Body Co. (via kiosk in DTD)
  • Sephora
  • Sugarboo & Co.
  • Sunglass Icon

What’s Open at California Adventure

Serving as an extension of Downtown Disney District along with FREE admission, soon you can shop and dine inside California Adventure Park in a number of new ways during the extended Disneyland closure. 

 

Carthay Circle Christmas

 

Disneyland Resort’s Backlot Premiere Shop for seasonal merchandise and more is located inside California Adventure with entry via the esplanade. Look for signs directing you there.

 

Downtown Disney Best Photo Spots 

The regional stay at home order beginning December 7, 2020 mandates no food or drink consumption on Disney property. Only food ordered to go can be purchased and taken elsewhere to eat.

Current food and drink options open in California Adventure (must be taken off property to consume):

  • Trolley Treats

Current shopping open in California Adventure:

  • Elias & Co.
  • Julius Katz & Sons
  • Kingswell Camera Shop
  • Off the Page

Temporarily closed dining due to the regional stay at home order that limits dining on site:

  • Award Wieners
  • Carthay Circle Lounge
  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
  • Smokejumpers Grill

Disney also adds, “The number of guests visiting the Downtown Disney District and its locations, including the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street, will be limited to promote physical distancing. We may at times use the mobile wait list system when Buena Vista Street and/or its queue are at capacity, similar to the process at some retail locations in the Downtown Disney District. Disney California Adventure Park is currently closed.

It’s wonderful to see a partial reopening even if it’s shops and dining. Will you be there? Keeping reading to book and save at a nearby hotel to make a staycation out of it!

Disneyland Area Hotels are Open

Initially, California Governor Newsom issued an executive order that grants authority for the state to take over hotels and motels for medical use for coronavirus patients. This does not mean all hotels were part of that measure.

As of December 7, 2020 Disneyland area hotels are open for essential travel and essential workers. 

 

Anaheim Hotel Pool

 

Many Disneyland area hotels have begun to reopen, or were open the entire time:

In addition, Disney notified Disney Vacation Club members that the DVC portion of the Grand Californian will not reopen, as planned, on December 6, 2020.

This isn’t a full opening for the general public, and news will be forthcoming as adjustments are made due to the regional stay at home order. 

 

Pool area Cambria Anaheim

 

Most hotels in Anaheim are planning to reopening even as Disneyland adjusts their reopening date. Here’s an entire list of all the hotels I have stayed at while visiting Disneyland, along with their reviews.

Step by Step Buena Vista Street Plan

Here are several Buena Vista Street itineraries for your visit, depending on your goal. Screenshot this and save for your trip. Note due to the regional stay at home order only shopping is available starting December 7, 2020. The state advises residents to stay at home as much as possible 

Buena Vista Street Disneyland Plan | Carthay Circle Dining

  1. Make advanced reservations for Carthay Circle Lounge on Disneyland’s website
  2. Arrive 30-60 minutes before your reservation. It takes time to park, go through all the necessary screening. If parking or access to Downtown Disney is closed, you can show your reservation to get access. However if access is open, you may not skip the line to get in on time. Allow less time for weekdays, more time for weekends.  
  3. Use my referral discount for parking at hotels right across from Disneyland, so you won’t be delayed do to Simba lot capacity. 
  4. Enter via Harbor Blvd. enrtance. Follow the signs for Buena Vista Street entry. 
  5. Browse shops on Buena Vista Street or Downtown Disney while you wait for your reservation time.

Buena Vista Street Disneyland Plan | Quick Service Dining

  1. For weekday visits, arrive before 4 pm. If you’re arriving after 4 pm, have alternate dining plans in place for quick service at Downtown Disney. For weekend visits, access may “sell out” and/or have a delay of several hours, plan to arrive 30-60 minutes prior to opening.
  2. Use my referral discount for parking at hotels right across from Disneyland, so you won’t be delayed do to Simba lot capacity. 
  3. Enter via Harbor Blvd. enrtance. Follow the signs for Buena Vista Street entry. 
  4. Immediately put your name and party number down for access to Buena Vista Street. No advance reservations are permitted. 
  5. Browse shops in Downtown Disney while you wait for your return text. Return window times may vary so make sure your ringer is on and stay in Downtown Disney so you can return when you get the alert.

Buena Vista Street Disneyland Plan | Shopping

  1. Most shops have their own virtual waiting list. For weekday visits, arrive before 4 pm. If you’re arriving after 4 pm, have alternate shopping plans in place at Downtown Disney, many of the same items can be found in Marceline’s Confectionary and World of Disney. For weekend visits, access may “sell out” and/or have a delay of several hours, plan to arrive 30-60 minutes prior to opening.
  2. Use my referral discount for parking at hotels right across from Disneyland, so you won’t be delayed do to Simba lot capacity. 
  3. Enter via Harbor Blvd. enrtance. Follow the signs for Buena Vista Street entry. 
  4. Immediately put your name and party number down for access to Buena Vista Street. No advance reservations are permitted. 
  5. When you arrive on Buena Vista Street, head to your first priority shopping first and add your name to the waitlist if needed. Stroll the open areas of California Adventure, take photos and relax while you wait. 

I’d love to hear from you! How did you visit to Buena Vista Street and Downtown Disney go? Email me with subject line “what’s open at Disneyland” to [email protected], I’d love to share your advice!

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