The following is a list of establishments located at Downtown Disney, the outdoor shopping center and entertainment complex located at Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort which opened in 2001. It’s divided into categories listing the most current and active businesses and attractions.
Tenant Retail Outlets and Disney Merchant Shops
Alamo Rent a Car
The Disney Dress Shop
Disney’s Pin Traders
Disney Vacation Club at Downtown Disney District
ESPN Zone Studio Store
The Lego Store
Pressed Coin Machines
Rainforest Cafe Retail Shopping Village
Walt Disney Travel Company Guest Services
World of Disney
Restaurants and other Dining
Earl of Sandwich
La Brea Bakery Cafe (with Express)
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen (with Express)
Splitsville Luxury Lanes (Dining)
Starbucks Coffee (original and West locations)
Tortilla Jo’s (with Taqueria)
Other Entertainment Options and Establishments
AMC Downtown Disney (12 Movie Theaters)
Disneyland Monorail System Downtown Disney Station (disembarkation point only)
When Disney Parks and Resorts are mentioned, the first things to mind might be the rides, attractions, characters to meet and greet, and so on. But sometimes guests might just want to be able to shop till they drop, or at least until they get hungry and get some eats.
This then is where the shopping/dining/entertainment complexes of the Disney parks come in. With a varied selection of retail outlets and restaurants to choose from – plus attractions like cinemas and concert venues – they make for a similarly fun alternative to their neighboring theme parks. Here’s a list of them worldwide.
Disney Springs (opened 1975 under original name; present name in 2015) at Walt Disney World
Disney Village (opened 1992 under original name; present name in 1996) at Disneyland Paris
Ikspiari (opened 2000) at Tokyo Disney Resort
Downtown Disney (opened 2001) at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
Disneytown (2016) at Shanghai Disney Resort
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was supposed to get its own distinct shopping/dining/entertainment complex as well; but its development, much less construction and opening, has not been realized ever since HKDR first started operation in 2005.
Not all Disney theme park projects ever successfully get off the ground. Several of these plans, even one conceptualized by Walt Disney himself, have had the misfortune of never making it beyond the development stage. Though they never existed fully, their stories often remain public if one looks for them.
This will be a list of those never-been theme parks, resorts that The Walt Disney Company got so far as to announce, only to fall through. Some of them were abandoned while others have had another Disney park built on its intended site. Also included are interesting snippets of history.
Walt Disney’s Riverfront Square – what would’ve been the next theme park after Disneyland; planned at St. Louis, Missouri and was in development 1963-65; canceled due to financing and ownership disputes, as well as Walt Disney’s reaction to a local critic claiming no park could succeed without selling alcohol for adult guests; Disney moved his plans to Florida, leading to Walt Disney World
Port Disney – a planned seaside complex containing theme parks, hotels and transportation facilities on Long Beach, California; announced in 1990 along with proposals for its first marine theme park DisneySea; cancelled in 1991 following the shift in development push to WestCOT (later also cancelled); Japan’s Oriental Land Company would revive the concept with Tokyo DisneySea, near Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disney Resort
WestCOT – the proposed West Coast counterpart to EPCOT in Walt Disney World, Florida; announced in 1991 but cancelled in 1995 due to land acquisition issues; its site would then be used for Disney’s California Adventure, opening 2001
Disney’s America – planned theme park in Virginia (supposed to open 1998) themed after the history of the United States; announced in 1993 but cancelled a year later after protests from citizens’ groups and historians; some themes would be reused on Disney’s California Adventure on Disneyland Resort
There is without a doubt that Walt Disney World in Florida is the biggest Disney theme park complex in the world. The sheer size of the land area occupied by Disney World at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, close to Orlando and Kissimmee, can be seen in the number of hotels in the area for the benefit of guests visiting the four theme parks and two water parks there.
To round up our list of Disney hotels in their theme parks around the world, here are the twenty-seven (plus 2 soon-to-open) themed resort hotels operated by Disney at Disney World.
Deluxe resorts – the best and biggest luxury accommodations they have to offer
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (April 16, 2001) near Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Beach Club Resort (November 19, 1990) near Epcot
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn (July 1, 1996)
Disney’s Contemporary Resort (October 1, 1971) near Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (July 1, 1988); partly inspired the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (October 1, 1971)
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (May 28, 1994)
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (November 5, 1990) near Epcot
Moderate resorts – a blend of best comfort and affordability
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (October 1, 1988) near Epcot
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (August 1, 1997) near Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter(May 17, 1991) near Disney Springs
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (February 2, 1992)
Value resorts – as the name implies, for budget travellers; still Disney-standard awesome
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort (January 15, 1999) near Animal Kingdom
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (November 22, 1994)
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort (April 24, 1994)
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (May 31, 2012) near ESPN Wide World of Sports
Disney’s Pop Century Resort (December 14, 2003)
Disney Vacation Club – the Disney-branded vacation timeshare program
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (August 4, 2009) near Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas (August 15, 2007) near Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Beach Club Villas (July 1, 2002) near Epcot
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas (July 1, 1996)
Disney’s Old Key West Resort (December 20, 1991) near Disney Springs
It’s extremely difficult, perhaps even impossible, to see everything a Disney theme park has to offer in a single day. Some guests may just visit specific attractions or areas to save time, but those ready to tour it all might consider spending a night or two nearby. That’s where the on-site hotels come in.
Hotel accommodations around Disney Parks and Resorts are either officially owned by the company or not. Here is the first installment of a list of all Disney-owned hotels in their theme parks around the world. We’ll cover two theme park complexes to start.
(Original) Disneyland Hotel – Built in 1955 by Jack Wrather; acquired by Disney in 1988
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – Opened in 2001; first Disneyland Resort Hotel built and operated solely by Disney
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel – Opened near Disney California Adventure in 1984 by Japan’s Tokyu Group; bought by Disney in 1995
(unnamed) Hotel #4 – Grand opening in 2021
Disneyland Paris(All Hotels opened in 1992)
Disneyland Hotel (Paris) – Hotel in the American-Victorian architectural style
Disney’s Hotel New York – Themed after New York City
Disney’s Newport Bay Club – Styled like a New England town
Disney’s Sequoia Lodge – Patterned after an American National Park Lodge
Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne – Evokes the American Old West
Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe – Celebrates the American Southwest
Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch – Cabins in a wooded wilderness campground setting
Tokyo Disney Resort
Disney Ambassador Hotel – First Disney-owned hotel in the area; opened in 2000
Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta – First Disney-owned hotel to be located within a theme park premises rather than outside in the complex vicinity; opened with Tokyo DisneySea in 2001, its exterior makes up most of the “background buildings” in DisneySea’s Mediterranean Harbor entrance area
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel – Opened in 2008 as part of celebrations for the resort’s 25th anniversary; patterned after Disneyland Hotel (Paris), and later inspired Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel – Opened 2016 at Shin-Urayasu; notable for being the first Disney-owned hotel to be located completely outside a resort complex; formerly the Palm & Fountain Terrace Hotel until bought and remodeled by Disney; connected to Tokyo Disney Resort by a free 15-minute shuttle service
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel – Styled after both the Disneyland Hotel (Paris) and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Walt Disney World; opened in 2005
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel – Also opened in 2005; designed to evoke Hollywood in the 1930s, during the Classical Sound Era of Cinema
Disney Explorer’s Lodge – An exploration-themed hotel with four distinct areas (African, South American rainforest, Polynesian and Asian); opened in 2017 and is the largest hotel in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Shanghai Disney Resort(All Hotels opened in 2016)
Shanghai Disneyland Hotel – Done in the Art Nouveau style; one of its many restaurants is themed after Beauty and the Beast
Toy Story Hotel – First Disney hotel themed after Pixar’s Toy Story; has two distinct wings named after Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear; its Sunnyside Cafe is decorated with Disney characters flying traditional Chinese kites
This Monday, March 19, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction in The Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World reopened after a refurbishment period that started last year. Chief among the renovations was the altering of a scene where pirates formerly put up wenches for auction as brides; that’s gone now.
In the new scene, the former wench auction has been retooled into a general auction of goods taken by the pirates who invaded the setting’s Caribbean town. Furthermore, Redd the wench in red who was on the block to be sold last time…is now a pistol-toting pirate running said auction.
That does make you wonder: what else have been changed by Disney Parks and Rides over the years to the attraction that launched the popular film series starring Johnny “Cap’n Jack Sparrow” Depp? Walt Disney himself said we have to “Keep moving forward”. Looks like a job for a List.
1997 – A segment featuring the “Pooped Pirate”, a raider chasing a wench who escapes by hiding in a barrel, was altered. For the Disneyland version, he was now a “Gluttonous Pirate” searching for a pork loin, while the woman in the barrel was changed to a cat. The Magic Kingdom version had him reading a treasure map while the woman now carries a small chest with her. The POTC attractions in Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland did not change this.
2006 – In the same year the POTC movie Dead Man’s Chest premiered, the Magic Kingdom’s Pirate with a Map now has somebody else peeking at said map from the barrel: Captain Jack Sparrow. Also as part of the synergy between ride and movies, a projection of Davy Jones on a cascade of water was added to the route.
2011 – Starting May of this year, the Davy Jones projection was briefly replaced by Blackbeard, antagonist of the then-premiering POTC movie On Stranger Tides.
2017 (April) – For one day, all animatronics of Captain Jack Sparrow were removed from the ride scenes, so that Johnny Depp himself – in character – would surprise guests along the way. This was to promote the release of Dead Men Tell No Tales (Salazar’s Revenge in selected areas overseas).
2017 (June) – Disney announced that the POTC attractions in Orlando, Anaheim and Paris will implement major scene renovations (discussed above). The Magic Kingdom version also restored the original “Talking Skull” animatronic from the original configuration.
2017 (July) – Disneyland Paris’ POTC reopened in July with the revamped auction scene and the addition of two Jack Sparrow animatronics, plus one animatronic of Captain Barbossa, and image projections of both Davy Jones and Blackbeard.
2018 (March) – The Magic Kingdom version reopens with the revamped auction scene. Disneyland will follow later this summer.
Back in the 90s, Disney announced plans to build a sea-themed park called Port Disney in Long Beach, California. Unfortunately, financial problems caused the project to be cancelled before any work can begin. Japan’s Oriental Land Company, which owns Tokyo Disney Resort, revived those plans as Tokyo DisneySea, opened 2001.
Here’s a list of Tokyo DisneySea’s themed areas, known as “ports of call” due to their being styled after various historical and fantastical seaside locations. Tokyo Disney Resort bills DisneySea as a more “grown-up” alternative to the original Tokyo Disneyland nearby.
Mediterranean Harbor – the entrance hub; patterned after an Italian port with gondolas for guests to ride. It is home to the only Disney hotel completely within the boundaries of a theme park, the Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta (other Disney Hotels are usually outside park grounds).
Mysterious Island – retro science fiction zone; based on the works of Jules Verne. Its Mount Prometheus volcano is DisneySea’s analogue to the Princess castles in other Disney theme parks.
Mermaid Lagoon – DisneySea’s only mostly indoor-located themed area, based on characters from The Little Mermaid. Outside it’s designed like King Triton’s palace, and the interior effects give off the feeling of being underwater.
Arabian Coast – themed after Aladdin’s home of Agrabah; populated with minaret palaces and open bazaars.
Lost River Delta – Interestingly, it’s mainly themed around its central attraction based on Indiana Jones. This is the other port for the DisneySea Steamer, which travels back and forth from here to Mediterranean Harbor.
Port Discovery – another sci-fi themed area with a more art deco-inspired design; in-universe, its “Center for Weather Control” manages the weather for the whole park. Attractions based on Finding Nemo/Finding Dory can be found here.
American Waterfront – has two sub-areas that replicate iconic American port aesthetics; one is patterned after a Cape Cod fishing town, and the other takes after how an Eastern Seaboard port city looked like in the early 20th Century, with a steamship passenger liner replica on the dock. The DisneySea Electric Railway connects between here and Port Discovery.