Although Disneyland and other supersized California attractions were shown the back of the line when Health and Human Services finally released its guidelines for theme parks to reopen this week, the Mouse House is doing all it can to open the floodgates ASAP. For starters, the company announced Friday that the park’s Downtown Disney District will expand next month to include Buena Vista Street, which is part of California Adventure.
In July, the outdoor dining and shopping area within view of Disneyland’s locked gates became the only part of the park allowed to welcome guests since the site was forced to shutter in March. It could still be months before Disneyland proper is allowed to throw open its gates, so in the meantime the company is touting its expanded new street level attraction.
For holiday shopping, there’s Elias & Co., and Julius Katz & Sons for “Disney-themed home décor,” plus Kingswell Camera Shop. Guests on the run can grab candy and homemade confections at Trolley Treats, while other vending carts offer up churros, popcorn, ice cream, and other state fair-style treats.
Hungrier customers can hit the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe for coffee and sandwiches. More serious eaters can enjoy a sit-down meal at Carthay Circle Lounge, or Smokejumpers Grill, which specializes in classic Americana like burgers, fries, onion rings, craft beer, and cocktails.
Park officials advise potential visitors to check out its site for info on coronavirus protocols at Downtown Disney. All guests two years or older will be subject to temperature screenings prior to entry, face masks are mandatory, and the number of visitors allowed into the site will be limited in order promote physical distancing.