• On Oct 12, 2020
    Maria from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Am I able to buy a Mickey balloon at downtown Disney? Also, do I have to do any reservations for downtown Disney?

    Hiya, Maria, and welcome to planDisney!

    If you’re anything like me, chances are you’re missing our happy place now more than ever! Even though we can’t experience the magic of the Disneyland Resort theme parks just yet, I’m thankful that Downtown Disney District has reopened as part of the Resort’s phased reopening. There’s something about the ambiance of Downtown Disney, from the familiar music, to the delicious treats, to the adorable merchandise. I always leave with a big smile on my face!

    My children have also been missing their favorite Mickey Mouse Balloons, so, during a recent visit to Downtown Disney, I asked a Cast Member about them. Unfortunately, the Cast Member told me that balloons aren’t currently being sold at Downtown Disney District. However, if you’re looking for balloons for a particular occasion, I have another solution for you. Head online to shopDisney, where you’ll find some unique balloon options. From my search for “balloons” I found themed balloons from Spider-Man, Frozen 2, Cars 3, Toy Story 4, Black Panther, Descendants 2, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. So, even though these aren’t Mickey Mouse Balloons, they can still bring a touch of Disney to your home or party! 

    As for reservations for Downtown Disney District, they aren’t required for entry, but could be helpful for dining and parking, especially on weekends. Having a dining reservation will help you with parking in the Simba Lot, especially when the lot is full and parking is temporarily paused. If that happens, Guests with dining reservations will have priority access. You can find the Simba Lot at Disneyland Drive and Katella Ave. Parking at the Simba Lot is temporarily complimentary, too! Currently, these restaurants are accepting reservations. My crew loves the family-size pizzas at Naples Ristorante e Bar!

    In addition, you may need to enter a virtual queue upon arrival for busier shops such as World of Disney, Disney Home, and Marceline’s Confectionery. This is especially common on weekends. I recommend checking in with a Cast Member near the entrance of the shop to ask if you’ll need one, so you can map out your shopping plan accordingly. If you’re hoping to nab some scrumptious Churro Toffee from Marceline’s, I recommend arriving by midday for your best chance – it tends to sell out quickly!

    Before your visit, don’t forget to click here to find out everything you’ll need to know. I hope this information helps you enjoy a pixie-dusted adventure at Downtown Disney District, Maria!

    See ya’ real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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