• On Oct 12, 2019
    Judy from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    who can access downtown disney?

    Hey howdy hey, Judy! You’ve got a friend in me at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and I’m excited to help you with your question!

    I’m happy to report that absolutely anyone can access Downtown Disney District after passing through a Security Checkpoint. Parking for Downtown Disney District can be found just behind Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Enjoy a short walk past the Disneyland Hotel, then head into the Security Checkpoint. This Checkpoint tends to be less crowded throughout the day, too. You can also enter Downtown Disney District from the entrance at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, or from Harbor Boulevard. 

    Downtown Disney District has welcomed several exciting new additions recently, which you won’t want to miss! Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes has become a go-to spot for delicious burgers, fries, and of course, CrazyShakes! Other recent additions include Ballast Point Brewing Co. and Salt & Straw.  

    I highly recommend strolling by Marceline’s Confectionery, where you can watch candy apples being transformed into pieces of edible art thanks to the talented Cast Members working behind the glass! For an immersive experience to remember, you’ll want to check out The VOID: Step Beyond Reality, an exciting virtual-reality walkthrough adventure. Lastly, to satisfy your shopping needs, don’t miss The Disney Dress Shop, where you can find adorable and unique vintage-inspired apparel and accessories. 

    Have a magical Disneyland Resort vacation this Spring! We’ll 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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