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  • On Apr 5, 2023
    Fiorella from Metropolitana Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I buy a Disney giftcard, can I use it in downtown Disney restaurants? Which are the restaurant at downtown disney that accept a Disney Giftcard?

    Hello there, Fiorella, and welcome to planDisney! 

    Disney Gift Cards are a great way to stay on budget during a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! I often recommend to family and friends to load one up to use while visiting the Disneyland Resort - they're just so easy and convenient. However, while you can use them for practically all things Disney, they are limited to Disney-owned-and-operated properties. Unfortunately, this means that you are not able to use them at restaurants in the Downtown Disney District

    There are some very delicious restaurant options in the Downtown Disney District, but if you're looking to try a meal outside of the parks and need to stick with Disney Gift Cards for payment then I would recommend trying one of the equally fantastic restaurant options at the hotels of the Disneyland Resort!

    My family and I love starting our day with breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel! There are so many different food options, but I especially love the omelet bar. If you're looking for a fine-dining experience for dinner, then I would recommend Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. It's an elegant setting with a (kindly requested) dress code and award-winning cuisine - overall a great way to wind down after a hectic day in the parks (or maybe for a quick break before going back to the parks in the evening!).

    If you have specific dates picked out for your trip, you can start making dining recommendations 60 days in advance of your arrival. While you might get lucky with a walk-up option when you arrive, I always recommend trying to make reservations if you're able. 

    We've barely scratched the surface on one of my favorite topics about the Disneyland Resort - the food - but hopefully this was helpful to start thinking through all the different options during your visit. While you cannot use Disney Gift Cards at the restaurants of the Downtown Disney District, there are still plenty of other places they are accepted, so you will not go hungry on your visit!

    Thank you again for your question, Fiorella! Come back and see us here at planDisney with any follow-up questions you think of. We'd love to help as you continue to plan your trip!

    Have a Magical Day,
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, Arizona

Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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