Navigating Downtown Disney® Like a Local

Downtown Disney at night

Everyone will find something to love in the Downtown Disney® District at Disneyland® Resort! Visitors from across the globe and Anaheim locals from just up the street visit time and time again, and for good reason! It’s genuinely one of the best Anaheim attractions, and our team is full of tips and ideas for making the most of your time here!

We polled the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel team to see what the most asked questions about Downtown Disney® have been recently and put together answers, advice, and more just for you! Don’t worry if your questions aren’t answered here; we’re happy to help! Stop by the front desk and chat with a friendly team member, or reach out on social media. We’d love to hear from you!

Is the Downtown Disney® District still free?

Yes! It’s free to enter and explore the incredible shops, restaurants, and entertainment options up and down the promenade!

What about parking at Downtown Disney®?

Parking for the Downtown Disney® District is available at the Simba Lot off Disneyland Drive. The first hour costs $10. After the initial hour, validations can extend parking. Additional hours beyond validations incur fees starting at $7 for a minimum charge, up to a maximum daily fee of $66. Learn more here.

Don’t forget, the Downtown Disney® District is less than a mile from the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel and is easily walkable. We also have the FREE Dream Machine Shuttle available for guests that will take you right to the bus depot near Downtown Disney® and the entrance to Disneyland® Resort.

Is Downtown Disney® worth going to?

Absolutely! Many out-of-town guests love exploring the Downtown Disney® District on their first or last day in town or on scheduled rest days between the parks. Many Anaheim locals also love visiting the area; there’s just so much to see, eat and do there! Because entry into Downtown Disney® is free, it’s the perfect place to walk around and soak in the magic without a park ticket.

What is the best thing to do at Downtown Disney®?

You could ask everyone on the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel team this question, and you would probably get a different answer every time!

“You know, when you step into Downtown Disney, it’s like being whisked away into a whole other world right in the heart of Anaheim. They’ve got this magical vibe going on, with all these cool decorations, lively music playing in the background, and these amazing flower displays that just brighten up the whole place. It’s like being in a Disney movie!” 

Let’s walk through some of our favorite things to do throughout the Downtown Disney® District!

  • Between March 1 and April 22, 2024, you can indulge in the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival experience, now available at select locations within the Downtown Disney® District.
  • Dance the day away at the Downtown Disney® LIVE! Stage and the Splitsville Kingpin Stage! You’ll have the chance to hear anything from Motown to reggae, rock to jazz from uber-talented musicians.
  • Check out the artist showcases! You can even level up your artwork purchase by getting it signed by the creators themselves.
    • Remember, they’ll only sign items purchased at the Disneyland® Resort on the event day, so grab your favorites and let the fun begin!
  • Have a pin-credible time at Splitsville Luxury Lanes™! It’s upscale for date night and nostalgic enough for all ages to enjoy! There are tons of bowling lanes,  even more TVs, and the food is top-notch.
  • Whether you’re just window shopping or grabbing gifts for everyone on your list, the shopping throughout the Downtown Disney® District is second to none! You’ll find all the Disney gear you can dream of and the latest Star Wars merch, too! Go ahead, take home a little magic!
  • Come hungry and ready to feast! You can get iconic Disney treats at Downtown Disney® and incredible bites you can’t get anywhere else. It’s truly a foodie paradise, with visitors and locals heading back again and again just to eat!
    • The Breakfast Burger at Ballast Point Brewing Company is a feast in and of itself!
    • We didn’t believe it when a guest came back to the hotel raving about the Holiday Turkey from the Earl of Sandwich, but it’s real! Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing, Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce in every bite!
    • The seasonal ice cream flavors at Salt & Straw are truly life-changing.

What are your top tips for making the most of our time at Downtown Disney®?

“If you’re planning to dine at any sit-down places, it’s a good idea to snag reservations ahead of time!”

“You can catch a fantastic view of the fireworks from here!”

“If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the crowds and noise inside Disneyland® Resort, a walk through Downtown Disney® can be the perfect escape.

“We love Downtown Disney® because we can get a quick fix of the Disney magic without getting tickets or passes. It’s the perfect option to keep the magic going without the time or ticket investment.”

“Don’t miss the Lego store!!”

“Downtown Disney® is my favorite date night destination. My fiancée and I are eating our way through the restaurant list, and he gets me a Disney balloon on every visit. They last way longer than flowers would!”

When is the best time to go to Downtown Disney®?

Honestly, there’s no bad time to go! It all depends on the experience you’re hoping for. We tend to see the biggest crowds on the weekends (starting Friday night around dinner time) and over the holidays. With so much to see, eat, and do throughout the day, you can avoid crowds by going during the week or earlier in the day.

We’ll see you soon!

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned Disney enthusiast, we can’t wait to hear what you love about the Downtown Disney® District! Book your stay at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel and start planning your magical getaway today!