It’s been over six months since Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure closed due to the global health crisis.
But fortunately, those who on the West Coast who need to get a lil’ Disney fix (uh, us!) can head to Downtown Disney, the resort’s shopping and dining district.
And that’s exactly what we did this week to check out all the new construction, merch, and store updates! Come along with us as we see everything going on!
Downtown Disney Construction Update
California governor Gavin Newsom said in a recent news conference that there will be an update on the state’s theme parks “soon,” and it seems as though Disneyland is prepping for guests to come back!
We spotted benches and safety signage along the roadway that is typically used to transport guests from the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals Parking Structures to Downtown Disney, which may indicate that this roadway will instead be used as a pedestrian walkway when Disneyland reopens, though nothing has been confirmed about this by Disney.
We also spotted some signage saying that a reservation was required for park entry, presumably in a system similar to Walt Disney World’s Park Pass system.
It sure does seem like Disneyland is getting ready to reopen! However, no timeline for a reopening has been given, and reservations through October 3rd have been canceled.
Disney California Adventure
Peeking through the gates at Disney California Adventure, we spotted some social distancing markers outside Los Feliz Five & Dime.
The sign says “Enter Here,” indicating that there will be a one-way-in, one-way-out crowd flow, like we’ve seen at stores all over Walt Disney World.
In previous strolls around Disneyland, we noticed that there was scaffolding surrounding the Emporium on Main Street. This week, we saw that the scaffolding is starting to come down!
It’s now just around the bottom half of the building!
The ticket booths in the promenade are coming to life again! We spotted that some of the screens were turned on, sitting on a static screen that says “Disneyland.”
Other screens are still off, including the screens that normally feature the pricing information.
Seeing this made us feel TOTALLY warm and fuzzy inside, just thinking about getting tickets to go to the theme parks!
Downtown Disney Merchandise Updates
World of Disney
We LOVE a classy piece of Disneyland merchandise, and we think this purple marble phone case we spotted at World of Disney fits the bill! Like, can we get this same design on our kitchen counter?! This case is $49.99
SPEAKING of phone cases, we spotted this totally wacky Monsters Inc scream canister phone case, which cost $29.99! It reminds us of riding Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue over and over and over again.
And you know we’ve TOTALLY fallen in love with Disney’s shoulder plushes. Why wouldn’t you want a lil’ pal with you while you ride It’s a Small World?! And we spotted THREE new-to-Disneyland shoulder plushes at World of Disney! First, we found the Pascal Shoulder Plush, you know Rapunzel’s buddy from Tangled?!
Planning on dressing up as Elsa for Halloween? If so, you absolutely have to have this Bruni shoulder plush, the fire spirit from Frozen 2!
WE MEAN, LOOK AT DAT FACE!
And if you want to be Linguine from Ratatouille for Halloween or just want your own rat cooking companion, this Remy shoulder plush is for you!
Each of these plushes were $19.99!
Ever have trouble figuring out which water bottle is yours?! Well, this new Finding Nemo seagulls tumbler just screams that it’s MINE! MINE! MINE! This quirky sipper is $19.99.
Feeling un poco loco? It just might be because you sensed a new Coco Loungefly backpack at World of Disney! Featuring Miguel’s sugar skull, this stunning bad is perfect for the Day of the Dead season!
And we LOVE this $80 backpack’s quote on the back, “One cannot deny who one is meant to be.” It’s one of our favorite sentiments from this Pixar film!
It’s been a BIG year for Hercules fans and new merch! And the love for this ’90s classic keeps on coming with the new Hades Disneyland spirit jersey.
We’ve previously spotted this devilishly wicked jersey in Walt Disney World, but now Disneyland has its own
Not devilish enough? Pair this spirit jersey with these Villains socks set of five featuring the Evil Queen, Hades, Maleficent, Dr. Facilier and Ursula. These cost $24.99!
Even though you can’t actually stroll through Adventureland, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland right now at Disneyland, you CAN stroll through them by playing the ADORABLE new Disney theme parks version of Candyland!
We’ve previously spotted this $22.99 board game at Walt Disney World, and it features favorite attractions like the Jungle Cruise, Mad Tea Party, It’s a Small World and more!
Crocs literally CANNOT stop arriving at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This time, we spotted Mickey and Minnie youth Crocs.
These cost $49.99 a pair.
Now your kiddos can get in on the fun!
SPEAKING OF CROCS, the Baby Yoda Crocs have arrived from space at World of Disney! These cost $54.99.
Pair your Baby Yoda Crocs with a Baby Yoda hoodie for $54.99…
…And this Baby Yoda blanket and pillow set. This cozy blankie will set ya back $39.99.
If you’re more of an old-school Star Wars fans, then you’ll probably appreciate this Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversary baseball hat, which cost $34.99!
And what would any run to World of Disney be without new Minnie Mouse ears? We spotted the Frosted Berry Minnie Ears at Disneyland for the first time!
These velvety, perfectly autumnal ears cost $29.99.
We also spotted Mickey Pumpkin Ears, and we’re SERIOUSLY in the Halloween mood now!
These cheery ears are also $29.99.
Keep channeling Halloween with the Madame Leota light up crystal ball! This decoration is great for any haunted house (or mansion) and costs $24.99.
And you can scrub your kitchen in style — the Disney parks sponges that we’ve previously seen at Walt Disney World are now at Downtown Disney! There’s Sleeping Beauty Castle…
…and a Mickey balloon!
Each of these cost $6!
Disney Dress Shop
Remember that Coco Loungefly backpack at World of Disney? Well, it goes PERFECTLY with the new Coco papel picado dress that has arrived at the Disney Dress Shop!
This colorful dress is $128, and it’s perfect to wear all October long! We LOVE the detail on this dress, including the stitched “Seize Your Moment” patch. Pair it with your Coco Loungefly and concha Minnie ears for a festive parks outfit!
Also spotted at the Disney Dress Shop is this Leopard print Loungefly mini backpack!
We previously spotted this wild $80 bag at Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World!
If you love to accessorize, Curl Surf is your spot! This beachy store is selling Lokai bracelets for $22.95 each. There’s a Mickey bracelet…
an Olaf bracelet…
…an Anna and Elsa bracelet…
…a Woody bracelet…
…which pairs GREAT with this Buzz Lightyear bracelet!
There’s also a Cinderella bracelet…
…an Ariel bracelet…
…and a Belle bracelet!
and these beaded bracelets are also for a good cause! $1 from every bracelet goes toward the Make a Wish Foundation!
Star Wars Trading Post
The Force has officially arrived in Downtown Disney! A new Star Wars Trading Post has taken over the space that once held WonderGround Gallery.
It’s selling Star Wars merchandise like Kyber Crystals…
And, of course, Baby Yoda plushes!
You can also find items here you’d normally spot over on Batuu in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, like legacy lightsabers and porg puppets.
This is a temporary pop-up shop, selling items from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and there’s no end date in sight.
Reserved Shopping Experience
Disneyland may be closed, but if you want limited edition park merchandise, you still can find it in the former ESPN Zone location.
To get in, you get in line outside, enter, go to a counter, tell the cast member what item you want, check out, and you’re done!
And there you have it! TWO new stores, tons of activity prepping for a reopening, and fun new merch for everyone! Isn’t Downtown Disney a delight?!