Disneyland is going through a lot of changes right now, including a complete makeover of Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland Park. But this area isn’t the only one that’ll see some major updates in the near future.
Disney has announced a few BIG changes and additions coming to Downtown Disney, the shopping and dining district near Disneyland. There will be new restaurants, innovative spaces, and more. Take a look at the concept art and check out the brand new restaurants here!
The changes announced today will be coming to the west side of the Downtown Disney District. The renovations to this area started back in 2018, and now we’re finally getting an update on the new offerings that we’ll see when they’re completed!
Disney said they’re working on introducing “more innovative shopping, dining and entertainment experiences,” which will draw inspiration from “Southern California mid-century modern architecture.” Included in the area will be “an open lawn for relaxation and future events, and an even broader and diverse collection of dining and shopping.”
One of the new restaurants coming to the area is the world-renowned, family-owned Din Tai Fung. This spot is famous for soup dumplings, which are “hand-crafted right on sight.”
You can find locations of this restaurant in Las Vegas, Costa Mesa, and other places in Southern California, Oregon, and Washington. There are also several international locations, including in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and China. According to the Orange County Register, some Din Tai Fung locations are famous for not taking reservations, which can cause very long queues.
However, other locations do accept reservations, so we’re expecting that the one in Downtown Disney will likely have reservations available. Disney has said that the Chinese restaurant will serve dishes family-style in “a creative space near our new lawn pavilion.”
But that’s not the only new spot coming to Downtown Disney. Chef Carlos Gaytan is creating a menu of Mexican cuisine for Paseo and Centrico, which will take over the building currently occupied by Catal & Uva Bar. The restaurant will also have a “courtyard bar and dining area.” The Orange County Register reported that the bar area will have a “high-end Mexican-inspired small plate menu” with a bar menu that has “tequila-based cocktails.”
And Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is working on some major changes that will bring “a fresh approach to the menu, while staying true to the heart of New Orleans.” We can expect to see new menu items and renovations to both the inside and outside of the restaurant.
And for those who were devastated to see the sandwich shop Earl of Sandwich close earlier this year, you’ll have another chance to get these delicious sandwiches soon! Disney said that this restaurant will have “a special sandwich walk-up location.” But you’ll need to hurry once this spot opens because it’s only going to be available for a limited time. Disney said it should open later this year sometime.
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What’s your favorite spot in Downtown Disney? Let us know in the comments.
Not much if thats it. Another high end Asian, (I did not find Morimoto that great) and a high end Mexican to replace the Bongo’s version is not saying much. How about something unique? I have a restaurant concept that would shake the foundations at the Springs with something new and improved, but I don’t have the $10m it would take to dance on the Disney Floor.
This is at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. I heard they are adding a Mexican restaurant to compete with Tortilla Jo”s?