The grand reopening of Downtown Disney is almost here! The first stage of reopening is set for this Thursday, July 9th following a 4-month COVID-19 closure. An employee preview of the reopened outdoor shopping mall will be held on Wednesday, July 8th.
Per the OC Register, here are the Downtown Disney businesses that plan to reopen on Thursday:
Food and Beverage
- Asian Street Eats
- Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes
- California Churro
- Earl of Sandwich
- Kayla’s Cakes
- Marceline’s Confectionery
- Naples Ristorante e Bar
- Salt & Straw
- Starbucks West
- Uva Bar & Cafe
- Wetzel’s Pretzels
- Wetzel’s Diggity Dog
- Curl Surf
- Disney Dress Shop
- Disney Home
- Disney’s Pin Traders
- Lego Store
- Pandora Jewelry
- Rinse Bath & Body Co.
- Sugarboo & Co.
- Sunglass Icon
- WonderGround Gallery
- World of Disney
Notably missing from the Downtown Disney reopening list:
- Ballast Point Brewing Co.
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
- Splitsville Luxury Lanes
- The Void virtual reality experience
The Disneyland resort’s World of Disney store along with the company-operated Disney Dress Shop, Disney Home and Marceline’s Confectionery locations will all reopen on Thursday at Downtown Disney.
Current state guidelines allow Orange County restaurants to operate with outdoor dining. Indoor dining is prohibited.
Most Downtown Disney restaurants, such as Naples Ristorante and Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes, have outdoor dining areas. Additional patio seating has been added ahead of the Downtown Disney reopening.
Downtown Disney restaurants will have additional outdoor seating. Digital or single-use menus will be available at many eateries. Reservations will be available for some table-service restaurants through either the Disneyland app or the eatery’s reservation system or virtual waitlist.
A number of Downtown Disney eateries like Starbucks and Wetzel’s Pretzels focus on grab-and-go takeaway orders.
The rebranded and remodeled Jamba had just reopened in late February a few weeks before the COVID-19 closure of the Disney mall. The Asian Street Eats food stand debuted in early January.
Some retail locations — including World of Disney and Marceline’s Confectionery — will use a mobile wait list when the shops or queues to get into the stores reach capacity. Shoppers on the mobile wait list will be notified by smartphone when it is time to return.
Only a few kiosk vendors like California Churro and Disney’s Pin Traders are included in the reopening list. A number of Downtown Disney vendor kiosks are currently stored in the Stitch cast member parking lot along Magic Way.
Orange County bars are to remain closed unless they serve food with any alcohol purchases. Downtown Disney locations like Uva Bar offer both bar and food menus.
Other Downtown Disney businesses like Splitsville Luxury Lanes face a variety of COVID-19 guidelines with the state reclosing bowling alleys but allowing outdoor dining. The Splitsville Anaheim website lists the location as “temporarily closed” and dining reservations still remain unavailable.
The Void virtual reality experience will not be returning to Downtown Disney after the coronavirus closure. The termination of a license agreement between Walt Disney Studios and Void VR triggered the termination of the Downtown Disney lease, according to a notice posted to the Anaheim storefront.
Downtown Disney guests will self-park in the Simba lot at Disneyland Drive and Katella Avenue and enter the mall at the security checkpoint near the Disneyland Hotel and Earl of Sandwich restaurant.
Shoppers that approach the rideshare drop-off area on Harbor Boulevard will enter Downtown Disney at the security checkpoint on the esplanade between Disneyland and DCA. The security checkpoint between the former ESPN Zone and the former Rainforest Cafe will be temporarily closed.
Health and safety measures include mandatory face masks, temperature checks, reduced capacity, social distancing and enhanced sanitization.
Temperature checks will take place before visitors pass through the metal detectors and bag check areas at the security checkpoints. Please note that Downtown Disney will not use the new Evolv Express no-touch bag check system being tested at Florida’s Disney Springs.
If you have any questions while you are visiting Downtown Disney, Disney’s new Guest Experience Team will be available throughout Downtown Disney.