Amid multiple post-pandemic returns at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, Disney is bringing even more change for Guests on their Disney vacation.
Disney announced today, April 28, that Disneyland Resort will be seeing some renovations and updates starting in 2022 and gave us a special sneak peek into what we can expect to see at Disneyland California in the coming years.
Alongside the newly announced Pixar Hotel – which will replace Paradise Pier Hotel – Disney announced that the popular shopping and dining district, Downtown Disney, would also be seeing some renovations and a totally new look!
Disney is aiming to create a new innovative shopping and dining experience with cutting edge technology, yet presented in a very retro fashion
California is famous for its mid-century architectural style. That “typical” Southern California look with bright pastel and neon color palettes, geometric design, and tall lanky palm trees. Disney plans to draw inspiration from this style in the re-design of Downtown Disney, to really incorporate that nostalgic Southern California atmosphere.
Several new eateries will also join the ranks in the Downtown Disney District, including the world-renowned Chinese restaurant, Din Tai Fung, the return of the popular British-inspired quick-service restaurant Earl of Sandwich, and even a Mexican fine dining experience with Michelin-starred Chef, Carlos Gaytan.
Additionally, we can expect to see the long-standing Jazz Kitchen, get an update with a brand new menu, and swanky new design. Don’t worry though, Jazz Kitchen will still remain a New Orleans-inspired restaurant to satisfy those southern-styled cravings.
Disney has said they are investing extensively in the update of the district to appeal to the needs and desires of their visitors. We can also expect to see an expansive open lawn for patrons to relax and to be used for future events. Downtown Disney is open to the public and does not require a paid ticket to enter.
When can we expect these updates? It will probably be a while at least a year or two since Disney just announced this update, but we will be updating you as soon as we know more.