Yes, it is true. According to Disney Parks Blog, beginning in November, guests will be able to experience more of the home park that they love and have missed over the past 8 months (or more, I am losing track of time). Only the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street will be accessible from the Downtown Disney District at this time, as Disney California Adventure park is currently closed. But, we are hoping that this will be a first step in what might be proving that Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park can and should be opening soon. “It could show how they could reopen the parks,” said Mike Lyster, a spokesman for Anaheim. “We welcome this plan to expand.”
If you are planning on visiting the area in Anaheim, here are some spots you will not want to miss:
- Holiday shopping? Head to Elias & Co. The store is divided into distinct sections for men, women and children, so you’ll find something special for the entire family! At Julius Katz & Sons, peruse even more holiday merchandise and Disney-themed home décor. At Kingswell Camera Shop offers great gift-giving ideas like frames, photo albums and more. Buena Vista Street stores have a variety of your Disney favorites!
- If you are looking to tempt your taste buds with a snack, Trolley Treats offers classic candies, old-fashioned confections and all kinds of freshly made treats. Vending carts will offer popcorn, churros, ice cream and other “must-bite” treats.
- Swing by Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe for the enchanting sights and sounds of Buena Vista Street—and a cup of coffee or scrumptious artisan sandwich.
- Sit-down dining options include Carthay Circle Lounge, where you can unwind in our expanded outdoor seating area featuring an all-new menu of cocktails and dining. Smokejumpers Grill is serving up tasty American classics for lunch and dinner with a streamlined menu of burgers, fries, onion rings and craft beer, located just around the corner from Buena Vista Street. The primary way to place your order at this dining location is through mobile order on the Disneyland App.
If you haven’t visited the Downtown Disney District lately, be sure to familiarize yourself with the health and safety measures at Disneyland.com/DTD, to learn important details, including temperature screenings prior to entry and the requirement for all guests, ages 2 and older, to wear an appropriate face covering. The number of Guests visiting the Downtown Disney District and its locations, including the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street, will be limited to promote proper physical distancing.
There has been much debate between Disney, California Governor Newsom and health and city officials when it comes to the reopening of Disneyland and other major theme parks in the area. Now, there is even talk of possible legal action. In a statement, shared with us by Disneyland media earlier this week, Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock says;
“We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world. Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities. Together with our labor unions we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.”
The statement made by Dr. Clayton Chau, Director, Orange County Health Care Agency, is a stinger for sure.
“I think for a large county like us, especially a county with institution of higher education where folks [are] coming in from outside the county and outside the state, I think it’s going to be very hard to achieve the yellow tier. It depends on when the vaccine will come as well as how many doses [are] available for our populations as well as how many of our residents will readily accept the vaccine – those are the three factors that will determine how soon we can get to the yellow tier.”
“Personally, I think that we can look forward to a yellow tier by next summer, hopefully. Hopefully.” OUCH!
We can only hope and pray that calm talks, measured steps and sensible and appropriate actions will keep moving forward. The biggest factor here, is the actions and compliance by those of us that are looking to the future of our parks reopening and more importantly, staying open. A lot of that depends on us. Following guidelines, washing our hands, social distancing at all times and wearing a mask. We are all in this together.
Be sure and keep checking back soon both here at spokesmayne.co and Disney Parks Blog for more details about the special shopping and dining experiences coming later in November to Buena Vista Street! As always, our thoughts are with our West Coast friends and collegues as they are not only missing their beloved park but struggling to get through these times. If you would like to help out cast members who have been affected, please see the previous blogs regarding the cast member pantry and ways you can help.
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