Disney California Adventure Opens More Shopping, Though Dining Still on Hold

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Downtown Disney’s phased expansion that now includes DCA’s Buena Vista Street will now be adding more offerings for the end of the year.

With California stay-at-home order still in place, Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street had to put a hold on their dining locations, banning eating and drinking on site. However, the area is still charging for parking with less to offer Guests. However, we are now learning that Disney California Adventure will now be expanding what retail locations are open in order to offer Guests more to do on Disneyland Resort property before the year’s end.

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Not only does Buena Vista Street plan to offer more late-night hours to their schedule during this holiday season — they are open until 9 pm most days — they’re also adding new retail areas and more. We’ve learned from Instagram — @paulsthemeparkadventures — that the area just added another retail store to the list.

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A soft opening of the Gone Hollywood shop inside of DCA occurred on Wednesday, December 16. Judging from the photos we’ve seen, it seems like the shop will offer more holiday traditional items. Although similar items can be found throughout Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street, the reopening of another popular retail location will help with crowd control and will allow the resort to be able to service more Guests throughout all areas. It also serves as another location where Cast Members can work.

Another fun offering for Guests is that Buena Vista Street will now have Mickey-shaped balloons available for purchase. Once again, Guests can purchase a non-light up balloon for $10.00 and a light-up one for $15.00. These are definitely a sight for sore eyes as we haven’t seen these since before the parks closed back in March!

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Due to the current stay-at-home order, we can hope for at least outdoor dining to resume operations as soon as there are fewer COVID-19 cases and hospital ICUs are not as full . We at least hope that when dining reopens again, it is safe to do so, and the Disneyland Resort can begin the 2021 year with another step forward toward a full resort reopening.

What do you think of the current offerings at Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street? Let us know in the comments!

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