Major Disneyland Dining Changes Following State Order

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Disneyland Resort has officially confirmed that all Downtown Disney District locations that do not offer takeout dining will close amid California Governor Gavin Newsom’s new regional stay-at-home order.

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Related: More Retail Opening at Downtown Disney as Dining Closes

Disneyland has provided the following statement on their website:

While the Downtown Disney District has begun a phased reopening, beginning Dec. 7, restaurants and dining locations that do not offer take-out will close. At that time, Guests will not be permitted to open or consume any food or beverage items on property, and food and beverage items purchased at the Downtown Disney District must be taken to-go, for consumption off property only. Retail locations will remain open with enhanced health and safety measures in place. 

The notice goes on to say:

The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort remain closed and will reopen at a later date. 

Disneyland Park and Disney California Park remain closed and will reopen at a later date, pending state and local government approvals. 

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Related: Disneyland Resort Must Decrease Operations Amid State Order

This new order will impact both the Downtown Disney District and restaurants on Buena Vista Street — which was operating as an official extension of Downtown Disney, as the Disneyland Resort theme parks in California are not open at this time.

The OC Register further confirmed the information regarding operational changes at the Downtown Disney District:

About 350 Disneyland resort employees will return to furlough because of the state’s stay-at-home order, according to Disneyland officials.

DCA restaurants that don’t offer takeout — including Carthay Circle Lounge, Award Wieners and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe — will close. Existing dining reservations for Carthay Circle will be automatically cancelled with no cancellation fee.

Retail shops that sell food — including Marceline’s Confectionary in Downtown Disney and Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure — will remain open. Food purchased at those locations must be eaten off-site.

As Disneyland’s official statement indicates, the theme parks are not currently operational. Although retail will remain open with enhanced health and safety measures and limited capacity, all dining locations that do not offer takeout will be closing. Food and beverages will not be available for consumption on-property.

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Related: Disneyland Creates New Webpage for Visiting Buena Vista Street

Currently, Disneyland Resort’s website still lists the Downtown Disney District’s hours from 9 AM to 9 PM, though, as always, all operations are subject to change as Disney navigates operating amid this pandemic. We will update our website if Downtown Disney hours change.

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Disneyland has provided the following overall health and safety update on their website:

From the very beginning, Walt Disney made cleanliness an important part of the Disney experience. We have high standards for cleaning and sanitation, with health and safety protocols such as:

  • Training for Cast Members, with ongoing reinforcement on a regular basis
  • Defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas
  • Easy access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer dispensers
  • Quick response to spills, trash and other situations
  • End-of-day sanitation procedures for restroom, kitchen, and other facilities
  • Frequent cleaning and “wash down” of outdoor locations, including walkways and queues

What do you think about this confirmation that onsite dining will be unavailable at Downtown Disney?

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