New Year, New Tips for Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort: Come Now for Fun Finds; Come Again Soon for Star Wars Trading Post in a New Location

From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Valerie Lee

Just in time for your winter shopping adventures, we’re excited to share tips for exploring the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. We’ve got lots of reasons why now is a wonderful time to visit, starting with this one: It’s a great way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Downtown Disney District! Plus, we’ve got two big reasons for you to come again soon.

The Star Wars Trading Post, which we first told you about in September, will soon be moving to an exciting new spot at the west end of the Downtown Disney District, becoming a destination for all things Star Wars. Walt Disney Imagineers have created a design inspired by a hidden jungle Resistance base, and it even includes Rey’s iconic speeder prominently displayed at the entrance.

From robes and lightsabers to creatures and toys, there’s something unique for every traveler on their galactic journey. The opening assortment will feature merchandise straight from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge along with classic Star Wars and The Mandalorian, with apparel, accessories, souvenirs, creatures, droids and more. Select items direct from the planet of Batuu also will be available on shopDisney.com.

This move for Star Wars Trading Post gives you one more reason to visit: WonderGround Gallery will soon re-open! With housewares and headbands, and Spirit Jerseys in an array of colors, WonderGround Gallery has something for the Disney fan’s home and their closet, along with its unique collection of art, gifts and collectibles!

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for opening dates for both Star Wars Trading Post and WonderGround Gallery.

Until then, you can visit Downtown Disney District every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., including the extension along Buena Vista Street and the Disneyland Resort Backlot Premier Shop.

For your winter shopping jaunt, check out these fun finds awaiting you throughout the Downtown Disney District.

  • Disney Parks 2021 collection*: Celebrate 2021 with clothing, accessories and more.
  • Lunar New Year*: Get ready for Year of the Ox with festive clothing and accessories featuring some favorite characters.
  • Reigning Cats and Dogs*: Show your love for four-legged friends with fetching new clothing and accessories for you and your pet.
  • “Soul”**: Find your spark with clothing, accessories and toys inspired by Disney and Pixar’s newest film.
  • Disney balloons: These treasured souvenirs are now available at the Buena Vista Street vending cart. UP balloons float on a string now through Jan. 31, 2021, and more themes are on the way, including a balloon to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Another good reason to come now is the launch of Bring Home the Magic, deals at World of Disney, Elias & Co., and Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop. Look for the gold shopping bag throughout these stores for seasonal savings.

For added convenience at World of Disney, try mobile checkout for a contactless shopping experience. It’s easy! Just open the Disneyland mobile app,*** grab a mobile checkout shopping bag, scan your items in-store, check out and pay in the app, and then show your QR code in the app at a designated exit.

After getting all those steps on your shopping adventure, treat yourself to a snack or a meal to take home. Some dining locations are open for takeout, including Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes, Salt & Straw, Jamba, Wetzel’s Pretzels and Earl of Sandwich, now offering a mouth-watering Beefy Mac & Cheesy sandwich for a limited time. And you’ll definitely want to hit Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express, where the good times roll now through Feb. 16 with Mardi Gras beignets sprinkled with festive purple, green and gold – along with their original beignets and gumbo to-go. As a reminder, all take-out orders must be taken to-go, for consumption off property only.

As you wrap up your visit, be sure to stop at the art installation honoring “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman. You have until Feb. 28 to enjoy this stunning tribute to Boseman’s life and legacy, created by artist Nikkolas Smith. It’s on the west side of Downtown Disney District.

You can enjoy “Black Panther” from home, along with other remarkable films and shows in the Celebrate Black Stories Collection on Disney+.

If you haven’t visited the Downtown Disney District lately, be sure to visit Disneyland.com/DTD to learn important information regarding our health and safety measures, such as the requirement for temperature checks and, for all guests ages 2 and older, to wear an appropriate face covering.

* Available at World of Disney, Elias & Co., and Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop.

** Available at World of Disney and Elias & Co.

*** Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and device settings, and features may vary by handset, service provider or otherwise. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere.  If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

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