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Disney reimagines an amazing area with new restaurants, shops, and entertainment

Disney reimagines an amazing area with new restaurants, shops, and entertainment

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It’s so exciting to see Disney revamping these areas for guests to enjoy! Take a look and see what’s open now and what will soon be available.

Reimagined Restaurant

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For more than two decades, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen has been revered for its warm hospitality, French Quarter flair, bold flavors, and famous, hot beignets! Building on this rich tradition, the iconic restaurant has evolved with a fresh new look, new name and new menu! The location is celebrating its reopening as Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio, a modern, casual and fun celebration of the Gulf and Pacific coasts.

The Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio is now open!

The restaurant’s all-day menu features long-time fan favorites alongside new selections. Here, you can enjoy Lobster & Crawfish Sliders, Chile-Spiced Honey Glazed Grilled Salmon, Gumbo LA-LA filled with succulent seafood, the Grilled Open Faced Lobster BLT Po-Boy and the Reef & Beef, a delectable entrée of grilled shrimp and braised short ribs.

This contemporary menu pairs perfectly with a newly expanded wine list from California vintners, and seasonal, seaside-style cocktails.

Yay for Beignets!

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And let’s not forget the famous beignets! Beignets Expressed is a fast, friendly, and fun counter-service spot, bestowing the much-loved New Orleans confection located on the left side of the Jazz kitchen. Beignets are served classically (fried and topped with heaping mounds of powdered sugar) and the specialty glazed beignets, dipped, drizzled, and sprinkled in infinitely delicious flavors.

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Signature and seasonal glazed selections include Snickerdoodle, Fruity Crunch and Bananas Foster.

New Chicken Joint

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Clyde’s Hot Chicken is a new cart located in the district near the Disneyland Monorail that serves scrumptious Nashville hot chicken on a stick, handmade fresh daily and available in three different heat level seasonings. If you really want to turn it up a notch, try the Hot as Cali with cayenne and habanero spices! Wowza!

Enjoy chicken on a stick!

Coming Soon: The Alley!

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The courtyard next to Splitsville Luxury Lanes is being transformed into an exciting space — The Alley — with interactive games, live music, lounge areas and seats for dining. This summer, you can relax, play games and create memories in this fun new spot, and enjoy all the delicious food and beverage offerings from Splitsville.

The Alley offers interactive games, live music, lounge area, and seats for dining.

Shop Upgrades

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Shopping is always on the menu in the district! Disney Home and WonderGround Gallery have recently reopened with unique selections of Disney décor. Down the way, you can pop into Lovepop for the coolest 3D pop-up cards, and Pelé Soccer for the latest in soccer gear and apparel.

Future plans for the Downtown District also include the addition of Din Tai Fung, a world-renowned Chinese restaurant known for its soup dumplings and noodles, plus masterful Mexican cuisine by Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytán at Paseo and Céntrico, and the oh-so-yummy California-Cuban cheese rolls and pastries from Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

What do you think of all these changes to the Downtown Disney District? Please let us know what you think in the comments and share this post with a friend.

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Randy C

Friday 9th of June 2023

Will the Brennan family still have a hand in running the restaurant? What about the express counter restaurant next door? They served the best coffee and breakfast burritos I ever had, anywhere.

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