Downtown Disney District Transformation to Conclude Over the Next 18 Months at Disneyland Resort

Spencer Lloyd

Downtown Disney District Transformation to Conclude Over the Next 18 Months at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock has announced a completion timeframe for the Downtown Disney District transformation at the resort.

Downtown Disney District West Side Concept Art

First announced at Destination D23 2021, the Downtown Disney District reimagining has slowly progressed over the past couple years. Now Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock has revealed that the new and enhanced retail and dining offerings will arrive in the next 18 months, which would put a projected date around the end of 2024 for the project.

The Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort is currently undergoing a transformation that includes several new shops and restaurants on the way. The new spaces set to be constructed are inspired by the mid-century space age look which was incredibly popular in California during the 1950s and 60s.


We’ve heard about plenty of these new outlets thus far, such as the award-winning Din Tai Fung, which serves Chinese food including bao, wontons, and more. Other outlets on the way include the beloved Porto’s Bakery and a new permanent home for Earl of Sandwich. Currently, the sandwich shop sits in the former home of La Brea Bakery, which will be the site of Porto’s in the near future.

Recently, we’ve seen work underway on the site with Uva and Catal being demolished as quickly as they closed, the refurbishment of Jazz Kitchen, and much more.

aerial downtown disney concept art

All of this work on the resort’s entertainment, shopping, and dining hub is merely one portion of larger plans connected to the DisneylandForward initiative — a multi-year public planning effort alongside the City of Anaheim. Its stated purpose is to update existing development approvals to promote future expansion, development, and investment for Disney and Anaheim.Aside from the artistic concept above, not too many details are available for the future of Disneyland yet, though plans are well into development, and a meeting for local business leaders was held just yesterday.

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