Downtown Disney in California is different from Disney Springs. It lacks nightclubs and has more shops and a wide variety of restaurants, all within walking distance of both Disneyland parks. However, it appears Disneyland is planning to expand the area as part of a wider expansion of Disneyland.
That has been a plan by Disney to try and add more to the Disneyland resort. While the local zoning commissions still have to sign off on it, Disney seems determined to get Disneyland Forward going.
Part of this will have Downtown Disney expanding with a new area called the Parkside Market, located close to the Disneyland hotel. This will include a new stage and a as-yet-unnamed second-story bar.
What are the new restaurants for Downtown Disney?
Alongside the previously Chef Carlos Gaytán's Paseo and Céntrico, Din Tai Fung, and Porto's Bakery and Cafe, the Parkside Market will have these entries:
GG's Chicken Shop: From Chef Lee Wolen and Boka Restaurant Group, this concept opened in Chicago in early 2023 and serves rotisserie and fried chicken as well as sandwiches and salads.
Seoul Sister: Executive Chef Kelly Kim's menu will feature Bibimbap (Korean rice bowls) "with a California twist."
Sip & Sonder: From Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas, this LA-based coffee house also will offer "frozen drinks and Caribbean-inspired bites."
So far, no word on when this new area opens, although Disney is hoping by late 2024. These should be good new additions to Downtown Disney as the Parkside Market looks like the first step in Disneyland truly stepping forward for a new era.