Thursday, November 07, 2013
Trip Report Pt. 2: Downtown Disney
On the way towards the park, I wandered through Downtown Disney. The early hours of the Disneyland Resort are my favorite; the place is a virtual ghost town, which makes it ideal for photographs. I can take my time and compose the perfect (or nearly perfect) shot. Even though the merchandise does absolutely nothing for me, I do love the style of the window cutout displays.
The Rube Goldberg-esque figures outside the World of Disney have always been a favorite of mine.
Marceline's was creating some delicious caramel apples when I passed by. Oh so tempting.
The La Brea Bakery expansion was tastefully done.
The path to the trams. When was the last time you saw this corridor look so empty?
I often wonder how many people shop at Downtown Disney; are the shops enough of a draw for locals to spend their money here? The fairly frequent rotation of stores would probably be a good indicator that the answer is "no."
In the middle of this photo is the Vault Disney shop.
Loving the whimsical design of the vault and the colorful lighting.
Build-A-Bear. It always seems like it's going to be so cheap, but each step of the process adds a few more bucks and by the time you're done...ka ching ka ching ka ching.
I have yet to eat at Tortilla Joe's, which is part of the Patina Group. Consisting of approximately 60 restaurants, they often run the cafés and eateries found in museums and other cultural centers.
Last but not least, the fairly new Earl of Sandwich. Again, another restaurant I have yet to visit.
My feelings about Downtown Disney are the same as the ones I have for Main Street and Buena Vista Street. Beautiful on the outside, shallow on the inside. Most of the stores are of no interest to me; if only their merchandise was as unique and well-crafted as the exteriors and window displays.
Next up: we finally enter the park!
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