These Downtown Disney Hot Spots Are Closing Soon to Make Room For a New Resort

A brand new four diamond resort will be opening near Disneyland in 2021.

“This new hotel will connect all of what will be four Disneyland hotels with walkways lined by lush gardens, completely transforming the west end of the Downtown Disney District. Construction is set to begin this summer,” says the Disney Food Blog.

To make room for the new hotel, Downtown Disney will be losing some of it’s beloved eateries and businesses (all by June 30, 2018). Read on to find out which ones.

1. Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest cafe restaurant disney

The food is reportedly subpar. | Disney

“Enter a mystical Incan temple for a fun-filled family feast in the middle of a lush tropical rainforest,” reads the Downtown Disney website. Up until it’s closing date, Rainforest Cafe has been the perfect place to grab a bite to eat either before or after a magical day at Disney. Though the decor is first rate, this particular location scored only three stars on Yelp due to poor service and food that’s sub par.

Next: Say goodbye to another fun eatery

2. ESPN Zone

Espn zone disney

The restaurant will be closed to build the hotel. | Disney

Another fun eatery, ESPN Zone, will also be lost to Disney’s latest hotel. ESPN Zone is known for it’s sports-mania atmosphere, American cuisine, and interactive games and TVs. This restaurant/bar receives mixed reviews on Yelp. Some customers leave positive reviews for the fun atmosphere, while others are disappointed with the quality of the food and high prices.

Next: No more going to the movies in Downtown Disney. 

3. AMC 12 Theatres

movie theater seats

This will be a bummer for families staying over.  | Thinkstock

If you enjoyed breaking up your Disney vacation with a movie partway through the trip, we have some bad news for you. The AMC Theatres in Downtown Disney is also closing. With 12 screens that offer comfortable stadium seating, this is a big loss for locals and visitors alike.

Next: This famous Downtown eatery is also on the list. 

4. Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich

The location has received good reviews. | Disney

The Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney has been a favorite eatery of Disney goers for years. The Disney Food Blog gave the location a rave review, applauding the shop’s pepperoni pizza bread and berry chicken almond salad. If you haven’t been yet, this is one you might want to catch before it closes.

Next: Disney has plenty of these, but we’ll still miss this one … 

5. Starbucks

barista at Starbucks uses a market to label a drink

They can get their coffee at a different Starbucks. | Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images

Ok, Disney isn’t exactly hurting for Starbucks locations. Only the west side Downtown location is closing. But, as every true Disney patron knows, having plenty of opportunities for caffeine can be invaluable on an exhausting theme park trip.

Next: This Disney business is just moving to a new location. 

6. Walt Disney Travel Company

Disney Travel Company

Thankfully, they’re just relocating. | Disney

The Walt Disney Travel Company helps guests with all of their vacation needs. “Get answers to vacation questions, arrange a trip or modify travel plans at this Downtown Disney District destination,” advertises the Disneyland website. Thankfully, though this Travel Company will be closing to make room for the new hotel, it will be relocating to a new Downtown location, according to the Disney Food Blog.

Next: You won’t be able to do this in Downtown Disney anymore. 

7. Alamo Rent-a-Car

Alamo Rent a car

You’ll have to rent your car elsewhere. | Disney

For those who like to rent a car right in the heart of Downtown Disney, you’re going to need to find a new place to rent a vehicle for your trip to Anaheim. Located on South Disneyland Dr., this is another Downtown Disney location that’ll be lost to the newest Disney hotel.

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