Disneyland Resort President Provides Information on Downtown Disney District Changes, Updates, and Replacements

During a meeting with community leaders, Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock shared some information about what is coming to the Disneyland Resort, particularly the Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney District.

There will be some new establishments replacing some current restaurants in Downtown Disney District. Anyone who has visited recently can see that Disney is hard at work on the west end of Downtown Disney. The announcement by Potrock gave more clarity as to what is coming. The new look for Downtown Disney will draw inspiration from “Southern California mid-century modern architecture, the west-end area will be a beautiful blend of vibrant color palettes, design elements and patterns influenced by the region, and will include an open lawn for relaxation and future events, and an even broader and diverse collection of dining and shopping.”

One of the new dining establishments coming to Downtown Disney District is Din Tai Fung. This world renowned restaurant is known for its dumplings and soup. These will be crafted on-site. Guests will get to experience exceptional Chinese cuisine served family-style. This new restaurant will be a part of Downtown Disney’s efforts to diversify its offerings and will be found near the new lawn at the west end.

There is also new Mexican cuisine coming to Downtown Disney District. Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytan will be bringing his inclusive perspective on Mexican food to Paseo and Centrico. This will replace Catal & Uva Bar. Both the restaurant and courtyard bar and dining area will bring Chef Gaytan’s home to Disney and offer an experience that will connect with diners in multiple ways. These new locations will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is getting a facelift to its building and an updated menu. Disney shared that the new vision for the Jazz Kitchen is to bring a “California energy and a fresh approach to the menu.” This will be done while also “staying true to the heart of New Orleans.”

Among all the other changes coming to Downtown Disney District, a guest favorite will be making its return. Earl of Sandwich will be returning later this year for a limited time. This will offer a walk-up location for guests to get their favorite sandwiches.

What do you think of all these changes coming to Downtown Disney District? Which one are you most excited about? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!