We've now got a date for the reopening of Disney California Adventure's Buena Vista Street — November 19.
The Disneyland Resort previously had announced that it would expand its Downtown Disney shopping and dining district into California Adventure's entry land this month, but it had not provided a specific date. Since Disney is calling this an expansion of Downtown Disney rather than a reopening of California Adventure, there will not be an admission fee.
But that does not mean you might not have to pay to get in. Because the other piece of news that Disneyland dropped today is that, starting on November 19, it will begin charging $10 a car to park in the Simba lot to visit Downtown Disney. Parking had been free in that lot since Disneyland reopened Downtown Disney this summer.
Note that annual passholders whose passes include a parking benefit will not be able to park for free in the Simba lot. Disney says that the parking benefit is for the theme parks, which remain closed under state order, rather than for Downtown Disney. Nor will there be validated parking, as there has been at Downtown Disney in the past.
Locations available in the expanded Downtown Disney starting November 19 will include a new Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining featuring a seasonal menu created by Chefs Andrew Sutton and Alex Flores. Other restaurants open will be Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe; Smokejumpers Grill from the neighboring Condor Flats, and Award Wieners from Hollywood Land. The shops Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, Kingswell Camera Shop, and Trolley Treats also will be open to visitors.
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