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by Scott Holleran
January 31, 2006
AMC Movie Theatres
A top-notch movie theater with 12 screens in stadium seating tucked in the heart of Downtown Disney. If only they'd play old Disney pictures.
Compass Books and Café
Good coffee and a complete assortment of Disney books and New York Times bestsellers. Expect to pay full price and don't expect Compass to honor discounts; the store refused to accept a valid coupon in the Birnbaum's guide. The cashier claimed it didn't scan in the café's computer.
Incredible Christmas shop with ornaments—Disney and non-Disney—collectibles, toy trains, and miniatures. Terrific displays.
The elegant candle franchise houses a larger than usual store in Downtown Disney, complete with the latest scented and seasonal candles, accessories, trimmers, lighters and decorative items.
Delicious candies and chocolates, named after the town in Missouri where Walt Disney grew up. A true confectionary with a wide variety of sweets.
World of Disney
Room after room of Disney merchandise, from home office accessories and Mickey Mouse writing instruments to toys, games and puzzles. Among the Disney stuff: stuffed characters, coffees, candies, plates, ornaments, clothes, hats and caps, animation cels, framed pictures, DVDs, books, magnets, pins and postcards.
DISNEYLAND GUIDE A-Z
• Disney's California Adventure
• Disneyland Hotels and Restaurants
• Close-Up: 50 Years of Disneyland—Q&A with Tim O'Day
• Scott Holleran: Fifty Years and Five Days of Disneyland