It's time once again for the D4E Choice Award winners to be announced! These were all chosen by you as the best shops, restaurants, experiences and more in the Disneyland Resort. Forget what the "experts" say - these are how everyone else feels! This year was exceptional because we ended up with a couple of ties. Be sure to scroll through our winners and then through our own 4-Star Reviews when planning your next trip.
Best Merchandise Location
The largest store in Disneyland Park, the Disneyland Emporium is well situated to be a first stop as you come in and a last stop on your way out. There are very few stores that have a larger selection.
BEST MERCHANDISE LOCATION IN DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:
ELIAS & CO.
I like to think of Elias & Co. as the California Adventure equivalent of the Disneyland Emporium. Whether you're looking for clothing, hats, toys, or any smaller souvenir then you'll want to make sure to stop by on your way in or out of the park.
WORLD OF DISNEY
It may be under construction in the coming year, but World of Disney is the largest retail location in the Disneyland Resort and so no matter what you're trying to find you'll likely find it here. It's impossible to miss, too, since it's right at the entrance of Downtown Disney!
BEST DINING IN DISNEYLAND PARK:
CAFE ORLEANS / CARNATION CAFE
We have a tie! These two fantastic restaurants are different in so many ways but both have a great atmosphere, great food, and great prices. All you have to decide is whether you'd prefer some great New Orleans-inspired cuisine or down-home classics and take it from there.
"Amazing atmosphere, great selection and those fried pickles!!!" - Voter testimonial for Carnation Cafe
BEST DINING IN DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:
CARTHAY CIRCLE RESTAURANT
The Carthay Circle Restaurant is the most iconic eatery in California Adventure and the most elegant place in either park. The experience definitely comes at a price, but it can be totally worth it because it's not just the food that makes it great and unforgettable.
"Just went here last night for a date with my husband and it was some of the best food I've ever had at the DLR." - Voter testimonial
An elegant California-themed fine dining experience with large windows and romantic atmosphere, the Napa Rose is the jewel of the Grand Californian Hotel. Find grandeur and modern cuisine in one place.
Yet again - it's all about that Whip! No snack in any Disney park has been as beloved by guests as the classic Dole Whip found in Adventureland and very few other places in the world!
Best Character Experience
BEST CHARACTER EXPERIENCE IN THE PARKS:
POOH'S CORNER / STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY
We have another tie!
Pooh's Corner in Critter Country is a great place to find your pals from the Hundred Acre Wood all at once. You can regularly find Pooh and Tigger but sometimes you may also see Eeyore and Rabbit and lines are usually quite minimal.
Star Wars Launch Bay is home to Chewbacca, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader. If you want unique encounters with characters then this is where you'll want to go. Just try meeting a villain - you may not know jut how to react!
Goofy's Kitchen is the only character dining experience in the Disneyland Resort that offers character meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is very well known for the variety of characters found there and the high energy they bring all day long! Step into Goofy's Kitchen and see just how crazy they can all be!
BEST ATTRACTION IN DISNEYLAND PARK:
BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD
This year's award goes to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - a zany adventure around buttes and past snakes, goats, and more while you try to dodge rogue explosions and head back to the town of Rainbow Ridge unharmed. It's quick, it's fast, and it's super fun! Grab a FastPass and don't miss out on the mysteries and thrills of Thunder Mountain.
"At night it's awesome!" - Voter testimonial
BEST ATTRACTION IN DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:
RADIATOR SPRINGS RACERS
Easily the most popular attraction in the entire Disneyland Resort, Radiator Springs Racers has been a crowd favourite since it opened with Cars Land. Listen to your coach before you begin the race and you just might win in a head-to-head, but don't worry if you don't win. It's all about having fun, really!
WORLD OF COLOR
For the second year in a row, World of Color has become the people's choice for best show - and that's for a reason! There are few other shows which include clips and music from so many movies and the sights leave you speechless. It's hard to imagine visiting the Disneyland Resort without seeing this fantastic show. Don't miss it so grab your FastPass or book your dining/dessert package now!