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Elkus/Manfredi Architects
530 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(t) 617-426-1300
(f) 617-426-7502
Anaheim, California

Size: 300,000 sq. ft.

Category: New Centers
(less than 400,000 sq. ft.)

Firm: Elkus/Manfredi Architects

Walt Disney Imagineering

Downtown Disney connects the two theme parks -- Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure -- and the hotels with a public esplanade of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Downtown Disney is characterized by buildings and pavilions in a pedestrian, urban park setting. The esplanade is comprised of a series of zones defined by architecture and landscape design.

The World of Disney store anchors a zone inspired by the Arts and Crafts architecture of southern California. Another zone defined by the Art Deco architecture of Los Angeles is animated with two-story restaurants with second-floor exterior terraces. Center Plaza is the hot entertainment zone of Downtown Disney, with freestanding food and entertainment venues that all offer nightly live music. Finally, the West End connects to the hotel precinct and parking. The 16-screen AMC Cinema, ESPN Zone and Rainforest Cafe anchor this zone.

Underlying and connecting these four zones is a continuous landscape story of vines embossed in the paving, leaf-shaped planters for trees and flowers, and a water story of continuous fountains that stretch the length of Downtown Disney.

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