World Down Syndrome Day is Monday, March 21, 2016
Do you love someone with Down syndrome (or just like them as a friend) and would like to help raise awareness and acceptance of individuals living with Down syndrome in our community?
Then we would like to invite you to join the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County at our fourth annual “Downtown for Down Syndrome” event to observe World Down Syndrome Day. Your presence there will help raise awareness and acceptance of individuals living with Down syndrome in our community.
Please join us from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on World Down Syndrome Day, Monday, March 21st, at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.
The only formal activity planned is a group photo at 6:30 p.m. (see When and Where), last year the hundreds of people who attended helped create awareness as we walked around, dined, and shopped with our children just like it was any other night out with friends and family. Since the objective is to raise awareness, we figured a simple night out enjoying our time together would speak louder than any formal event.
How might this raise awareness, you ask? We are inviting everyone to wear their Buddy Walk shirts, or simply wear blue and yellow, the colors used to symbolize Down Syndrome Awareness, and/or you can wear funky mismatched socks, as promoted by worlddownsyndromeday.org.
So, take your family ‘Downtown’ for a slice, grab a scoop, do some window shopping, or catch a movie. Unfortunately, the proceeds go to Downtown Disney (so you don’t even have to spend a dime), but the awareness goes to us!
This is a public event, so please feel free to invite the people you feel would embrace and support this awareness celebration.
We invite you to arrive early and enjoy all that Downtown Disney has to offer, and then check-in with us between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and join us for the photo. You can also check-in at 4:30 p.m., then go eat, shop or see a movie, just as long as you are back with us just before 6:30 p.m. as we organize for the group photo.
Here is a link with information on dining and snacking options at Downtown Disney. You can even make reservations at some establishments: disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/downtown-disney-district/
When & Where
World Down Syndrome Day is Monday, March 21st, 2016
1580 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Check-in beginning at 4:30 p.m. for your free awareness goodies from DSAOC (while supplies last).
Meet other families for a group photo at 6:30 p.m. in the large grassy area just beyond the ESPN Zone and the entrance to the Disneyland Hotel. All ages welcome!
Downtown Disney District Parking
Hours and Rates
Parking is free for the first 3 hours in the Downtown Disney District parking lot. An additional 2 free hours can be added with validation at AMC Theatres or at select table-service dining restaurants. Each additional hour costs $6, charged in 20-minute increments. The maximum parking fee is $30.00.
Valet parking is available from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM for $6. The valet price is in addition to any parking fee, bringing the maximum fee with valet up to $36.
Downtown Disney Disabilities Parking
Guests with disabilities are eligible to park in the first row in the Downtown Disney District North Lot near the Rainforest Café and in the first aisle in the Simba Lot, near Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.