DSA|OC :: Down Syndrome Association Of Orange County

World Down Syndrome Day Events


World Down Syndrome Day is Tuesday, March 21, 2018

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 6th 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.

Check in with the DSAOC Booth behind ESPN Zone between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Each family will receive complimentary Down Syndrome awareness items while supplies last. Then, meet other families and get together for a group photo at 6:30 p.m. behind ESPN Zone and across from Earl of Sandwich.  All ages welcome!

Please be aware that due to new security measures at Disneyland, you will be required to go through a security check point and metal detectors before entering the Downtown Disney District. Please allow yourself extra time to park, clear security, and get to our table and photo gathering location. 

Download the 2016 Event Flyer

The only formal activity planned is a group photo at 6:30 p.m. (see When and Where). Over the past few years, the hundreds of people who have joined us at this event helped create awareness as they walked around, dined, and shopped with their 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 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and join us for the photo. You can also check-in at 5:00 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 Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Downtown Disney
1580 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

Check-in beginning at 5:00 p.m. for your free awareness goodies from DSAOC (while supplies last).
Meet other families for a group photo at 6:30 p.m. behind ESPN Zone across from Earl of Sandwich. All ages welcome!



Downtown Disney District Parking – Hours and Rates

For up-to-date information on PARKING at Downtown Disney, please view their website: disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/parking/

Parking is free for the first 2 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 $12, charged in 30-minute increments. The maximum parking fee is $36.00.

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 also in the first aisle in the Simba Lot near Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.


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of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 23701 (d) of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.

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