Din Tai Fung coming to Downtown Disney along with several restaurant renovations – Daily Breeze

Disneyland diners hungry for the legendary Shanghai-style soup dumplings that dribble down your chin at…

Disneyland diners hungry for the legendary Shanghai-style soup dumplings that dribble down your chin at Din Tai Fung can expect to wait in a long line that rivals the queue for Rise of the Resistance when the renowned Taiwanese restaurant opens at Downtown Disney.

The internationally acclaimed soup dumplings chain is headed to Downtown Disney as part of a major renovation that will see updates to the decor and menus at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Catal and Uva Bar.

Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock announced the changes coming to Downtown Disney during a State of the Disneyland Resort presentation on Wednesday, April 27 at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what will be coming to the resort,” Potrock said during a media briefing.

The former AMC Theaters along with Starbucks West, Earl of Sandwich and Sugarboo & Co. will be demolished in February as part of a multi-year project that will reimagine the Downtown Disney outdoor shopping center next to Disneyland.

The new Downtown Disney outpost for Din Tai Fung expands on the family-run chain’s growing portfolio that includes locations at Aria in Las Vegas and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa along with additional restaurants in Southern California, Oregon and Washington. The family-owned restaurant also has international locations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea.

Orange County Register restaurant critic Brad A. Johnson named Din Tai Fung to his annual list of the 75 Best Places to Eat in Orange County and called the chain’s famous xiao long bao soup dumplings that have spawned countless imitators “still the ones to beat.”

Din Tai Fung famously does not take reservations, but the long wait that will “undoubtedly test the limits of your hunger and patience” is well worth it, according to Johnson.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will get an interior and exterior renovation along with a new menu as part of the Downtown Disney renovation.

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