one of my favorite things to do in orange county is to head to downtown disney to people watch and get a little taste of disneyland without actually paying the big bucks to go into the parks. it's a great place to kill some time on a warm summer night. there are street performers, plenty of shops to pop into and browse, tons of restaurants and candy shops, and you can catch the disneyland fireworks without all the crazy crowds. there's even a house of blues and espn zone!
so last week, my friend and i made our way to downtown disney for dinner. we scoped out the disney store, i fell in love with a pair of minnie mouse ears, and drooled over mickey caramel apples. we ultimately ended up at naples ristorante e pizzeria for dinner, and boy did we make the right choice. the restaurant is charming, even though it's crazy busy. we were lucky enough to get seated on the upstairs patio (if you can request it, do it, it's worth an extra wait) and enjoyed great views, weather and food. it was such a great dinner - long and relaxing, just enjoying the company, the wine and the meal. i definitely left that table one happy camper!