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by Wildcat Dianne
April 19, 2013
But we were not disappointed when our coordinator, Ms. Ponson, mentioned that it was free to get into Downtown Disney and there were several buses that would take us there from Coronado Springs Resorts. YES! Danielle, Pam, and I made plans to go to Downtown Disney together our first morning in Disney World. After breakfast, we made our way to the bus stop and waited for a shuttle to take us to Downtown Disney. And waited and waited. Pam was starting to do the cross legged dance and had to find a bathroom. So we waited for her. Then the shuttles started to show up and Danielle and I thought Pam had fallen in the toilet or gotten lost. We missed five shuttles before Danielle went to search for Pam. She found her and Pam said that the bathrooms were further away from shuttle stop than expected. Then Pam felt really tired after not having a good night's rest and decided to go back to our room and nap. So it was just Danielle and I for Downtown Disney.
After a little bit of a wait, the shuttle came back to Coronado Springs and we got on the bus. It was about a 15-minute ride to Downtown Disney, and Danielle and I spent the time talking with each other and one of the parents of one of the middle school competitors and parents of one of the students in a band competition going on in Downtown Disney. We finally arrived at Downtown Disney and disembarked for a little adventure.
Downtown Disney is the shopping and restaurant center of The Magic Kingdom, and it is a nice diversion for those who want the Disney experience but cannot afford the steep prices for the parks or don't want to fight the crowds associated with Disney World. There are many shops to peruse along with a variety of restaurants that will satisfy the cravings of ones with sweet tooths, love burgers, or other foods.
Danielle and I spent our time at Downtown Disney walking around the area and taking pictures of its surroundings. We would take a break and go inside one of the stores and looks around and check things out. Danielle was looking for a souvenir for her little boy while I was just enjoying the experience. We had a good time checking out the many Disney souvenir stores but the Lego Experience was too crowded for us to visit in our time limit. However, Danielle and I did hit the Major League Baseball Store, and I loved looking at all of the Mickey Mouse toys in various Major League uniforms and paraphenalia. However, I would like to tell the management that they need to put a display of the Red Sox at the entrance and not of the Yankees, a.k.a. The Evil Empire. HA HA! I was enjoying myself a lot in the MLB store but I stopped myself and got out of there before Danielle would have had to drag me out kicking and screaming!
The closest thing to meeting the Disney characters for me was having a pictures taken with the Tigger figurine in front of one of the stores. Tigger is my favorite Disney character and I couldn't resist that shot one bit.
Danielle and I spent a couple of hours at Downtown Disney before having lunch at Cooke's of Dublin Pub and then headed back to our hotel. Pam made it to Downtown Disney the next day and couldn't believe how crazy it was there with crowds and kept her visit short, but for all three of us, we can say we saw a little bit of Disney World during our four days there!
From journal The Three Musketeers Conquer Orlando!
by Amber Autumn
June 5, 2011
Downtown Disney is full of many shops and boutiques, but these are the most exotic and interesting to check out for any guest.
2. Basin - this bath and body boutique is full of wonderful aromas. Candles, soaps, and bath products are items that can be found here, and come with exotic names like Pirate's Soap and Tea Tree. The newest item is the Mickey soaps and bath balls that dissolve and show confetti-like mickeys in your bathwater. Also, washing your hands with sweet smelling bath salts is a highlight.
3. Disney's Days of Christmas - although it's only June, this place is Christmas 365 days a year. Filled with discounted and interesting Christmas items, this store also sells monogrammed Mickey ears and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" merchandise.
4. Goofy's Candy Company - the best and sweetest shop around. For everything sugary sweet, this store has everything from rice crispy treats, candy apples, fudges, candies, suckers, and so much more.
5. Lego Imagination Center - takes lego building to an extreme with various projects displayed throughout Downtown Disney like the serpent, Woody and Buzz, and the dragon and Prince from "Sleeping Beauty". Be sure to check out the center as well.
6. Disney Pin Traders - pin trading is a form of life for Disney lovers. Since 2011 makes 40 years of Disney magic, be sure to buy a pin to celebrate this event.
7. Once Upon a Toy - for the "Toy Story" fans, this is their favorite shop. Take pictures with Buzz and Mr. Potato Head outside, but inside becomes the one-stop shop for everything "Toy Story" from hats, t-shirts, more clothes, and, of course, toys.
8. Tren-D - this boutique shows how trendy Disney merchandise can be. One would expect this store to be in an upscale mall or Rodeo Drive from its posh appearance.
9. World of Disney - the most popular store of the Marketplace that has everything and anything Disney. What's unique about here is the variety of merchandise from all Disney characters and movies under one roof. You can find candy, food, home products, picture frames, toys, t-shirts, and so much more here. Although this is a fascinating store, the ceiling is like the crown jewel of the place with bright lights illuminating Disney characters and scenes from all around the world.
10. Bibbi Bobbidi Boutique - for the little princes and princesses-wannabes ages 3 and up, parents can make appointments for their children to become them. Glitter, face painting, nail painting, and fancy prince and princess costumes are used to transform them. A picture of them in their costume comes with the package. Call (407) 939-7895 to make your reservations today.
From journal Having A Magical Time in Orlando
June 4, 2011
Downtown Disney is a popular place in Orlando, and also offers a a cheaper alternative to experiencing the Disney Magic without paying theme park admission. This marketplace is located minutes away from exits 67 and 68 of Interstate 4, and divided into three sections. The first section is the marketplace with its amazing restaurants like the Rainforest Cafe and T-REX Adventure, and shops such as Goofy's Candy Company, and the World of Disney. One tip for AAA members is that the Earl of Sandwich Restaurant offers a discount when purchasing their meals. The Pleasure Island area has more shops, nighttime entertainment, restaurants, and is suitable for both children and adults. Also, a store once located in Hollywood Studios, the Candy Cauldron, has been moved to this area, and offers some wickedly delicious treats. The West Side offers Disney Quest, Cirque du Soleil, and more interesting little shops. All the restaurants seem to be popular in Downtown because they all overlook this lake in the middle with a lego serpent, and lego creations dazzle guests around every corner. Overall, this is a place to not miss out on.
Oxford, United Kingdom
December 23, 2010
From journal Going Downtown at Walt Disney World
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
June 24, 2008
From journal Two Weeks in Orlando
July 30, 2006
From journal Disney World
June 10, 2006
Now downtown Disney isn't one of the 4 kingdoms, and if you say it is Shame on You. It is simply a place where you can go and collect all your memories and put them into place. Downtown Disney contains shops, Legoland, hidden Mickeys, parades, and Rainforest Cafe. (You can read more about Rainforest Cafe in my other review.) When you go collect your souvenirs from the World of Disney Store, which has the Princess room, Adventure Room, and the Biddidi Biddidi Boutique, try saying that five times fast...anyways BBB is where all the little girls go to feel like a princess: Mainly Cinderella. They have crowns, makeup, outfits, etc. The World of Disney Store is a great place to collect your Disney souvenirs and trust me, you will be bringing home more in you suitcases than what you came with.
For Dining experiences, this and Epcot are one of a kind. Like Animal Kingdom, Rainforest Cafe' is also held in Downtown Disney. So read about that in my other review. Also Animal Kingdom can be read about in my other review. So back to the dining, you have Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant which is GREAT! Especially if you like shepherds pie. YUM! There are other places like Planet Hollywood, which is a must to eat at! You have the house of blues, Captain Jack restaurant, and a bunch more!
Though you haven't seen anything if you (adults ) haven't been to Pleasure Island. It is filled with a lot of fun. Just look at the most fun for adults section at the top and pull down to see more info.
Though do me a favor please and go to Downtown Disney, you never know what magic it will bring.
From journal Walt Disney World Unwrapped
Merritt Island, Florida
May 13, 2006
From journal One Day In Downtown Disney (Orlando)