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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
March 23, 2006
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Downtown Disney. Needless to say they have some great Disney souvenir shops. We got most of our gifts for family there. Though $10 for hot chocolate is pretty steep. My favorite shop was Basin. Nothing like a shop with soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc.
The smell in there is just fantastic. The Team Mickey Sports shop is a good one too. Lots of Disney stuff and some regular sports stuff, too. Lastly, the setting is wonderful. Water, hotels, restaurants, etc., I really had a nice afternoon.
From journal Orlando Family Vacation
Rochester, New York
February 7, 2006
From journal Winter Week on the Florida Space Coast
October 11, 2005
We stopped in to Goofy’s Candy Company (I wasn’t impressed with this – a lot of candy you can get at home but with "Disney" packaging – and the prices were insane), Mickey’s Mart (I didn’t see any bargains here – just the stuff from the regular stores that was under $10), and Disney Tails (pet gifts), where I bought my pug Max a pack of Mickey pants and squeaky hand toys. There was a lot of great merchandise in Disney Tails – outfits, toys, treats, beds – for both dogs and cats. There was also a scrap-booking store and kitchen stores - but everything from the smaller stores was in World of Disney.
From journal Newbie Trip to Walt Disney World
by Richie the K
July 5, 2005
From journal A Week of Fun in Orlando, Florida
The memorabilia store is very interesting. It contains photos and memorabilia signed by famous folk such as John F. Kennedy, Paul McCartney, and other sports, musical, or political heroes. While we couldn’t afford to take anything home—items can be as low as $1,000 and up to $40,000 or more—it was great fun to look and see these items. Our ten-year-old loved it.
The Virgin Megastore is worth the time and a great place to simply browse if you love music.
Pleasure Island celebrates New Years Eve every night. We stopped by Pleasure Island at the end of our Disney Day. We watched the last showing of "Fantasmic" at MGM and arrived at Pleasure Island about 11:30—plenty of time to find a place to watch the fireworks at midnight. These capped off our Disney day experience just perfectly and sent us home to a restful sleep.
This is a fun late-evening option for anyone. If you are so inclined, you could stay for the party atmosphere. It felt as if about half the people stayed and went clubbing and the other half including us left immediately after the fireworks.
While Pleasure Island is an adult atmosphere and alcoholic beverages are sold, we did not see anything that we were concerned that our young children would see. In fact, the alcohol issue was much bigger at Sea World than at this more bar-like atmosphere.
My wife and I returned to Pleasure Island on Saturday night to experience the club atmosphere and catch the midnight fireworks. The Saturday night fireworks were much more elaborate than the week-night ones and would be a great free substitution for the Magic Kingdom fireworks and you could avoid standing in those painfully long after-fireworks lines.
Pleasure Island/Downtown Disney is a great area to visit and I highly recommend it.
From journal Florida with Family
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 5, 2005
Downtown Disney is the entertainment and shopping center for Disney. It offers Disney fans an array of shopping, dining, and partying options. This is the place to be after dark, when the clubs and shows get pumping. There is no admission required to visit downtown Disney.
This sparking 120-acre waterside complex, located on Lake Buena Vista, has been delighting Disney fans since 1975. Today the complex is divided up into three sections: Market Place, Pleasure Island, and West Side. Marketplace offers visitors shopping and dining. Pleasure Island offers nighttime fun and more upscale and themed restaurants, and Westside offers more entertainment options, dining, and shopping.
Marketplace offers some great shopping, including the Art of Disney, where you can buy Disney art, and Disney at Home, so your home can carry on the Disney theme (you can pick up a Mickey Mouse waffle iron, but they are hard to come by), Pooh Corner, and Disney Days of Christmas. No matter what time of year you are here, stop by and pick up a Disney ornament for your tree. You can grab a sandwich at Earl of Sandwich. Scrapbookers will delight at Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories, which carries plenty of supplies for your Disney-themed pages. There is also Disney Pin Traders offering a variety of Disney pins, which are quite collectible. If it carries the Disney name, it can be found at the World of Disney. This huge store carries everything for you, your house, and your pet. And even if you’re not taking any Leggos home, stop by their shop and marvel at the oversized Disney creations made from Leggos at their store.
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From journal More Magical Fun at Disney
May 7, 2005
I love Downtown Disney and all the outlet malls!!! I shop till I drop every time I am in town, save a ton of money, and then come back to the resort and chill in my spacious unit!
From journal I Luv Orange Lake!
July 22, 2004
Then we walked over to the "Lego Land" and saw all the projects which were made from legos. Our girls are a little too young for that right now, but it was interesting. The Lego Land Sea Serpent is quite the sight to see. Following this, we strolled around the marketplace and the girls tasted their first "Italian Ice," a cherry flavor, and it hit the spot and refreshed us all.
From journal Adventures along the East Coast
March 20, 2004
If I had known then what I know now, I would have done things a little differently. I didn't know you were to leave the park entirely. I didn't know you had to go to one of the Disney's hotel to access the bus, which is what we've opted to do. I didn't even know it takes approximately 20 minutes to get to Downtown Disney. Lastly, but certainly not least, I didn't know there were three different sections of Downtown Disney itself- West Side, Pleasure Island, and Marketplace. Wow!! Needless to say, we were pressed for time.
I wish we had been better prepared for our visit with Downtown Disney. We were able to see all the many quaint little shops just begging for our company and money, of course. The dining and entertainment were not sparse in any way. The atmosphere at Downtown Disney was nothing compared to Walt Disney World. And it wasn't even crowded there! The best word that I can come up with for Downtown Disney is "soothing". Maybe this is not how it normally is, but then again, maybe it is.
Some of the wonderful things you'll encounter at Downtown Disney Marketplace are the following:
SHOPPING & ENTERTAINMENT
One word of warning: please don't go unprepared. Apparently, there is a lot to see and do at Downtown Disney. I only wished we had more time to explore it further. Hmmmm. That gives me a valid reason to plan for Orlando again! Until then.
From journal Calmative Christmas in Orlando
February 26, 2004
Anyway, Downtown Disney is where Pleasure Island is located and it is an area that is basically stores and some eating places, all with that magical Disney feeling. Some of the cool things there are a Lego store and playground with statues and slides all made out of Legos! It's incredible. I can't imagine how much time it took to create some of them.
There's also the Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, and a large Virgin Record Megastore. Downtown Disney is a good thing to do when you want to just relax and shop and do something other than be in a Disney or Universal theme park.
From journal A much needed vacation in Orlando