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by Amber Autumn
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.
From journal Having A Magical Time in Orlando
July 30, 2006
From journal Disney World
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
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
by Mary Dickinson
January 19, 2004
Next to the Rainforest Café is the Steamboat Dock. Big passenger boats offer tours of the lake. For more private tours, Cap’n Jacks nearby has several options. Beside boat tours, Cap’n Jack’s has an outdoor bar and a big waterfront restaurant. Another great looking restaurant is Fulton’s Crab House. It is in a full-size Mississippi steamboat right on the lake.
If you’ve been decorating a child’s room with Winnie the Pooh, you’ll love Pooh Corner. It offers a whole new dimension of interesting ideas. Disney Pin Traders and Team Mickey have expensive items to wear and look like official Disney World visitors. Don’t go past Ghirardelli’s. They give a large free sample of their delicious chocolate. Beware of the fragrances coming from all the bars of soap in Basin. It lures you right into that shop.
My favorite store in the Marketplace is Once Upon A Toy. It’s a big shop consisting of several rooms. Right in the center is a train room. I love trains. I wanted to make an HO scale model Disney World with trains for Christmas for my grandchildren but didn’t know where to get accessories. They had everything I could wish for. A scale model of Cinderella’s Castle that opens in the middle with figures is $60. All the resorts near the unorail going around the lake into Disney World are available in HO scale. Battery-operated amusement rides (Flying Dumbo and others) cost $22 apiece. The store is huge and offers a lot more. Game playing demos for children are given at scheduled times during the day.
World of Disney takes up the space of five or six stores and offers everything imaginable in Disney toys in plastic, cloth or ceramic. Another store to catch your imagination off guard is Lego Imagination Center. Outside near the sidewalk and all around the area are full size sculptures of people, characters and even a model of a space ship made from Legos. Children were able to put their imaginations to work developing their Lego art on tables with thousands of Legos in bins underneath.
Parking for the Marketplace is most convenient in lots A-F.
From journal Vacation In Paradise
July 15, 2003
From journal Tropical Getaway hidden near Disney
Oxford, United Kingdom
December 23, 2010
From journal Going Downtown at Walt Disney World