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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
rochester, New York
February 26, 2003
From journal Vistana Orlando
April 30, 2002
We ate dinner at the Rainforest Cafe - we have one at home so it was fun to compare. The food is average but it's a fun diversion.
The part I enjoyed the most was the "stroller parking lot" out front -- there must been hundreds there!
My 11-year-old most enjoyed the Lego sculptures and the Planet Hollywood dinosaur.
The only store he enjoyed was the Disney Sport store where he found an ESPN X-games hat for himself and an X-games t-shirt for a friend, both on the Clearance shelf.
We enjoyed Downtown Disney as a place to walk around in the evening, but if you have no willpower, leave your credit cars at home!
From journal Orlando - Orange Lake Country Club
by Mary Dickinson
January 21, 2004
If you love freshly made fudge, Disney’s Candy Cauldron is the place to go. Hoy Poloi has three-dimensional art, a lot of wild things that look like they're made from blown glass. Magic Masters offers a variety of magic tricks. If you buy a magic trick the sales person will demonstrate how it works. I bought one called "Changing Nickels Into Dimes". When I perform it, it looks like I can magically change nickels into dimes. When I saw the high quality of the merchandise I went back and bought more. My grandsons will love me forever.
AMC Pleasure Island is a moviehouse that has 24 theaters. It has comfy seating and a great soundsystem. Cirque Du Soleil means "Circus Of The Sun" in French. I checked on the price of attending a performance at their clothing and gift shop located in the same building. Nouba, a clown with class, is the hit of the show. Either the price was not correct or it's some show.
The House of Blues looks like a place we like to stay out of. It includes a restaurant and theater. The exterior looks like it was partially made of borrowed corrugated metal sheets. Crosses were cut out of the metal to show Gospel is sung in there. It's intended to present an atmosphere of rhythem and blues. I’ll know just where to go next time I’m down.
Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s huge restaurant, Bongos Cuban Café, is water front. It has exciting Cuban decor, bongo drums for seats at the bar, and offers nightly entertainment. You’ll want to see the great selection of clothes in their shop next to the restaurant. Another interesting restaurant is Wolfgang Puck. Broken pieces of brightly colored ceramic tile are set in squares in the floor and more on the walls. It's very well done and makes exciting decor.
Virgin Megastore offers DVDs and CDs galore at good prices. Disney Quest is an indoor interactive theme park. It cost $31 for adults and $25 for children. The West Side is definitely a chance for young adults to be where it's happening.
From journal Vacation In Paradise
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
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