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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
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
April 15, 2002
Downtown Disney is comprised of three parts. The Disney Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and Disney West. You can easily see all three in an evening out.
Disney Marketplace and Disney West are versatile fun places you can visit and park for FREE with shopping, restaurants, and nightlife, whereas Pleasure Island is more of a nightlife place where you pay one cover charge ($21!) and have access to many different clubs, where you can see live music (rock, jazz, etc) and comedy. All three areas are very cool and colorful places to visit and see. There are neon lights everywhere, which provides a high energy environment.
The Downtown Disney Marketplace has dozens of shops and restaurants including multiple HUGE Disney stores, and a Lego Store with a cool playground and large Lego figures outside. If you like, you can take a water taxi from Downtown Disney Marketplace to Downtown Disney West Side.
In Downtown Disney Marketplace, you will find other specialty shops including a European glass shop, a kitchen accessory shop, many kids clothes shops, a photo shop and studio, and many toy and gift shops. Restaurants include a unique McDonalds, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop (popular for dessert), a Bakery, a Rainforest Cafe, and a Wolfgang Puck's Express restaurant. We enjoyed dinner at Fulton's Crab House, a restaurant on the water that looks like a riverboat.
After you walk through the Marketplace, you will find Pleasure Island. During the day, you can walk through Pleasure Island and visit a few shops, but it really comes alive at night. Pleasure Island has several nightclubs including the BET Soundstage club, Wildhorse Saloon, a Comedy Club, Jazz Club and more.
After you walk through Pleasure Island, you come to Downtown Disney West Side, which is similar to the Marketplace but with a more diverse places and activities. Downtown Disney West Side has dozens of cool eating, drinking and entertaining places, including the House of Blues restaurant, celebrity chef Wolfgang Pucks restaurant, Bongo's Cuban Cafe, a Virgin Records Megastore, and Cirque de Soleil circus venue. There is also a large theater, and many unique specialty shops.
All of this is only a 2 minute walk from the Hilton! Like Universal Studios CityWalk (see my journal entry), Downtown Disney is a great place to go for entertaining. Both are worth a night out, but if you can only visit one, visit Downtown Disney if you have young kids, otherwise visit Universal Studios CityWalk.
Downtown Disney is an excellent no cost activity in Orlando. To get there, take 528 West to I-4, and take I-4 West to the Lake Buena Vista exit (# 27) and turn right. At the first traffic light turn left at Hotel Plaza Boulevard, and it ends at Downtown Disney.
From journal Orlando...without children
July 5, 2005
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