One Day In Downtown Disney (Orlando)

A one day trip to Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL. This trip was to go see a concert at the House of Blues and relaxation day.


Hotel Royal Plaza

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on May 13, 2006

I decided to stay at the Royal Plaza because of it's location to Downtown Disney. I was going to go see a concert at the House of Blues and I wanted a close place to stay. I would have to say it's less than a ½ mile from Downtown Disney. The hotel itself is nicer than I expected. The lobby is very spacious and is adorned with crown molding and modern and classical furniture. The colors remind me of the Caribbean... light creams and blues. Very nice.

My room was on the first floor towards the back. The room itself is very nice. It had two queen beds and a small sofa. The walls were a nice soft green...very soothing. The room had floor to ceiling windows. Unfortunately, I didn't have the best view but that didn't matter to me. The bathroom was on the smaller side but it was okay for me. If there were more than two people it would be really small. The bathroom came with Bath and Body Works products for use. And they had my favorite... Cucumber Melon... which was a plus.

I was unable to check out many of the amenities (i.e. pool, restaurants), as I was only there for one night. However, I had breakfast at the Giraffe Cafe. Very filling breakfast for a reasonable price. I did use the valet parking at first but they tend to be a bit slow so I chose to use the regular parking after the concert. I would have to say that would be the only bad thing about the hotel... was the valet parking. Otherwise, everything else went smoothly. The front desk was helpful, room service was pretty quick, and the rest of the staff was very nice also.

Hotel Royal Plaza
1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Orlando, Florida, 32830
(407) 828-2828

Wolfgang Puck's Cafe

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on May 13, 2006

I decided at Wolfgang Puck's cafe just because that is one of the restaurants I haven't been to at Downtown Disney. To be honest, it kind of intimidated me. Big name chef usually means high prices. But I figured I would give it a try.

The exterior of the restaurant is semi-modern. That's the best way I can describe it. Multi-colored tiles surround the door and there is an outdoor seating area if you want to eat outside. When you walk in, you see an open air kitchen which is great to watch. There's a large stair case which leads to the dinning room which opens after 6pm. The cafe downstairs has a bar in which you can sit and watch your meal being made. It also has a fresh sushi bar and multi-layered seating areas with booths and tables.

The staff is very helpful. The hostess brought me to my table. And my waiter was very kind. He, I sadly do not recall his name, was great. He asked a question that I had never been asked before—do I have any food allergies. Even though I don't, I thought this was a great question.

I ordered a Chicken Panini (which came with french fries) and a Cosmo for lunch. The Cosmo is to die for. Also included in lunch is fresh bread that tasted like it had basil baked in it. It also came with olive oil for dipping. The total cost came to about $22 which is a little higher than I normally pay, but it was a great change of pace.

I would recommend this place at least once.

Wolfgang Puck Cafe: Downtown Disney
1482 E Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, Florida, 32830
(407) 938-9653

House of Blues

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on May 13, 2006

I have been to the House of Blues on a few occasions for different concerts. It's a great venue to see someone live. It is a place to allow the concertgoer to get into the groove of the show, and to have a good time.

The atmosphere has a rustic feel. The House of Blues in Orlando is two-story building. The ground floor is usually packed, so it's nice to go to the balcony for a less hectic feeling. Both the ground floor and balcony have bars that serve drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), along with food. The bar closes when the main act begins their show.

Security is very tight at these shows. There are guards on practically every corner, and they keep the crowd from getting to out of control... which happens on a rare occasion.

Overall, the House of Blues is a great venue to see up-and-coming artists, comics, and larger named groups. I would recommend checking out a show if you are in the area.

House of Blues
1490 E. Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830
(407) 934–2583

Downtown Disney

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on May 13, 2006

Downtown Disney Marketplace is a mixture for all ages. It holds plenty of shops for kids and adults alike. As you walk down the main area, you will see shops with Disney wears next to a candy shop (with caramel apples being made right in front of you). They also have shops that make their own bath soaps, a cigar shop, and a magic shop. The restaurants there are as varied as the shopping. There are big name chefs (Wolfgang Puck) and family friendly restaurants like the Rain Forest Cafe. There is also a Cuban restaurant and a Garibaldi chocolate store. There are also two main spots to see performances. There is the House of Blues, which holds regular concerts; and there is Cirque Du Soleil, which has performances daily that show off their acrobatic and magical marvels. Overall... it's a great place to visit, whether you are 5 years old or 50 years old.
Downtown Disney
Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32821
+1 407 828 3056

Virgin Megastore

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on May 13, 2006

Now, if you want to do some serious music/movie/game shopping, you should come to the Virgin Mega Store. Like the name says, it's a MEGA STORE. This place is two levels of anything and everything you may want in entertainment.

On the ground floor, you will find a very well organized selection of music to the left as you walk in. On the right-hand side, you will find DVDs and VHS for purchase. They seem to have a sale going on every time I have come here, which is a great thing. They actually had a CD that I have been looking for for months, for but I paid for it since it was an import. They have their dance/international/classical music separated from the main area. On the second floor (which you go up a pretty big escalator), you will find books, games, and clothing. They also have a small cafe in the back for snacks and drinks.

Virgin Megastore
Downtown Disney
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830
+1 407 828 0222

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