Activities & Resources
Downtown Disney050in Orlando, FL 32830
about Downtown Disney:
Divided into three different areas - Marketplace, West Side, and Pleasure Island - Disney's Downtown locale boasts some very unique shops. It's possible to walk from one side to the other, but if you're carrying many shopping bags you may want to consider taking a water taxi; they depart from the Marketplace and at the West Side.
Downtown Disney Marketplace
Located on the far eastern side of the area (right where Hotel Plaza Boulevard spits you out), this is by far the best place within this complex for dedicated shopaholics and souvenir seekers.
Stores in this section include Art of Disney, with animation cels, fine art, and limited editions; Disney's Days of Christmas, featuring Christmas collectibles, ornaments, and Hanukkah merchandise all year round; Once Upon a Toy, a 16,000-square-foot paradise for toy lovers; and World of Disney, the centerpiece of Downtown Disney and the biggest Disney shopping destination on Earth.
If you're feeling hungry after racking up the receipts, try a pizza from Wolfgang Puck Express or a chocolate pick-me-up from the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain. Theme dining is available in the form of Rainforest Cafe or T-REX: A Prehistoric Family Adventure.
Downtown Disney Pleasure Island
Pleasure Island was once primarily an adult night-time entertainment complex, with clubs that ranged from disco to comedy. Currently the area features a scattering of specialty shops. These are now closed and a waterfront dining area is currently under construction.
For food, visit Fulton's Crab House for good - though expensive - seafood; the Portabello Yacht Club for Italian inspired cuisine; or Planet Hollywood.
Downtown Disney West Side
This area features a truly eclectic mix of, well, everything. From the huge 24 screen AMC Theater to big restaurants like House of Blues, Bongos Cuban Cafe, and Wolfgang Puck's, it's like an outdoor mini-mall, complete with a pretzel stand.
On the shopping front, most of the stores in this section aren't particularly noteworthy. The few exceptions include Hoy Poloi, a mother's worst nightmare with beautiful glass, ceramic, and one-of-a-kind art pieces for sale - all within reach of curious little fingers; and Magic Masters, a magic parlor that features expert magicians who entertain you and then make your money disappear by selling magic tricks and gags.
The West Side is also home to DisneyQuest, the Virgin Superstore, and Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba.