Downtown Disney is an outdoor area located near Lake Buena Vista that is home to a large variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. This area is open to the public and requires no fee for entry, has free parking, and offers transportation to all Disney Resorts. The complex is divided into three areas, the Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and West Side.
The Marketplace of Downtown Disney is the shopping capitol of Disney World. It is home to shopping such as Disney’s Pin Traders, the Lego Imagination Center, Once Upon a toy, Team Mickey, Tren-D, and the world’s largest Disney store: World of Disney, along with many other shops. This is also a great place to grab a bite to eat with cream of the crop being Earl of Sandwich, but other great options like Polo Campero, Rainforest Café, and T-Rex Café being close by.
The Pleasure Island section of Downtown Disney is known as the young adult hangout. The dance club and nightlife is what draws people to this area. Although, this area is slated to be shut down sometime in 2011 for refurbishment, it is still open as of July.
Downtown Disney West Side is the entertainment section of Downtown Disney. It is home to tremendous entertainment venues as well we excellent restaurants and more great shopping. Characters in Flight opened in this area in 2009 allowing guests to go up 400 feet in a hot air balloon to get a 360 degree view of the Walt Disney World Resort. This part of Downtown Disney is also home to Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, and the AMC Downtown Disney 24 movie theatre. There are also great dining options in the West Side district including Wolfgang Puck Café, Bongos Cuban Café, House of Blues and Planet Hollywood.
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