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A great way to spend an evening
Downtown Disney (Florida, USA)
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Downtown Disney (Florida, USA)
Advantages: Wide variety of restaurants and shops
Disadvantages: can be an expensive night!
Downtown Disney is the shopping and entertainment area of the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. All of the Disney resorts offer complimentary transportation to Downtown Disney, and there is a large parking area if you are staying off-site.
Downtown Disney is broken up into three main areas all containing a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment venues.
Marketplace is the first section. This has several different places to eat - The Rainforest café which is a really fun place to eat. Its all designed like a rainforest with big trees and elephants etc so its great for kids. There is also Captain Jacks restaurant which is on a pier over the lake so has a nice setting. There is also a Wolfgang Puck express, An Italian Restaurant, A crab house and a Macdonalds. Marketplace has the best shops in downtown Disney and there is a real variety. You have s stationary shop, a huge Christmas shop that is open year round, a sweet shop, a few clothes shops, a glass shop, a shop selling soaps and bath stuff and not forgetting the worlds largest Disney store! A word of advice with this shop - arrange to meet people outside somewhere as we always seem to loose each other in this shop as its so big!
The next area you come too is Pleasure Island, this has numerous themed nightclubs ranging from a beach party to a 70's disco. They have a comedy club and an adventurers club that is also like a comedy club - both are well worth a visit. The only place to eat here is between marketplace and the comedy club in an Irish pub called Raglan Road. This serves typical Irish pub food (bangers and mash, pie and chips, colcannon etc) and has Irish entertainment such as music and dancing. It also has a quick service section on one side if you don't fancy a sit down meal.
The final section of Downtown Disney is west side. At the entrance to this area there is a Planet Hollywood restaurant and shop - ive noticed this gets really busy so you have to get their early. They also have a multi-screen movie theatre. Westside has a large selection of shops - but they are all unique shops. You have one that sells memorabilia - lovely shop but nothing there I can afford. There is a shop selling magnets and novelty gifts, a cigar shop and a sweet shop. A little bit further down you have a few restaurants - House of Blues and Bongos Cuban Café. Opposite these there is Disney Quest - an indoor interactive theme park. It has a variety of video games and interactive video games for the whole family. It makes a great change from the parks but I couldn't spend more than an hour or two there personally. They do however have a really good cheesecake factory here which does the nicest cakes ive ever tasted! Yummy! The final part of Downtown Disney is Cirque Du Soleil, they have a permanent show here call La Nouba and it is definitely worth seeing! Its quite expensive but it's a fabulous show and really something you'll remember. Its quite long but it does have a break in the middle.
If your visiting Disney then Downtown is definitely worth a visit. My personal favourite time to visit is in the evening, as they tend to have street entertainers like people on stilts and things walking round and various other bits going on. It has such a great atmosphere in the evening with all the lights on it really is a fun night out.
Summary: Well worth a visit!
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