Shortlist
Recently Viewed
You have not viewed any villas yet. When you do, they will appear here for easy reference.

Search


Categories

About This Guide
Latest Articles
Most Viewed
Random Selection
Articles With Photos
Meet The Authors
Accommodation   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Animal Kingdom
Cruising
Days Out   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Dining   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22
Discovery Cove
Disney General   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
Disney Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Epcot   page 1 / 2 / 3
Florida History   page 1 / 2
Golf   page 1 / 2
Hints and Tips   page 1 / 2 / 3
Hollywood Studios
Magic Kingdom   page 1 / 2
Miscellaneous   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Museums
Night Life
Other Activities   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Other Florida   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Other Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Owners Vacation Diary
Places to Visit   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
Planning your Trip   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Sea World   page 1 / 2
Shopping   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7
Shows
State Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7
Travelling   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Universal Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Water Parks

Florida Guide > Disney General

Downtown Disney is the Disney version of a town centre with shops, restaurant and leisure activities. It is quite simply the best place to shop eat and be entertained Disney Style. Downtown in fun and friendly and well worth a visit.

Downtown Disney is completely free to visit. You don’t need a ticket or pass and parking is also free and very easy. This is better than the Universal resorts who do charge for parking even if you eat in one of their restaurants. Downtown is well signposted once you enter the Disney Resort area and there are three main areas to visit.

The three areas are Marketplace, West Side and Pleasure Island. Pleasant paths and pavements link the areas together. It is totally pedestrianised and there are lots of signposts so you don’t get lost. Each area has it’s own atmosphere. Some areas are more for shopping, some for eating and some for street theatre and entertainment.

The West Side area is home to the wonderful Cirque Du Soleil together with Disney Quest. Many famous restaurants are also here including Wolfgang Puck and Bongos Cuban restaurant. This was designed by Gloria Estefan and is a stylish Cuban themed restaurant. Enjoy the bar area for a quick cocktail and sit on the bar stools shaped like Bongo drums! !

Candy Cauldron is amongst our favourites with its amazing chocolate dipped strawberries and other sweet treats. A sweet shop with a difference you can see toffee apples being dipped by hand. Spend a happy few minutes watching through the window! You will be spoiled for choice. . . . just make sure you don’t fill up too much before your tea!

Magic Masters is an incredible shop selling magic tricks. They are simple to do and it is a very unique shop. We love the card tricks which are amazing in terms of illusion, but very easy for children to perform. You can also by balls and cups tricks, magic rings and ropes. The guys in the shop are often to be found demonstrating the tricks and it is a great show to watch.

A trip to West Side is very well worth it. You can simply walk around at night when the twinkling lights entice you to explore further. Try it during the day and enjoy a leisurely ice cream and a stroll around the lake. The Hagan Das store is irresistible and their chocolate fudge sundae is worth a trip alone!

We aim to provide accurate and useful information, but if you feel anything provided here is not accurate or out of date, please email us with the address of the page concerned and any comments so we can amend as necessary.

Page added on: 1 January 2009
Viewed 3587 times since 1 January 2009.

The following photos have been submitted by our villa owners for this article.

Lake

Lake

Cirque du Soleil
We take great care to ensure we have the copyright holder's permission to display each photo. If you believe any of our photos should not be displayed for any reason then please email info@orlandovillas.com with full details, including a link to the photo concerned and we will act on it immediately.

Villa Owners: Upload A Photo To This Article

To upload a photo for consideration, click here. Please only submit photos relevant to this article.

Other Articles Viewed

The following articles were also viewed by people who looked at this one:

Bookmark This Article


These sites allow you to store and share links over the internet. You can share the links with other users or just use them to access your links from any computer you are using. More information is available here.