Hey, Dad. What can you tell me about Downtown Disney (DTD)? Now that's a great question. What can I tell you? I can tell you a whole lot because there is a whole lot to tell.
There are shops, restaurants, shops, hotels, entertainment, shops and more shops. DTD is a special place. It's also a huge place. It stretches over a mile with 3 distinct areas and 2 bus stops.
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This is a huge place. It's almost a mile from end to end. There are 3 main areas. The Westside, the Marketplace and Pleasure Island. Check them out ...
The west side of the complex is called, oddly enough, Westside. This is where a lot of the fun occurs. The big entertainment venus are down on this side, but there are also some pretty good places to eat and a really interesting shopping area.
Want to get away from the parks and sit down and watch a movie in comfort? The AMC Downtown Disney Theater is the place to do just that.
- Marketplace - The east side is called the Marketplace. This is where a lot of the gift shops (including the Disney Days of Christmas and World of Disney) are located. There are also a couple of great restaurants (Earl of Sandwich and Rainforest Cafe.)
- Pleasure Island - tucked in the middle
From the very beginning of Downtown Disney there were hotels that were an integral part. Through the years the hotels have undergone transformations, but they are still the closest hotels outside of Disney World.
These hotels offer affordable options to the Disney Hotels but still are close enough to be part of the Magic.
There are so many great place to eat at Disney World, but this area may have some of the best. There is everything from fine dining to quick snack foods.
There is something for everyone (except for McDonalds lovers) here. Kids will love T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe. Adults will really enjoy a great meal at Fulton's Crab House or House of Blues. Check out all the offerings.
The whole reason Disney built DTD was because there wasn't enough room in the parks for all the shops and boy are there a lot of shops. There is everything from the biggest Disney Store in the world to a place where you can actually buy mismatched socks. No, I'm not kidding.
There are lots of name brand and specialty shops in this area. There is a Harley Davidson store, a Christmas store, and even a store that sells amazing chocolate.
DisneyQuest truly is something unique. It's more than just an arcade. It's 4 stories of great interactive fun and games. You can build your own roller coaster and ride it. You can take a virtual ride with the Pirates of the Caribbean. Or you can even plan a little Tron.
Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba
The "Circus of the Sun" - Cirque du Soleil is now at Downtown Disney. This is an amazing show full of all kinds of performers. It's a great way to spend an evening outside of the parks. Check it out.
Want to go to the movies? The movie theater is an AMC 24 where you can not only watch all the latest from Hollywood, you can even get dinner. Dinner and a movie. What an idea.
Now this is just cool. Downtown Disney now has one of the most interesting bowling alleys anywhere. Splitsville Luxury Lanes combines the fun of bowling with some really great food. You can either bowl and eat, or just eat (the food's that good). Check it out.
What time does everything open? How about close? Inquiring minds want to know. Ok, here you go. Here are the hours from the stores, the restaurants and even some of the entertainment.
Make your Reservations Today
Who's going to Disney World? You can. It's easy. Just go over to Dad's Destinations to Travel page and fill out the little form. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying all that DTD has to offer.
Dad's Bottom Line
There is so much to do at DTD you could spend a whole day walking around and not see everything. Whether it's shopping, dining or enjoying a show, you won't want to miss it.