Downtown Disney is a charming outdoor entertainment complex that features shopping, live music, themed restaurants and, of course, Disney stuff! Located in Lake Buena Vista, Downtown Disney is situated on a small lake across from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. Parking is free, admission is free, and transportation from Walt Disney World resorts is free.
Disney is keen to cater to all ages. There’s a Lego store and arcade for kids, and a Harley Davidson shop and Fuego’s Cigar Bar for adults.
T-REX is the newest themed restaurant. As the name suggestions, it’s all about dinosaurs. The idea is similar to the Rainforest Café where guests are dining in a lush tropical forest inhabited with critters. It’s like Jurassic Park has invaded an upscale dining room! Wolfgang Puck’s gourmet restaurant is also nearby.
Disney Quest is an enormous interactive game room. In addition to arcade games and laser tag, there are several virtual rides such as Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride, the Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for Buccaneer Gold, and a Jungle Cruise. This gigantic 5-story playhouse is a must see for children.
Planet Hollywood is a longtime fixture and it’s still draws large crowds who are interested in seeing authentic movie props. Another charming themed restaurant is the South American flavored Paradiso 37. Their signature drink is a fishbowl-sized margarita called the Mangled Margarita that will probably mangle your senses if you can finish it.
The nightlife is excellent at Downtown Disney. Permanent residents Cirque du Soleil and the House of Blues routinely draw large crowds on Friday and Saturday night. The elegance and intrigue of Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatic spectacle La Nouba never disappoints, and the HOB has live music almost every night and big name acts often appear.
There are two movie theaters, the AMC 24 with stadium seating, and the AMC Dine-in Theater where guests sit at tables and are waited on while they watch the movie.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a large upscale bowling alley that is fun for all ages, and they cater to groups of all sizes as well as individuals and families.
Whether you’re looking for a unique location for lunch and a stroll, or an exciting night out with dinner and a live show, Downtown Disney delivers!