Monday, June 13, 2011

Downtown Disney

If you've got some time to spare while at Disney, you must check out Downtown Disney, even if just to grab a quick meal and stroll around for a few minutes. The Downtown Disney Marketplace contains numerous shops and restaurants that can enhance your Disney vacation. The Earl of Sandwich is a can't miss spot for a quick meal - the sandwiches are second to none. We've also enjoyed a lunch at Fulton's Crab House. However, these are only two of the many dining options at Downtown Disney. There's pretty much an option for everyone - from an Irish (Raglan Road) to Italian (Portobello). And for those with kids who are into dinosaurs, the T-Rex Cafe might be a good place to eat. We had planned to dine there on our recent visit, but changed our plans and ended-up at Earl of Sandwich - probably better for us in terms of food quality, but certainly less entertaining for our son. Check out the DFB Disney Dining Guide for a complete list of Downtown Disney restaurants.

Beyond dining, there are a lot of great shopping options at Downtown Disney - perfect for souvenir shopping! There's Once Upon a Toy - a great store with lots of character merchandise, and the famous Disney Mr. Potato Head parts; Disney's Days of Christmas; Disney's Pin Traders - the headquarters for Disney Pins (I'll admit that I wasn't really into this whole pin collecting thing, but this shop definitely intrigued me...); the Lego Imagination Center (would have loved to visit this when I was a kid!); and last but not least, the World of Disney - the world's largest Disney character store. How can you resist? And, to top it all off - parking is free!

We've definitely made Downtown Disney a must-do on our family's trips and we think you'll want to do the same!


  1. Saw your comment on my DisneyFoodBlog post and figured I'd stop by. We went down to DTD on Sunday for the first time in quite a while. Nice to see some new shops, and of course the old favorites. The new AMC Fork and Screen theater was pretty cool also. Great could use some work, but then again, I wasn't expecting gourmet..

  2. Thanks for stopping by. The blog is a work in progress, but I guess they always are, right? Really enjoyed your DFB series. I grabbed a few different beers back in May such as the R&C pub blends and Casa. Your series definitely gave me some good ideas for next time!