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Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World

Shopping, dining and entertainment with a Disney touch
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Downtown Disney is Walt Disney World's main shopping and entertainment area. There are also several dining options from casual counter... more »

Tips:  Stop in the retail side of the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop (next to World of Disney) for a free square of chocolate... more »

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Points of Interest

This is the largest Disney character merchandise store in the world. Inside you'll find more than 10 rooms to explore, each one stocked with a specific merchandise theme like kitchenware, children's clothes, jewelry, etc.

In addition to shopping, this store provides many great photo opportunities. One entrance is pirate themed, with a skeleton ... More

2. Goofy's Candy Co.

This store sells baked goods along with prepackaged candy and chocolate. It even has two walls of nothing but different flavors of fill-your-own-bag candy.

But the real reason to visit is the area next to the baked goods that allows you to build your own treats. Start with your choice of items like pretzel rods, a marshmallow kebab or a rice... More

You can't miss the big blue building that sits on the parking lot side of Downtown Disney's West Side area. To get here from Goofy's Candy Co., head to the dock next to Rainforest Cafe and take the complimentary water shuttle across the lake.

DisneyQuest is an indoor interactive theme park with five floors of virtual reality rides, high-tech... More

Enjoy Cajun-inspired cuisine at this Orlando outpost of the popular chain eatery. If visiting in the late afternoon, take advantage of happy hour pricing in the restaurant, which includes half-priced appetizers.

Live music is another feature of the House of Blues, from live blues at dinner to free live acoustic music on the outside porch in the... More

There's plenty to see around Downtown Disney at ground level, but only one way to see it from the air and this is it.

You can't miss this giant tethered yellow and orange balloon adorned with Disney character silhouettes as it rises from the lakeside dock at Downtown Disney's West Side, near the AMC Theaters. The attached gondola holds up to 29 ... More

6. Lego Imagination Center

Renovated in early 2011, this store at Downtown Disney's Marketplace is for kids of all ages. There are some great Disney-themed sculptures outside made entirely of Lego bricks that make for great photo opportunities and there is a Lego play area as well.

This is a great place to visit with younger kids, who will enjoy building with thousands of ... More