Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney consists of three distinct and separate areas. 

Disney Marketplace
Pleasure Island
Disney's West Side

Downtown Disney Overview

The Downtown Disney Marketplace holds a variety of shopping areas
as well as a quick service and sit down restaurants. As with any shopping area, many of the stores have changed and are constantly being updated.

WDW Help News: The Disney Downtown area is being renovated to make way for The Springs, a mega shopping, dining and attraction area. We will keep you abreast of the ongoing changes. Until the completion, we will keep the complete Downtown Disney area available for your convenience.

Disney Marketplace

The stores in this area offer different Disney Merchandise such as The Disney Pin store, Art of Disney, the Disney Christmas store and Mickey’s Pantry. Unique in this section is The World of Disney which is the largest Disney Store in the World.

The inside is tremendous as it houses some of your best Disney souvenirs ranging from Mr. Potato Head to a Disney Train set that can circle a room.

Pleasure Island separates Disney Marketplace from Disney’s West Side and has some original eateries and shops. The Fulton Crab House is a full-size replica of a paddle steamer riverboat on Village Lake. It is 220 feet long and 62 feet wide. The boat itself is a floating restaurant that serves some of the best food in Downtown Disney. On the island are some favorites as Raglan Road, an Irish eatery and Prasido 27 which is an upscale lounge.

When Pleasure Island first opened up on May 1, 1989 it required tickets to enter the nightclubs and bars. In September of 2008, all the nightclubs closed but the shops stayed open to the public without the need for tickets. Disney West Side

Disney’s West Side opened in 1997 and increased the size Downtown Disney by 26 acres. Shops sprang up down the main street as Cirque du Soleil was erected at the end of the strip. Cirque de sole draws thousands of people a week to its French Acrobatic show, La Nouba, which was an original show designed specifically for this area.

House of Blues is a mini concert hall that has many of the top music entertainers performing there every week while, Disney Quest, has 5 floors of interactive video fun for the entire family.

Announced in early 2013 are plans to totally redo most of the Disney Marketplace. The new site would encompass all three areas renaming Downtown Disney to “The Springs”. Over 150 new retail shops and stores will be moving in as well as two large parking garages. The area is planned for completion in 2016 and will have a host of top notch eateries, fascinating shops and a river running right through the middle of the marketplace.