Disney World – Downtown Disney

There are lots of fun things to do at Downtown Disney! It’s currently being overhauled and renovated so I’m sure we’ll find many more cool things, but this is a list of our favorite things to do as of the end of 2014:

  • Movie at the Dine In Theatre at the AMC Theatres. Oh we love this. After a long day of walking in the park, what’s more relaxing than having a server bring you food and drinks while you watch a great family movie? Yes, it’s licensed and the food is actually pretty good, with a huge menu, and kids are welcome. The chairs even recline. Want something more during the show? Just press a button and a server will come to your seat and take your order. Since seats are reserved, you should pre-book this, but I generally find that doing so from your smart phone the day before and even the day of the show is do-able.
  • Dining – there are lots of restaurants here but they get pretty busy quickly. We often eat at the Rain Forest or at T-Rex, which are pretty similar – okay food but plentiful drinks – but I’d recommend pre-booking this through Disney Dining (407-WDW-DINE), even just a day or even a few hours before, as the wait times can get pretty silly. If you just want a quick bite, Earl of Sandwich is delicious. Raglan Road Irish Pub is pretty good too, and because Guinness Draft can be secured here, we go to Raglan Road pretty much every time.
  • Get ice cream at Ghirardelli Chocolate – ‘nuff said
  • La Nouba Cirque du Soleil – this is a great, family-friendly Cirque show, and is probably the most fun of any Cirque we’ve seen. If you decide to do this, I’d recommend booking as far in advance as possible, as the best seats go quickly (and good seats do make a difference to the experience) but you can probably also snag last-minute tickets and you’ll still love the show.
  • Get custom-painted Toms at Curl by Sammy Duval – located on the west side, close to AMC and the Cirque, this is a great shop with all kinds of funky clothes, but one of the coolest things to do is buy a pair of Toms and have them custom painted. Often it takes the artists several days to complete a pair of shoes, so if you really want this done I’d recommend going there as early in your trip is possible. They will work with you to customize the art you want, and have lots of samples there. Very fun.
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