Downtown Disney Offers More Than Just Shopping And Restaurants!

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Downtown Disney Offers More Than Just Shopping And Restaurants!

Downtown Disney is known for its wide variety of shopping and restaurant options, but did you know that it offers a lot more than just food and stores? It’s really an entertainment complex, offering so many things to do that you could spend a whole day there and not even come close to experiencing all the fun!

Here are some of the unique things you can do at Downtown Disney:

Catch A Movie: the AMC movie theater offers all the new releases, and also has a bar/lounge area you can relax and grab a drink in while waiting for your movie time. If you are wanting to do dinner and a movie, the theater offers a unique chance to experience both at once – with their Fork and Screen theaters. Fork and Screen is a movie theater that is also setup as a restaurant, with an extensive menu including appetizers, salads/sandwiches/pasta and desserts. You might think dining while trying to watch a movie would be distracting – but it’s not at all, the servers are very stealth-like, and the discrete call button lets you summon your waiter/waitress without disturbing others. It’s a fun way to spend a relaxing evening full of drinks, dinner, and entertainment!

Go Bowling: Splittsville will be opening soon in Downtown Disney, and will be offering bowling, billiards and some delicious eats as well! It will have a very retro, 60’s bowling alley feel to it, with late night age restrictions that will turn the family friendly by day establishment into a more upscale adult environment at night. Bowling is a great group activity, and a fun way to have a little healthy competition too – it will be a great addition to the Downtown Disney area, giving you a place to hang out and relax away from the hectic pace of the Parks.

Check Out The View From Above: The Characters In Flight attraction gives you the chance to soar 400 feet above Downtown Disney from the world’s largest tethered hot air balloon. On a clear day you can see as far as 10 miles into the distance, with amazing views of the Parks, Resorts, and Downtown Disney. The balloon is easy to spot – it’s decorated with characters from Disney movies – like Dumbo and Peter Pan. It’s worth the ticket price for the view alone, it’s definitely a unique chance to see WDW a different way!

Experience Cirque Du Soleil In A Whole New Way: La Nouba is the Cirque show created exclusively for WDW – which means you won’t see this show anywhere else! Experience the awe-inspiring acrobatics and performances performed by artists representing 15 different countries, and enjoy the colorful costumes and graceful movements of the performers. La Nouba translates “to party, to live it up”, so if you’re looking for an exciting, entertaining show – then La Nouba is perfect for you

Play Some Games: Disney Quest is an indoor interactive theme park featuring all kinds of gaming fun – including classic video games, virtual reality, and the chance to create and ride your own ‘cyber’ roller coaster! Another favorite is the Animation Academy, where you can learn to draw Disney characters, or check out some of the other amazing 3D gaming experiences they have to offer! This is a great place for the video game lover, and since it’s all indoors that makes it a great rainy day option too!

So if you’re looking to try something new and different at WDW, I highly recommend checking out Downtown Disney. And if you want to shop, or check out a new restaurant, then they have you covered there too!


What about you – what’s your favorite thing to do in Downtown Disney?

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Downtown Disney Offers More Than Just Shopping And Restaurants!


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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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