10 Great Things at Downtown Disney you won’t want to miss!


I love Downtown Disney.  It’s like being at the best upscale shopping around and it’s all Disney themed.  You can drop some serious cash here, so if your kids have a case of the “gimmes” – BEWARE!

Here are my family’s favorites and why you should check them out.

1.  Goofy’s Candy Company – This is great if you have the dining plan and have snack credits left over at the end of your trip.  Yup, you can use them here!  Isn’t that fun?  Candy and treats for the way home OR gifts for friends back home (if you are sweet like that!)


2. T-Rex Cafe – My son almost had a heart attack he was so excited to go here.  We only had the dessert volcano as dinner was booked solid – no problem.  Ice cream at 10pm…yes please!  Of course it has tons of dinosaur merchandise.  Little boy heaven.  If you can’t get a reservation through Disney, don’t despair.  Call directly and you will have much better luck – 407828-8739.  (little travel agent tip for you there!)


3. La Nouba by Cirque de Soleil – this theater in the round is spectacular.  If you haven’t ever seen a Cirque show, you should.  It’s unlike anything you have ever seen.


4. Lego Imagination Center – Fantastic.  It’s a must-do for us on every trip.  The Lego “sculptures” that are all around Downtown Disney are incredible.  They have tables for the kids to explore with Legos; be prepared to spend some time here if you have a Legohead in the family.

Lego Dragon Downtown Disney

5. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Did you know that there is a Boutique here at Downtown Disney?  Many people prefer it to the Magic Kingdom location because the salon is bigger and the kids aren’t rushed through as much as they are at the Magic Kingdom location.  Plus, you may find it easier to get a reservation at this location.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

6. Splitsville – This is new to Downtown Disney and I think it’s terrific.  What a fun night out and away from the parks.  Have some dinner (it’s yummy and better than your typical bar food) and bowl a few sets.


7.  Once Upon a Toy – This is our favorite store.  I have been known to spend a lot of time putting together Mr. Potato Heads in the store.  I love that they let you play with their toys!  You can even make your own light sabers.  THAT my friends was serious business.   Right outside is a dancing fountain that my kids loved to run through on hot days…a fun afternoon away from the parks.


8.  Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe – If you are a fan of Wolfgang Puck’s this should be on your list.  You can use Disney’s Dining Plan!

9.  AMC Dine in Theater – for many of you this isn’t a big deal, but we live in a small town that only has regular theaters.  My kids thought this was the most extravagant thing ever.  Dinner and movies together!

10. DisneyQuest – ok, I know some of you abhor Disney Quest.  We really liked it!  My kids were 9 and 10 when we went and were amazed that they could play whatever they wanted and it was all included.  It wasn’t busy and your Disney documents (if you purchase a package) come with 2 complimentary passes.  I think it was fun and would be great for a rainy morning.


What are your favorites at Downtown Disney?  I stopped at 10 for Chip but have many more!  Feel free to share :)

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Cameron is a mom of two tweens, Phoebe and Eli. As her children have grown, the way that they visit Disney has evolved.Follow her blog for tips and tricks on how to have fun and enjoy Disney with kids of all ages.Cameron is a Travel Agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

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  • do whatcha gotta do

    We made the covered gingerbread last trip and they were delicious! #ymbada

  • Debra Griffin Danver

    I did not know you can use the dining plan at Goofy’s Candy Company! What purchases are eligible? #ymbada

  • Janet Goff Glaze

    We too LOVED Disney Quest, by we I really mean my kids, I liked that my kids were having a blast! We got the waterparks and more pass, so we got to go “for free” and went one evening! It is costly, so I don’t think we would have went (family of 5) if we had to pay for it, but we would definitely go again! Don’t know why it has such a bad rep?

  • Lindsay Veselak

    Earl of Sandwich. An absolute MUST when going to DTD!

  • Kevin Gramlin

    It was new as our trip this past October. We only had to buy one ticket since there were only three of us. Tge huge let down….. no Sugar Rush video games but a bunch of Wreck-it-Ralph games. :(

  • Dana Hoerstman Buol

    Is that something new in the packages…2 get 2 comp entries to Disney Quest??