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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.
My family and I were lucky enough to spend a whole week in Walt Disney World a few months ago, and when we were planning the trip, we decided to save ourselves a little money and skip purchasing park tickets for one of the days – which left us free to enjoy all that Downtown Disney to offer (which is a lot!)
One great thing about Downtown Disney is if you plan on spending the day there, you can SLEEP IN!!!! That’s right, no 7am rope drop or mad dash to rides necessary here – as many of the stores and restaurants don’t open until 9am or later (9am may not seem late to some, but in the World of Disney vacations – 9am is heavenly!)