Downtown Disney

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Downtown Disney is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Up until 1989, only the Marketplace existed and was known as the Walt Disney World Marketplace (and previously as the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village). Pleasure Island - a nightclub district - expanded the area to the west in 1989, followed by the West Side expansion in 1995.

In 2008, Disney closed the Pleasure Island nightclubs, though the restaurants and shops in that center one-third of Downtown Disney remain open.

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Readers' Tips for Visiting Downtown Disney

[924 + / 113 -] Call 407-WDW-DINE or visit up to 180 days before your visit to make your dining reservations.

[525 + / 114 -] If staying at a Disney-owned resort, take advantage of the Extra Magic hours, where lines are short and crowds are small! It's the best time to visit some of the more popular attractions while feeling like you're the only ones in the park!

[432 + / 29 -] The Attractions you MUST get a fastpass for to save your sanity: Splash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Space Mountain, Toy Story Mania, Test Track, Soarin, Rockin Roller Coaster, Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba9
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Wolfgang Puck Express9
Earl of Sandwich9
Rainforest Cafe7
Cap'n Jack's Oyster Bar5
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Raglan Road9
Cookes of Dublin7
Fulton's Crab House6
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Wolfgang Puck Cafe8
House of Blues8
Planet Hollywood6
Bongo's Cuban Cafe6

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