|On the Disney bus heading to
Downtown Disney Family Travel Day 1 – Currently Being Renovated
The 3 Areas of Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney Marketplace
|Part of the exterior of Once Upon A Toy. To the left is a giant circle with holes in the pavement that shoot out water.|
|This is a shot of the same area from another side of the big circle. I suggest clicking it for a larger view! Here you can see Once Upon A Toy to the left, Earl of Sandwich in front and the water spouts in the circle in the center.|
|The Maleficent dragon LEGO statue was very cool and quite large! It’s located near the main entrance of the LEGO store in Downtown Disney. The store never seems to have any sets we can’t get elsewhere, but the kids always want to go in.|
|This giant Lock Ness style dragon is across fro the LEGO store. It’s quite large and fun for a family pic!|
|The 7 dwarfs LEGO scene was to the right of the main entrance. With all of the hype around the 7 dwarfs mine train ride (which we’ll mention on Day 2) and the 7D cartoon show, the kids were pretty excited to take a look at this!|
|T-Rex restaurant is one that always looks fun, but do to its sub-par food reviews vs the price we’ve never given it a shot. The theme inside is supposed to be very fun, however, especially if you have a dino-loving ADHDer!|
|Once you order you’re given these markers to place on your table so that they can bring your food out to you once it’s done. They also clear your table for you.|
Overall, we would not suggest Wolfgang Puck Express in the Marketplace for quick service. While the a.c. was nice, that was pretty much where our satisfaction ended with our meal. Nothing was very good, everything was bland and had a very “cheaply made” feel to it.
Downtown Disney Pleasure Island
|The Rainforest Cafe is near the entrance of the bridge closer to the Marketplace. The volcano goes off in a roar of flames every so often, which our little guys always find exciting. We haven’t eaten here yet.|
We didn’t take many pictures in the Pleasure Island area due to all the constructions and narrow walking areas, which were considerably more crowded than the Marketplace. I believe construction will be complete in 2016 or 2017–I believe it’s being done in phases.
Tip: Check out the newer bakery named NYC Bakery, which is actually Babycakes, close to Raglan Road (another restaurant we suggest, which we’ll mention on Day 5). Babycakes offers vegan and gluten-free cupcakes and they are divine! We purchased some our first day and brought them back to our resort–everyone loved them! Really great if you or your little ADHDers are on modified diets.
Downtown Disney West Side
|One of the most Disney-focused stores on the West Side, Candy Cauldron is a smaller candy shop that’s cute, but offers less options than the Goofy themed candy store in the Marketplace.|
|We took one of our ferry rides during sunset and it was absolutely beautiful! The little guys loved it as well.|
|We got a quick view of the Magic Kingdom entrance when we left the Polynesian Resort to catch a bus to our resort. The little guys were excited to know this was our destination the next day!|