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A glimpse at Downtown Disney Marketplace - Orlando / Florida Guide

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A glimpse at Downtown Disney Marketplace

Downtown Disney Marketplace is one of Disney’s most interesting collection of shops, including a Mega-LEGO outlet store , a mother of all Disney stores and another outlet of the unusual Rainforest cafe chain. Of course there are lots of shops selling T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats with pictures of Mickey or Minnie but perhaps the single largest collection is at the warehouse-size World of Disney, with the twelve rooms of toys and souvenirs, clothing and more.

A favorite especially for the little ones is the Lego Imagination Center, a little paradise to the little plastic bricks. There is an outdoor play area and huge Lego models including a sea serpent rising out of Buena Vista Lake. There is every Lego product including blocks, games, puzzles down to bed sheets and clothing.

Another lovely store where Christmas is celebrated every day is Disney’s days of Christmas, where they sell ornaments and Disney holiday decorations. During Christmas holidays there is ice skating on a small rink for the visitors of all ages.

The place that delivers If you have a sweet tooth or if you just like a chocolate treat it’s worth visiting the Ghirardelli Soda fountain & Chocolate shop, old-fashioned ice cream and all forms of chocolate as well as sundaes, shakes, malts and more. During the Christmas period they even produce special edition chocolates just for the festive holiday period.

Among the restaurants a very interesting one is the Rainforest cafe. It is designed with wild trees, birds, crocodiles and rainfall. Every once in a while the room lights go dim and a dry thunderstorm breaks out inside the restaurant. At the entrance/exit to the restaurant there are some real spectacular parrots and a fake huge alligator. Fairly recently they added an erupting Volcano which explodes periodically with realistic sound, color and steam. A huge variety of dishes is offered, however restaurant become very busy at lunch or dinner time. Best to dine outside of peak times if you can or book early!

For the seafood lover’s there is Captain Jack’s Oyster Bar, a legend, it has a 30-years plus experience of serving seafood. It does remain timeless with its nautical themed pier house on Lake Buena Vista. The appetizer menu includes crab cakes, clam chowder. . And entrees like salmon, lobster, mahi-mahi and other seafood specialities. It is a nice place to enjoy late afternoon and watch the sun set.

Another Seafood restaurant is Fulton’s crab House, a replica ship (that looks as though it might set sail at any moment) permanently docked at the edge of Lake Buena Vista. The extensive dinner menu changes with the day’s arrivals.
Another idea if you fancy something snaky is visiting Wetzel’s pretzels, salted or unsalted can satisfy everybody.

There is much much more to see and enjoy but after all this is just a glimpse. . Enjoy

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