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A Guide to Downtown Disney - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Whenever we visit Orlando we always like to pay a visit to Downtown Disney, not only for the shopping, but also to enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants there. Downtown Disney itself is divided into three parts Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island, but whichever part you visit you will always find somewhere to eat. There are quick-service restaurants that serve fast snacks, as well as numerous specialized eateries offering regional and ethnic food. Many restaurants offer panoramic views of Buena Vista Lagoon; others provide live entertainment.

Each time we visit we try to eat somewhere different however one of our favourites for a quick bit is Wolfgang Pucks Express in Marketplace, where you order and pay at the counter then the food is brought to your table. This is the smaller brother and more casual place to eat than the Wolfgang Puck Café which is a full restaurant service and on the upper floor offers views over the Lagoon. Other places for a quick bite we enjoy is the Earl of Sandwich which as the name says serves hot sandwiches and salads and Pollo Camparo, chicken dishes with a Latin theme and vegetarian dishes.

If you want to keep the children amused when you are eating either Rainforest Café which has a Jungle theme or better still T-Rex a dinosaur-themed family eatery serving meals amid life-size animated prehistoric creatures where kids can explore special hands-on areas. If you really want to spoil them and yourselves, then the only place to go is Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate shop where you can indulge in one of their ice cream and chocolate creations.

If you like being entertained when enjoying a meal, Bongo’s restaurant provides live Latin music. This colourful restaurant created by music superstar Gloria Estefan, is a recreation of a lively 1950s Havana nightclub. The House of Blues is a live music club when regional and traditional musicians perform during the day and night, but the highlight of the week must be the House of Blues Gospel Brunch. Gospel choirs provided the music whilst you enjoy an extensive all you can eat buffet of Southern cooking. Brunch includes fresh pastries and assorted fruits, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, cheese grits, bacon, sausage, omelets Southern fried chicken, banana bread and more. If you do decide to raise your spirits listening to a gospel choir it is advisable to book in advance. Happy eating.

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