Downtown Disney opened in 1975 and is all about outdoor shopping, dining, and all around entertainment. Parking here is free along with admission and transportation to all Disney resorts.
This part of Disney World is split up into 3 parts:
- Pleasure Island
- West Side
Pleasure Island used to be the place for adults to go clubbing, but in 2008 the clubs closed to make the park more family friendly with restaurants and shops.
Earl of Sandwich
This locations is featured on the Disney dining plan and is open from 8:30am- 11pm. It features indoor and outdoor seating and is home to the infamous sandwich that resembles a Thanksgiving dinner. Other food that is served includes, jerk chicken, salads, soup, smoothies, muffins, brownies, and a wide variety of sandwiches.
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain
This icecream shop is open from 10:30 am- 11:30 am and is not on the Disney dining plan. It features 2 sections, one's a retail store where guests can purchase chocolates and a soda shop where the ice cream is served. Sundaes, floats, drinking chocolate, hot chocolate, coffee, and a wide variety of ice cream flavors are served.
Wolfgang Puck Express
This restaurant is featured on the Disney dining plan and has covered outdoor seating and very limited outdoor seating. It serves, pizza, waffles, omelettes, sandwiches, salads, and pasta.
This pretzel shop is counter service. It places a new twist on the classic pretzel with creations such as 3 cheese pretzel, sinful cinnamon, and the Mexicali.