Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney



Photos of the Marketplace area in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World.

The Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village originally opened on March 22, 1975.  This cluster of shops and restaurants was designed to give vacationers a safe and friendly outing that still had the "Disney atmosphere."

Disney Village Marketplace guidemap - 1992

The popularity of visiting the Shopping Village has increased over the years, and the Shopping Village, along with the entire Downtown Disney, has grown and changed with the crowds.  The Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village eventually became known as the Marketplace.  Shops and restaurants such as The World of Disney, Rainforest Cafe, and T-Rex Cafe now dominate the complex.  Music from hit Disney movies often fills the air.

Downtown Disney guidemap - December 1997

For me, parts of the Marketplace still have the same design and charm of how the shopping center used to look years ago.  I can walk around and still see designs and certain aspects that I used to enjoy back in the early 1980s.  It's that charm, along with the general "Disney atmosphere" throughout the complex, that makes visiting the Marketplace and the rest of Downtown Disney a highlight on every visit to central Florida.

Downtown Disney guidemap - August 2014

Admission to Downtown Disney is free and there's no parking fee.  Complimentary bus transportation runs between Downtown Disney and the Disney resort hotels.  In addition, a water taxi travels between Downtown Disney and Disney's Saratoga Springs and Disney's Port Orleans Resorts.

NOTE - Downtown Disney is currently undergoing a massive construction project as the entire complex is slowly converted to a newer version called Disney Springs.

Additional photo pages for the Marketplace at Downtown Disney include:

The Art of Disney

Disney's Pin Traders

Earl of Sandwich counter-service restaurant

Fulton's Crab House restaurant

Goofy's Candy Co.

The LEGO Store

Marketplace Co-Op

Once Upon a Toy

Rainforest Cafe restaurant & store

Ridemakerz (EXTINCT!)

T-Rex Cafe restaurant & store

World of Disney

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Walt Disney World - Downtown Disney - Marketplace:

Marketplace - Millennium Celebration (2000):

Marketplace - The Happiest Celebration on Earth (2005-06):

Marketplace - Year of a Million Dreams (2007):

Marketplace - Christmas - Christmas tree:

Marketplace - Christmas - Santa's house:

Marketplace - Disney Vacation Club kiosk:

Marketplace - Fantasia broomsticks topiary (EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - Fantasia Mickey & broomsticks topiary:

Marketplace - marina (EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - Marketplace Carousel pay-for ride:

Marketplace - Marketplace Train Express pay-for ride:

Marketplace - Mickey Mouse topiary water fountain:

Marketplace - Stitch's Great Escape! advertisement (2005):

Marketplace - Waterside Stage:

Marketplace - night:


Marketplace - Cap'n Jack's Restaurant (EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop restaurant / store:

Marketplace - Marketplace food truck (2014):

Marketplace - McDonald's restaurant (EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - Pollo Campero & Bodie's All-American restaurants (both are EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - STARBUCKS at Downtown Disney Marketplace:

Marketplace - Wolfgang Puck Express:

Marketplace - Wolfgang Puck Express - 2012 menu:

Marketplace - Wolfgang Puck Express - old version:


Marketplace - Basin store:

Marketplace - Disney's Days of Christmas store:

Marketplace - Disney's Days of Christmas store - interior:

Marketplace - Disney's Design-a-Tee store:

Marketplace - Disney's Wonderful World of Memories store:

Marketplace - Disney Tales pet supply store (EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - Gourmet Pantry store (EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - LittleMissMatched store:

Marketplace - Marketplace Fun Finds store:

Marketplace - Mickey's Pantry kitchen supply store:

Marketplace - Pooh Corner store (EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - Summer Sands beach apparel store (EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - Team Mickey Athletic Club sports apparel store (EXTINCT!):

Marketplace - Tren-D store: