Walt Disney World
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."
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.
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.
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:
Earl of Sandwich counter-service restaurant
Fulton's Crab House restaurant
Rainforest Cafe restaurant & store
T-Rex Cafe restaurant & store
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