The hottest place for evening entertainment in Disney World is
Downtown Disney. Pulsating with the Latin rhythms that rock the street,
it's the heart of the city. You can club hop, dance until you drop,
or shop. It has three areas: West End, Pleasure Island, and the Marketplace.
At night, we suggest this area for teens and adults only.
DISNEY VILLAGE MARKETPLACE
This shopping area is home to the World of Disney - the world's largest Disney store. It also includes a Christmas shop, a Lego Imagination Center, and Team Mickey's Athletic Club. We often stop here for a last minute shopping spree before returning home. It is also fun on a rainy day.
The Marketplace has several great restaurants. Start with the Rainforest Cafe for a "wild" dining experience, or visit the Portobello Yacht Club for authentic Italian cuisine. Fulton's Crab House is an excellent choice for seafood; it's a riverboat.
Fulton's Crab House
This seafood restaurant is a copy of a 19th century riverboat. In addition to delicious seafood, other specialties include grilled meats, and salads. Reservations are recommended. $$
Portobello Yacht Club
This Mediterranean restaurant is noted for its Northern Italian cuisine. Specialties include fresh seafood, veal, homemade pasta, and exquisite desserts. Reservations are recommended. $$$
This popular restaurant is noted for its special effects: a lush tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, and an occasional thunderstorm. The food is fine and includes such notables as Gorilla Grilled Cheese and Amazon Albacore. The portions are huge - consider splitting a meal. The service, however, is painfully slow. They do not accept reservations. The evening lines are long; try lunch or an early dinner (5:00 PM). $$
This area is a nonstop party for adults. Although some parents bring children (of all ages), the clubs are not for preteens. There is an admission charge after 7:00 PM, and guests under 18 must be with a parent - bring an ID card. Hot spots are Mannequins, The Island Jazz Company, and the Comedy Warehouse.
This popular chain features large deli sandwiches, barbecue, and salads amid movie memorabilia. It's a total sensory experience, perhaps an overload. The lines after 5:30 PM can be two hours long - they do not take reservations. There is a shop outside where you can purchase merchandise without waiting. $$
The House of Blues features jambalaya and etouffé among its Mississippi Delta cuisine and live music nightly. Gloria Estefan brings Cuban music and cuisine to Bongos Cuban Cafe. The Wolfgang Puck Cafe serves the popular pizzas and California cuisine of this avant-garde chef. The restaurants don't take reservations. If you want to miss the crowds, try them for lunch. Wolfgang Puck's signature pizza is divine: paper thin slices of smoked salmon served with a dill sauce on a soft crust.