Over the past 5 years, Downtown Disney has become a bit of a mixed bag in terms of offerings and guest appreciation. With the closure of the majority of nightlife in Pleasure Island in September 2008, and the announcement-then-hiatus of Hyperion Wharf in 2010-2011, both longtime fans of Walt Disney World and newcomers to the Orlando resort may wonder what the shopping, dining, and nightlife hotspot currently has to offer.
Personally, I love making time during my Walt Disney World vacations to visit Downtown Disney, even if our time on property only spans a weekend. This is article serves as the beginning of a series I will be posting on the TouringPlans blog taking a closer look at everything you can see and do during a visit to Downtown Disney, and why you should make time for it during your next Walt Disney World vacation. In each article, I will provide an overview of the shopping, dining, entertainment, transportation, special events, and additional attractions that can be found at each of the three sections of Downtown Disney: the Marketplace, West Side, and, yes, even Pleasure Island. Before we get started, here’s a brief look at some of my personal favorite spots:
5 words: Ger’s Bread and Butter Pudding. Oh, alright, I’ll offer a few additional words. Raglan Road is one of the remaining venues on Pleasure Island and has easily become my favorite restaurant on Disney property. The food has never disappointed, the atmosphere is authentic, and the music and Irish dancers provide entertainment throughout your meal. But seriously, even if you forget all of that, just remember to order the bread pudding.
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