Is Downtown Disney "magical?"

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Is Downtown Disney "magical?"

So I'm not as big of a DTD fan as many of you, so I was wondering do you consider DTD magical in the same way a park is? I don't really get the warm fuzzy there that I do in a resort or park. How about you guys?

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To me it is just a shopping or eating destination and nothing more, OK maybe just a LITTLE dose of Disney magic.
Maybe with the new Hyperion Wharf project it will gain some more Disney Magic.

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It is to me. Between the pin store, World of Disney, the Christmas shoppe (that's the classy way to spell it, you know. I'm all about class), and Goofy's Candy Co., I still find it all mesmerizing.

Then again, I find the outlet store magical, so consider the source....

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I love DTD...when we lived in Orlando, it was a nice, free dose of Disney! I love the shop down near the Disney bus stop....can't remember the name of it...it has all the Disney art, prints, figurines...I also love to ride the ferry up to POFQ and have some beignets...there are actually a lot of "free" activities at Disney.

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Brad, we feel the "Magic" in DTD too. Like Jeff said, "the pin store, World of Disney, the Christmas shoppe" and also the Art store & the Kitchen store. Me and Scrappy could spend half a day just walking around DTD and never get bored. We probably spend a whole day there if you add together all the times we go there in one trip! And you have to do the Balloon ride once, that's great!

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Vettelover wrote:
To me it is just a shopping or eating destination and nothing more, OK maybe just a LITTLE dose of Disney magic.
Maybe with the new Hyperion Wharf project it will gain some more Disney Magic.

I wonder if the Hyperion Wharf project will give it that extra you're talking about. I hope so! I do like DTD -- especially that end of the Marketplace that everyone's talking about -- but I'm intrigued to see what they come up with.

Interestingly, the Hyperion Wharf plans look a LOT like the dining area at the new Disney California Adventure!

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We never haven't gone to the parks in years. Every where else we go always has the 'Magic' for us. Including DTD. All in equal amounts. But hey! You know we are old and easily pleased.
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I feel magic anytime I go to a shopping destination..Disney or not..so for me..yes, DTD is just as magical as the parks.
World of Disney alone makes me weak in the knees!

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What they said ^.

We love DTD and do feel some "magic". It's not the same, mind you, but still magical.

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subvetss wrote:
We never haven't gone to the parks in years. Every where else we go always has the 'Magic' for us. Including DTD. All in equal amounts. But hey! You know we are old and easily pleased.
Joe

Hmm... seems as I get older, the less easily pleased I am. I hope that changes soon laugh

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I think the magic's there. Hello - Ghiradelli awesome But seriously, it's good people watching, and has special food you can't get easily anywhere else (ahem, Earl of Sandwich.) AND - for extra special movies, we always head to Pleasure Island...or whatever it was just renamed. Sure, there are other AMCs in Orlando. But they aren't DISNEY AMCs.

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I loved going to the cinema in DtD! I don't know if all American cinemas are like the Disney one, but the atmosphere but much different from British cinemas - everyone was much more vocal (e.g. when I saw Harry Potter people were cheering Harry and booing Snape). It made the cinema even more fun biggrin

I also loved the big lego nessie!

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I JUST saw the post above which also spoke about the cinema! Heh!

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Pegosaurus wrote:
I JUST saw the post above which also spoke about the cinema! Heh!

We are like-minded! And that AMC is definitely special mickey

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Haha..most people don't talk in the movies but Harry Potter is a different story. We go nuts for the HP.

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Pegosaurus wrote:
I also loved the big lego nessie!

Yes!! I mapquest-ed downtown disney recently, and picked the street view (actual photo instead of a map.) That serpent can just barely be seen in the photo - gave me happy giggles.

I'm also a fan of Ghiradelli's. My 1st purchase there was a cone with 2 scoops, plus whipped cream. Oh goodness ... that dessert was SO tall .... I got quite a few stares while catching up with my honey. Of course, I caused an avalanche. I was biting into the ice cream from the side to maintain the ice cream-to-whipped cream-ratio. Completely destabilized the entire structure - and promptly splatted chocolate sauce on my white shirt. Oh, and ice cream and whipped cream on the padded floor area used by the DVC folks. oops!

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I need to go see a movie there just so I can say I have. But usually when we go... nothing is playing!

But is downtown disney magical? Oh yeah... you walk in with nothing, but "magically" you walk out with something!

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Mase wrote:
I need to go see a movie there just so I can say I have. But usually when we go... nothing is playing!

But is downtown disney magical? Oh yeah... you walk in with nothing, but "magically" you walk out with something!

You walk in with cash and poof it disappears!

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Brad wrote:
Mase wrote:
I need to go see a movie there just so I can say I have. But usually when we go... nothing is playing!

But is downtown disney magical? Oh yeah... you walk in with nothing, but "magically" you walk out with something!

You walk in with cash and poof it disappears!

Its worse when ya have kids to boot!

::: mortgages his home to pay for a Woody doll:::

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DTD is fun, but with the loss of the Adventurers Club on Pleasure Island any "magic" it had was lost. That said, I still go every time and have a blast.

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Adventurers' Club really did seem like the headliner of DTD to me. I guess that's not why most people go there though.