What Downtown Disney Is Like Around the World
There’s plenty more to Disney parks than the attractions. Once you’ve seen the castles, sped through the rides, and witnessed the fireworks, there’s only one thing to do: visit Downtown Disney.
No matter which Disney park’s downtown district you visit, there will be plenty of souvenirs—World of Disney is a one-stop shop for everything you’ll ever need—but even Disney die-hards will be surprised to find out how different Downtown Disney is around the world.
From a frontier-themed dinner theater in Paris to Shanghai’s Broadway roots, these Downtown Disney districts will make you want to visit Disney resorts around the world—and if there’s time, spend a day in the parks, too.
Disney Springs - Orlando, Florida
Think you know Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney? Think again. It’s now known as Disney Springs, a stunning waterfront district with new dining, shopping, and entertainment that can’t be missed.
This area, formerly known as Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island, is separate from the majority of Disney resort hotels except for one: Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
Though the former Downtown Disney had plenty of stores, shopping at Disney Springs now rivals most Florida malls. Be sure to load up on unique (and inexpensive!) Disney t-shirts at Uniqlo.
La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil - Orlando, Florida
And, if you don’t want to return to your Disney resort just yet, take in a show at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
Downtown Disneyland Dining - Anaheim, California
With its location and offerings, Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort truly ties everything together at the California parks.
Sport your love for Disney on the daily? Hit Downtown Disney’s themed boutiques, like D-Street, Wonderground Gallery and Disney Vault 28 to show your love throughout your closet and your home.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel - Anaheim, California
Two Downtown Disney hotels even offer direct access to all the shopping and dining: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and the Disneyland Hotel.
Disney Village Harbor - Paris, France
Disneyland Paris’ downtown district is called Disney Village, which is quite fitting. Here, guests can take in a meal with Mickey, a movie, and plenty of music, with festivals and celebrations year-round.
It’s no "Ratatouille"—guests can find that inside the park—but they can enjoy German delicacies at King Ludwig’s Castle and American fare at Annette’s Diner, and share meals with their favorite characters at Café Mickey.
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show - Paris, France
Hungry for more? "Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with Mickey and Friends" is a rousing dinner theater spectacle that can only be seen at Disneyland Paris.
Shop ‘til you drop at this downtown Disney-themed district, which offers the latest contemporary looks in Disney Fashion, must-have artwork at the Disney Gallery and classic Mickey Mouse souvenirs at World of Toys.
Disneytown Dining & Shopping - Shanghai, China
At Shanghai Disney Resort, guests can find one of the largest and most diverse downtown Disney districts: Disneytown.
Taste a world of flavors at the restaurants outside Shanghai Disneyland, which serve Japanese ramen noodles, Shanghainese dim sum and Singaporean chili crab as well as Thai, Korean, and Malaysian fare.
There are plenty of Western brands at Shanghai Disney Resort’s Disneytown, but local boutiques like SHEL’TTER and i.t. simply can’t be missed.
You’ll easily find edible souvenirs at Spoonful of Sugar—if you don’t eat them first.
Disneytown - Shanghai, China
This Disney resort is also home to the first-ever Mandarin language performance of "The Lion King," a spectacular mash-up of Broadway’s best designs and Chinese culture.
Tokyo Disneyland Parade - Tokyo, Japan
Everything about Tokyo Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney is different. Here, it’s called Ikspiari and is a full-on Japanese mall with dining, shops, salons, and more.
Merchants at this downtown Disney locale offer all kinds of must-have Japanese food, including soba noodles, tonkatsu pork cutlet, and fresh sushi, so come hungry.
Tokyo Disneyland Downtown - Tokyo, Japan
There’s plenty of shopping, but this Disney downtown area boasts a pharmacy and grocery store as well as salons and shops offering eyelash extensions, massages, and hair styling services.