Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 25, 2012
    Pamela from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Arriving at WDW next week for a 10 day stay. Do you have any update on current hours at the Downtown Disney shopping areas. Seems like the parks have shorter hours during the winter season and I would enjoy strolling (and shopping) after the parks close.

    Hi Pamela!

    A 10 day stay!? I am so jealous!
    You're going to have an amazing time. This is such a great time to visit while the weather is mild and the crowds are low. ENJOY!

    Strolling, and of course SHOPPING at the Downtown Disney Area after the parks close is a great plan.
    There is so much to see & do - from making your own custom 'Ears' or Tee to indulging in sweet treats, marveling at giant Lego creations, playing interactive games at DisneyQuest or enjoying a fantastic meal at one of the amazing restaurants. One of my newly discovered personal favorites is Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas. Delicious!

    The shops and restaurants of the Downtown Disney Marketplace & West Side do stay open late in the evenings for your enjoyment & exploration. Individual restaurants & shops may vary slightly, but generally they are all open until 10:30/11pm Sunday through Thursday and as late as 11:30pm or even midnight Friday & Saturday nights.

    Since Animal Kingdom closes earlier than the other parks, Downtown Disney is a great place to head to from there to enjoy plenty of the evening hours dining & shopping!

    To really add some excitement to one of your evenings spent in the Downtown Disney area, consider reserving tickets to Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba or soar 400 feet in the air for a view like no other on the Characters In Flight balloon.

    Wishing you a Magical time on your Walt Disney World vacation Pamela!

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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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