I worked Zone 1 (the Marketplace) merchandise at Downtown Disney for almost a year. I loved working at DTD, especially the hours – it was a rare early bird shift for me! Most of my work days started in the afternoon and went into the late evening.
My favorite shop to work at was Tren-D, followed by Team Mickey, which closed earlier in 2014. I liked both of those store’s costumes and that the stores were air conditioned (as opposed to Pin Traders, which is NOT air conditioned, just ceiling fans. HOT!)
Below is a list of the things that I miss the most about DTD. (I’ve added a few links to some of my earlier DTD blogs if you’d like to see some photos.)
- The Nightlife
Ah, Downtown Disney at dusk, when the lights come on and the music starts up…magical! The guests are always in a good mood and ready to have a good time. Seeing the twinkling lights reflecting off the lagoon water and smelling the delicious dinner smells in the air from all the restaurants; it was just so much fun to be there in the evening.
- Pin Trading with Guests
Pin trading with guests, both young and old, was always fun and sometimes unexpected. More of my Magical Moment encounters with guests happened during pin trading than anything else.
- World of Disney
The best Disney shopping in the world! World of Disney is 50,000 square feet – 12 rooms – of Disney superstore with every kind of Disney merchandise. If it’s not here, it’s probably not available anywhere!
- Earl of Sandwich
My favorite place to eat at DTD. The sandwiches, the soups, the desserts…all of it wonderful! If it’s hot out, there’s indoor seating in the AC and, if it’s nice out, there are tables outside so you can sit and people watch.
- Ghirardelli Soda and Fountain Shop
Chocolate anything from Ghirardelli’s is delicious! You can just smell the deliciousness in the air when you walk in the door. Best of all, they hand out free samples of chocolate squares ALL DAY LONG!
- Goofy’s Candy Company
The icy glaciers from Goofy’s are a cool treat and just the thing on a hot day. Best of all, you can have as many 1 oz. samples of any of the eight icy flavors as you want!
The candy and sweets in the shop are eye-catching and so pretty to look at. https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/goofys-candy-co-glaciers/
- AMC Dine in Theater
What’s not to like about dinner and a movie…and we got a cast member discount too! We saw ‘Frozen” here the week it opened while having a nice relaxing dinner.
- Disney’s Days of Christmas
If you’re into Christmas like me, then this is your store! I actually got to work several shifts at DOC and really loved the store’s costume! It’s a fun place to shop year round and stock up on birthday and Christmas presents for family and friends.
- Disney’s Pin Traders
The largest collection of pins at WDW and the place to be on “first issue” pin days. We got several exclusive pins from here while working for Disney.
10. The Ferry
One of only two rides at DTD – the other one being Characters in Flight – the ferry is an often overlooked treat. It’s the easiest way to get from DTD’s Marketplace on the east side to DTD’s West Side. Due to all the construction going on in 2014, they’ve had to suspended the ferry at times, but if it’s running, give it a try, especially at night.
Things to come in 2015 & 2016: Disney Springs