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The shops at Downtown disney are mainly located in the 'Marketplace' and 'West Side' areas. Most of the 'Marketplace' shops are Disney-owned.
Offering a wide variety of unique gifts. Located between Basin and Team Mickey
The Art of Disney
A Disney art gallery and gift shop, offering prints and original paintings by Disney artists. There are usually artists in the shop drawing Disney characters. A great place to pick up some Disney artwork or stationary for your office. There are also a number of unique sculptures and hand painted models of Disney landmarks and characters. Another Art of Disney shop is located in Epcot.
Basin is a fairly small shop, but features hundreds of different soap bars all hand made, including some strange flavors such as root beer float, chocolate fudge cake and ice cream, in addition to more traditional smells. Also features a number of organic bath and beauty products such as shampoos, bath milk, scented candles, etc. The store offers free trials of most of its products.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Located inside the World of Disney store at the rear, this is a 'makeover' for little girls where Disney professionals will do their hair, nails and makeup. A second Boutique is located in the Magic Kingdom at Cinderella's Castle. Reservations are highly recommended to avoid disappointment (cal 407-WDW-STYLE). A number of price-package are offered depending on what your child wants. Prices range from $15.93 for a boys 'Knight' makeover to $202.30 for the complete girls package including photographs and a princess costume.
Disney's Days of Christmas
It's christmas all year round at Disney's very own Christmas shop. When you enter you'll immediately notice the high quality, over the top christmas decorations, all hand made on-site. Towards the rear of the shop you'll see Disney trained staff decorating baubles and other christmas tree decorations. The shop is open throughout the year and regularly adds new decorations. They also sell speciality holiday goods such as cookies, peppermint bark, coffee and cocoa. A number of Disney themed christmas ornaments in addition to a small selection of non-Disney themed ornaments are also sold.
Design, create and customize your own Tee Shirt. You use large user-friendly computers to build your creation. You can choose the size and color of your shirt and then select your art from a large selection of Disney characters. You can then add custom text and change the font style and color. When you're finished you pay and then come back to collect your creation around 30 minutes later.
Disney's Pin Traders
Pretty much every Disney pin in circulation can be found here. This circular shaped building provides an endless supply of Pins for Disney Pin Traders. You can also purchase pin-trading accessories such as lanyards, portfolio cases and more. Pin trading sessions are regularly held here.
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
The Ghirardelli shop is split into a restaurant and a shop. The shop sells a huge selection of their gourmet chocolate - when you walk in the doors you'll usually be given a free chocolate to sample, after which you'll probably head to the register with as many chocolate squares as you can carry! The restaurant located next door serves a number of delicious deserts infused with Ghirardelli chocolate. If you've got a sweet tooth then there's no doubt that this is the place to satisfy it!
Goofy's Candy Co
A Disney-themed candy shop selling a huge range of sweets and fresh-baked sweet goods. A word of warning - if you're not a huge sweet lover then you may feel sick just standing outside as the smell of the candy can be quite overwhelming. This is a great place to use up any left over Disney Dining Plan snack credits as you can use them against the packaged sweets and the fudge.
Some of the items offered at Goofy's Candy Co include fudge, toffy, sticky apples, pre-packed candy, marshmallows and more. A build-your-own marshmallow stick is also offered, where you fill out what toppings you would like on a form and they make it in front of you.
A novelty gift shop for left handed people. Offers toungue-in-cheek left handed themed pens, scissors, t-shirts, mugs and more.
LEGO Imagination Center
A huge LEGO shop offering pretty much every type of lego ever sold. The 3,000 square foot play zone allows the kids (and big kids!) to build lego creations. There are a number of lego-built characters inside and outside of the LEGO Imagination Center, such as a 'sea serpent' in the lake just outside the shop.
Little Miss Matched
A funky sock shop, offering a hug selection of weird and wonderful socks and a wide variety of other creative fun clothing items and accessories such as flip flops, pajamas, bedding, hats and more.
Marketplace Fun Finds
This is Disney's answer to a 'bargain basement' store, offering a number of Disney gifts. Everything in the store is less than $25 and many items are simply either last season items or items soon to be discontinued. A great place to bag some cheap gifts and souvenirs to take home.
A Mickey themed kitchen shop offering a huge selection of Mickey Mouse kitchen utensils and dinnerware such as plates, cups, cutlery, pans, plates, oven mitts and some creative kitchen gadgets. A range of cook books are also sold, some of which include recopies for Disney dishes such as the Banana bread pudding offered at the Ohana restaurant in the Polynesian Resort.
Once Upon a Toy
A large children's toy store offering a huge selection of both Disney and non-Disney toys. They also have the flu listing of over 300 Disney films on DVD in an extensive display.
Rainforest Cafe Shop
Located inside the main Rainforest Cafe restaurant, and sells a number of rainforest and animal themed plush toys and gifts as well as other miscellaneous souvenirs such as mugs, hats, t-shirts, stationary and more.
Build your own remote control car or truck with the help of RIDEMAKERZ staff. You can even build vehicles from the Disney-Pixar movie, 'Cars' or any of your own custom creations. A number of full sized cars are also on display around the building.
A Mickey Mouse themed sporting goods shop, offering a range of Disney and ESPN themed sports clothing and accessories. The shop also offers a custom baseball bat, ball and mitt service.
A new shop aiming to sell Disney clothes as being trendy and hip. This shop sells Disney themed 'trendy' clothing, in addition to clothing from Billabong, Lucy Love, Roxy, Element and Wicked Wahine lotions and perfumes. A great shop for any female WDW Fan.
World of Disney
The largest shop in the whole of Downtime Disney by a longshot. This shop covers over 50,000 square foot and sells pretty much everything Disney produce! The shop is plot into ten themed areas:
World of Disney - KIDS
Located opposite Days of Christmas, offers clothing, plush toys and collectables, most of the merchandise sold here can also be found at the World of Disney main shop.
Apricot Lane Boutique
Sells brandname jeans and accessories in addition to the latest fashion trends and statements. A selection of unique gifts and souvenirs for the home are also sold here.
Sells the latest apparel and accessories including the latest streetwear from top fashion brands such as No Fear, Tommy Hilfiger, Mossimo and Stussy . Open during evenings only (7:00 pm - 1:00 am)
Curl by Sammy Duvall
A surf shop offering high-end surf products and accessories in addition to skateboards and other watersports gear.
Fuego by Sosa Cigars
A first-class cigar and tobacco shop, offering a range of smoking accessories and high quality cigars. A smoking lounge is also located in the shop. They also stock a range of beers, wines, cordials, coffee, tea and non-alcoholic beverages.
Blink by Wet Seal
A fresh take on fashion, a pop-up store from Wet Seal, featuring a range of apparel, accessories and denim clothing for girls.
Another Disney owned candy shop, offers a smaller selection of the candy found at Goofy's Candy Co found over in the marketplace area. They also make a wide selection of sweet products here.
Cirque du Soleil Boutique
Sells Cirque du Soleil themed merchandise and gifts.
A Disney owned clothing store with a pop-culture theme. Sells a wide range of clothing and apparel in addition to artwork, handbags and accessories for men and women.
Disney Quest Emporium
A Disney gift shop located inside Disney Quest, with the usual range of Disney themed souvenirs and gifts.
Check out the classic Harley range and sit on your favourite motorcycle. Design your own biker vest, have your picture taken on a bike and more.
House of Blues
Located adjacent to the House of Blues restaurant, features men's, women's and children's House of Blues apparel, candles, souvenirs, gifts and folk art.
A gift shop featuring unique art and gifts with some wacky creations to be seen.
Possibly the mecca for fridge magnet lovers, this funky shop sells a large number of fun fridge magnets.
Original artwork by local artists with some wacky themes.
A designer jewellery shop with items from one of the country's finest sterling silver sellers. Over 50 collections, featuring designers Robert Lee Morris, Kelly Reese and Jordan Schlanger. Find the perfect treasure to take home.
Sosa Family Cigars
Much like their location in the nearby Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney, Sosoa Family Cigars offers a wide range of cigars and other tobacco products.
Sunglass Icon by Sunglass Hut
The flagship store for Sunglass Hut, with a modern feel. Sells a huge selection of Sunglasses.