We stopped at Downtown Disney to pick up an Orange Bird at the Marketplace Co Op, but found quite a few changes since our last visit. A couple of topiaries from the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival have popped up, and the new boat dock between the Marketplace and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is now open.
We parked at the Marketplace, there was plenty of parking before noon. We had to snake our way around the parking lot to get to this location.
Mickey pours water into the fountain.
Lady and the Tramp are here from the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.
An elephant topiary from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival welcomes guests to Downtown Disney.
The new bridge to Disney’s Saratoga Springs is open, as is the boat dock. It isn’t far from the bus stop at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.
This boat dock services Pleasure Island and the West Side, along with Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter.
Characters in Flight can be seen across the water.
There are two sides to the boat dock.
There are great views of the construction at Downtown Disney (eventually to be Disney Springs).
The boat dock as it looked when we departed.
There are more photos below, but here is our video that includes the boat ride to Pleasure Island. The boat pilot has an interesting spiel! He mentions that the 4000 car parking garage should be open for Christmas (and the other one will be 3000 cars).
Here is construction on the Boathouse from different angles.
More construction near Paradiso 37.
Looking back at the Boathouse.
The boat took us to the Downtown Disney West Side, and then to Pleasure Island.
Here is a look from land of the Boathouse.
Across from Paradiso 37.
Characters in Flight lifts off behind Paradiso 37.
Walls line a good deal of Pleasure Island into the Marketplace.
Looking toward the Rainforest Cafe.
Heading back to the Marketplace.
More Orange Bird merchandise was back in stock, Jeff picked up one of the figures.
My first look at Tsum Tsums at Once Upon a Toy.
New Nutcracker Mickey and Minnie figures at the Days of Christmas shop.
Halloween and Christmas collide here in the shop.
We didn’t make it to the West End on this visit, but that will be for another day!