Lake Buena Vista Travel Guide

  • The contemporary Bay Lake Tower
    The contemporary Bay Lake Tower
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    Bedroom area in Bay Lake Tower
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  • View of the Bay Lake from my room
    View of the Bay Lake from my room
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Lake Buena Vista Things to Do

  • Magic Kingdom touring maximization

    The most obvious solution to getting as much done as possible in your Magic Kingdom visit, especially if you only have one day to spend here, is to get here as early as possible, up to an hour before park opening, if possible. I have found that most parkgoers start out their day in either Tomorrowland or Fantasyland, then make their way...

  • Enjoy all the resorts have to offer

    You don't have to "theme-park-it" daily...after all, the resorts have lots of laid-back, relaxing activities and plenty of places to laze the day away--like swimming pools, libraries, sitting & viewing areas, etc.

  • Epcot/World Showcase for Wine/Food...

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  • Dessert at the France Pavilion in Epcot

    One of the best things about the World Showcase in Epcot is the range of dining choices available. In part one of the Boulangerie Patisserie (that would be the boulangerie), quiches and a small variety of other savoury dishes are available from behind the counter. But, it being the France Pavilion (to the immediate right of the exterior Boardwalk...

  • Dining at the Canadian Pavilion in Epcot

    One of the best things about the World Showcase in Epcot is the range of dining choices available. In “the cellar” of one of two chateaus at the Canadian Pavilion (first on the right from the Future World entrance), you’ll find probably the best steakhouse on park property. Whether or not you can correctly answer the trivia question of the day...

  • Dining at the United Kingdom Pavilion in...

    One of the best things about the World Showcase in Epcot is the range of dining choices available. If you’re craving some traditional comfort food, look no further than the Rose and Crown Dining Room in the United Kingdom Pavilion (second on the right from the Future World entrance). Yorkshire pudding, potatoes, and gravy accompany most items on...


Lake Buena Vista Nightlife

  • IllumiNations on the World Showcase...

    A unique firework and light show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth occurs solely on water (the World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot), and is anchored by a globe that displays some phenomenal photography on its curved LED-screen continents. You’re bound to be enchanted by the evening spectacular of IllumiNations, but less so if you’ve spent the entire...

  • Fireworks

    Disney World often has various night time activities including fireworks at various venues. Any excuse for fireworks will do. This one was Memorial Day 2000

  • Lake Buena Vista Hotels

    22 Hotels in Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena Vista Transportation

  • Driving

    When we went, my dad rented a car and we drove from Orlando to the hotel in Lake Buena Vista. We used the car occasionally during our week there, but when going to Disney World we took the hotel shuttle.

  • Monorail

    One way to get around between sections of the park is the monorail. Since we were staying at a Disney hotel, the monorail came right through the hotel.It is also possible to ride in the front of the monorail so you can see where you are going. We did this, and it is really neat (but the reflections make it hard to take pictures).

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Lake Buena Vista Shopping

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    Downtown Disney's Marketplace: Shopping can be fun!

    by TheTravelSlut Updated Apr 2, 2013

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    The Disney Marketplace has many shops and restaurants including the first Earl of Sandwich shop, plus Pollo Campero (a Latin chicken quick service restaurant) and Wolfgang Puck diner and highlighted by both the T-Rex Cafe (a dinosaur-themed restaurant which features life-sized animatronic dinosaurs) and the famous Rainforest Cafe here.

    Attractions include:
    Marketplace Express
    Old fashioned Carousel
    T-Rex Cafe Dinosaur Dig
    Downtown Disney Marina

    Earl of Sandwich
    Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop (free samples)
    Pollo Campero
    Rainforest Cafe
    T-Rex Cafe

    Build-a-Bear Workshop (New for 2014)
    Build A Dino by Build-a-Bear Workshop
    Cap'n Jack's Marina
    Disney's Pin Traders
    Goofy's Candy Company
    Lego Imagination Center
    Once Upon A Toy
    Team Mickey
    Tren-D (The Dooney and Bourke hub of the Walt Disney World Resort.)
    World of Disney
    Under $10 shop

    There are also other specialty shops plus kiosks with everything from ice cream bars and snacks and margaritas.

    NOTE: All of the Walt Disney World resorts offer transportation to Downtown Disney.

    NOTE: Construction begins in April 2013 on Disney Springs, a complete remake of the section, which will be completed by 2016

    What to buy: Of course the items here are dominated by Disney icons, Disney shapes and Disney-related memorabilia or gifts but there are also many other items from food to drinks to practical items for purchase.

    One of the most unique parts is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for all those little girls dreaming of being a Disney Princess. There are 10 salon stations where girls can get their hair, nails and makeup done and reservations are recommended. And for the boys there is a the Knight Package which is hair styling, plus a sword and shield ,

    What to pay: You can expect to pay more here than at a local store or Wal Mart, Super Target, etc....but, you will not have the convenience, the quantity, the quality nor the variety that you would get while shopping on property.

    If you can't find it here, maybe you don't need it Be sure to check out Legoland Lots of photo ops here If it involves Disney, you will find it here. From wacky to tacky...
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    • Theme Park Trips

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Lake Buena Vista Tourist Traps

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    Disney World

    by fairy_dust Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Disney World is a major tourist trap. It's overpriced, there are long lines, and it's so big that it seems like a maze and you have to do a lot of walking, but despite all this, it's still worth seeing!

    Unique Suggestions: Expect to wait in long lines, and to pay ridiculously high prices for everything. Don't buy too many souvenirs, they'll eat up all your money!

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    • School Holidays

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Lake Buena Vista Sports & Outdoors

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    Dive Quest Epcot

    by grandmaR Written Sep 1, 2003

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    If you are a certified diver, you can dive into the Living Seas tank (a misnomer as while the fish are alive, all the coral is fake) at Epcot.

    There are two dives with 8 divers each - one meets at 4:30 pm and the other meets at 5:30 pm. After the 5:30 dive, the Epcot Divers feed the fish.

    After an eight-minute introductory video, divers are shown to locker rooms to change into bathing suits and shortly wetsuits, and then to the dive deck above the aquarium. Dive gear is set up on the edge of the dive deck and ready to be strapped on. The group of eight divers is divided into two groups of four, given a predive briefing and a divemaster to follow into the aquarium for a half-hour dive. After the dive, the group returns to the locker rooms for a hot shower, and then to watch a video of the dive, which may be purchased for $35. The entire program takes about two-and-a-half hours

    I was sorry that I did this without any of my family there (I did it in the evening of my conference before they got there). It would have been nice to have someone to wave to in the restaurant that surrounds the tank and have pictures taken with.

    Equipment: It was $140 each and all the equipment you use is provided, although I think they allowed me to use my own mask with prescription diopters in it.

    I did this. In addition to being surprised that the coral was fake (I expected something like the coral reef tank at the Smithsonian), I was *really* surprised at how COLD the water was. You really had to have a wet suit to be comfortable. They supply the wet suits too. I had to have help getting into mine as the large sizes fastened in the back.

    No photography other than the official photography is allowed, so no one will have any photos other than those unless they have someone who will take a photo of them from the restaurant. There are some copyrighted photos on the website

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    • Diving and Snorkeling

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