Downtown Disney

I have been to Downtown Disney many times. I do not have a Disneyland pass, so I do enjoy going down there every once in a while to walk around and have a bite to eat. I have always loved to atmosphere down there; everyone is happy, there are bright colors and lights, and the environment is inviting. Our field trip there showed me many things I had not noticed before. First, I did not know the train down there was a full functioning train station. It made Downtown Disney appear to be its own city. While there are many stores and details that appeal to children, I noticed that there are several restaurants that appeal to adults as well; For example Tortilla Jo’s bar, The House of Blues, the Uva Bar and others that were more fine dining. Also, the way the area is set up keeps the traffic of people flowing. As you walk further into the strip, there are more things inviting you to keep going. On my trip, I also noticed how short the downtown strip is. The other times I have been there, I have walked through more slowly and it seemed like a much larger area. There are so many stores, restaurants and attractions lined up that make the strip seem larger that it is, because there is so much to see. I never really paid much attention to the café in the center of the strip. It resembles a city’s center that everything revolves around. This is another aspect that keeps the flow of people. I also noticed the style of the different buildings. I found it interesting that there were so many different styles brought into the architecture. Another thing that I noticed was that the music changed as my friends and I walked through, which I have never realized. The music towards the first half of the walk was more upbeat and poppy, and as you approach the park it turns into more of a theme park and fantasy sound. A lot of the buildings and some decor are very large with over sized features. For example the bakery was huge compared to any normal bakery and the light posts were stems with a single leaf as the light. I concluded that the purpose of this was to make visitors feel small- to feel like a kid. Everything in Disney seems to make you feel youthful and childish. It was neat looking at Downtown Disney more closely and seeing just how much thought is put into the design, architecture and décor. From now on, when I go to Downtown Disney I plan on finding some new detail that I had not noticed before.

One Comment

  1. Sean Smith

    But why did the Disney Corp choose these designs, what significance can we draw from this very imagined and invented space? What purpose does it serve and reveal about our culture’s desires, dreams etc? Don’t just look at the surface of these public/private spaces dig a bit deeper.

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