After walking Downtown Disney and experiencing
it I give it two thumbs up. The environment Disney has created is
really well done. There are a minimum of external distractions when
walking down the avenue, and the landscaping and detail are incredible.
You really get a sense that Downtown Disney is larger than it is,
in terms of scope and size, but at the same time you do not realize
how far you have actually traveled. For those of you who have visited
Disneyland before, the Disneyland hotel and monorail stop have not
moved, but yet they seem much closer to Disneyland now. Before it
seemed like a fairly long hike or tram ride over to the hotel, and
now it seems much more managable.
We were also quite impressed by the number of cast members and
Disney security present as we walked around. They are really trying
to make it a clean, safe environmnet.
Comparisons: For those of you who have visited the Downtown
Disney in WDW this will be a much smaller scale, but similar concept
place, think the West Side plus a World of Disney store but add in a lot more landscaping
and fountains. It is more closely aligned with the scale of Universal's
Citywalk (the Los Angeles version), but once again add in a lot
more landscaping and fountains. I have heard descriptions of this
being a "yuppified Citywalk". This could work. It does
have that older(more costly) feel to it and there appeared to be
a lot less teenagers than other Orange County night spots (the Spectrum
& the Block at Orange).