Your Complete Guide to Disney Springs
Disney Springs is the place you wish you had close to home. With enough to do for an entire day, Disney Springs is a park all on its own. Many benefits come to spending an entire day at Disney Springs including: it is free to park and free to attend, there’s enough entertainment to keep the whole family busy, an easy shopping experience that guarantees you’ll get all your souvenirs taken care of (plus not having to lug them around a theme park riding rides), perfect dining opportunities for any time of day to late night drinks along the water, and a perfect atmosphere for quality time with family. Step inside Disney Springs and see what it has been deemed “Your Place”.
It is no secret that the expansion at Disney Springs has improved the atmosphere. From large walkways to better rest areas, the entire shopping complex has provided a larger space for more guests to be accommodated. Between classic Disney shops, high-end retailers, off-the-wall shops, and even make-up for those who might have run out, Disney Springs provides an area to get all the shopping done to ensure a fun and enjoyable trip. Areas, like the marketplace, takes you back to the days of Downtown Disney with the largest World of Disney Store around and of course Pin Traders. The addition of the new shopping center ensures there really is something for everyone. There are 108 shopping options available at Disney Springs. Of them, here are a few of the most popular:
Alex and Ani
The Art of Disney
Disney’s Pin Traders
Kate Spade New York
The Lego® Store
Just as diverse as the shopping experience, Disney Springs provides the best selection of dining options in the area. With so many options, it is suggested reservations are made in advance. If you are unable to make reservations in advance, most restaurants offer wait times so they can accommodate anyone wanting to dine. With quick service options to fine dining experiences, Disney Springs certainly has something for everyone! There are 52 dining options available at Disney Springs, here are the most popular:
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Earl of Sandwich
House of Blues
Planet Hollywood Observatory
Being on vacation is a wonderful time to relax and have a good time. If you are staying at a Disney Resort and have access to the buses located at Disney Springs, this is the perfect opportunity to let lose and have a little fun while still being responsible. Of the many additions to Disney Springs, unique bars with unique cocktails are available for adult guests. If you are looking for a place to get a couple of amazing appetizers and share a few drinks along the water, Disney Springs has the perfect venues for what you are looking for:
Rainforest Café – Lava Lounge
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
House of Blues – The Front Porch
Along with the amazing shopping, dining, and drinking opportunities comes the incredible and diverse entertainment found throughout Disney Springs. With a passion to keep their guests entertained, Disney finds the perfect acts to ensure guest satisfaction. Regardless of if you want to watch a newly released movie, bowl alongside your friends and family, or enjoy the various DJs and musical groups found throughout Disney Springs, there really is entertainment perfect for everyone in your group! You can find some of the entertainment at:
Raglan Road Live Music – Patio Stage
Splitsville Luxury Lanes™
Entertainment can be found throughout Disney Springs not only with the mentioned locations above but with many attractions perfect for those youngsters in your life! While visiting, make sure to check out the following:
Aerophile – Balloon Flight
Marketplace Train Express
Vintage Amphicar & Italian Water Taxi Tours
Not to mention the including holiday offerings only available at Disney Springs like Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt, Carolers, and (my personal favorite) Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail! Reserve the little princess’s spot at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and watch as she is transformed by her very own Fairy Godmother in Training With the incredible offerings available at Disney Springs, do not forget to check out Disney Photopass® Services only available at Disney Springs. Have a beautiful studio-style photoshoot of the kiddos dressed as their favorite Disney characters.
More to come!
The expansion continues at Disney Springs. More dining, shopping, and entertainment venues are in production and soon to be opened! Some of the most anticipated and exciting venues include Terralina Crafter Italian, Win Bar George (Early 2018), and the highly anticipated The Edison. Take the time to stop by Disney Springs and see what all the fuss is about. You will not be disappointed!
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Special thanks to Ashley Dion for writing this article! Former cast member turned annual pass holder, I am a native Michigander who moved her entire life to Orlando, FL to be surrounded by all things Disney. I met my fellow Disney-lover husband while working for the Mouse and now we frequent the Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts as pass holders as often as possible!