Complete Your Summer Shopping at Disney Springs
The second subzero cold spell of 2018 came in late January, mere days after the thermometer had finally broken 25 degrees. There wasn’t a flake of snow- just icy rain/sleet that barely covered the salted roads and sidewalks, making the usual morning commute unknowingly treacherous. As I navigated the slick sidewalks in thick rubber bottomed boots and tried to shield my face from the biting wind with a ridiculously oversized fur hood, I knew my only option was to send my thoughts far away from the winter woes that stretched before me. I tried my hardest to think happy thoughts, and the first that popped into my mind were flip flops and beach towels. Within seconds, the slick layer of ice was replaced by a slick layer of sunscreen, and I was on a beach with my favorite book in hand- if only in my mind.
Today, I write this during the first heat wave of 2018, and my thoughts are more summer-focused than ever before! Everyone I know has planned amazing summer getaways and have gone through the long process of shopping for summer-ready gear to take along with them. Instead of driving from department store to mall to strip mall to Target back to the department store, choose a destination that has everything you need right in one place! Disney Springs is a one stop shopping destination for all of your summer clothing and accessory needs, and I can’t wait to complete all of my summer shopping at Disney Springs on my very next visit.
Swim, Surf, Stroll
It’s hard to find a culture who is more adept at dressing for the heat than Brazil which is why Havaianas is the perfect spot for summer footwear essentials! The brand is best known for their beach-ready flip flops, so if your summer compass is set on the shore, you will have over 300 color and style options to choose from. I don’t think you’ll have any problem finding the shade that matches your bathing suit!
If you visit Lilly Pulitzer in July or January, you’ll never mistake the brand’s clothing for winter attire! Pulitzer is famous for their unmistakable vibrant patterns available in a range of pastel colors, and the distinct lightweight fabrics they choose are always the most lightweight and breathable on the market. My friend owns a whole closet full of Lilly Pulitzer clothes, and every time she dons one of the styles, she transforms from city slicker to beach beauty in 2 seconds flat!
Shore is probably the best example of a vacation-ready shop at Disney Springs! The intimate boutique-y space gives the shopping experience a beach town feel from the moment you step through the doors and continues until you leave with bags full of your new summer wardrobe. If your vacation is taking you to the water, Shore is fully stocked with men’s and women’s bathing suits ready-made for fun in the sun. A day at the pool or beach is best capped off with a dinner of fresh seafood and a beach stroll, and Shore has the outfit to pair with any summer evening.
Ok surfer dudes, between drops into the tube, drop into CURL by Sammy Duvall is your one-stop-shop within the one-stop-Disney Springs summer shopping destination! Curl is unique because it stocks the sweetest, most rad surf and outdoor brands most loved by the people who buy them- surfers! The store stocks only the most popular surfer-tested brands like Hurley and WeWood and I challenge any surfer, swimmer, or beach bum out there to leave empty handed.
What’s a cute swimsuit without a great hat? Is there a point to wearing your new short sleeve button down if you don’t pair it with a great sun-shielding hat? Outfits are nothing without the perfect accessory, and Sunglass Hut and Oakley have hundreds of sunglass frame/lens combos to discover! Since you’re doing your shopping at Disney Springs, chances are pretty good that you’re a huge Disney fan, so be sure to pick up the Walt Disney World-exclusive Mickey Mouse Ray Bans available exclusively at Sunglass Hut this summer while you’re visiting!
Sanuk might be best known for their beachy footwear, but did you know that they also stock tons of accessories too? Their new line of snap-back trucker style hats coulnd’t be more perfect for guys who want to shade their eyes from the sun witout having to wear a heavy cotton-based hat. Their selection of big sunhats is worth a look, too!
If you really want to get lost in the world of hats, Chapel Hats is your store! I went into Chapel Hats last summer and promised my family I’d be “out in 10”. 35 minutes later, I was so deep in the hat selection process I hadn’t noticed how much time had passed before I realized I was 15 minutes late for my dinner reservation! My point is that looks can be deceiving because you can really get lost in this tiny store! With dozens of styles and hundreds of hats in stock, any man, woman, or child will surely find the exact hat they’re after for sun-soaked summer fun! Have fun with the rest of your summer shopping at Disney Springs!
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Special thanks to Maria Salerno for writing this article: Hiya pal! I am a NYC-based writer/musician thrilled to be bringing you all things Disney! I’m a WDW Annual Passholder, so you can find me in the parks regularly throughout the year. In addition to being a Disney Parks loving girl, I’m also a Disney toy and merchandise collector, a runDisney enthusiast, and Disney music and movie aficionado. You can follow me on Instagram: NYCtoAP and find me on YouTube: NYCtoAP. Thanks for reading, hope to see ya real soon!