Disney Springs: Everything You Need To Know
Disney Springs is the ultimate shopping, dining, and entertainment complex in Orlando, Florida. It is made up of four distinct areas, each with its own unique offerings.
If you are looking for Disney themed merchandise, upscale shopping, specialty dining, or one-of-a-kind entertainment, you can find it all at Disney Springs. Whether you are vacationing at Walt Disney World or just in Orlando, you should plan to visit at some point. Here is everything you need to know about Disney Springs.
About Disney Springs
Just like Walt Disney World’s theme parks, Disney Springs has a fictional story behind it. It was settled in the mid 1800’s by a cattle rancher who discovered the town’s springs and the complex is the expansion from it. Each of the four neighborhoods (The Marketplace, Landing, Town Center, and West Side) reflects its function and the fictional time period in which it was developed.
Disney Springs was formerly known as Downtown Disney, Disney Village Marketplace, Walt Disney World Village, and the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village. The new name came about during the 2013 renovation and expansion. Since then, it has only grown in size and popularity–and continues to do so!
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The Marketplace neighborhood is modeled after the American Craftsman style in the 1930’s. You will find lots of Disney themed shopping in this area. Be sure to stop in the newly renovated World of Disney–it’s very impressive!
This is my favorite Disney Springs area. I love shopping at Basin and getting a post-dinner dessert from Ghirardelli.
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
- Disney’s Days of Christmas
- Goofy’s Candy Company
- Happy Hound
- LEGO Store
- Mickey’s Pantry
- World of Disney
- Earl of Sandwich
- Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
- Mickey’s Pantry
- Rainforest Cafe
- T-Rex Cafe
- The Daily Pouitne
- Wolfgang Puck Express
Tip: Park in the Lime Garage for easy access to the Marketplace.
The Landing serves as the fictional town’s transportation hub and marina. It has a very apparent nautical theme and the view of the lake is gorgeous.
This is where you will find the best restaurants at Disney Springs. Enjoy a fantastic Italian meal from Terralina Crafted Italian or stop in Wine Bar George for appetizers and a glass of wine (there are over 135 to choose from!).
- Art of Disney
- Chapel Hats
- Rinse Bath & Body Co.
- Savannah Bee Company
- The Art of Shaving
- The Ganachery
- Cookes of Dublin
- Hangar Bar
- Morimoto Asia
- Paradise 37
- Pizza Ponte
- Terralina Crafted Italian
- The Boathouse
- Wine Bar George
Tip: For easy access to The Landing, park in the Orange Garage.
The Town Center is Disney Springs’ business district with Spanish Revival architecture. It is home to lots of upscale shopping–from clothing to shoes, makeup to bath products, you can find it here.
- Alex and Ani
- Coca-Cola Store
- kate spade new york
- Lilly Pulitzer
- L’Occitane en Provence
- Tommy Bahama
- Vera Bradley
- Amorette’s Patissery
- Chicken Guy!
- D-Luxe Burger
- Planet Hollywood
- The Polite Pig
Tip: Park in the Lime Garage for easy access to the Town Center.
Tip: Head to the rooftop of the Coca-Cola Store for great views of the entire complex.
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The West Side neighborhood serves as the town’s exposition center. This is definitely the epicenter of entertainment at Disney Springs. Whether you are in the mood to bowl or see a movie, you can do it in West Side.
Entertainment and Shopping
- AMC Disney Springs 24
- NBA Experience (coming Summer 2019)
- Splitsville Luxury Lanes
- Star Wars Galactic Outpost
- Sunglass Icon
- Bongos Cuban Cafe
- House of Blues Restaurant and Bar
Tip: For easy access to the Town Center, park in the Orange Garage or Watermelon, Grapefruit, or Mango parking lot.
Disney Springs Tips
There is free Wi-Fi throughout Disney Springs.
Several restaurants accept Disney Dining Plans.
I think the atmosphere is better of the evening–there’s a lot more going on.
Since it’s free to visit, Disney Springs is a very busy place. Be prepared for the crowds.
Looking to quickly get to the Marketplace from The Landing or West Side? You can take a boat!
Plan on eating at Disney Springs? Make a reservation ahead of time for sit down meals on the Disney website.
Many restaurants and stores at offer Passholder, Disney Vacation Club, and Disney Visa discounts. Just ask when you check out.
Several hotels are within walking distance of Disney Springs. Take the catwalk and avoid having to walk across the street.
Make Disney Springs Part Of Your Vacation
No matter what you choose to do, enjoy your time at Disney Springs. You could spend a whole day here or just pop in for a few minutes to check it out. It’s like nothing else!
What’s your favorite thing to do at Disney Springs?
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