Welcome to Disney Springs-a truly amazing place. This eclectic mix of unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and jaw-dropping entertainment will keep you busy for hours. Before you know it, you’ll realise that you’ve spent a whole day enjoying all that’s on offer to you here, yet there’ll still be more to see!
No two people’s Disney Springs experience will be the same. A dessert-first brunch can quickly lead to your new pair of go-to boots. Or when catching a spontaneous afternoon show, you could wind up at an extravagant restaurant with an atmosphere as rare as the steaks.
There are four fascinating neighbourhoods within Disney Springs, all of which are filled with so much to discover. You might plan to just explore one, but we can guarantee that will never be the case. Once you’ve seen one, you’ll be drawn to the next and the next and the next.
Take a look below to find out more about each of them.
Ease into the charming rustic vibe of this welcoming waterside district filled with one-of-a-kind boutique shops. The wharf-side eateries offer everything from artisanal cocktails crafted at the edge of your stage-side table to a sushi bar so fresh, it’s a cut above the rest.
The area used to be known as Pleasure Island, but has changed considerably since its transition from Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. It used to house things such as a comedy club and the Adventurer’s Club, but now prides itself on its excellent waterfront restaurants where you can pick the perfect spot and enjoy the amazing views across the water.
The majority of the restaurants in The Landing feature on the Disney Dining Plan and Cookes of Dublin is particularly good value on here, so why not stop by for some of their delicious fish and chips?
You’ll find a number of great shops to explore in The Landing. There are jewellers, clothes shops, vintage hat shops, a Havaianas shop where you can create your own flip-flops and many, many more. There’s even an incredible chocolate shop called The Ganachery, bursting at the seams with hand-crafted chocolates, so why not plan a trip here for after dinner?
Stroll the day away shopping up and down the old Mediterranean-inspired Floridian streets. Explore unique boutiques and one-of-a-kind flagship stores. From big-Âname brands to rare finds, you’ll discover this playful promenade is the perfect place to relax, refresh and reconnect.
The Town Center is a brand new area built especially for Disney Springs, which is designed to reflect Florida’s turn-of-the-century waterfront towns. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a bit of retail therapy as you’ll find over 30 shops to browse until your heart’s content, everything from Pandora to the World of Coca-Cola. And to top it off, there’s a great selection of dining options to satisfy your hunger after building an appetite traipsing the stores.
Head to Tablas Frontera for succulent Mexican cuisine or Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza for its made-to-order artisanal pizzas cooked right in front of you in an open-flame oven. For dessert, you could head to the Aristocrepes kiosk or sit in at Sprinkles and feast on delicious homemade cookies, cupcakes and ice cream. Alternatively, you might want to visit the 1920s themed Edison restaurant and make a night of it. After enjoying some classic American food and cocktails, this popular restaurant hosts nightly entertainment such as DJs, contortionists and more.
From amazing crystal glass coaches to sportswear with a Disney flair, the Marketplace is one of the hippest Disney shopping experiences around. You can experience all kinds of different shops here, whether it’s a sophisticated art gallery or a candy store that’s just plain goofy. It’s also where you’ll find the world’s largest collection of Disney merchandise, selling everything from the totally classic to the truly unique.
The Marketplace is one of the most popular areas in Disney Springs, especially with families. It’s a great place to spend a few hours shopping for mementos to take home with you and help keep those Walt Disney World Resort memories alive.
As well as all the amazing shops, there’s plenty of other forms of entertainment taking place at the Marketplace throughout the day and evening that will keep the little ones occupied, including the Marketplace Train Express, the Marketplace Carousel and the Waterside Stage that puts on free of charge shows for anyone to watch.
There are a number of snack bars and fast food places in the Marketplace, but there are also a couple of exciting restaurants that the whole family will love, including the monstrous T-Rex Café and the ever popular Rainforest Café. But if you’re just after a quick drink, there’s a Starbucks for when you need that caffeine fix or Dockside Margaritas if you’re looking for something a little stronger.
Welcome to a neighbourhood with a vibe all of its own. Here, the air is mixed with the sound of applause for world-renowned entertainment and the tempting aromas of treats to be discovered. Daytime is filled with fun, but at night, it’ll ignite your senses and evoke your wild side.
If you really want to be entertained, then there’s no better place to be than West Side. It’s here that you’ll find not only some of the best shows in all of Walt Disney World Resort, but the rest of the world too. Some of the highlights include the Characters in Flight balloon ride; AMC Downtown Disney 24; bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes and the awesome House of Blues. But by far the most popular show to be seen at West Side is the incredible La NoubaTM by the Cirque du Soleil. It’s been described as ‘an eye-popping wonder from start to finish’, so it’s worth booking tickets well in advance of your holiday if you’d like to experience this spectacular performance for yourself.
There are loads of great places to grab a bite to eat in West Side; and pretty much all of them apart from Häagen-Dazs are on the Disney Dining Plan too. Enjoy live music at Bongos Cuban Café or dine alongside the resident DJ at Planet Hollywood – you’ll never be short of somewhere exciting to dine before catching the show of your choice.
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