Formerly known as Downtown Disney, this diverse mix of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues only became known as Disney Springs in September 2015. Fans of Downtown Disney won’t be disappointed with the transformation though – there are now more big name brands, more restaurants and even more Disney souvenirs to shop for in what is now one of the most popular shopping destinations in Orlando.
What not to miss:
Now boasting over 100 different shops, Disney Springs has become a shopaholics paradise and is definitely the place to go if you want to do some serious shopping. Pick up everything from Disney memorobilia to clothing, footwear, cosmetics and jewellery. For Disney goodies and collectibles, The Art of Disney, D-Living, Disney’s Pin Traders and World of Disney (the largest Disney store in the world!) are just a few places offering a selection of souvenirs, while Disney’s Candy Cauldron will satisfy your sweet tooth. Brands include, Havaianas, Levi’s, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Superdry, Sephora, Mac Cosmetics, Zara and Ugg.
If you want to save money on your shopping bill, Disney Springs is home to some big high street brands. Check the exchange rate before you travel as you may end up saving yourself a lot of money shopping in dollars rather than pounds!
Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite for lunch or want to fill yourself up after a long day exploring the theme parks, Disney Springs has plenty of restaurants to choose from. Our top picks for quick serve dining are The Express at Wolfgang Puck Grand Café for gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads, Earl of Sandwich for (you guessed it) huge sub-style sandwiches, and at Blaze Fast-Fire’d choose from over 40 delicious toppings for your artisanal pizza.
There are several food trucks too, with creamy macaroni cheese, tender pulled pork and mouth-watering butter chicken just a few dishes on the menu. STK Orlando is a modern steakhouse that’s perfect for fine dining. Dine on a creative menu that specialises in succulent steak, followed by refreshing cocktails on the stunning outdoor patio while the in-house DJ plays classic hits.
Want to know the best way to cool down from the Floridian heat? With a refreshing serving of ice cream from the Hagen Dazs shop of course! Or, if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, there are plenty of places to grab a drink and take a break, including the brand new Coca Cola rooftop bar, where you can explore exotic flavours from around the world.
Unique Dining Experiences:
There are also lots of unique dining experiences, offering visitors something totally different and with a typical touch of Disney magic. The Rainforest Café brings the beautiful animals that inhabit the rainforest to life, Planet Hollywood lets you get closer to the stars, and The Boathouse lets you dine on the waterfront surrounded by boats and water taxis. For the adults, Raglan Road is a traditional Irish bar and restaurant that was actually built in Dublin and shipped over to Orlando.
Those with a sweet tooth must pay a visit to Sprinkles Bakery, where they have got the cupcake recipe perfected. No matter what time of day you’ll be able to get your cupcake fix with a 24-hour cupcake ATM outside. Simply choose your favourite, insert your payment card and as if by magic (the kind of magic you can only find at Walt Disney World) a delicious cupcake will appear. Flavours include chocolate marshmallow, red velvet, banana, salty caramel and many more.
There really is something for everyone at Disney Springs. AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24 is a state-of-the-art cinema showing the latest movies with food and drinks delivered to your seat. There are also lots of outdoor areas spread out over Disney Springs, hosting free live entertainment and stage shows throughout the day that guests can enjoy.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Isn’t it every child’s dream to be transformed into a beautiful princess or a gallant knight, or even just to be made up by their very own fairy godmother? At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, dreams really do come true! There are lots of different packages to choose from, which range all the way up to a full princess makeover, with hair, makeup, a beautiful princess gown, wand and crown to make your little girl (or boy!) feel extra special on their visit to Disney Springs.
If you’re travelling to Disney in March and looking for a grown-up friendly activity to do at Disney Springs, don’t miss the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival. The Festival takes place in the Raglan Road restaurant, a ‘typical’ Irish pub found right in the heart of Orlando at Disney Springs! The date varies, but is usually mid-March, so make sure to check before travel.
In October, the pumpkins and Halloween decorations take over at Disney Springs as the space is turned into a crisp Autumn wonderland full of pumpkin patches, seasonal photo spots and even an Oktoberfest band.
In 2016, the fun Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail debuted. Fifteen different trees decked out in the finest Disney decorations (including a Mickey and Minnie tree) are there to be enjoyed, bringing a little festive fun to your shopping and dining experience.