Welcome to Our World! What is Disney Springs?

Darcy Clark

by , Disney Springs Marketing Manager

Over the last several weeks, my fellow Disney Parks Blogs authors have been sharing details on some of the offerings and events available throughout Walt Disney World Resort. I’ve loved reading these “Welcome to Our World!” stories, and I’m so excited that this week, the focus is on Disney Springs!

If you think Disney Springs is simply a slightly updated version of the former Downtown Disney location, read on, because it’s so much more …

Over the last three years, Disney Springs has doubled in size, growing from about 75 locations to over 150. We now have five James Beard-Award Wining Chefs represented on property (Chefs Art Smith, Rick Bayless, Masaharu Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck and Tony Mantuano) making this an unparalleled destination for dining. And the addition of over 50 total retailers has made the area a shopper’s delight. The waterfront property is a vibrant mix of stores, restaurants and entertainment spread through four distinct neighborhoods:

Town Center – the newest addition to Disney Springs is a shopping mecca that has recently welcomed over 30 new brands, including anchor stores UNIQLO, Anthropologie, UNDER ARMOUR BRAND HOUSE and ZARA. Pepper in new eateries like Sprinkles Cupcakes, Blaze Pizza, Amorette’s Patisserie and Frontera Cocina and you could easily spend a few hours in this neighborhood alone. (Tip: when you need a break, retreat to the rooftop lounge at The Coca-Cola Store for a Coke Float and one of the best views of the property!)

Welcome to Our World! What is Disney Springs?

The Landing – here you’ll find a diverse array of restaurants including Paradiso 37, The BOATHOUSE, Raglan Road, Morimoto Asia, STK Orlando and Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming, along with niche retailers such as The Art of Shaving, Havaianas and Chapel Hats, to name just a few.

Welcome to Our World! What is Disney Springs?

Marketplace – this family-friendly spot for Disney lovers is home to World of Disney, the world’s largest Disney Merchandise store, plus other familiar favorites like The LEGO Store, Rainforest Café and Disney’s Days of Christmas. It’s a must-see destination if you’re visiting with little ones, thanks to the Marketplace Carousel and Train and the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Welcome to Our World! What is Disney Springs?
West Side – a lively entertainment hub with something for everyone; options range from bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes to movies at AMC Dine-In Theatres, from “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil to five floors of gaming awesomeness at DisneyQuest. That’s in addition to some of the staples you’ll continue to find here: Fit2Run, Curl by Sammy Duvall, House of Blues, Wolfgang Puck and Bongos Cuban Café, for example.

Welcome to Our World! What is Disney Springs?
Whether you have a set agenda or prefer to meander along and discover its charms as you stroll, Disney Springs is not-to-be-missed!

Transportation is available from all Disney Resort hotels, and self-parking is complimentary on our surface lots and both parking garages, making the arrival experience easier and more convenient than ever.

To learn more about Disney Springs, visit www.disneysprings.com or follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @DisneySprings.


  • I was there this past June with my 7 year old son. He loved it, especially the Disney Quest experience, the world of Disney store and of course the Lego store. I loved it also with all of the outstanding shops and entertainment. The food was great. the whole area just seems clean and family friendly, plus their was plenty of free parking with digital signs notifying you of how many spots are available in any given lot. Disney did a great job of transforming the whole area.

  • It’s been amazing to see the area go from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs! Everything that was dated is new, fresh, exciting and most importantly MAGICAL! From the “springs” to all of the new restaurants to try, there is definitely not a lack of something to do/and see! I make an effort to visit a few times a year, one of the many perks of being a Floridian and experiencing Disney Springs after all the changes, is a Disney DAY in itself!

  • I was just there with my Disney Tweens – they loved it so much we went three days in a row to shop and eat! It’s been an amazing transformation.

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