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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.