Disney Springs : The Ultimate Guide

This is our complete Disney Springs Guide. If you’ve never been to Disney Springs, then you need to go. It’s inspired by Florida’s natural beauty, and as such, Disney Springs is a wonderful backdrop for retail shops, dining, and entertainment. It literally does have it all in it’s four “neighborhoods”.

For my family, it is on our Disney must-do list and is a great place to spend some time when you have an off day away from the parks or if you just got settled in your hotel and need something to do the first night on your Disney Trip.

Disney Springs is free and open for the public to enjoy all of the fine dining, shopping, and nightlife that it has to offer. Best of all even though it’s near all the Walt Disney World Resorts and theme parks, there’s no ticket is required!

So, about this time your asking what are the four neighborhoods at Disney Springs and what is in them? Well, I’m going to dive right into that and what each has to offer in the way of dining, shopping, and entertainment. I hope you enjoy my Disney Springs Guide.

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The Landing at Disney Springs

This is the primary commercial area within Disney Springs and has awesome waterfront views, unique shopping and some incredible fare to choose from as well.

RestaurantsShopping
The Boathouse
Cookes of Dublin
The Edison
Enzo's Hideaway
Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
Maria & Enzo's 
Morimoto Asia
Morimoto Street Food
Paddlefish
Paradiso 37
Pizza Ponte
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
STK Orlando
The Basket at Wine Bar George
The Tea Traders Cafe by Joffrey's
Terralina Crafted Italian
Vivoli Il Gelateria
Wine Bar George
APEX by Sunglass Hut
The Art of Shaving
Chapel Hats
Erin Mckenna's Bakery
Erwin Pearl
Filthy Rich
The Ganachery
Havaianas
rinse bath & body co.
Sanuk
Savannah Bee Company
Ship's Store at The BOATHOUSE
Shop for Ireland
Sound Lion
Swings N' Things

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Town Center at Disney Springs

Did someone say shopping? This place has more shopping than anywhere else in Disney World! Of course, it has plenty of places to grab a bite to eat as well.

RestaurantsShopping
Amorette's Patisserie
AristoCrepes
Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza
D-Luxe Burger
The Daily Poutine
Frontera Cocina
Homecomin' - Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine
Sprinkles Cupcakes
The Polite Pig
YeSake
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
ALEX AND ANI
American Threads
Anthropologie
Coca-Cola Store and Rooftop Beverage Bar
Columbia Sportswear
D-Living
Edward Beiner
Everything But Water
francesca's
Free People
Harley-Davidson
Johnny Was
Johnston & Murphy
kate spade new york
Kipling
LACOSTE
Levi's
Lilly Pullitzer
L'Occitane en Provence
Lucky Brand
Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
MAC Cosmetics
Melissa Shoes
Na Hoku - Hawaii's Finest Jewelers Since 1924
Oakley
Origins
Pandora
Sephora
Shore
Sperry
Stance
Sugarboo & Co.
Superdry
Tommy Bahama
TROPHY ROOM
TUMI
UGG
Under Armour Brand House
UNIQLO
UNOde50
Vera Bradley
Volcom
ZARA

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West Side at Disney Springs

This is where you’ll find most of the entertainment venues at Disney Springs along with more shopping and restaurants.

RestaurantsShopping
AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatres/MacGuffins
Bongo's Cuban Cafe
Bongo's Cuban Cafe Express
Chicken Guy!
City Works Eatery & Pour House
Food Trucks - Exposition Park
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
House of Blues - The Front Porch
House of Blues - The Smokehouse
Jaleo by Chéf Andrés
Planet Hollywood Observatory
Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Starbucks
Stargazers Bar
Wetzel's Pretzels
Bongos Cuban Cafe Souvenir and Gift Shop
Candy Cauldron
Curl by Sammy Duvall
DisneyStyle
Fit2Run
Pelé Soccer
Pop Gallery
Something Silver
Sosa Family Cigars
Star Wars Galactic Outpost
Sunglass Icon by Sunglass Hut
Super Hero Headquarters

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Marketplace at Disney Springs

The marketplace area of Disney Springs is most well known for World of Disney, the largest Disney Store in the world. But there are many other shops like the Marketplace Co-op and restaurants here, as well as some pretty cool nightlife.

RestaurantsShopping
B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co.
Dockside Margaritas
Earl of Sandwich
Forty Thirst Street Express
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
Rainforest Cafe
Starbucks
T-Rex Cafe
Wetzel's Pretzels
Wolfgang Puck Express
Arribas Brothers
The Art of Disney
Basin - Bath & Facial Products
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Disney's Days of Christmas
Disney's Pin Traders
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Goofy's Candy Company
Lefty's - The Left Hand Store
LEGO Imagination Center
Marketplace Co-Op
Marketplace Fun Finds
Mickey's Pantry
Once Upon a Toy
Rainforest Cafe Shop
Tren-D
Wonderful World of Memories
World of Disney

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Entertainment at Disney Springs

There is so much shopping and eating to do at Disney Springs, and then there’s the added entertainment value. One time we were there and just as night was falling we were preparing to go back to our room, but our daughter had a different idea…..she found a dance party where we stayed and played for at least another hour beyond what we intended to.

You can also take a trip up in the hot air balloon that overlooks all of Disney World from 400 feet up! This was very fun and exciting and I highly recommend you do it at least once on your Disney trip if you get a chance.

Disney Springs is Downtown Disney

There are a few high points entertainment-wise, that our family really enjoys here and I’ll dive into a few of them for you.

The Springs Overlook in the town center area has a quaint outdoor venue that often has live music. This is especially appealing at night with the lights dimmed. One of my husband’s personal favorites.

Ralph Breaks VR at The Void offers a really immersive VR experience for you and your kids. You really need to reserve a spot for this online ahead of time though.

Star Wars: Secrets of The Empire at The Void is a really great way to immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe. Again, we recommend that you reserve your spots for this in advance.

The Marketplace Stage is an open-air venue along Lake Buena Vista where special events, activities, and live performances take place every day and night. You might even catch a glimpse of Eddy Maserati dancing the night away here (or anywhere else at Disney Springs for that matter). The last time we were at Disney we caught Keegan-Michael Key filming for the touchdown celebration on this stage. You never know what you’ll see here.Live Entertainment Downtown Disney

There is so much nightlife and entertainment at Disney Springs that I could write a completely separate article about that. The live acts scattered throughout Disney Springs are constantly changing and there is always something new going on. For a full Disney Springs entertainment schedule check out wdwent.com.

Disney Springs F.A.Q.

What Are The Current Hours At Disney Springs?

The current hours at Disney Springs are 10AM to 10PM.

Disney Springs Map

You can click on the map to enlarge it. This will give the best look at Disney Springs all of its locations for dining, shopping, and much more.

map of disney springs

Courtesy Disney

You can also check out our complete maps guide to all of the Disney World Parks for more.

Are Downtown Disney and Disney Springs the same?

Yes, they are one and the same. Disney made the official name change back on September 29, 2015. It originally opened on March 22, 1975, and has been renamed over the years a few times previously.

Are there things for adults to do a Disney Springs?

Disney Springs was created with Adults in mind. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of things for kids here as well, like the Lego Store and the outdoor dance parties. But with all of the Restaurants, Bars, Outdoor Entertainment and Shopping, it’s hard to think of Disney Springs as anything other than an adult playground.

Can you park at Disney Springs for free?

If you are parking your own car, yes, it is free at most of their lots as well as both parking garages.

You can pay a little more and get preferred parking where you can pay the parking attendant $10 in the Lemon and Mango parking lots. If you are feeling fancy you can pay $20 for valet parking.

Can you buy Disney World tickets at Disney Springs?

Yes. Once you are in Disney Springs, go to the Disney Springs welcome center and find guest relations. If you are having a hard time finding the welcome center make sure to check the maps throughout Disney Springs in order to direct you where you need to go.Guide To Disney Springs

Does the monorail go to Disney Springs?

No, unfortunately, the monorail does not go to Disney Springs. You can, however, take the Disney Buses to get you to Disney Springs.

Alternatively, you could take a Minnie Van or an Uber. Also, if you are staying at Port Orleans French Quarter, Riverside, Saratoga Springs or Old Key West resorts you can take the Disney Water Transportation to get you there.

Last but not least, if you are staying at Saratoga Springs, you could take a nice leisurely walk, which usually takes about 10 minutes.

Can you see fireworks from Disney Springs?

The short answer is yes. You won’t see much of the fireworks at all really unless you are up in the Characters in Flight hot air balloon and even then you have to time it right to see any of the fireworks at Walt Disney World.

Not to get off-topic, but there are many other great spots that you can see Disney World fireworks and I highly recommend that you try to watch them anywhere other than Disney Springs.

Pro tip: If you want a fun fireworks experience go to California Grill over at The Contemporary Resort. At 5 PM they have a lounge hour where you can order beverages and food from the bar area. Then you can come back later for fireworks, you just show your receipt and they’ll take you up to one of the nicest spots in Disney World to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks!

Do they allow dogs at Disney Springs?

No, with the exception of service dogs for disabled guests. Pets are not allowed at Disney Springs.

Where does uber pick up at Disney Springs?

If you feel the necessity to take an Uber from Disney Springs to another place, the best places to go for this depending on which side of Disney Springs you are near is the west side the near the Cirque du Soleil building or alternatively if you are on the other side of Disney Springs you can be picked up near the World of Disney store.

Are there memory maker photographers at Disney Springs?

Yes, there is actually a Disney PhotoPass Service Studio located in Disney Springs. Typically you’ll be able to get seasonal backdrops and props used in your photos as well. That makes this a really fun thing to do, especially if you are there around the holidays! (Think Christmas card photo)

You do not need a reservation, it is first-come, first-serve. So keep that in mind and plan accordingly if you plan on using this service.

Guide To Downtown Disney

How much is the hot air balloon at Disney Springs?

Adult pricing is $20 per person and children (ages 3-8) are $15 each. As a regular here, I can tell you that if you can get to Disney Springs earlier in the morning, before 10:00 a.m., the tickets are only $10 per person for everyone. The location opens daily at 8:30 a.m., weather permitting, and wait times are typically shorter earlier in the day, which makes for a better ride anyway.

Where Can I find The Disney Springs Crowd Calendar?

Disney Springs doesn’t really have a different crowd calendar from the rest of Walt Disney World. However, if you are itching for a crowd calendar then we have found Shannon’s at WDW Prep School, to be the best.

Can I use the Disney Dining Plan at Disney Springs?

Yes, you can certainly use the Disney Dining Plan at Disney Springs. For everything from Morimoto’s to House of Blues. You can find a full list of locations that support the Disney Dining Plan here.

Can I use Disney gift cards at Disney Springs?

Yes, all locations in Disney Springs accept Disney Gift Cards as a form of payment. I had an extremely hard time finding this information, so I called Disney Guest Relations directly and found the answer.

You can also find out more about Disney gift cards by checking out their website at www.disneygiftcard.com.

shops and restaurantsPhoto Credit: Resort TV 1

Tips For Disney Springs

Everyone and their brother has their favorite tips for every location at Disney World. But after collaborating with our friends over at Paging Mr. Morrow, we’ve put together our top 5 tips for Disney Springs that we think you will find most helpful.

  1. Make sure you stop by the Coca-Cola store next to Planet Hollywood and meet the polar bear on your way up to the rooftop lounge area. It’s included in your memory maker and I highly suggest it, especially if you have kids or are a big kid. You’ll love it! They actually have a tray that you can buy of different Coca-Cola products from all over the world as well, so make sure you give it a try!
  2. From 3 pm to 5 pm House of Blues has half-priced mixed drinks and beers! Cheapest beer on Disney World property according to Nate from Paging Mr. Morrow as well!
  3. Starbucks has grande sized ice waters for FREE.
  4. To avoid the masses get there earlier in the day or after 8 pm at night.
  5. Most of the sit-down restaurants will require reservations for dinner, so plan accordingly.

Walk Through Of Disney Springs

Check out the video below for a complete walkthrough of Disney Springs if you’ve never been before and would like to check it out.

Conclusion

Disney Springs is such a great place with so much to do, that’s exactly why I created this Disney Springs Guide. Yes, it’s expensive, but it unrivaled for free entertainment and things to do while you are at Walt Disney World. We usually will go to Disney Springs on an off day or later in the day on the first day we arrive.

So take the time to visit Disney Springs and enjoy all the Shops at Disney Springs, dining and entertainment. You won’t feel let down, and if anything you might feel a bit euphoric!