A complete guide to Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney)

(Article last updated: May 1, 2017)

Disney Springs has been undergoing a million changes the last few years as many parts have been transformed, and lots of things added.

Let's take a look...

What is Disney Springs?

Disney Springs (which was known as Downtown Disney up until September of 2015) is a shopping and entertainment area that's free for anybody to enter.

Download a map of Disney Springs

There are 4 sections of Disney Springs. Let's take a look at each.

West Side

Disney Springs West Side
This area was part of Downtown Disney and also a part of Disney Springs.

The items below are part of the West Side area. The construction adds new elevated spaces that provide shade and overlook the activities below.

WEST SIDE ENTERTAINMENT

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil (Closing on December 31st, 2017)

  • Price: $63-150/adults, $52-125/child (ages 3-9)
  • Pros: The only location to see this particular Cirque du Soleil show
  • Cons: Close seats are pricey (but don't be afraid to sit further away but in the center for a view that's still good)
  • Tips: Tickets can be purchased up to 6 months in advance. Special offers often exist for Florida residents, annual passholders and those who belong to Cirque Club which is free to sign up for at http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/lanouba/tickets/florida/offers.aspx

 


DisneyQuest (Closing July 3rd, 2017)

  • Price: $47.93/adults, $41.54/child (ages 3-9). If you add the Water Parks Fun and More option to your park tickets, you can use those tickets here.
  • Pros: You pay a flat fee to play the games as opposed to paying per game like many arcade-style places
  • Cons: Outdated, easy to get motion sickness on some games (my daughter and I left from getting so nauseous from Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride), can be super busy on rainy days
  • Tips: The most fun and popular thing here is CyberSpace Mountain where you design your own coaster. I suggest skipping DisneyQuest and doing a similar thing at Sum of All Thrills in Epcot. If you do plan to visit DisneyQuest, go when it opens at 11:30 a.m. to avoid crowds.

 


House of Blues

 


Splitsville Luxury Lanes

  • Price: Bowling is $15-20/person and includes shoes. You're paying for a set time period that works out to about 15-20 minutes per person in your group. More info at http://www.splitsvillelanes.com/location/orlando/#location
  • Pros: Bowling and billiards with traditional food options (like pizza) as well as non-traditional options (calamari, sushi). Live music plays at the outdoor bar most evenings.
  • Cons: Waits can be long, depending on when you visit. Use the tip below to avoid long lines.
  • Tips: You can get a "FastPass" that allows you to make reservations ahead of time and skip the lines. Prices are $80-125/hour (depending on what day and time you visit) and includes up to 8 bowlers on 1 lane. Shoe rental is not included in that price. More info at http://www.splitsvillelanes.com/location/orlando/#parties

 


AMC Downtown Disney 24

 


Characters in Flight

  • Price: $18/adults, $12/child (ages 3-9)
  • Pros: Unique view from 300 feet in the air
  • Cons: Lasts just 6 minutes
  • Tips: Aerophile (the company that operates the balloon) often has Groupon deals where you pay $11/adults instead of $18. Check http://www.groupon.com/deals/aerophile-1 for deals (sign up for Orlando Groupon emails to be notified when they become available again)

 


WEST SIDE DINING

Crossroads at House of Blues (Table Service)

  • Price: Most entrees are $15-25
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: 1 of the less expensive Table Service restaurants
  • Cons: Food isn't great but it'll do if you need to eat while attending a show
  • Tips: Try the jambalaya

 


Splitsville Luxury Lanes (Table Service)

  • Price: $11-15 for sushi, pizza, sandwiches and salads. $19-24 for other entrees.
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Lots of fantastic options on the menu (including lots of sushi and great pizzas), good service
  • Cons: Like many things at Disney World, it's a little pricey
  • Tips: You can eat here without bowling. Try the turkey club sliders, sushi or 1 of the pizzas.

 


FoodQuest (Quick Service)
FoodQuest

  • Price: $7-9 for meals
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service and snack credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Fun way to sample selections from the 4 Disney theme parks
  • Cons: Limited selection
  • Tips: Be on the lookout for visiting Food Trucks, especially during special events at Disney Springs

 


The Express at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe (Quick Service)

  • Price: $10-15 for most entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service credits (there's also a Table Service restaurant here - see info below on that)
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Good value for Quick Service credit on Disney Dining Plan
  • Cons: Can be pricey if paying out-of-pocket, menu is more limited than it used to be
  • Tips: The Wolfgang Puck Express in the Marketplace section is a much better choice with plenty of seating and better service

 


Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe (Table Service)

  • Price: $15-25 for most entrees at Wolfgang Puck Cafe, $28-40 for most entrees in The Dining Room
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Wolfgang Puck Cafe is 1 Table Service credit; The Dining Room (upstairs) is 2 Table Service credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Often able to get in without a reservation
  • Cons: Inconsistent service, expensive
  • Tips: Try the daily sushi special or 1 of the gourmet pizzas

 


Bongos Cuban Cafe (Table Service)

  • Price: $15-25 for most entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Usually easy to get in to eat here, live music, good drinks
  • Cons: Inconsistent service, food isn't as good as it used to be
  • Tips: There is also a walk-up window option if you'd like to get food to go.

 


Bongos Cuban Cafe Express (Quick Service)

  • Price: $3-$6 for appetizers and sides, $5-15 for sandwiches and entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Many of the favorites from the full-service restaurant available
  • Cons: No seating; only a to-go/take out window
  • Tips: If you are planning on taking food back to your resort ask for items to be placed into a Styrofoam container

 


Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs (Table Service)

  • Price: $12-25 for most entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Often easy to get into, menu to please a wide variety of people, usually good service
  • Cons: Inconsistent food quality, expensive
  • Tips: Ask to sit on the lower level with the live DJ if you want to be in the midst of the fun

 


Starbucks (Quick Service)

  • Price: $4-10 for most drinks, $3-8 for most snacks and small plates
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Beautiful Starbucks location that serves wine in the evenings with unique "Reserve" coffee offerings that aren't available at other Starbucks locations available throughout the day
  • Cons: Can get busy in the evenings
  • Tips:

 


Exposition Park - Food Trucks (Quick Service)

 


Wetzel's Pretzels

  • Price: $5-10 for most entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
  • Link to Menu
  • Pros: Good use of snack credits, although the Blitz and Cheese dog are not counted
  • Cons: Limited selection and no indoor seating
  • Tips: For a sweet, filling treat try the Sinful Cinnamon pretzel

 


Haagen Dazs

  • Price: $5-8 for most treats
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Link to Menu
  • Pros: Well known for high-quality ice cream
  • Cons: Service can be slow and there is a limited selection
  • Tips: Enjoy your ice cream at one of the nearby outdoor tables so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the area

 


WEST SIDE SHOPPING

  • Cirque du Soleil Boutique - selling Curque du Soleil merch at La Nouba
  • Curl by Sammy Duvall - high-end surf shop
  • DisneyQuest Emporium - gift shop in DisneyQuest selling clothing and other merch
  • Pop Gallery - high-end gift items including sculptures and paintings
  • Bongos Cuban Cafe Souvenir and Gift Shop - Latin items such as clothing and music
  • Something Silver - jewelry
  • Sosa Family Cigars - hand-rolled, domestic and imported cigars
  • United World Soccer - soccer apparel and accessories
  • Sunglass Icon - sunglasses and sunglass accessories
  • Disney's Candy Cauldron - show kitchen with lots of sweets available to purchase
  • D Street - Vinylmation Figures, pop culture novelties and apparel
  • Orlando Harley-Davidson - Harley Davidson apparel and gift items
  • Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs Store - gift shop at the Planet Hollywood restaurant selling items such as Hollywood memorabilia and other movie-themed souvenirs
  • Super Hero Headquarters - popular superhero-themed merchandise based on the Marvel franchise
  • House of Blues Company Store - House of Blues merchandise, music themed apparel and folk art
  • Fit2Run, The Runner's Superstore - footwear and complimentary taped gait analysis

Marketplace

Disney Springs Marketplace
This family-friendly area existed as a part of Downtown Disney and will also exist as part of Disney Springs. Several new shops as well as an expansion of The World of Disney store have been added to this popular section as well as a new "Village Causeway" which is a bridge that connects the area around The Lego Store across the water to near The Rainforest Cafe.

These things are part of the Marketplace area:

MARKETPLACE ENTERTAINMENT

Waterside Stage

  • Price: Free
  • Pros: Live entertainment that's free to watch
  • Cons: Seating isn't covered so if you're there during the day, you'll be in the sun
  • Tips: Check the entertainment schedule at http://wdwent.com/ds.htm

 


Marketplace Train Express

  • Price: $2 per child, parents are free
  • Pros: Good for little ones, available at all hours
  • Cons: Small track, older kids probably won't enjoy
  • Tips: In the sun so avoid during hot times of day

 


Marketplace Carousel

  • Price: $2
  • Pros: Can be a good way to entertain little ones in the middle of shopping
  • Cons: Can get busy at night and on weekends
  • Tips: Kids under 42" tall must ride with an adult

 


Now closed: Cap'n Jack's Marina


MARKETPLACE DINING

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop (Quick Service)

  • Price: Most items are $4.95-9.95
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Great use of a snack credit, indoor and outdoor seating available
  • Cons: Often very crowded
  • Tips: Stop by the gift shop to take some of the chocolate home with you

 


Marketplace Snacks (Quick Service)

  • Price: $2.50-9.50
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Easy access to some snack basics
  • Cons: Limited selection
  • Tips: The lemonade slushes are great values on the Disney Dining Plan

 


Earl of Sandwich (Quick Service)

  • Price: $3.99/breakfast, $6.49 lunch/dinner
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service and snack credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Very popular place with lots of fantastic sandwich options
  • Cons: The popularity of this place means lines are often long
  • Tips: Try the Holiday Turkey sandwich which is now available year round

 


Wolfgang Puck Express (Quick Service)

  • Price: $10-16 per entree
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Delicious food, great value on the Disney Dining Plan, good service
  • Cons: Might seem a little expensive for people paying out-of-pocket
  • Tips: If you're ordering pizza, you could feed a family of 4 with 2-3 Quick Service credits here

 


T-Rex Cafe (Table Service)

  • Price: $15-22 for most entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Fun atmosphere for dinosaur lovers
  • Cons: Food is mostly mediocre and on the pricey side
  • Tips: They only release a certain number of seats to the Disney Dining system so call if you're having trouble making a reservation - (407) 828-8739

 


Rainforest Cafe (Table Service)

  • Price: $12.99-30+ for entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Fun atmosphere (though it can sometimes scare little ones)
  • Cons: Usually long waits, mediocre food, expensive if paying out-of-pocket
  • Tips: There are better places to eat at Disney World, especially if you happen to have a Rainforest Cafe near where you live

 


Starbucks (Quick Service)

  • Price: $4-10 for beverages
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: The same Starbucks beverages people love along with some unique food items
  • Cons: Walk-up location only; no seating
  • Tips: If you'd like to enjoy your coffee indoors, head over to the West Side Starbucks location

 


Dockside Margaritas

Refreshing, handcrafted margaritas and cocktails, craft beers and Tropical Florida wine

  • Price: $8-13 for beverages
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snacks
  • Pros: Relaxed vibe with lots of drink choices to suit a variety of guests
  • Cons: Very limited food options
  • Tips: Live entertainment is available beginning at 2:30 p.m. during the weekdays and 12:30 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays

 


Now closed: Cap'n Jack's Restaurant, Pollo Campero, Babycakes NYC and Bodies All-American


MARKETPLACE SHOPPING

  • Dino-Store - Build-a-Dino plus other dinosaur merchandise
  • LEGO Imagination Center - LEGO! Build, shop, have fun
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - located next to Once Upon a Toy, get princess or knight makeovers (easier to get into this location than the one in Cinderella's castle)
  • World of Disney - overwhelming selection of Disney merchandise
  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop - the shop section of the ice cream shop where you can buy chocolates to take home with you
  • Basin - natural bath products (there's also a location at The Grand Floridian)
  • Arribas Brothers - crystals, jewelry, engraved items
  • Rawlings Making the Game - customized baseball bats, balls and gloves
  • Tren-D - my favorite boutique to buy apparel and handbags (including Dooney and Bourke)
  • Once Upon a Toy - huge toy store where you can build your own light saber and Mr. Potato Head
  • Disney's Pin Traders - largest pin trading location at Disney World
  • Mickey's Pantry - Disney home and kitchen products
  • The Spice and Tea Exchange - high-quality spices, teas and related accessories
  • Marketplace Fun Finds - Disney character merch
  • Little MissMatched - fun (and mismatched) accessories like socks, flip flops and more
  • Goofy's Candy Co. - Candy, cookies and slushes (you can also host a birthday party here)
  • Rainforest Cafe Retail Village - gift shop at Rainforest Cafe with jungle-themed clothing and other merch
  • The Art of Disney - Disney paintings, prints, figurines and other art
  • Disney's Wonderful World of Memories - photo albums, frames and related merchandise
  • Disney Design-a-Tee - personalize your own t-shirts
  • Marketplace Co-Op - first-of-its kind retail space featuring unique and one-of-a-kind boutiques
  • Disney's Days of Christmas - Christmas ornaments and other holiday items. Some items can be personalized.

The Landing

Disney Springs The Landing
The area now known as The Landing was formerly called Pleasure Island and used to be a great spot for adults to go to visit really fun places like a comedy club and the super unique Adventurer's Club. Those locations and much of this area were closed within the last few years as Downtown Disney began the transition into Disney Springs.

The Landing now houses several new restaurants with beautiful waterfront views and a handful of new buildings that have been creatively Imagineered to look like they've been there for years.

The Landing includes:

THE LANDING DINING

Cookes of Dublin (Quick Service)

  • Price: Most entrees are $10.95
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service and snack credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Great place to grab fish and chips, great value on the Disney Dining Plan
  • Cons: Service can sometimes be slow, can have long lines at times
  • Tips: If Raglan Road (next to it) has lines that are too long, try to come here and grab something more quickly

 


Paradiso 37 (Table Service)

  • Price: $15.99-27.99
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Mostly Latin food items that appeal to a variety of people
  • Cons: Can be noisy
  • Tips: You can view Characters in Flight from here

 


Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant (Table Service)

  • Price: $15-20 for most entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service
  • Link to menus
  • Pros: Live Irish music and dancers in the evening, good authentic Irish dishes, great service, great value on the Disney Dining Plan
  • Cons: Can be noisy
  • Tips: Try the bread pudding, bangers and mash, and fish 'n' chips

 


Paddlefish (formerly known as Fulton's Crab House) (Table Service)

  • Price: $25-50 for entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 credits
  • Link to menus
  • Pros: Wide variety of seafood and several lounges available for drinks
  • Cons: Can be pricey
  • Tips: Try the rooftop bar for a fantastic view of Disney Springs

 


Portobello Country Italian Trattoria (Table Service)

  • Price: $10-30 for entrees
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Table Service
  • Link to menus
  • Pros: Often easy to get into, accommodating for vegans
  • Cons: Inconsistent food and service (don't get the pizza)
  • Tips: Try the pasta if you eat here

 


Erin McKenna's Bakery

  • Price: $3-5 for individual bakery item
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Snack Credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Gluten-free, vegan bakery by the founder of Babycakes
  • Cons: No dedicated seating and some selections are expensive compared to non gluten-free choices elsewhere
  • Tips: You can order bakery items to be delivered to your hotel for an additional charge

 


The BOATHOUSE (Table Service)boathouse

  • Price: $30-50 per entree
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Credits
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Fun, nautical themed restaurant complete with 3 bars, live music and 3 separate and distinctive dining areas
  • Cons: Pricey
  • Tips: Save time (and money) for a spin on one of the fun Amphicars

 


Jock Lindsey's Hanger Bar (Lounge)Jock Lindsey

  • Price: $10-$12 per small plate
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Fun, aviation/Indiana Jones themed lounge that serves unique cocktails and small plates
  • Cons: Limited food menu
  • Tips: Be sure to save time to check out all of the Indiana Jones touches and details inside!

 


Morimoto Asia (Table Service)Morimoto

  • Price: $20-40 per entree
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes. 1 credit for lunch and 2 for dinner.
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's one-of-a-kind pan-Asian dining experience which includes a fantastic sushi bar plus other Asian favorites
  • Cons: Pricey
  • Tips: Use Open Table to snag a reservation

 


STK Orlando (Table Service))

  • Price: $30-60 per entree
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes. 2 credits.
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: STK Orlando self-describes as a "modern" steakhouse which offers a sleeker style than most traditional steakhouse and even provides the opportunity for dancing as the evening progresses
  • Cons: Pricey
  • Tips: Brunch is served on the weekends

 


Tea Traders Cafe by Joffrey's (Quick Service)

  • Price: $4-10 per glass
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Wide selection of teas including custom blends and adult "spirited" teas
  • Cons: Some of the drinks are pricey and the selection of pastries is limited
  • Tips: If you are craving a tea that isn't represented, Cast Members will do their best to custom blend it for you

 



Vivoli il Gelateria
 (Quick Service)

  • Price: $4-10 per glass
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Link to menu
  • Pros: Wide selection of specialty gelato drinks
  • Cons: Some of the options are pricey and there isn't many options other than gelato
  • Tips: Try one of the creamsicle shakes for a gelato twist on an old favorite

 


THE LANDING SHOPPING

  • Shop for Ireland - authentic Irish items such as apparel and collectibles
  • Apex by Sunglass Huts - sports and active-wear sunglasses
  • Erwin Pearl - New York based shop featuring enamel, precious, and semi-precious fashion jewelry
  • Chapel Hats - vintage-style hat shop
  • Havaianas - flip-flops and unique "create your own" flip-flops
  • Sanuk - fun and funky footwear including sandals all made from sustainable materials
  • The Art of Shaving - premium shaving shop
  • Ships Store at The BOATHOUSE - Nautical themed items including apparel, mugs and boat models
  • The Ganachery - A new chocolate shop featuring hand-crafted chocolates including their signature custom-made ganache
  • Savannah Bee Company - Kiosk offering a wide selection of honey-based beauty products

 


Now closed: Fuego by Sosa Cigars, Cap'n Jack's Restaurant

Town Center

Disney Springs Town Center
Town Center (a new area which was not a part of Disney Springs) is themed after Florida's turn-of-the-century waterfront towns and includes over 30 shops and a variety of dining options.

  • Dining 
    • Sprinkles: Handcrafted cupcakes, slow churned ice cream and homemade cookies
    • Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza: Modern day “pizza joint” known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas made from 40 fresh, artisanal toppings all available for one price and cooked in a blazing hot open-flame oven ready to enjoy in just 180 seconds
    • D-Luxe Burger: Gourmet burgers made from a signature blend of beef, unique toppings and freshly baked buns
    • Frontera Cocina: Contemporary Mexican from the mind of Chef Rick Bayless
    • Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine - A new restaurant by Chef Smith that will feature Southern favorites with a Florida twist
    • Aristocrepes (kiosk) - Kiosk serving both savory and sweet crepes as well as alcoholic beverages including hard sodas
    • B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co. (kiosk) - This Three Little Pigs inspired establishment serves up artisan sausages with gourmet toppings including a Reuben, a Portuguese and a Bavarian sausage
    • The Daily Poutine (kiosk) - The Canadian classic is available here with 4 different toppings options including the classic gravy and cheese curds as well as a Latin, Italian and French options
    • Polite Pig: Wood-fired smoke and grilled items as well as an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap
  • Opening in 2017:
    • Edison:  “Industrial Gothic”-style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination themed to a 1920s-period power plant. In addition to classic American food and cocktails, The Edison will feature nightly entertainment including contortionists, palm readers, DJs and more.
  • Shopping 
    • Zara: Trendy men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories
    • Tommy Bahama: Island-inspired sportswear, denim, and swimwear for men and women
    • Lilly Pulitzer: Clothing and accessories known for its bright, cheery prints
    • UNIQLO: High quality casual clothing retailer for men, women and children
    • PANDORA: Charm bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings, as well as a line of exclusive Disney-themed jewelry
    • UGG: Premium footwear brand offering men’s, women’s and kid’s styles as well as outerwear, home products and accessories
    • L’Occitane en Provence: Skincare and beauty line from Provence, France
    • Edward Beiner: Fashion and high performance eye wear
    • Anthropologie: Unique and eclectic clothing, home furnishings and gift items
    • LACOSTE: Classic apparel, leather goods, fragrances and home goods
    • kate spade new york: Clothing, jewelry, handbags and fragrances all with the hallmark kate spade new york style
    • Sephora: Cosmetic and fragrance super-store home to more than 200 brands including Sephora's own private label of cosmetics
    • Under Armour: 2 stories of everything athletic including clothing, footwear and equipment. Also included will be an interactive experience geared toward young athletes that want to test their skills.
    • MAC Cosmetics: Home to the popular (and fashionable) makeup line
    • Vince Camuto: A lifestyle brand offering a range of innovative and stylish products such as footwear and handbags
    • Vera Bradley: A store designed just for Disney Springs, fans of this unique signature style will find all the classic Vera Bradley prints plus a vast selection of specially-created Disney-themed prints
    • Lucky Brand: Vintage-inspired denim products
    • Oakley: Popular and stylish eye wear
    • World of Coco-Cola: Inspired by a 1920's-era Coca-Cola bottle, this new store will have a selection of Coca-Cola merchandise and a roof-top beverage bar
    • TROPHY ROOM: Founded by the son of Michael Jordan, TROPHY ROOM will feature a boutique style experience focusing on footwear, apparel and memorabilia
    • ALEX and ANI: Popular eco-conscious jewelry and accessories including many that are Disney-themed
    • Na Hoku - Hawaii's Finest Jewelers Since 1924: Hawaiian and island inspired jewelry
    • Shore: Swimwear, everyday wear and exclusive products
    • American Threads: A flagship location offering women's clothing inspired by the free American spirit
    • Volcom: Apparel, outerwear, footwear and accessories based around the board-sports lifestyle
    • Kipling: International accessories and ultra-functional handbags, backpacks and luggage
    • francesca's: Unique clothing and accessories in limited quantities that changes daily
    • Melissa Shoes: Innovative and stylish plastic "jelly" shoes
    • UNOde50: Unique and hand-crafted jewelry
    • Johnston & Murphy: High-quality footwear and apparel in a modern-classic style
    • Everything But Water: Extensive collection of designer swimwear, resortwear and accessories
    • Free People: Causual women's apparel, intimates, shoes, accessories, activewear and gifts
    • JOHNNY WAS: Bohemian inspired jewelry, books and gifts as well as a signature line of silk scarves, dresses and tunics
    • Columbia: Popular sporting goods brand that includes clothing and outdoor accessories and equipment
    • Sperry: Home of the very popular boat shoe
    • Luxury of Time by Diamonds International: Watches and fine jewelry
    • Amorette's Patisserie: Celebrating the fine art of pastry making with custom cakes (available for immediate purchase or pre-order), pastries, champagne and more
    • Levi's: All the classic denim you love plus an onsite tailor shop offering embroidery, tailoring, hemming, and repairs
    • Sugarboo & Co: Fanciful goods, gifts, fine art and paper products
    • Superdry: High-quality wardrobe staples like jackets, knits, leather goods and leisurewear
    • TUMI: Premium travel accessories including luggage, bags and acessories
    • D-Living: Seasonal home decorations

Live entertainment options available in Disney Springs

I noted many live entertainment options in the descriptions above, but I thought I'd list them all in 1 section as well.

Here are some live entertainment options you can expect to see in Disney Springs:

  • House of Blues has live shows. You can check the schedule for that at http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/searchresults.php?venue=Orlando
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes has live music playing most nights at the outside bar
  • Bongos Cuban Cafe has live music in the evenings Wednesday - Saturday
  • Planet Hollywood has a floor with a live DJ
  • The Waterside Stage often has shows going on, including the daily DJ Kids Dance Party that takes place in the evenings
  • Raglan Road has Irish music and dancers appear daily beginning at 4 p.m. (except Sunday when they appear from noon to 4 p.m. and then again at 7 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.)
  • Paradiso 37 has daily entertainment in the evenings
  • The Crossroads at House of Blues restaurant has The Front Porch Bar Musician appearing every evening
  • House of Blues has a Gospel Brunch at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Sunday
  • Crossroad at House of Blues has the Blues Kitchen late on Friday and Saturday nights
  • The AMC Ring Stage near Planet Hollywood has live music every evening and on Sunday afternoon
  • There's live music every evening on the West Side lawn
  • The Living Statues appear near DisneyQuest every evening

You can always check all live entertainment options and times at http://wdwent.com/ds.htm

Disney Springs/Downtown Disney hotels

There are 7 hotels in the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney area that all have some things in common:

  • They all have shuttles that run to the theme parks every 30 minutes (but the shuttles make several stops so it can take awhile)
  • These resorts are all considered off-site resorts and don't have access to on-site benefits like Magical Express. Guests of 1 of the resorts do get to attend Extra Magic Hours and I've noted that below.
  • Many hotels give guests the opportunity to have more space than Disney World resorts
  • Since most of these hotels are part of chains, people wanting to use points can use those for Disney World trips
  • Some of the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney hotels are within walking distance of Disney Springs/Downtown Disney (noted below in the descriptions)
  • There are often extra fees charged to guests that aren't included in the nightly fee. For the ones that I'm aware of, I've noted those below.
  • Many of these resorts are options you can get on Priceline. Where applicable, I've noted those below. Just remember that you aren't guaranteed any particular hotel when you bid but you might end up with 1 of these hotels as they are often options.
  • If you want to get from 1 of the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney resorts to a Disney resort, it might make sense to walk to Disney Springs/Downtown Disney and take transportation from there but be aware that there are no buses that go from Disney Springs/Downtown Disney to the theme parks

Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel

  • Pros: Affordable, each room has a balcony, free parking
  • Cons: Outdated
  • Tips: You can often get this hotel for $50 on Priceline by bidding in the 3 star category in the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney area

 


Doubletree Guest Suites in the Walt Disney World Resort

  • Pros: Only all-suite hotel on Disney property, newer property, free warm chocolate chip cookies, can walk to Disney Springs/Downtown Disney
  • Cons: Parking fee ($15/day)
  • Tips: Available on Priceline in the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney area in the 3.5 star hotel category, request a room that's not on the side with the highway

 


Hilton Orlando Resort Lake Buena Vista
Hilton Downtown Disney

  • Pros: Closest location to Disney Springs/Downtown Disney, the only Disney Springs/Downtown Disney hotel that can use Extra Magic Hours, suites available, Disney character breakfasts on Sundays
  • Cons: $22/day resort fee and $14/day for parking, somewhat outdated
  • Tips: This is 1 of the hotels you can win on Priceline if you bid in the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney area in the 4 star category

 


Holiday Inn in the Walt Disney World Resort
Holiday Inn Downtown Disney

  • Pros: Free wifi, clean, updated, within walking distance of Disney Springs/Downtown Disney, great buffet breakfast
  • Cons: Hard to find anything negative to say about this resort but there is a $12.95/day resort fee (no additional charge for parking)
  • Tips: Can bid on this hotel in the 3.5 star resort category in the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney area on Priceline, you can pay extra for a Disney view and possibly see all 3 of the nighttime shows from your room

 


Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa
Buena Vista Downtown Disney

  • Pros: Newly renovated, free parking, can walk to Disney Springs/Downtown Disney
  • Cons: $21.95 daily resort fee, unreliable wifi
  • Tips: In the 4 star category for Disney Springs/Downtown Disney area resorts on Priceline, ask for a room overlooking the lake for a better view

 


B Resort
The B Resort Downtown Disney

  • Pros: New in 2014, bunk beds in some rooms, kitchenettes in some rooms, free wifi, suites available
  • Cons: $20/day resort fee, $16/day parking fee
  • Tips: You can bid for this hotel on Priceline in the 3 star category in the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney area

 


Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
Wyndham Downtown Disney

  • Pros: Within walking distance of Disney Springs/Downtown Disney, affordable
  • Cons: $18/day resort fee, outdated
  • Tips: You can bid for this hotel on Priceline in the 3.5 star category in the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney area, request a room in the tower facing Disney Springs/Downtown Disney

Transportation to Disney Springs

There are a few ways to get to Disney Springs.

Buses
Buses run between Disney Springs and Disney resorts, and they also run from the theme parks to Disney Springs after 4 p.m., they don't run from Disney Springs to the parks.

Boat
You can take a boat from Saratoga Springs and Old Key West to docks on both the West Side and The Landing of Disney Springs.

You can take a boat from Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans Riverside to the Marketplace dock in Disney Springs.

There are also boats that operate within Disney Springs to take you between all three Disney Springs boat docks located at the West Side, The Landing and the Marketplace.

Car
You can drive to Disney Springs and park for free. Due to construction, parking lots H, I, J and K are closed (these are the lots near Planet Hollywood and DisneyQuest). There are also internal roads and exits in the same area that have been closed.

As part of the transformation to Disney Springs, two new parking garages have been built. Both garages are free to use and are conveniently located. For easiest access to the West Side and the west ends of both the Town Center and The Landing, the Orange Garage is closest. For all of the Marketplace and the shops and restaurants located at the east end of the Town Center and The Landing the Lime Garage is closest. If you plan to explore all of Disney Springs either garage would work.

Fitting Disney Springs into a trip plan

When you're putting your trip plan together, I recommend visiting Disney Springs only if you have a trip that's 4 days in length or longer.

It's pretty typical for guests to pair a visit to Disney Springs with a half-day at either Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios, since both of those parks may not require a full day.

It would also make sense to visit Disney Springs on a rest day (which is what we normally do) or on arrival day if you want to do something but don't want to buy park tickets to use for your first day.

Most people visit Disney Springs in the evening due to cooler temps and more events taking place. If you do visit in the evening, just be aware that there will be more crowds but avoiding the brutal daytime heat (especially in the summer) might make that worth it.

If you plan to visit places like DisneyQuest, showing up earlier will help you avoid the peak crowds there so it might make sense to visit in the daytime for that reason.

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So, what do you think? Will you be adding some time at Disney Springsy in to your trip? Or do you have questions that I didn't address here?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Angela

I thought Morimoto Asia was now a 2 credit option on the dining plan?

Lizma

Excellent post… Love all the detailed information given!! Thanks, and Definitely will give it a try!!!

Angie Hart

Excellent post! Keep up the good work!

Jane

This is very informative. I have a 4-day trip planned and staying across from Seaworld Orlando but want to fit this into our plans because we have teenagers who might enjoy live entertainment and places to eat. Would it be better to take a taxi to Disney Springs or rent a car? Shuttles are available from our hotel to the theme parks but not sure whether there is a stop at Disney Springs.

Heather

Does anyone know if you can meet the Dinsney characters at Disney Springs? I have heard they have them walking around for meet and greets and wanted to see if this was true. We arrive late afternoon and I want to plan something to do in the evening so we don’t just waste the day once we get down there. Thanks so much for the help

jennifer hill

Thanks so much for all the details….great information!

Karen Nobbs

The link to the map of Disney Springs doesn’t work.

Heidi Embrey

My entire family and I love TRex and Rain Forest Cafe. We eat at one or the other every time we go to Downtown Disney. Absolutely love their food, and have even looked up the dupes for some of their stuff so we can make them ourselves at home, like their chimichachas. Really really love those two. And Earl of Sandwich, The Full Monty is the best sandwich there omg, so good 🙂 I don’t like all the new (not at all Disney themed) stores and restaurants, the floating cars/new theme, or the new name Disney Springs. Also don’t like that they’re replacing Disney Quest with some NBA thing? They’re ruining Downtown Disney imho. Not happy 🙁

Dan

Can I buy theme park tickets/passes anywhere at Disney Springs?

kristen pascoe

Is the PDF map on this article accurate and the most recent? I was looking on another site and found a map with a lot more on it and a different Disney Resorts Bus drop off area… can someone confirm this is the most recent map or is it outdated? Thanks!

Huge fan of the podcast

Patricia Parsons

I am diabetic and was wondering if they have sugar free candy or meals for diabetics.

Michele

“There are bus stops on the West Side and Marketplace side so be sure you know which section you’d like to be close to when you get off the bus.”

I thought this recently changed and now there is only one stop somewhere in DS.

marc

hello,
Can you park at Disney Springs in the garage for free then take DW transportation to parks/DW hotels?

Murray Barber

Wow! What an amazing job! The time and effort you put into this are greatly appreciated!
My wife and I are here without children for the first time in 28 years and are heading into Disney Springs today. Needless to say,me have a great list of shops and restaurants we now want to visit, I’ll add more comments tonight (maybe tomorrow, lol) once we get back to our resort-we are staying off Disney property in Orlando, so the drive in is a nice short one.

Thank you once again for all your efforts,
Murray

Elizabeth Anderson

I’m doing a kid-free, no-park solo trip next no month and I’m definitely planning on spending time at DS, especially since I’m staying at OKW and can take the boat. Thanks for the info!

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