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  • Cons: Outdated, easy to get motion sickness on some games (my daughter and I left from getting so nauseous from Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride), can be super busy on rainy days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 restaurants and 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)

  • 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

  • Bongos Cuban Cafe™ Souvenier and Gift Shop - Fun, cuban inspired keepsakes including CDs autographed by Gloria Estefan
  • Build-A-Dino® by Build-A-Bear Workshop® at T-REX™ - Dinosaur version of the popular Build-A-Bear workshop
  • Curl® by Sammy Duvall - Sammy Duvall themed swimwear apparel and surf, ski, and skate gear
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron - Gourmet treats, some with a Disney theme
  • Fit2Run - Custom fit athletic footwear
  • House of Blues Gear Shop - Exclusive House of Blues themed clothing, glassware, hot sauces, collectibles, and art
  • Memory Lanes - Bowling-themed apparel, socks, and souvenirs
  • Orlando Harley-Davidson® - Harely-Davidson®-themed shirts, gifts, and collectables
  • Pelé Soccer - Unique soccer gear & cleats, and official club soccer jerseys from around the world
  • Pop Gallery - Modern art gallery
  • Something Silver® - Eclectic jewelry boutique
  • Sosa Family Cigars - Hand-rolled, long-leaf cigars
  • Star Wars Galactic Outpost™ - Star Wars-themed toys, apparel, and collectibles
  • Sunglass Icon® - Designer shades and sunglasses


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 restaurants and 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

  • The Art of Disney - Disney art including framed prints and figurines. Frequently hosts Disney artists for signings.
  • Basin - All-natural bath, body, and hair care shop and home to the famous “bath bombs”
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - Magical makeovers for young princesses and knights; reservations recommended
  • Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers - Disney-themed porcelain giftware and lead crystal glassware
  • Dino-Store at T-REX™ - Dinosaur toys and apparel
  • Disney Design-a-Tee - Customizable tee-shirt shop with over 400 images to choose from
  • Disney PhotoPass® Service Studio - Fun PhotoPass studio that lets you take pictures with a variety of backdrops
  • Disney’s Days of Christmas - Customizable ornaments, stockings, and Disney-themed holiday decor
  • Disney’s Pin Traders - Collectible Disney pins
  • Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories - Personalized Disney-themed items including hats, leather goods, souvenirs, and seasonal merchandise
  • Face Painting by Enjoy Your Face - Face painting kiosk/booth
  • Ghiradelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop - Chocolate, ice cream, and fountain treats
  • Goofy’s Candy Company - Cake pops, candy apples, flavored popcorn, and other candy treats
  • Happy Hound - Custom collars, tags, outfits, toys, and more for your favorite pooch
  • Initial Rings - Kiosk with artisan carved metal rings
  • Lefty’s - The Left Hand Store - Practical products and novelty gifts for left-handed people
  • The LEGO® Store - Huge Lego store
  • LittleMissMatched™ - Popular Tween store with unique and zany clothing
  • Marketplace Co-Op - Cherry Tree Lane - Fun accessories
  • Marketplace Co-Op - Disney Centerpiece - Disney-themed room furnishings and everyday-ware
  • Marketplace Co-Op - Disney TAG  - Retro-modern travel accessories and gear
  • Marketplace Co-Op - D-Tech on Demand - Personalized phone cases and chargers with a Disney flare
  • Marketplace Co-Op - WonderGround Gallery - Limited-edition Disney artwork and merchandise
  • Mickey’s Pantry - Disney-themed kitchen products
  • Once Upon a Toy - Toys, both classic and new
  • Pearl Factory - Disney Springs Marketplace - Pick-a-pearl kiosk
  • Rainforest Cafe® Retail Village at Disney Springs - Rainforest Cafe-themed apparel and colorful souvenirs
  • Silhouette Portraits - Kiosk/booth where a Disney artist can handcut an old-fashioned silhouette portrait
  • The Spice & Tea Exchange® - Gourmet spices, teas, herbs, sea salt, sugars, and more
  • Star Wars™ Trading Post - Star Wars™-themed games, apparel, and build-you-own lightsaber station
  • Tren-D - Stylish Disney-themed apparel
  • World of Disney - World’s largest Disney character store
  • ZARA - Clothing and accessories for women, men, and kids

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 restaurants and 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

  • Art of Shaving - High-end grooming essentials for men. Haircuts and shaves are also available here.
  • The BOATHOUSE BOATIQUE® - Nautical themed gifts, jewelry, and apparel
  • Chapel Hats - Every kind of headwear you can imagine including both adults and kid sizes
  • Erwin Pearl - Unique, handcrafted fashion jewelry
  • eyCatchers - Kiosk location selling decorative wind spinners
  • Filthy Rich - Kiosk/booth with celebrity-inspired jewelry and accessories
  • The Ganachery - Gourmet chocolates
  • Havaianas - Flip-flops and sandals for every occasion
  • Sanuk - Creatively designed footwear constructed from non-traditional materials like yoga mats
  • Savannah Bee Company - Eco-friendly honeybee-inspired gifts
  • Shop for Ireland - Irish-themed gifts
  • Sublime Gifts and Finds - Candles, ceramics, and other treasures for the home
  • Swings N’ Things - The Hammock Experts - Kiosk/booth with high-quality hammocks and porch swings

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.

Town Center restaurants and 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.

Town Center shopping

  • Alex and Ani® - Jewelry, including rings, earrings, and popular Disney themed bangles
  • American Threads - Trendy clothes with a bohemian vibe
  • Anthropologie - Fun collection of clothing, gifts, and home decor
  • Coca-Cola Store - Exclusive Coca-Cola merchandise. You can also meet the Coca-Cola bear here.
  • Columbia Sportswear - Columbia branded clothing and accessories
  • D-Living - Trendy Disney-themed apparel and accessories
  • Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear - Prescription eyeglasses and shades
  • Everything But Water - Women’s designer swimwear, resort wear, and accessories
  • francesca’s® - Trendy clothing, baubles, and gifts
  • Free People - Bohemian-style clothing and accessories
  • JOHNNY WAS - Bohemian-styled dresses, scarves, and more
  • Johnston & Murphy - Classic men’s and women’s footwear, apparel, and accessories
  • kate spade new york - Jewelry, shoes, decor, and gifts
  • Kiehl’s Since 1851 - High-quality skin-care and hair-care products
  • Kipling - Colorful array of accessories and carryalls
  • LACOSTE - Home of the iconic crocodile shirts and fashion for men, women, and children
  • Levi’s - Classic denim and the latest denim trends
  • Lilly Pulitzer - Boutique full of playful prints on apparel, accessories, and decor
  • L’Occitane en Provence - French-inspired apothecary with all-natural beauty products and essential oils
  • Lucky Brand - Everyday apparel with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude for men and women
  • MAC Cosmetics - Assortment of easy-to-use beauty products
  • Melissa Shoes - Avant-Garde footwear made from eco-friendly hypoallergenic materials
  • Na Hoku - Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924 - Hawaii’s exquisite island-inspired jewelry featuring Tahitian pearls, diamonds, and colored gemstones
  • Oakley - High-performance apparel and eyewear shop
  • Origins - Botanical based skin-care products
  • Pandora® - Jewelry, necklaces and charms with an exclusive mother-daughter bracelet building station
  • Sephora - Huge store with cosmetics, fragrances, and skincare products
  • Shore - Lifestyle essentials for men, women, and kids, including swimwear and t-shirts
  • Sperry - Apparel, accessories, and footwear
  • Stance - Cool and trendsetting socks
  • The Store at Planet Hollywood Observatory - Planet Hollywood branded souvenirs and mementos
  • Sugarboo & Co - Whimsical treasures, handmade jewelry, decor, and toys
  • Superdry - Hoodies, t-shirts, jackets, and flip-flops composed of a unique blend of vintage Americana and Japanese-inspired graphics
  • Tommy Bahama - Men & women’s apparel, footwear, jewelry, accessories, and home decor
  • Trophy Room - Sneakers, exclusive merchandise, and authentic memorabilia founded by Marcus Jordan
  • TUMI - Beautifully crafted luggage, backpacks, briefcases, and accessories
  • UGG - Shoes, loungewear, handbags, accessories, and home goods
  • Under Armour Brand House - Athletic apparel, footwear, and fitness devices
  • UNIQLO - High-quality, stylish essentials for men, women, kids, and infants
  • UNOde50 - Handcrafted jewelry for men and women
  • Vera Bradley - Purses, bags, and accessories
  • Volcom - Clothing and gear for skateboarders, snowboarders, and surfers

Disney Springs Star Wars merchandise and attractions

Star Wars Galactic Outpost

Located at the West Side area of Disney Springs, the Star Wars Galactic Outpost is a handy shop filled with some of the most popular Star Wars clothing, toys, and collectibles.

Star Wars merchandise at Disney World

Star Wars Trading Post

This Star Wars themed shop is located in the Market Place area of Disney Springs. Apparel, accessories, toys and Star Wars plush items are all available here.

Star Wars Trading Post in Disney Springs


Coming soon - Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Later in 2017, guests visiting Disney Springs will be able to experience Star Wars like never before. Using the magic of virtual reality, guests will find themselves immersed in the world of their favorite movies as they don't just watch the story unfold - they become a part of it.Star Wars Secrets of the Empire at Disney Springs

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 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.

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.

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.


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


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!


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.


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 🙁


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.


“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.


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,

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!


Wow what a great summary!.,

Would you know if any of these restaurants accept the KidsDineforFree Card and or Florida eat and play card?

Thank you!!

Paul Garrett

Please clarify. If I take shuttle from Marriott to Disney, is there a fee to visit Disney Springs?

Delilah Lunn

my wife was requiring PA Form 09-711 several days ago and located an online platform that hosts a searchable forms database . If you are looking for PA Form 09-711 also , here’s a http://goo.gl/1AzxNX

Kelly Thompson

How can I find out which locations in Disney Springs accept Disney gift cards as payment?


Great article – couldn’t find much on the web listing everything that will be there when completed. Thanks for all the info!

Amazed at how much effort is put into your articles.
Great help for us Who need accurate info and tips. Lots of info which can be read non-stop eventhough it was a long article.
Thanks a lot! We’ll take into consideration your comments and advise!

Brenda Cavanaugh

Just wondering if anyone with kids has attended the DJ Kids Dance Party in Disney Springs. It sounds like fun but if it’s not worth it then I want to spend my time doing other things. Any input, please?


The dance party is out in the open and you can’t help but stop and watch as you are walking by. Most adults are also doing the dance moves. Dances like Macarana (sp?) and other group dances are taught in little sections and then put together. It is extremely fun (& I don’t have kids)

Deb Guy

On our recent trip to Disney Springs, we ate at Cooke’s of Dublin (quick-service dining), looking for a gluten-free meal that I could enjoy. Wow, I felt like I was in gluten-free heaven! I ordered fish and chips (french fries). The woman who took my order told me they also had GF onion rings. What!?! Onion rings??? I have not eaten onion rings in over four years, so I definitely went with them instead of the fries. Well, they accidentally brought me fries, so I was able to keep them, plus got the onion rings. We also had their Zucchini Cupcakes for dessert. The meal was amazing! It was probably more grease than I have eaten in the past year, but I enjoyed every bite. I highly recommend Cooke’s of Dublin. (Raglan Road is an affiliated full-service restaurant right around the corner and also has GF foods on the menu, although I have not eaten there.) This is a must-do for anyone who is gluten intolerant!


I typed Disney Springs parking into the search box but only the entire post on Disney springs along with other articles listed. I cannot find any mention on where to park for visiting Disney Springs and we have dinner reservations.
We are very familiar with the old Downtown Disney area however on a recent drive by wondered what the parking options are and best place to access them.
Thank you

Jason Van Horne

With Disney Springs has come two new, fully automated, free parking garages. The Orange garage has an entrance right off of I-4 (Disney Springs, EPCOT exit) and could not be any easier than it is! Long gone are the days of insane traffic and spending what feels like forever to park your car. The garage has sensors (which work for most cars, although some motorcycles and smaller vehicles can throw it off) which tells you how many free spaces are open, where and has a green light above the free space.

You can still opt for valet parking, which is also available from the same ramp as the direct access into the garage.

The orange garage brings you out right next to AMC Theater on the dining side.

They’ve done a wonderful job on making Disney Springs more of a ‘destination’ and take special note of the odd suspended platforms that run throughout the area, at scheduled intervals… anyone has the suspicion it is a future monorail plan? 🙂

Enjoy your next visit!

Catherine Wilson

Can handicapped people be dropped off in the marketplace bus drop off?


We are going on our first Disney trip in 2 weeks and have gathered alot of information from your site….thanks!

My question is in regards to the locations you listed as Quick Service. I just printed the new 2016 Quick Service Dining Guide and it only lists 3 restaurants (FoodQuest, Food Trucks, and Marketplace Snacks). You have several more listed in your post which as of today is less than a month old. Can I assume there were several changes to the available locations beginning in 2016?

Thomas F. or Linda C. Moore

I have a wheel chair pass. What is the cost of parking at Disney Springs Castle Parking?
Is there a downtown bus to take you to each park & what is the cost?
We are not staying on Disney property, can we get those wristband? the cost?
How are they used? What is the cost

penney lewis

We are planning to go soon; is the construction pretty much done ?
Can someone give the latest updates on it, please 🙂

Just Another CM

Just for all of those that want to go to Disney Springs (DTD), there is no parking at the market place side of it, there is however a water taxi (free) that would take you from the west side to the landing (pleasure island) and the market place (in that order), and can also take you from the market place to the west side without stop. Mon to Fri after 5pm guest can park across disney springs and those parking are casting and team disney and can also park there Sat and Sun all day.
but you are better off parking in the orange garage and walt to your destination.
Wheelchairs can be adquired at the first floor of disney quest(until they close) and at the marketplace right between coop and once upon a toy. Due to construction some of the roads are right turn only and no u turns. Disney Springs is around 1.3 miles so be ready to walk.
The second garage should be done by May (if everything goes as planned)
and all the parking lots are now named by fruits.
Strawberry (OPQ)
Grapefruit (LM)
Mango (Valet Lot)
and still to come Lemon parking lot and Lime Garage.

Just Another CM

Forgot to add, if you decide to park in the Orange Garage. The entrance to Disney Springs from it is at the second floor.

Is there anyway to find out what the walking distance from the west side entrance is to the raglan road pub?


The 7 hotels mentioned above are all offsite hotels with not much benefit as extra magic hours etc but old key west (can take a boat to Disney springs) and saratoga springs (can walk via a bridge or take a boat to Disney springs) was not mentioned but includes all wdw guest benefits?


Old Key West and Saratoga Springs are onsite Disney Resorts. I think the writer was talking about non Disney resorts.

missy washburn

FYI. Disneyquest will be closing in 2016 to make way for the NBA Experience and restaurant.


I’ve dined at several of the table service locations you’ve covered with your Pro and Con quick reviews. I have to say that if I listened to reviews like this, I would’ve missed out on several pleasurable dining experiences; both in regards to food and service. Two, especially, come to mind that you’ve labeled as having inconsistent food and service; Crossroads at House of Blues, being one, and the other, Portobello Country Italian. At both restaurants, on multiple visits, the food was outstanding, and the service spot on. Clearly these dining reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. As in the old saying, “One person’s meat, is another’s poison.”


Readers should know that there is a Dino “dig site” at TRex that is very similar to Dinoland in Animal Kingdom. We weren’t able to get reservations at TRex, but the hour walk-up wait was no problem because my boys were so busy digging! Adults were happy to grab drinks at the bar while we waited, and it ended up being a fun experience, no reservations required.


I was happy to see TREX was a Landrys restaurant as we have their Loyalty club card and were ushered to front of the walkin line despite not having reservations! If you’re Landrys Select members be sure to take your card! Also helped at the Asian sit down restaurant in Animsl Kingdom, can’t remember the name right now…


Yak & Yeti

Michael Rivera

When will the Downtown Disney signs be replaced by Disney Springs signs (especially the highway signs)? Thanks.

Todd Ervin

I drove in today and the signs were changed.


I just want to say: Thank you, for this perfect guide to Downtown Disney, I really needed something like this.

Amy Rivers

Does the stores in downtown Disney take Disney gift cards ? Thanks for all the info, great site !


Quick silly question.1st time visit 13-25 September 2015.Staying at Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Orlando – Lake Buena Vista. Does shuttle bus service have to pass downtown Disney on route to the 4 theme parks or is it a different route. I have heard traffic is bad and have been told to rather stay on site.

Any advice /comments on hotel etc will be appreciated


I have been staying in Central Florida this Winter and visited Downtown many times. Once I heard there was a train and Lego store I knew it would be a great place for my 3 and 1 yr old. The construction is annoying, missing the “polished” look of Disney but I think it will be worth it once completed. Since our first visit in Feb 2015 there have been improvements and things look better everytime we go. Recently saw added outdoor tables and benches in The Marketplace along with more snack kiosks.


Very helpful and informative. Thank you so much!! Thanks to this article, we were able to get a reservation at T-Rex Cafe, which my kids are so looking forward to.

Candie Deatherage

I have been collecting WDW advice for 2 years and my daughter and I are taking her 11 and 6 year olds this summer. Your posts are my absolute favorite. I love how you present the information and meets my needs exactly. Thanks for all your work. It’s made my planning much easier!


Thank you!


I highly recommend Downtown Disney, especially at night. My daughter could not get enough of the music they played, she danced the night away. My wife and myself were very surprised of all the shops they had. We needed a whole day there; it was fun and cannot wait to go back and see the new stuff.


I stayed at the B Hotel in October 2014. I hated the size of refrigerator, it’s tiny. The music at the pool extremely loud. Other than those issues, I will stay there again.

This helped so much! Thank you!


Am planning a to come up for the evening in Dec. is it decorated nicely for Christmas?


Downtown Disney is currently a disgrace! It’s impossible to park. The signs are confusing or Nonexistent. There are few people to help. Awful. Don’t go until construction is done.


I agree wait till construction is done. We went there on our last vacation and ate at the T-rex. It was so crowded we could not walk around, everything was boarded up due to construction, traffic was hard to get around, parking garage great but so far away from the area we wanted to be in, we ended up cutting through the irish pub eating area to get through. Our experience at T-rex was great. The experience getting there and getting out horrible and didn’t even get to do my usually shopping because of the crowds and construction. We will wait to go back when construction is complete.


I agree with Lou. We went last Wednesday 12/31/2014. It is a mess there. Most everything is walled up. Character Flight was canceled due to 15 mph winds. Had reservations at Fulton’s for lunch and we were told the regular menu was all that was available during the holidays. Some guests walked out. Guess they were wanting a Po-Boy sandwich. My daughter and I ordered a crab cake that tasted more like a tuna cake. Did enjoy a caramel apple from Candy Cauldron.


Awesome review Shannon. We love strolling around DTD and just grabbing a snack or a drink and people watching. We will be happy when the construction is completed as it has added to the congestion, but we know it’s a necessary inconvenience to make things better (short term pain for long term gain). I was just wondering if you know if Disney is going to charge for parking when the new garages are completed ? It’s so nice to have a place at WDW that you can go and NOT pay for parking and we sometimes just go for an evening stroll.


No charge for parking in the garages. In the Orange garage, go for level 2 if you can as that’s where you cross the street. Very simple either way.


oh I would love for Adventurers Club to come back! Planning on eating at Raglan Road (have ADR) on our arrival day. And the number one thing my (8 year old) son wants to do is Build a Light Saber. Have been trying to get him excited about trip for months and this is the ONE thing he always says he wants to do! (his first trip)


When are the crowds at a lower level? I understand it’s packed every night but what time does it start to get crowded? 3? 4? 5? 6?

Sharon R

I can’t wait for the changes to be complete! It looks like it’s going to be awesome!

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