Complete guide to Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney)

(Article last updated: February 18, 2018)

Disney Springs has been undergoing a million changes the last few years as many parts have been transformed and lots of things added, so it's overwhelming to figure out what to do once you get there.

If you can get a good feel for the options available, you can map out your Disney Springs time.

This complete guide to Disney Springs should come in handy to help you make the most of your experience.

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 and while the recent Disney Springs construction was lengthy, the end result was well worth it.

Disney Springs is divided into 4 main areas, each with its own unique style, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment offerings.

Download a map of Disney Springs

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West Side

This area was part of Downtown Disney and also a part of Disney Springs. The newly re-imagined West Side has a more industrial aspect to it and includes several popular restaurants and entertainment offerings including a bowling alley and movie theater.

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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 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.

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Town Center

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

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This family-friendly area (which existed as a part of Downtown Disney) is home to many of the most popular shops at Disney Springs.

With the transition, an expansion of The World of Disney store has been completed to this section as well as a new "Village Causeway" which is a bridge that connects the area around The Lego Store across the water to nearby The Rainforest Cafe.

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Planning your time in Disney Springs

Fitting Disney Springs into a trip plan

When you're putting your trip plan together, we 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 one of the other parks or even on a rest or non-park day.

Another popular day to visit Disney Springs is on your arrival or departure 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.

Suggested touring plan for Disney Springs

The parks have touring plans, so why not Disney Springs? There's SO much to do that it might be helpful to have your options narrowed down.

Here's 1 way to spend a fun evening in Disney Springs.

  • Make an early dinner reservation at a fun restaurant like Planet Hollywood (has become a fave since it reopened, and it's conveniently located right by the Disney World bus stop) or T-Rex Cafe. Traveling with older kids or adults? Consider a reservation at The Boathouse.
  • Head to the Lego Store which is fun to look at even if you don't buy.
  • Look for the Living Statues who appear in the evenings in this area (check the schedule before your trip to verify.)
  • Do some souvenir shopping at World of Disney (warning: this place is huge and under refurbishment in 2018!).
  • Visit the PhotoPass Studio to get some pics taken that can be added to your PhotoPass account. Have Memory Maker or an Annual Pass? The pics are included!
  • Drop by the Ghirardelli shop for a free sample of chocolate.
  • Have little ones? Take a ride on the Marketplace Train (get details in the info below) and stop in the Once Upon a Toy shop.
  • Don't have little ones? Stop by the Marketplace Co-Op (best place to shop in Disney Springs) instead.
  • Customize a treat at Goofy's Candy Company. Pick your treat (apples, gingerbread cookies, marshmallows, or Rice Krispies) and then choose your toppings. It's a snack credit if you're on the Disney Dining Plan too!
  • Walk the Marketplace bridge to get back toward the middle of Disney Springs.
  • Want cute but inexpensive Disney shirts? Head into Uniqlo to shop.
  • Stop by the Coca-Cola Store before heading out. Meet the Coca-Cola Bear on the second floor (pic can be added to your PhotoPass account), and then head to the top for a rooftop view of Disney Springs. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic treats are available, but no purchase is required to visit this area.

Guide to Disney Springs transportation

There are a few ways to get to Disney Springs:

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., however they do not run from Disney Springs to the parks.

Disney buses drop off in 1 central location near the Coca-Cola Store and in between the the Orange Garage (to the west) and the Lime Garage (to the east).

Disney Springs boats

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 & parking garage information

You can drive to Disney Springs and park for free or you can valet part for $20.

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. Some of the more popular destinations that are closest to the Orange Garage are:

  • AMC Theater
  • Coca-Cola Store
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Splitsville
  • La Nouba (closing at the end of 2017)
  • Aerophile (formerly Characters in Flight)

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. Some of the more popular destinations that are closest to the Lime Garage are:

  • World of Disney
  • Lego Store
  • T-Rex Cafe
  • Disney Marketplace Co-Op

If you plan to explore all of Disney Springs, either garage would work.

Using an Uber or taxi at Disney Springs

Taking an Uber or taxi are also good options. There are designated drop-off and pick up locations for taxis located at the far west side of Disney Springs (near La Nouba) and at the east side near World of Disney.

Shopping at Disney Springs

Shop hands free! At participating Disney Springs locations, you can request that purchased items be taken to the Disney Springs Welcome Center. You'll be given a tag to retrieve your items by 11 p.m., allowing you to shop without worrying about your bags.

West Side shops

  • Bongos Cuban Cafe™ Souvenir 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

The Landing shops

  • 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

Town Center shops

  • 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
  • Ever After Jewelry Co. - Fine Disney jewelry and fashion 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

Marketplace shops

  • 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
  • Ghirardelli® 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
  • 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
  • Marketplace Co-Op - Bowes Signature Candles - chemical free candles made with essential oils
  • 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 (Under refurbishment in 2018. While construction is underway, some of the inventory will be relocated to a shop called The Disney Corner across from the Polite Pig in the Town Center section of Disney Springs.)
  • ZARA - Clothing and accessories for women, men, and kids

Disney Springs restaurants and dining

Disney Springs is home to over 40 different restaurants and quick service locations.

You'll find restaurants to fit nearly every taste and budget and most are also available on the Disney Dining Plan, making dining at Disney Springs a good option for anybody planning on visiting.

Check out our guide to Disney Springs restaurants and dining to learn all about the options you'll find there.

Disney Springs entertainment offerings

Be sure to check the WDWent site for times if you're interested in any of the scheduled items below.

Town Center

Springs Overlook

Charming outdoor venue which often has live music.

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Tips: Check the entertainment schedule at


Marketplace Stage

Open-air venue along Lake Buena Vista where special events, activities, and live performances take place every day and night.

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Marketplace Train

A small-scale train that can be a great distraction for children bored with shopping. $3/ride or $5 for 2 rides. Children under 48" must be accompanied by an adult; however, the adult does not have to pay.

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Tips: In the direct sun so avoid during hot times of day.

Marketplace Carousel

Charming Venetian carousel in the heart of Disney Springs Marketplace. Cost is $3/person and guests of all ages may ride. Guests under 42 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult (who is not required to pay).

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Tips: Can get busy at night and on weekends.

The Landing

Waterview Park

Mini-amphitheater that often hosts live entertainment including everything from DJs to guitarists.

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Paradiso 37 Live Entertainment

High-energy fun featuring dining, dancing, live Latin music and an extensive tequila menu.

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Tips: Great place for dancing.

Raglan Road - Main Stage & Patio Stage

Live Irish music and dancers are available here. Some performances happen outside on the Patio Stage.

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Tips: Aim for a reservation during a time when you can dine while watching the performers.

Riverboat Square

Live music (usually Spanish guitar and classical music with a modern twist) is often performed here.

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Located at The BOATHOUSE restaurant, this is a one-of-a-kind experience (this is the only location in the world!) where you can take a ride in a vintage Amphicar. Each ride costs $125 and lasts 20 minutes.

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Tips: Guests dining between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm can receive $25 off their ride by redeeming their receipt at the Ships Store by 3:00 pm.

West Side

House of Blues

Live music featuring some of the top talent in the music industry.

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Tips: There's a gospel brunch here every Sunday with all-you-can-eat food and great gospel music. Get more info on on the Disney World site.

AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24

The AMC theater offers current box-office hits along with "Fork & Screen" dining which allows you to dine while viewing.

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Tips: This theater has reserved seating. Buy your tickets ahead of time from Fandango.

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil (closing permanently on December 31, 2017)

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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 on the Cirque site.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Upscale bowling with a retro feel.

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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 on the Splitsville Lanes site.

Aerophile (formerly Characters in Flight)

A tethered helium balloon that takes you high above Disney Springs and gives you a beautiful view of the surrounding area (including the parks). Cost is $15/child and $20/adult.

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Tips: You can often find Groupon deals where you pay $11/adults instead of $20. Check Aerophile on Groupon for deals (sign up for Orlando Groupon emails to be notified when they become available again).

Sunshine Highline

A variety of musicians play an assortment of exotic and classical instruments underneath this shade structure.

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Exposition Park

Live music is often performed here near the food trucks.

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NBA Experience (opening summer 2019)

Interactive games and competitions as well as immersive NBA experiences. Recently announced interactive experiences include: Pop-A-Shot, Dream Dunk, Big Shot, You Make the Call, and the Dream Court. Exhibits include: the Locker Room, Hall of Champions, Hoop Sciences, and Virtual Reality theaters.

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Disney Springs hotels and resorts

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

  • New for 2018: Guests with a valid Disney World Theme park ticket can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours
  • New for 2018: Guests with a Disney World Travel Company package (room + tickets) can make FastPass+ reservations at 60 days (instead of 30 days out)
  • 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, package pickup, Magic Bands, etc.
  • 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 hotels are within walking distance of Disney Springs (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 we aware of, we've noted those below.
  • Many of these resorts are options you can get on Priceline. Where applicable, we'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 resorts to a Disney resort, it might make sense to walk to Disney Springs and take transportation from there but be aware that there are no buses that go from Disney Springs to the theme parks


B Resort & Spa

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Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Full-service on-site spa available, bunk beds in some rooms, kitchenettes in some rooms, free wifi, suites available

Cons: Despite a recent refurbishment, there are lots of reports of air conditioning not fully operational in resort common areas and additional resort fees that are added to your bill may push the total cost higher than expected

Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Chic (some with bunk beds or 1 king)Queen4
Captivating (some with 1 king)Queen5
B Enhanced Junior Suite King4
Master SuiteQueen6

Best Western Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Area

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Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Affordable, each room has a balcony, refrigerators in every room

Cons: Little bit of a further walk to Disney Springs, some rooms in need of an update

Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe RoomQueen4
Deluxe KingKing4
Preferred Deluxe QueenQueen5

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando - Disney Springs Area

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Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: All-suites with at least 1 private bedroom, no resort fees

Cons: Some rooms may need an refurbishment, a ways away from Disney Springs

Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
1 bedroom suiteQueen6
2 bedroom suiteKing8

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace - Disney Springs Area

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Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Alamo/National Car rental desk, walking distance to Disney Springs,

Cons: Resort fees can add up

Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
King King4
Two QueenQueen4
1 bedroom suiteQueen6

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Area

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Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Closest location to Disney Springs, suites available, Disney character breakfasts on Sundays

Cons: Resort fees can add up

Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Junior SuiteFull6
1 Bedroom SuiteQueen8
2 Bedroom SuiteKing8


Holiday Inn Orlando - Disney Springs Area

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Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Free wifi, clean, updated, within walking distance of Disney Springs, great buffet breakfast

Cons: Resort fees are about the only negative

Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room

Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Resort Area

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Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Affordable, Disney Character Breakfast on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Cons: Resort fee is kind of high and parts of the resort are outdated

Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room

Disney Springs video

Prefer your info in video form? Check out the one below with a discussion on Disney Springs.

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So, what do you think? Will you be adding some time at Disney Springs in to your trip?

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WOW! Thank you so much for this complete overview of Disney Springs. It has been very helpful as I plan our family’s next vacation.

Great Information. I’m curious – I keep hearing about Nouba closing (which is a great show for those that still have a chance to see it), but I haven’t heard anything about what might be going in it’s place? Are they considering a new Cirque show in the same space or getting rid of that building altogether for something new. I’m sad about that going away, but would be happy if in a few months they refurbished and opened with a new show. Would love to know the plan.

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

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

No, I have never seen any characters. They have plenty of live entertainment though with music, dancing, a strolling piano, and those moving statue people.

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

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

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… Read more »

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

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

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

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?

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,

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!!

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

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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!

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)

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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

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

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

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… Read more »

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.

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.… Read more »

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

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

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.

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.

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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)

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