(Article last updated: December 2, 2018)

Complete guide to Downtown Disney (Disney Springs)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

Disney Springs Map

 

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.

West Side - Complete guide to Disney Springs (Downtown Disney)

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.

The Landing - Complete guide to Disney Springs (Downtown Disney)

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.

Town Center - Complete guide to Disney Springs (Downtown Disney)

Marketplace

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.

Marketplace - Complete guide to Disney Springs (Downtown Disney)

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!).
  • 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 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 and a third is scheduled to be opened in 2019. These 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
  • 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. When the new Lemon Garage opens in 2019, it will be convenient to these same locations (although further away than the Lime Garage) as it will be located directly across Buena Vista Drive from the Lime Garage. 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, any of these garages would work.

Using an Uber, Lyft, 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 the Cirque du Soleil building) and at the old bus stop on the east side near Wolfgang Puck Express.

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
  • 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
  • DisneyStyle - Disney inspired apparel and accessories
  • Fit2Run - Custom fit athletic footwear
  • House of Blues Company Store - 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 collectibles
  • 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
  • Rinse Bath & Body Co - Handmade bath and body products
  • 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
  • Coach - Designer accessories, bags, shoes, and apparel
  • 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
  • Luxury of Time by Diamonds International - Fine jewelry and watches
  • 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
  • Orlando Harley-Davidson® - Harely-Davidson®-themed shirts, gifts, and collectibles
  • 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
  • ZARA - Clothing and accessories for women, men, and kids

Marketplace shops

  • The Art of Disney - Disney art including framed prints and figurines. Frequently hosts Disney artists for signings.
  • The Art of Disney Presents Greg McCullough - Gallery featuring works by Greg McCullough (only open 11/3/18 - 1/1/19)
  • 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
  • Build-a-Dino by Build-a-Bear Workshop® at T-REX™ -Dinosaur version of the popular Build-A-Bear workshop
  • Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers - Disney-themed porcelain giftware and lead crystal glassware
  • Dino-Store at T-REX™ - Dinosaur toys and apparel
  • 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 - Bowes Signature Candles - Essential oils, wax melts, and soy wax candles
  • Marketplace Co-Op - Cherry Tree Lane - Fun accessories
  • Marketplace Co-Op - Disney Centerpiece - Disney-themed room furnishings and everyday-ware
  • Marketplace Co-Op - Disney Tails - Disney-themed accessories for pets
  • Marketplace Co-Op - D-Tech on Demand - Personalized phone cases and chargers with a Disney flare
  • Marketplace Co-Op - Lovepop - High-tech greeting cards with intricate paper designs
  • Marketplace Co-Op - Twenty Eight & Main - apparel and accessories featuring vintage Disney art
  • 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
  • Super Hero Headquarters - Super hero themed apparel, collectibles, accessories, and action figures
  • Tren-D - Stylish Disney-themed apparel
  • World of Disney - World’s largest Disney character store

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.

Marketplace

Ralph Breaks VR at The VOID

A fully-immersive virtual reality experience themed to Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Height req.: 48 inches
Tips: You can reserve your space online prior to your experience. This is recommended.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire at The VOID

A fully-immersive virtual reality experience themed to Star Wars.

Height req.: 48 inches
Tips: You can reserve your space online prior to your experience. This is recommended.

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).

Tips: Can get busy at night and on weekends.

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.

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

Marketplace Stage

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

The Landing

BOATHOUSE Amphicars

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.

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.

Riverboat Square

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

Raglan Road - Main Stage & Patio Stage

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

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

Paradiso 37 Live Entertainment

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

Tips: Great place for dancing.

Waterview Park

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

West Side

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.

Sunshine Highline

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

Exposition Park

Live music is often performed here near the food trucks.

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.

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).

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Upscale bowling with a retro feel.

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.

House of Blues

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

Tips: There's a gospel brunch here every Sunday with all-you-can-eat food and great gospel music. Get more info at House of Blues.

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.

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

Cirque du Soleil (...new show estimated to start in 2020)

The new Cirque du Soleil is expected to start in 2020 and be a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and Disney Imagineering.

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.

Moderate

B Resort & Spa

B Resort & Spa

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
StunningQueen5
B Enhanced Junior Suite King4
Master SuiteQueen6

Best Western Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Area

Best Western Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Area

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

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando - Disney Springs Area

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

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace - Disney Springs Area

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

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Area

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
QueenQueen4
KingKing2
Junior SuiteFull6
1 Bedroom SuiteQueen8
2 Bedroom SuiteKing8

Value

Holiday Inn Orlando - Disney Springs Area

Holiday Inn Orlando - Disney Springs Area

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
KingKing4
QueenQueen4

Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Resort Area

Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Resort Area

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
StandardFull4
KingKing4

Disney Springs video

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

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

Please leave your thoughts in the comments.