Like many frequent Walt Disney World travelers, Disney Springs is always a part of our Arrival Day routine. In fact, I was just talking to my boys about what they would like to do when we get back to Disney, since we will probably have at least a few hours to kill before the rest of my family makes it down from NY.
Should we go mini-golfing or Uber to Universal Studios CityWalk to finally try a Voodoo Doughnut? Of all the things there is to do in and around Disney, my son’s plans were simple. “We can try something different during the day, as long as we go to Disney Springs at night! I love how it looks at night!”
Now this is coming from a 14-year-old boy whose least favorite thing in the world is Shopping. He HATES Shopping!
There’s been quite a bit of transformation over the past few years…the biggest being the name change from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs in 2015. (We were actually there and saw the changes being made)
Oftentimes, Disney Springs is described as a giant Shopping Center. While not wrong, it is so much more than that. It’s one of those places that has a good mix between everyday shopping and Disney Magic. Where else can you grab a bite to eat, buy new clothes, watch some live music, and maybe take a ride in a Hot Air Balloon or an Amphicar?
The Parking is free and unlike the Parks, there are no Tickets to purchase, making it the perfect place to visit if you’re passing through Orlando, or in our case, looking for something to do for a few hours on a very tiring Travel Day.
There is a wide variety of food available throughout Disney Springs. Some Restaurants you may be familiar with, like Starbucks and Rainforest Cafe, but there are many you may not be familiar with. If you’re an adventurous eater, unlike me, then you will enjoy trying out all the different kids of foods offered throughout Disney Springs.
Two new highly anticipated Restaurants, Terralina and Wine Bar George are now open for you to enjoy. And between June 29th and September 3rd, 2018, you’re also able to participate in Disney Springs Brews and BBQ! 23 different locations are participating in this event, offering BBQ-inspired dishes. And if you’re 21 and older, each of these dishes can be paired with a craft-brewed beer. If you’d like to remember what you ate, a Disney Springs Brews and BBQ Event Guide can be provided at any of the Participating Restaurants or the Welcome Center.
If you need some all-in-one Souvenir Shopping, there is no better place to be. There are plenty of stores that sell Disney Merchandise to please even the pickiest shopper. You’re bound to find something that you HAVE to have.
Not looking for Disney-specific merchandise? They’ve got something for you too. My cousin took me to Basin one time during a quick trip to Orlando years ago, so now it’s a tradition of mine. I love the salt and sugar scrubs! Even if I go in there to wash my hands, I consider it a successful trip. And if you download the Thanx App on your phone, you will also earn coupons towards future purchases. (Starting with $15 off for signing up with this Thanx link)
As I mentioned earlier, my teenage son HATES Shopping! But, I have no problem talking him into taking a trip to Disney Springs with me. And that’s because there is something for everyone.
One of our favorite things to do is watch the live music. Both of my boys play in their School Band, so they appreciate how hard the entertainers work. However, they both agree there should be more French Horn and Baritone players…which coincidentally are the instruments they play. 🙂
But, if the live music doesn’t draw you in, maybe some of the other activities will.
If you’re a bowler, maybe you’d like playing a game at Splitsville. Looking for a discount? Go before noon to get the best price. Fun fact about me: I was actually on a Bowling League from 2nd grade until the end of my Junior year in High School. So, you can say that this is right up my alley. See what I did there? Ok…moving on…
Besides music and Bowling, there are unusual one of a kind activities that you can only experience in Disney Springs. Amphicar anyone? This is on my bucket list for sure!
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