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  • Writer's picturePamela Guffey

Exploring Disney Springs

Have you considered a non-park trip to Walt Disney World? Want to continue enjoying the evening after the parks have closed? Desire a little extra shopping and entertainment? A visit to Disney Spring is just what you need. With 99 shops, 64 dining establishments and 22 entertainment opportunities it is worth a day-long trip or even a few nights of fun.


Bring the family and spend some time playing at Disney Springs. From traditional family fun at AMC Theater and Splitsville Bowling Alley to the unique experiences of The Characters in Flight balloon and the Vintage Amphicar, there is sure to be a thrill for everyone in your party.

Take the kids on a ride aboard the Marketplace Carousel and Train Express or enjoy an adult evening out listening to artists at Raglan Road or one of the other live entertainment venues.


With over 60 dining establishments at Disney Springs, every appetite is sure to be satisfied. Try out the Mac-N-Cheese Food Truck on the West Side, pick up a quick serve meal at D-LUX Burger, or enjoy a relaxing meal at THE BOATHOUSE. Tomorrow you can come back and experience another selection of eateries. And don't forget the sweet ending of your meal. Perhaps a Mickey Cake from Amorette's Patisserie or a cookie from the new Gideon's Bakehouse. Before you leave Disney Springs for the night, make sure to stop by Everglazed Donuts and Cold Brew to grab some tasty breakfast treats for the week.


Disney Springs offers guests a plethora of shopping experiences to offer all kinds of guests. Take a look at some of our favorites:

  • World of Disney, the world's largest Disney store, has almost everything you could possibly want related to Disney. Kitchen, apparel, toys, and yes --EARS!

  • Marketplace Co-op is the place to go for the more refined Disney lover. From tech gear to your favorite Dooney & Bourke bag or even a little Disney-ness for your favorite fur-baby.

  • Want a special way to remember your Mickey Magical vacation? Stroll through Disney's Days of Christmas to hunt for the perfect ornament to hang on your tree. Start a fun new tradition and grab a unique ornament each visit you make.

Shopping at Disney Springs is not just about Disney. Many other wonderful stores are just waiting for you to peruse. Take a peek at a few of these:

  • The outdoor enthusiast will find Columbia and Under Armour.

  • Satisfy the men in your group with a stroll through The Art of Shaving or Sosa Family Cigars.

  • Treats are in store when you step inside the Coca-Cola store or the new M&M store

  • Pamper the ladies in your group with a gift from Basin or Savannah Bee Company

No matter what you are wishing for in your shopping expedition, you are bound to find a little treasure for everyone at the shops of Disney Springs.


A trip to Disney Springs would not be complete without grabbing at least a few pictures at some of the cool walls, sculptures and backdrops around the area.

  • First stop needs to be the Disney Photopass Studio right inside the Marketplace Co-Op. This is a great place to snag some fun family photos from Disney's Photopass Photographers. If you have Memory Maker, this is part of that package.

  • Selfie time with Legos. The Lego store has some awesome life size Disney character sculptors, and yes, they are all crafted from Legos. Snap a few pics with these cool creations.

  • Are you an orange bird fan? Make sure to find the Orange Bird wall and click a selfie with our favorite little guy.

Make sure to include a visit to Disney Springs on your next visit to Walt Disney World. Free parking is available in the parking decks as well as complimentary Disney transportation from the parks and the resorts.

About the Author:

Pamela has been visiting the Walt Disney World parks for over 30 years, first as a child herself and most recently with her granddaughter.

Contact her today to start planning your magical vacation.


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