Disney Springs

World-class restaurants, dazzling entertainment and unique shops line the waterfront at the Disney Springs area, a fun-filled district that includes The Landing, West Side and Marketplace! Here, you can shop in the world’s largest Disney store, dine amid prehistoric creatures, bowl a game at the 30-lane alley and so much more—over 80 venues and counting, featuring complimentary parking and admission.

Currently, Downtown Disney is experiencing the largest expansion history as the area transforms into Disney Springs! ** Please note that during this time due to ongoing construction and limited parking availability, we highly recommend all Disney Resort hotel Guests take advantage of complimentary transportation options. Also, for Guests arriving in their own vehicles, please follow the signs to available parking—which may be located across the street from the Downtown Disney area. We suggest arriving at least 60 minutes in advance of all reservations and planned activities.**

To get a idea of what is to come see this post, Downtown Disney Excitement.

Shops –

There are 59 shops in the Downtown Disney Area! Go to the Walt Disney World Website to find out more information about each shop! Some are unique to Downtown Disney only!

Entertainment –

  • AMC Movies at Downtown Disney 24 – Catch current box-office hits in comfort at this state-of-the-art cinema with Fork & Screen® Dine-In Theatre. 

  • DJ Kids Dance Party at Waterside Stage – Grab your little ones by the hand and lead them to a lakeside land where the entire family can get down and boogie together—it’s the DJ Kids Dance Party, letting loose and cutting a rug at the Waterside Stage in the Downtown Disney area!

  • House of Blues – See a live music concert starring some of today’s top talent and then stay and dance the night away.

  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil – Enter a world of the extraordinary where Guests of all ages will be mesmerized by a spectacle that makes the impossible, possible!

  • Paradiso 37 Entertainment – Listen to live music and sip some tequila as you enjoy your time at this trendy waterfront spot.

  • Raglan Road Live Music – Patio Stage – Dance a jig every night as the house band blazes with foot-stomping Irish music, featuring award-winning Irish dancers.

  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes – Enjoy an upscale new spin on a classic American pastime at this modern take on a bowling alley.

To find out more information about Downtown Disney Entertainment, please visit the Walt Disney World website.

Dining – 

  • AMC Downtown Disney 24 Dine-In Theaters – Enjoy dinner and a movie at this casual theater restaurant located in the Downtown Disney Area.

  • The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats – Set sail for upscale waterfront dining at Downtown Disney—complete with retro dream boats, from vintage American Amphicars to romantic Italian Water Taxis.

  • Bongos Cuban Cafe’ – Enjoy hot Latin rhythms and authentic Cuban cuisine at this recreation of a 1950s Havana nightclub.

  • Bongos Cuban Cafe’ Express – Drum up some fun and refreshment with a quick stop at this Latin-themed hotspot where you can find all kinds of festive foods, including delicious Cuban sandwiches, seasonal salads, authentic empanadas and beverages like Cuban coffee too!

  • Cookes of Dublin – Enjoy the fresh and fast meals at Cookes of Dublin counter service restaurant, located beside Raglan Road. Featuring family recipes dating back to the 1930s, Cookes serves traditional fish & chips, tasty pies, homemade desserts and more. Cookes is an Irish tradition worth adopting!

  • Crossroads at House of Blues – This restaurant and live music club serves up Southern and global flavors for lunch, dinner and a soulful Sunday brunch.

  • The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe’ – Experience this famous chef’s trademark fusion of Asian and Californian cuisine in the intimate dining room.

  • Dockside Margaritas – Chill out at this laid-back waterfront margarita bar themed after a 1960s Florida fruit-stand—and enjoy some handcrafted margaritas, authentic Florida brews, live entertainment and delightful views of Buena Vista Cove.

  • Downtown Snow Company – Blow by for a flurry of tasty proportions with a chilly treat straight from the Arctic—it’s Snow, the most colorful kind the world has ever known! Escape into a snowstorm of flavors and discover this totally fresh take on shaved ice.

  • Earl of Sandwich – John Montagu invented the sandwich in 1762; his descendants perfected it! Try the signature roast beef sandwich on hearth-baked bread or any of number of hot or cold gourmet sandwiches. Soups, salads, wraps and desserts are also served.

  • Erin McKenn’as Bakery NYC – 

  • The Express at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe’ – Enjoy gourmet on the go with specialty sandwiches, soups, salads, wood-fired pizzas and more. Dine on freshly made fare like butternut squash soup, Chinois chicken salad or a beef and gorgonzola pocket. Beer and wine are also available.

  • Food Truck – Fantasy Fare – Treat your senses to tasty grub from Disney theme parks spanning the globe—like sticky chicken & waffles inspired by those at Magic Kingdom park, the Croque Monsieur from Disneyland Paris and hand-dipped corn dogs from Disneyland Park!

  • Food Truck – Namaste Cafe’ – Savor the wild fare from Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at this colorful rig! From a naan and samosa dipping safari to lamb kefta with tomato cucumber raita sauce, these untamed flavors will have your whole pack roaring with delight.

  • Food Truck – Superstar Catering – Dine like a celebrity with mouth-watering takes on a turkey meatball sub and a slow-cooked pot roast sandwich—both served with house-made chips. Or, roll out the red carpet for the margarita flatbread, topped with basil and balsamic glaze.

  • Food Truck – World Showcase of Flavors – Take a victory lap with the globe-trotting eats of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at this popular food truck. From grilled chicken breast gyros to pierogi to grass-fed beef sliders, there’s a cuisine to please all palates!

  • Forty Thirst Street Express – Freshen your day in a frosty way with a sunny blend of fruit and fun. Slide by this popular stop for tropical smoothies of all kinds! Adults can even enjoy a selection of alcoholic beverages—including coffee with Baileys, Kahlua or Jameson.

  • The Front Porch – Located between the restaurant and the concert hall of House of Blues Restaurant, this outdoor stage area offers cocktails and live entertainment nightly, 7 days a week. Some performances may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

  • Fulton’s Crab House – Savor fresh seafood flown in daily from ports around the world on board this authentic riverboat replica.

  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop – The world-famous chocolatier delivers decadent sundaes smothered with hot, house-made fudge as well as chocolate treats and drinks. Strike It Rich with specialty San Francisco-themed sundaes, shakes and floats. Coffee is also available.

  • Haagen-Daze at Downtown Disney West Side – Celebrate your sweet side with a frozen treat made like no other! Whether cup or cone, take your pick from a frosty assortment of flavors—including dazzling sundaes and frosty shakes as only the folks at Häagen-Dazs can create.

  • Lava Lounge – Cool off with a tropical cocktail at the bar of this refreshing Rainforest Cafe hotspot. Then, while your thirst gets quenched, peer out at picturesque views of Village Lake via the “lava tube”—a molten magma-inspired experience flowing in the walls near the restaurant’s entrance.

  • MacGUFFINS – Meet for drinks and eats before or after the movie at this modern lounge. Choose from a full bar menu and the AMC Dine-In menu, featuring entrees like bistro chicken mac and cheese. You can even take your food and drinks into the theater!

  • Morimoto Asia – Coming 2015 – In Fall 2015, prepare for an all-new dining experience when Chef Masaharu Morimoto—perhaps best known from the popular TV program Iron Chef America—unveils Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs! 

  • Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas – Embark on a culinary tour of North, Central and South America within this waterfront spot at The Landing.

  • Plant Hollwood – Get your fill of roadhouse fare and movie memorabilia before visiting a gift shop packed with Planet Hollywood merchandise and apparel!

  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – Delight in the purest flavors of Italy at this contemporary osteria, overlooking serene Lake Buena Vista Lagoon.

  • Raglan Road Irsh Pub and Restaurant – Spirit inside this authentic Irish pub to indulge in cold pints, hearty meals, nightly entertainment—or a weekend brunch!

  • Rainforest Cafe’ at Downtown Disney Marketplace – Traipse the jungle and tantalize your taste buds with flavorful American favorites and kid-friendly cuisine.

  • The Smokehouse – Savor slow-cooked favorites and BBQ classics at this simmering stop outside Crossroads at House of Blues. Sink your teeth into pulled pork sandwiches, smoked turkey legs and all-beef hot dogs, and then wash it all down with a beer, some wine or a cocktail.

  • Splitsville Dining Room – Roll in and rock out at this vintage, retro-style bowling alley with a fresh spin on dining, music and entertainment.

  • STARBUCKS at Downtown Disney Marketplace – Step right up to one of the world’s most familiar cups where you can get your fill from a host of favorite brews and treats—like Starbucks espresso, frozen specialty beverages, savory Artisan sandwiches and an assortment of pastries.

  • STARBUCKS at Downtown Disney West Side – Drop by this Downtown Disney West Side destination to indulge your senses in a full line of STARBUCKS® treats, eats and more—this even includes a Clover Bar featuring a unique selection of special reserve coffees, each brewed to order!

  • STK Steakhouse – Coming 2015 – Opening in 2015, ready your palate for a modern steakhouse experience at STK Orlando—featuring innovative menu offerings, high-energy atmosphere and the only rooftop dining destination in all of Disney Springs!

  • T-REX – For dinosaur-themed dining amid prehistoric creatures and periodic meteor showers, head to the Downtown Disney Area.

  • Vivoli Gelato – Experience the hand-crafted goodness of Italian gelati, sorbetti, espresso drinks, Panini sandwiches and much more. After 85 years, this world-famous, family-run gelato shop from Florence has finally opened a second storefront—at Disney Springs!

  • Wetzel’s Pretzels at Downtown Disney Marketplace – Give in to the call of freshly baked flavored pretzels and sweet or savory dips like sweet caramel or pizza sauce. Wetzel dogs, Wetzel Bitz, cheese dogs, frozen lemonade, granita and soft drinks are also available at this walk-up kiosk.

  • Wetzel’s Pretzels at Downtown Disney West Side – Whet your appetite with bite-size Wetzel Bitz—savory or sweet, complete with your choice of dips like pizza sauce and sweet caramel. Or, enjoy a classic baked pretzel with a twist, available in cheese, jalapeno cheese and pepperoni flavors.

  • Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney Marketplace – Get a gourmet start to the day with unique breakfast plates, artisan lunch and dinner specials, as well as an exciting kids menu.

  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe’ – Enjoy this celebrity chef’s unique fusion of Asian and Californian cuisine in this vibrant and casual café.

To find out which of these Dining Options are included on the Dining Plan(s), please see this post Downtown Disney Dining Plan Locations. Learn more about these Restaurants here on the Walt Disney World website.

Special Events & Tours – 

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Downtown Disney – A magical beauty salon where any little girl can make her dream of becoming a princess come true.

  • Characters in Flight – Ascend 400 feet in the air as you hover over Downtown Disney area in the world’s largest tethered helium balloon.

  • Festival of the Seasons! – Holiday cheer mixes with Disney magic as the Downtown Disney area transforms into a twinkling wonderland of festive fun! 

 To find out more information about these Special Events & Tours, visit the Walt Disney World website.

If you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to Ask Me! If you are ready to Get The Magic Started for you and your family please feel free to fill out my Free Quote Sheet! I hope to hear from ya real soon!

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