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10 Things to Do in Disney Springs

Forget about everything you think you know about Downtown Disney, especially if your last visit was more than 2 years ago. Downtown Disney is gone! It went under a massive expansion and transformation. Now it is called Disney Springs, and it is amazing!

Downtown Disney was first created in the mid 70’s and was called Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village, which was later, renamed Disney Village Marketplace.

In the late 1980’s, Disney added Pleasure Island. In the mid 90’s, Downtown Disney West Side was created with more entertainment places like House of Blues and Planet Hollywood.

Disney Springs is divided into 4 areas: The Landing, which used to be Pleasure Island. This part has a rustic architecture. The Town Center offers you more of an upscale experience (shops and restaurants) with Spanish style architecture. The West Side is more entertainment oriented and the Marketplace is the main shopping area. You can walk along the promenade to reach the Landing and the Town Center; you might also be able to catch a live concert.

I highly recommend making a stop by Disney Springs even if it is for a short time. The list that follows will come very handy if you are limited on time. There are so many shops, restaurants, and activities that it is very difficult to keep track of the time.

1- Check out the unique Trophy Room, created by Michael Jordan’s son, you will find an exclusive collections of Jordan’s Nike merchandises and really cool sneakers.


2- Eat at Morimoto Asia, the first pan Asian dining restaurant that showcases flavors from all over Asia. The massive 36 feet tall building is a must see in itself.


3 – Visit the Planet Hollywood Observatory – Reese Witherspoon just cut the opening ribbon last weekend!! Enjoy this themed-dining that celebrates the entertainment industry.


4 – Get a delicious cupcake from the Cupcake ATM at Sprinkles. You can also just get a cupcake inside if the line is too long. Sprinkles Beverly Hill’s location was the world first cupcake bakery.


5 – Catch a Cirque du Soleil show before they stop performing at Disney Spring in December of 2017, it is a unique and amazingly acrobatic experience.


6 – Grab a drink at the rooftop of the CoCo Cola Store. You will have a wonderful panoramic view of Disney Springs and you can also try CoCo Cola flavors from all over the world.


7 – Take a tour in the Amphi Cars located by the BoatHouse. The tour is 20 min around the Lake Buena Vista Lake in the retro car. Just so you know, it is quite pricey. I believe it is about $120, but you can always just take a look at the car-boats which I think are pretty cool.


8 – Go to the World of Disney Store. Did you know it is the largest Disney merchandise store in the world? Yes you can pretty much find any Disney merchandise you want.


9 – Play Bowling at Splitsville! It is definitely a must do. The building is a 50,000 sq ft bowling, billiard, bar and life entertainment complex. You can even eat sushi while bowling. Yes you read it right SUSHI!!


10 – Check the Uniqlo store. It feels like you just stepped into Japan. The two level department store is a must see even if you do not want to buy anything. Go take a look inside the store, it is very unique!

This list is a must see/do in my opinion. I think this list gives you a good glimpse of what Disney Springs has to offer. Of course there are like another million of things to do!

What is your favorite thing to do in Disney Springs?

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply Sara

    I have never been there! I don’t think anyways. The only time I have been to Florida was when I was really young. I did go to Disneyland Paris this past summer though!

    April 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      There are so many things to do in Florida. You might want to visit Walt Disney World. Epcot and Animal Kingdom can not be find anywhere else in the world!

      April 13, 2017 at 12:01 am
  • Reply Nicole

    I have yet to try a cupcake vending machine. Need to make this happen. Looks really beautiful there.

    April 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Yes is is really beautiful and the cupcakes are so yummy !!! 🙂

      April 13, 2017 at 12:02 am
  • Reply Aditi Mittal

    I have been to Disneyland in Hong Kong way back in 2010, simply loved it. I am sure this is even better. Looks great from pictures.

    April 12, 2017 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      I think going to Disney is always amazing no matter where it is. There are so many parks to visit here Epcot, Magic Kindgom, Hollywood Studio, Animal Kingdom and both water parks. Disney Springs is brand new and it is really wonderful!.

      April 13, 2017 at 12:04 am
  • Reply Marvi

    It looks like a relaxing and fun place to visit! Those amphi cars sure looks a lot of fun. 🙂

    April 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      It is great! Make sure you visit it when you are coming to Orlando! 🙂

      April 13, 2017 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Ms. Travelingboots

    Very curious at how each Disney would differ from each other.

    April 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Each Disney is different. Here in Orlando, you can find 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and the Downtown Disney (Disney Springs). So many things to see ! 🙂

      April 13, 2017 at 12:07 am
  • Reply Becky

    Wow this is great, I went over 10 years ago so I can see how it’s completely changed. I think it might be time for another visit back!! I love disney!!!

    April 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Oh yes it is completely different! Especially Disney Springs, you wouldn’t recognized anything. They did a wonderful job, it is amazing !

      April 13, 2017 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Yuen Mi

    I haven’t been to Disney yet, but this is really making me re-consider. It looks like it changed a lot over the years, with many new additions. Great post.

    April 12, 2017 at 8:36 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      It did change a lot. You should come, I am sure you would love it 🙂

      April 13, 2017 at 12:09 am
  • Reply sherianne

    I have not been for many years and was a little sad to hear it has all changed, but the images show it is even better than before!

    April 13, 2017 at 5:05 am
    • Reply Salomé

      I was afraid too that it would take away Disney Charms but honestly it is so great, so many places to eat, shop and it is great to just walk around. I hope you will enjoy it as well when you come !

      April 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Bidisha Banik

    Wow! this place looks right out of dreams. What fun it must be. I absolutely loved the cupcake ATM thingy. Haha. I would also love to taste the different flavours of Coca Cola from various parts of the world. Adding it to my wishlist right away.

    April 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Yes it is so wonderful. So many things to do. The cupcake ATM is really fun and the cupcakes are so yummy !! Let me know what you think once you visit Disney Springs !!

      April 15, 2017 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Thirty30Courtney

    I always heard great things about Downtown Disney but at a soon-to-be 28 I STILL haven’t been! I really need to change that. Just seeing Sprinkles made me excited.

    April 13, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      You need to come. Disney Springs is even better than what Downtown Disney was. They did a wonderful job. It is never too late to come 🙂 I am sure you will have a good time!

      April 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Serena Coady

    Wow, what a transformation. It seems it’s like a total adult’s playground now! Definitely on my list when I venture over from Aus 🙂

    April 14, 2017 at 2:21 am
    • Reply Salomé

      It really is now. It should be on everyone list, there are lot of great restaurants, bars and things to do. 🙂

      April 15, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I’ve never been but this has been really useful! Will add to my list.

    April 14, 2017 at 11:09 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      I am glad you enjoyed this article. Disney Springs is really nice. You should visit it 🙂

      April 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm

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