Disney Springs for Dining and Shopping

Disney Springs for dining and shopping is the perfect break from the theme parks. Casually stroll through the shops in Disney Springs. Over a 100 stores in all.

Hungry? The Best restaurants in Disney Springs run the gamut. There is honestly something for everyone’s taste and budget.

The complex is split into four sections. The Marketplace offers Disney themed shops, Town Center is the outdoor shopping mall, the Landing for dining and bars, West Side leans more toward nightlife and entertainment (bowling, movies, etc).

Shops in Disney Springs

Shops in Disney Springs Marketplace are my absolute favorite. The Marketplace is the most fun for shopping with its Disney related stores, compared to the high end mall shops that are found in the Town Center.

Once Upon a Toy for toys of course, along with building stations.

Disney’s Days of Christmas to celebrate Christmas all year long.

The Art of Disney offers dazzling works of art from prints to collectible figurines.

Mickey’s Pantry for kitchen tools.

Tren-D offers stylish apparel for any Disney fashionista

Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories for personalized hats and more.

Disney’s Pin Traders, obviously for pins. You will also find MagicBands and Vinylmation here.

Marketplace Co-Op with great mini stores such as the following.

WonderGround for funky art versions of Disney characters. I love the Jasmine Beckett Griffith artwork.

D-Tech on Demand personalize your MagicBands and smartphone cases.

Centerpiece Disney retro home furnishings

Cherry Tree Lane for women’s accessories.

Twenty-Eight & Main for clothes with a vintage spin.

Bowes Signature Candles for your favorites or make your own truly unique scent. How fun is that?

Disney Tails to bring home that special souvenir for our best friend.

Lovepop offers intricate paper art. Makes sharing cards even more fun.

World of Disney is the largest souvenir department store in Walt Disney World Resort. Every conceivable Disney item under one roof. I like how the check out areas look like work areas, especially the character doodles on the desk. You get the idea. Huge! You will find stuff here you won’t find elsewhere.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is every little girls dream. They will be lavished like the princess they are. These magical makeovers don’t come cheap. But there are a couple different package options to choose from. Boys can also get in the fun with the Knight Package. Best to reserve in advance. This is located in Marketplace but there is also a location at Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom.

Just a few non Disney related stores at the Marketplace. The LEGO store is still here. Which kids and adults alike enjoy. Build-A-Dino store, like Build-A-Bear, is located at T-Rex. Been there done that, for the granddaughter before. Basin which I must admit is a favorite of mine to stroll through.

The Town Center is where you will find the high end shopping stores. Such as Anthropologie, Tommy Bahama, Coach, Ugg, Oakley, Uniqlo, Vera Bradley, Pandora, the list goes on and on. There’s even an Orlando Harley Davidson here.

Make sure to stop at the Coca-Cola store in Town Center.  The 7 foot tall Coca-Cola Polar Bear is a top attraction you don’t want to miss.  He’s fun and friendly, makes for a great photo op.

Dining in Disney Springs

Best restaurants in Disney Springs are sure to please the whole family.

Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop for dessert is always a favorite. Plus, they hand out free samples. Free is good and rare.

Sprinkles is fun and offers fabulous gourmet cupcakes. Check out the pink cupcake ATM.

The Boathouse with its upscale waterfront dining is the most popular restaurant. Take a 20-minute boat ride in one of the authentic Amphicars from the 1960s. How cool is that. Additional charges apply.

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is overseen by Oprah’s onetime chef Art Smith. Crowds line up for this Southern American comfort food.

Frontera Cocina for authentic Mexican cuisine is overseen by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, a seven time James Beard Award winner.

Morimota Asia overseen by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, is known for the finest in Pan Asian cuisine. Looking for late night unique dining and drinks? There’s the Forbidden Lounge, hidden on the 2nd floor. This is a Disney standout, not to be missed.

Raglan Road has been a long time favorite of mine. Great Irish dishes along with entertainment. Don’t be afraid to sit at the bar if no table available. It offers a better view of the entertainment. Fish & chips are great here too. But you can get the same next door at Cookes of Dublin for less. That is, if you are just interested in the food, not the entertainment.

Enzo’s Hideaway has that speakeasy vibe going on along with good food.

Wine Bar George is an estate style wine bar with over 130 wine options.

Planet Hollywood is packed with amazing movie memorabilia to enjoy while dining here.  They have new,  unique, fun options on their menu.

T-Rex is fun for the family. It is a little loud.  But if the kids love dinosaurs you will want to check it out.  You are surrounded by dinosaurs and of course you can purchase your Build-A-Dino here.

 

Looking for good eats but less expensive? Here’s a few top options.

Polite Pig barbecue post is serving up good tasting fun food.

Chicken Guy from the kitchen of Guy Fieri. This is a favorite among many.

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza you can customize your artisan pizza pie with over 40 topping and sauces.

Earl of Sandwich has been a long time favorite for the budget conscious.

Activities in Disney Springs

Aerophile is a hot air balloon that lingers 400 feet in the air. Tethered and enclosed with mesh for safety. Making it suitable for anyone really. Stunning views. Keep in mind it does shut down for breezes over 22mph. So catch it while you can.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes has 1950s decor and two floors of bowling. Plus bonus, the food is better than one would expect. They even offer sushi.

Marketplace offers a Venetian carousel along with a choo choo train for your little ones.

For the big kids there is The Void. It’s a fully immersive virtual reality walk through adventure. Amazing! You can make reservations, but still be prepared to wait.

Entertainment in Disney Springs

House of Blues 2,000 person, three tiered venues for today’s top talent. Along with Southern food with a gospel brunch on Sundays.

The Edison in the evening becomes a club, not for children. Cabaret acts and contortionists. A bit saucy for the young uns.

Some bars including, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Dockside Margaritas, Stargazers patio bar, Lava Lounge at Rainforest Cafe, most of the restaurants at Disney Springs have their own bars.

All sorts of live entertainment to enjoy throughout the day and night at Disney Springs.

In Conclusion

I always enjoy the shops in Disney Springs Marketplace. The best restaurants in Disney Springs offer that unique touch that Disney does so well.

Disney Springs shopping, dining and entertainment complex is definitely worth spending some time visiting. Perfect even when you aren’t going to the theme parks in Walt Disney World Resort.  There’s hotels within walking distance.  There’s no entrance or parking fees here. So come and have a relaxing day with the family or leave the kids behind and take in the adult entertainment. Your call.

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