Disney Springs: A Complete Guide

by | Jan 16, 2024 | Disney Springs, WDW Blog

We’re sharing a complete guide to Disney Springs, including an overview of the restaurants, shopping, and more at the complex.

When you’re visiting Disney World, your first thought is likely the four theme parks. Disney World is also home to an absolutely massive shopping and dining complex with Disney Springs. Disney Springs is home to a variety of incredible restaurants, shopping experiences, attractions, and even live shows. With so much to offer, it’s well worth a visit the next time you make a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Whether you’re planning your first trip or simply want to learn more about Disney Springs, we’re sharing everything you need to know in our guide below.

An Overview of Disney Springs

The area that is now Disney Springs has a long history. In 1975, it opened as the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village, in the section now known as the Marketplace area of Disney Springs. In the 1980s, the name was changed to the Disney Village Marketplace, with an expansion that included the famous Pleasure Island section (now The Landing area). After that, the complex was renamed Downtown Disney, which was the name through 2015 when it became known as Disney Springs.

The Backstory to the Area

Disney Springs is divided into four different areas: Marketplace, The Landing, Town Center, and West Side. And, as with everything Disney, there’s plenty of storytelling involved with the project. Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Theron Skees told D23 that the Imagineers traveled around Florida to come up with the story for Disney Springs. “Every neighborhood represents a different era of time, and it kind of represents a different architectural time period or genre that took place in Florida,” Skees explained to D23.

The Town Center serves as the main entrance to Disney Springs. The backstory is that Town Center is located around a series of natural springs, which first drew in settlers to the fictional Disney Springs area. As part of this story, The Landing served as the town’s transportation hub, as it’s the site of the marina, bottling company, and train station. Then there’s the Marketplace, which “dates back to the 1930s and 1940s,” as shared by D23. Then there’s the West Side, which is more modern.

Disney Springs Map

Wondering what you can do in Disney Springs? You can check out a map below that shares a full overview of all of the shopping, dining, attractions, and more — and where to find each in the area.

Disney Springs Map

Photo Courtesy of Disney

Transportation to and from Disney Springs

There are multiple ways to get to the area from your Disney World hotel, including buses and boats. There’s complimentary bus transportation from Disney Resort hotels to Disney Springs each day, beginning when the complex opens and ending one hour after it closes. At this time, bus transportation from the theme parks is not available.

Additionally, Sassagoula Boats travel between the Disney Springs Marketplace dock and these locations:

  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Disney Springs Restaurants

Wondering where to eat? You’ll find a variety of different table-service, quick-service, and snack options available. Quite a few options offer the Disney Dining Plan as well, meaning you can use your meal credits while dining. All Disney Dining Plan restaurants will be marked with a (*).

  • 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck*: Savory and authentic Mexican Barbacoa dishes served from a food truck.
  • AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatres: Enjoy a cinematic experience with dine-in options, offering a variety of movie snacks and full meals.
  • Amorette’s Patisserie: A charming bakery offering exquisite pastries, cakes, and sweet treats.*
  • The Basket at Wine Bar George: A quick-service spot offering gourmet picnic baskets with a selection of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and other snacks.
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.: A quick-service eatery specializing in gourmet sausages with creative toppings, inspired by the Three Little Pigs.*
  • Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza: Build-your-own pizza concept with a variety of toppings, cooked in a fast-fire oven.
  • The BOATHOUSE: A waterfront restaurant featuring upscale seafood, steaks, and a unique Amphicar experience.*
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’*: Southern-inspired cuisine with a modern twist, offering farm-to-fork comfort food.
  • Chicken Guy!: A quick-service spot by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, specializing in chicken tenders and sauces.*
  • City Works Eatery & Pour House: A sports bar and restaurant with an extensive beer selection, diverse menu, and a lively atmosphere for sports enthusiasts.*
  • Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar: Refreshing rooftop bar featuring a variety of Coca-Cola beverages and unique soda concoctions with a panoramic view.
  • Cookes of Dublin: Authentic Irish quick-service restaurant serving classic dishes like fish and chips, pies, and other Irish favorites.*
  • The Daily Poutine: A quick-service spot specializing in traditional Canadian poutine, offering various toppings and delicious gravy-covered fries.*
  • Disney Food Trucks: A collection of food trucks offering diverse cuisines, from gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese to creative tacos, providing a unique dining experience.
  • D-Luxe Burger: Gourmet burger joint offering a selection of artisanal burgers, hand-cut fries, and delicious milkshakes.*
  • Dockside Margaritas: Waterfront bar serving a selection of margaritas and other refreshing beverages.
  • Earl of Sandwich: A popular sandwich shop offering a variety of hot sandwiches, wraps, and salads.*
  • The Edison: An industrial-gothic style venue featuring classic American cuisine, craft cocktails, and entertainment.*
  • eet by Maneet Chauhan: Indian-inspired quick-service restaurant by celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan, featuring bold flavors and unique twists on classic dishes.
  • Enzo’s Hideaway: An Italian-inspired restaurant and speakeasy located in an underground tunnel, offering a cozy atmosphere and authentic cuisine.*
  • Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC: A bakery specializing in gluten-free and vegan treats, including cupcakes, cookies, and other delicious desserts.
  • Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew: Indulge in gourmet donuts and cold brew coffee at this vibrant and trendy donut shop.
  • The Front Porch: Outdoor bar with seating at House of Blues, featuring performances from local singer-songwriters.
  • Frontera Cocina: Mexican cuisine by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, featuring a diverse menu and signature cocktails.
  • The Ganachery: A chocolate boutique offering handcrafted artisanal chocolates and other sweet confections.
  • Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop: A destination for chocolate lovers, with sundaes, shakes, and a variety of premium chocolates.
  • Gideon’s Bakehouse: Known for their massive, indulgent cookies and unique baked goods.
  • Häagen-Dazs Kiosk at Disney Springs West Side: Premium ice cream and frozen desserts
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar: Restaurant and live music venue with Southern-inspired cuisine and lively atmosphere*
  • Jaleo by José Andrés: A Spanish-inspired restaurant offering tapas, paella, and a vibrant atmosphere.*
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar: Aviation-themed bar with a variety of creative cocktails and small bites, inspired by Indiana Jones.*
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company at The Landing: Coffee and tea from the beloved brand
  • Joffrey’s Handcrafted Smoothies at Disney Springs Marketplace: Smoothies, coffee, and other offerings
  • Lava Lounge at Rainforest Cafe: A tropical-themed lounge offering specialty drinks and appetizers amidst the Rainforest Cafe ambiance.
  • MacGUFFINS: A bar and lounge located inside AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatres, serving a variety of beverages.
  • Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante: An elegant Italian restaurant located in a beautifully restored airline terminal, offering classic Italian dishes.*
  • Marketplace Snacks: A quick-service spot offering frozen soft serve treats and more*
  • Morimoto Asia: A contemporary Asian restaurant by Iron Chef Morimoto, offering pan-Asian cuisine in a stunning setting.*
  • Morimoto Asia Street Food: Grab quick bites of Asian-inspired street food with bold flavors from Morimoto Asia.*
  • Paddlefish: A modern restaurant on a stationary boat, serving delightful seafood and steak options*
  • Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas: Experience the diverse flavors of the Americas with a menu inspired by North, Central, and South American cuisines.*
  • Pepe by José Andrés: A quick-service Spanish-style food kiosk by chef José Andrés, offering a variety of sandwiches and snacks.*
  • Pizza Ponte: Italian quick-service spot offering a selection of pizza, sandwiches, and pastries.*
  • Planet Hollywood: A cinematic-themed restaurant with a diverse menu and a focus on Hollywood memorabilia.*
  • The Polite Pig: A modern barbecue restaurant with a focus on wood-fired smoked dishes.*
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant: Authentic Irish pub experience with live music, Irish dancers, and a diverse menu.*
  • Rainforest Cafe: A rainforest-themed restaurant with a diverse menu, animated wildlife, and tropical ambiance.*
  • Salt & Straw: Artisanal ice cream shop known for unique and inventive flavors using high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • The Smokehouse at House of Blues: A barbecue joint featuring Southern-style smoked meats, comfort food, and live music at House of Blues.*
  • Splitsville Dining Room: A lively bowling alley with a full-service restaurant offering a diverse menu of American classics.*
  • Sprinkles: Gourmet cupcakes, cookies, and ice cream with a rotating menu
  • Starbucks at Disney Springs Marketplace: Coffee shop
  • Starbucks at Disney Springs West Side: Coffee shop
  • Stargazers Bar: Outdoor bar at Planet Hollywood
  • STK Steakhouse: A chic steakhouse with a lively atmosphere, serving high-quality steaks and seafood.
  • Summer House on the Lake: A California-inspired menu featuring a delicious brunch and even a Cookie Bar.
  • Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace: Freshly made churros
  • Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side: Freshly made churros
  • Swirls on the Water: A refreshing spot offering soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt with scenic water views.
  • Terralina Crafted Italian: Italian restaurant offering a diverse menu of classic dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere.*
  • T-REX: A family-friendly dinosaur-themed restaurant with prehistoric decor and a menu for all ages.*
  • Vivoli il Gelato: Authentic Italian gelato shop featuring a variety of flavors made with traditional techniques.
  • Wetzel’s Pretzel’s Kiosk at Disney Springs Marketplace: Freshly made pretzels and lemonade
  • Wetzel’s Pretzel’s Kiosk at Disney Springs West SideFreshly made pretzels and lemonade
  • Wine Bar George: Wine-focused bar and restaurant with an extensive wine list and small plates.
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill: Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s casual dining spot with a diverse menu of American favorites.
  • YeSake Kiosk: Experience Japanese flavors with a variety of sake, sushi, and other Asian-inspired snacks at this kiosk.*

Disney Springs Shopping

At the complex, you can find shopping options for all of your needs. There are clothing stores and international brands, as well as shops exclusive to Disney Springs. Here’s a complete list of all the spots you can shop in Disney Springs.

  • American Threads
  • Anthropologie
  • The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
  • The Art of Disney
  • Basin
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • The BOATHOUSE Boutique
  • Bowes Signature Candles
  • Build-A-Dino by Build-A-Bear Workshop at T-REX
  • Chapel Hats
  • Cirque du Soleil Store
  • Coach
  • Coca-Cola Store
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Corkcicle
  • Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
  • Dino-Store at T-REX
  • Disney PhotoPass Studio
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron
  • Disney’s Days of Christmas
  • Disney’s Pin Traders
  • Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories
  • DisneyStyle
  • Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
  • Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories
  • Everything But Water
  • eyCatchers Cart
  • Fabletics
  • Face Painting Kiosk by Enjoy Your Face
  • Fit2Run, The Runner’s Superstore
  • francesca’s
  • Free People
  • Goofy’s Candy Company
  • Happy Hound Kiosk
  • Havaianas
  • House of Blues Gear Shop
  • Initial Rings
  • Jo Malone London
  • JOHNNY WAS
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Just Fun Socks
  • Just Plumerias
  • Kate Spade New York
  • Kendra Scott
  • L’Occitane en Provence
  • LACOSTE
  • Lefty’s – The Left Hand Store
  • The LEGO Store
  • Levi’s
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • Lovepop
  • lululemon
  • Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Marketplace Co-Op
    • Disney Centerpiece
    • Disney Tails
    • D-Tech on Demand
  • M&M’S
  • Na Hoku – Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924
  • Oakley
  • Once Upon a Toy
  • Orlando Harley-Davidson
  • Pandora Jewelry
  • Pearl Factory Kiosk
  • Pelé Soccer
  • Pop Gallery
  • Rainforest Cafe Retail Village
  • Ron Jon Surf Shop
  • Rothy’s
  • Sanuk
  • Savannah Bee Company
  • Sephora
  • Shop for Ireland
  • Shore
  • Silhouette Portraits Cart
  • Sperry
  • The Spice & Tea Exchange
  • Stance
  • Star Wars Galactic Outpost
  • Star Wars Trading Post
  • Sugarboo & Co.
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Super Hero Headquarters
  • Superdry
  • Tommy Bahama
  • Tren-D
  • UNDER ARMOUR BRAND HOUSE
  • UNIQLO
  • UNOde50
  • Vera Bradley
  • Volcom
  • Wondermade
  • World of Disney
  • ZARA

Entertainment Options

You’ll find plenty of entertainment options, including live entertainment that takes place throughout the day, photo opportunities, seasonal events, and more. Let’s take a closer look at everything that is offered.

Live Entertainment

  • AdventHealth Waterside Stage
  • Waterview Park

Movie Theater

  • AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatres

Bowling

  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Photo Opportunities

  • Coca-Cola Polar Bear Photo-Op Experience

Stage Shows

  • Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil

Restaurant Entertainment

  • The Edison Live Entertainment
  • House of Blues
  • Paradiso 37 Entertainment
  • Raglan Road Live Entertainment
  • Stargazers Live Entertainment

Disney Springs Art Walk

Take a walk through Town Center, where you’ll find beautiful displays of art from talented artists. The Art Walk features art from both local and international artists, with colorful murals and different styles.

Disney Springs Kids Club

Every Saturday, you can enjoy the Disney Springs Kids Club located at The Landing over by The BOATHOUSE. The entertainment takes place Saturdays at 10:30 AM, 11:15 AM, and 12 PM at Waterview Park, with interactive entertainment including:

  • Flight Crew: A dance party with jump rope routines and acrobatics.
  • Wassalou Drum Circle: Music with Wassalou, a vibrant Afropop band. Kids can play the bongos, and maracas, or clap their hands along to the beat.
  • DJ Katie “KD Queen” Beck: Kids can dance with hula hoops, do the limbo, or show off their moves at this music-filled party.

Seasonal Events

There are also different seasonal events each year, including celebrations for fall, summer, and the holiday season. Here are the ones you need to know:

  • Flavors of Florida: A culinary celebration featuring the diverse and delicious flavors of the Sunshine State, showcasing Florida-inspired dishes and beverages.
  • Wellness Month: A month-long initiative promoting health and wellness at Disney Springs, offering activities, special menus, and events focused on well-being.
  • Spring at Disney Springs: Embrace the season of renewal with special events, colorful decorations, and themed offerings throughout Disney Springs during the springtime.
  • Summer at Disney Springs: Experience the excitement of summer with lively entertainment, outdoor activities, and themed events at Disney Springs.
  • Fall Into Magic at Disney Springs: Welcome the autumn season with festive decorations, seasonal treats, and special events that capture the magic of fall at Disney Springs.
  • Hispanic & Latin American Heritage Month: A celebration honoring Hispanic and Latin American cultures, featuring special performances, cuisine, and events that showcase the richness of these traditions.
  • Holidays at Disney Springs
    • Christmas Tree Stroll: Wander through a magical display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each uniquely themed, creating a festive atmosphere at Disney Springs.
    • Meet Santa Claus: Create cherished memories by meeting Santa Claus in a festive setting at Disney Springs, where families can share their holiday wishes and take photos.

Attractions

  • Aerophile: A tethered helium balloon ride that offers breathtaking views of Disney Springs and its surroundings from high above. It provides a unique and serene experience for guests to enjoy panoramic vistas.
    • $29.99/adults (10+), $24.99/kids (ages 3-9)
  • Marketplace Carousel: A classic carousel located in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs. One adult can ride for free with kids under 42″.
    • One ride: $5
    • Two rides: $10
    • Six rides: $20
  • Marketplace Train Express: A charming train ride located in the Marketplace area. One adult can ride for free with kids under 36″.
    • One ride: $5
    • Two rides: $10
    • Six rides: $20
  • Vintage Amphicar Tours: A 20-minute ride on an amphibious vehicle that can travel on both land and water. Available 10 AM to 10 PM daily.
    • $125 per car (accommodates 3-4 people)

Photo by Judd Helms

Parking Options and Cost

Parking at Disney Springs is free, with several surface and garage parking options available. Electric vehicle owners can find 13 charging stations throughout. These include three in the Lime and Orange garages on the fifth level, three on the third level of the Grapefruit Garage, and four in the Watermelon parking lot.

Surface Parking

  • Watermelon Parking Lot
  • Strawberry Parking Lot

Garage Parking

  • Grapefruit Garage
  • Lime Garage
  • Orange Garage

Disney Springs Hotels

While not Disney-owned, there are several Disney Springs hotels that are within walking distance of the dining and shopping center. Each of these hotels provides free shuttle service to the Disney World theme parks, and also comes with the benefit of providing Early Theme Park Entry to guests. This means that guests at each of these hotels can go into the theme parks 30 minutes before they officially open. The Disney Springs area hotels are:

  • B Resort & Spa
  • Double Tree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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