[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t first glance it may seem like Disney Springs isn’t worth a stop. There aren’t any of the typical Disney amusement park rides. There aren’t any meet and greet characters. It isn’t really a theme park at all. Really, its identity is still forming. It was originally known as Downtown Disney not too long ago.
There are storefronts not yet open. Construction signs. Cones and fences to herd guests.
So is it worth a stop?
Simply put, yes!
Here are my 5 reasons why Downtown / Disney Disney Springs is a must see.
- Food, food and more food. There is fine dining like Wolfgang Puck’s newest restaurant and Fulton’s Boathouse. But there are also family focused themed restaurants like Rainforest Cafe and T Rex Cafe. Then there’s my favorite… food trucks. I had the butter chicken from Namaste Cafe. DELICIOUS! And reasonable and fast.
- Live entertainment. Just walking through last night we enjoyed a live DJ, a banjo duel, jazz players, and a handful of other live entertainers. There is plenty of seating available, so it’s a great way to sit back and relax a spell. If free isn’t your thing, you could also take in a show at Cirque du Soleil.
- Shopping. There are more shopping venues than I care to list. Many things that are also available in the parks themselves. If you are planning a trip to Orlando, but not to a Disney theme park you should definitely stop at a shop in Disney Springs. If only to get the feel for the Disney experience. My favorite shop is the Candy Cauldron.
- People Watching. There are plenty of places to sit. Water fountains to keep cool. And a wide variety of people to watch. I grabbed a cone from Giradheli and was completely occupied watching folks. Can be fun too 😉
- Have an adventure. Yep. You can have a bit of an adventure in Disney Springs too! Whether it be a pampering experience at the old school barber shop, a hot air balloon ride on Characters In flight or even ride in a car in the water at the Boathouse. Yeah, that’s right, the Amphicar. You can get a unique view of Disney Springs while taking a ride through the waters.
Disney Springs is indeed worth a stop. Regardless of your preferences, there really is something for everyone. You can easily spend a few hours!
Have you been to Disney Springs? Any tips to share?