Disney Springs is a great place to spend an off day from the Walt Disney World theme parks, or to kill some time the day you arrive or the day you leave. The area has expanded and the theme is striking. It is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Here are ten suggestions to help you make the most out of your time at Disney Springs.
Parking at Disney Springs is free. There are two parking garages, as well as surface parking. Valet parking is also available for a fee, but most of the time you won’t need it. The Lime Garage often fills up before the Orange Garage does. Also, the exit to Disney Springs is located on the second floor of either garage. If you park on the first level, you’ll need to go up to get out.
9) Make Reservations Early
If there is a must-try restaurant at Disney Springs, make your dining reservation as early as you can. You might think that a restaurant such as T-REX wouldn’t have a wait, but often the reservations fill up months in advance. There are also several new restaurants at Disney Springs, which might not have been there on your last trip. Other guests could also want to try them for the first time. If there is a restaurant that you really want to dine at, don’t risk being left out. Make your reservation early.
8) Catch a Movie
You don’t want to miss out on the latest blockbuster because you’re on vacation. After all, your friends back home will be talking about it, and there could be spoilers on social media. If you’re spending a day at Disney Springs, take a couple of hours and watch that film. There are 24 screens, so there is a good selection of movies to choose from. The seats are comfy, and if you want you can have dinner and your movie all in the same place.
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7) Save the Galaxy
If you watch Star Wars and secretly picture yourself as part of the action, you’ll want to check out Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID. It’s a virtual reality experience unlike any other. You and three other people will be sent on a secret mission to Mustafar. It’s an immersive, full sensory experience unlike anything that you’ve done before.
6) Enjoy the View
Characters in Flight is now known as Aerophile—The World Leader in Balloon Flight. The name may have changed, but the experience remains breathtaking. You’ll fly 400 feet in the air in a tethered balloon and enjoy the best view at Walt Disney World. The ride lasts about ten minutes, and you’ll be in awe every second of it.
5) Grab an Affordable Meal
If you’re looking for a break in the cost of meals on your Walt Disney World vacation, you’ll be happy to know that there are two more affordable options at Disney Springs. Earl of Sandwich offers hot sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more. If the line is long don’t leave, it moves quickly. The other quick, affordable option is Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza. There are 40 toppings, and your pizza will be ready faster than you are used to. The prices at either place might be slightly higher than at home, but they are less than most restaurants at Walt Disney World.
4) Watch Live Entertainment
Disney Springs can be crowded, especially in the evenings. That doesn’t mean that you should avoid the area. Instead, take your time, because there is live entertainment throughout the district. There are several outdoor spots where you can catch a live show, and some restaurants have live entertainment inside. Disney Springs feels less crowded when you’re not fighting to get through that crowd.
3) Enjoy a Fine Dining Experience
Disney Springs is becoming a dining destination. You will find some of the best fine dining restaurants in Central Florida at Disney Springs. The best part of all is that there are even more signature restaurants on the way. If you’re looking for a romantic meal or for an experience that will make you feel as if you’re not at the world’s most popular theme parks, make a reservation for a signature restaurant at Disney Springs.
2) Shop Early
Disney Springs has some extremely popular stores, especially in Marketplace. The stores such as World of Disney and The LEGO Store will be wall to wall people by the middle of the day. Show up early, and you will be able to better enjoy your shopping experiences. When the crowds arrive don’t forget to head to West Side. It’s easy to spend hours in Marketplace and totally forget about the far section of Disney Springs.
1) Bring Your Patience
Even though all four sections have opened in Disney Springs, there are still changes that are being made. There are construction walls that are still up, but don’t let them stop you from having a good time. Realize ahead of time that the area will be busy so you won’t get upset when you see the crowd. Take your time, and take everything in. Remember that an area like Disney Springs will never be complete, something new and exciting will always be on the horizon. Don’t let little things get to you, be patient, and enjoy your time there.