Among one of the most fun things to do at the Walt Disney World Resort without a theme park ticket is exploring Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney. Disney Springs is a bustling shopping, dining and entertainment district that’s fun for the whole family. And while there are any number of things to do when you visit, some experiences are favorites among a majority of Guests. Here are 11 trending places to be at Disney Springs.
11. The Edison
This fun new hotspot is perfect for any occasion! Whether you’re looking for an interesting place to have lunch with the family, a great location to celebrate your anniversary or a happening night spot, The Edison restaurant has it all! For starters, try the Clothesline Candied Bacon—it’s fabulous! Hungry? Order the Edison burger (but be prepared to split with a loved one—it’s huge!). For dessert, try the Lollipop Tree and enjoy lots of cheesecake pops rolled in all kinds of delicious toppings with bubble gum whipped cream for dipping! At night, enjoy entertainment including an aerial contortionist, tap dancers, a live DJ and more!
10. Enzo’s Hideaway
If you’re looking for a fun spot with a nod to an earlier time where you can enjoy dinner, drinks and dessert, stop your search—you’ve got to step into Enzo’s Hideaway at The Landing. It’s a tunnel bar that’s truly “hidden away” from the crowds at Disney Springs, and it has the feel of an early 20th century speakeasy. Order creative cocktails and enjoy meatballs, pastas, eggplant parm, rigatoni and more. For dessert, try any number of sundaes, as well as different flavors of gelati and of course, tiramisu!
9. Maria and Enzo’s
At Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante, you’ll enjoy delicious Sicilian dishes, including stuffed rice balls, amazing soups and salads, fresh-made pastas, steaks and chops. Enjoy gelati and other Italian desserts to finish! Reservations are highly recommended for this experience—Maria and Enzo’s is one of the restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort that doesn’t accept same-day reservations. You can book brunch, lunch or dinner online at www.mydisneyexperience.com, via the My Disney Experience app or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
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8. The VOID
Calling all Star Wars fans! If you missed the casting call for the next episode in the Star Wars saga, have no fear! The VOID attraction has you covered! Purchase tickets in advance to this amazing, state-of-the-art attraction called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire powered by ILMxLAB and The VOID. During this out-of-this-world experience, you’ll strap on a helmet and backpack that will emerge you into a world of virtual reality. In this attraction, you and your friends and family are cast into the world of Star Wars. Explore the lands and terrain from the saga, feel the heat from the lava beneath your feet, and look at your hands, and see that you’re wearing Stormtroopers gloves! It’s an amazing experience that’s difficult to describe with words—you have to see it to believe it! Purchase your tickets online at www.thevoid.com.
7. Disney Springs AMC 24
Catch the latest flicks at Disney Springs AMC 24 Dine-In Theaters. See the most recently-released Disney and PIXAR films, or catch the movie you’ve been wanting to see for weeks now! Dine-in service is available in some theaters. What could be better—AMC theaters right there at Disney Springs! For more information, visit www.amctheaters.com.
6. Disney Style
Do you have daughters? If so, the Disney Style boutique should be on your Disney Springs list. At this trendy shop, Disney fans can find jerseys, tees, character-themed handbags and jewelry, headwear, patches, pins, hats, socks and more. You can even see a vintage Skyway gondola and pose for pictures with your pals in the teacup ride vehicle from the Mad Tea Party attraction at Magic Kingdom. If you have daughters, granddaughters or nieces with you, you won’t even need a map—they just seem to be drawn to this adorable shop!
5. Morimoto Asia
Morimoto is a unique place to feast on Japanese cuisine, including sushi and seafood—and you can choose how to have your experience. Morimoto offers private dining, as well as general seating, a sushi bar, exhibition kitchens and more! The restaurant is two stories of amazing Pan-Asian cuisine and décor. Come and see the 20-foot long chandeliers. Hungry for sushi? There’s no better place to satisfy that hunger than Morimoto Asia!
Board a huge tethered helium balloon, soar 400 feet in the air for about 10 minutes and enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Walt Disney World Resort. In fact, you’ll have a 360-degree view of up to 10 miles away! The balloon’s basket can hold up to 29 Guests and the Aerophile pilot. Cost is $20 for adults ages 10 and up and $15 for kids ages 3 to 9.
3. The Polite Pig
In Texas, we like our barbecue, but this Lone Star native and her family LOVE the amazing fare at The Polite Pig! You will too if you’re a BBQ connoisseur. Head to The Polite Pig for all kinds of delicious options. Pretzels with beer cheese fondue, pickled carrots, Caesar salads, brisket, ribs, salmon and every kind of BBQ sandwich imaginable are all hot ticket items at this fabulous BBQ spot. Don’t leave Disney Springs without trying The Polite Pig!
2. The Coca-Cola Rooftop Bar
High atop the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs, you can experience Coke products in a million different ways (ok, maybe not a million, but the experiences are varied and fun!). Enjoy fountain Coca-Cola drinks, Cokes by the can or bottle and even cocktails made with Coke. For around $25, you can create your own mixed beverage at your table—just ask for the “Create Your Own” option. The bar also offers smoothies, ICEEs and floats, as well as donuts, pretzels, Coke brownies and more. And to top it off, you’ll enjoy the views of Disney Springs from the third level of the Coke store! Don’t miss it!
1. The NBA Experience—Coming Summer 2019!
Soon one of the most trending places to be at Disney Springs will be the new NBA Experience. It will be a great place for basketball fans of all ages! Fun games, competitions and immersive experiences will keep Guests coming back for more. There will even be a retail store and a restaurant! If you love basketball, stay tuned for the opening of the NBA Experience, set to happen next summer!