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10 Reasons You Are Going To Love Disney Springs At Walt Disney World

The Downtown Disney to Disney Springs transformation seems ongoing and with updates and additions it may always be but here are ten reasons that you’ll love Disney Springs now.

 

10. Theme

While Downtown Disney was always a good place to shop or eat, it lacked a central theme. Disney Springs has just that. It even has a backstory. It’s supposed to represent a small town in Florida that grew around a natural spring.

9. Parking Garages

Parking at Downtown Disney was very challenging. Now at Disney Springs, there are two huge parking garages which provide covered spaces for thousands of cars. The garages have lighted numbers at the end of each row, letting you know how many spaces in that row are vacant. If there is a green light over a space, it is open. These garages make parking much less of a hassle.

8. Kiosks

Small towns have hometown shops, and you’ll find several of these at Disney Springs in the form of kiosks. You can pick up anything from craft items to cocktails to cookies at the kiosks. There are already many in place, and you can expect more to open in the future.

7. Amorette’s Patisserie

Located in Town Center, almost behind The World of Disney Store, is a slice of heaven known as Amorette’s Patisserie. This is a sophisticated pastry shop that you won’t regret visiting and tasting one of their many mouth-watering pastries. They also offer specialty cakes that can be pre-ordered.

6. STK Orlando

Disney Springs is supposed to be a classy town, which means that there are some high quality restaurants. One of those is STK Orlando. The steakhouse is located in The Landing section of Disney Springs, formerly Pleasure Island. The restaurant and lounge is the largest STK restaurant, and is two stories high. There is a live DJ in the lounge, and rooftop dining is available.

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5. Morimoto Asia

Another restaurant in The Landing features the creations of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Pan-Asian cuisine is served at Morimoto Asia. The two story building also has a lounge, and waterfront dining is available.

4. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

This Indiana Jones themed lounge is named after the fictitious archaeologist’s pilot, Jock Lindsey, and it features an aviation theme. Fans of the movie series will want to pay special attention to the details. While it’s more of a lounge than a restaurant, there is some food available. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is located in The Landing between Paradiso 37 and The BOATHOUSE.

3. The BOATHOUSE

The BOATHOUSE is a signature dining experience located in The Landing at Disney Springs, and it is something that you need to see to believe. Before you eat take an Amphicar Ride. Your group and a captain will take a spin in a car that rides on the water as well as on land. The cost is $125 for up to three people. You can also take an Italian Water Taxi Cruise; complete with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. The menu at The BOATHOUSE is heavy on the seafood, but steak and other items are available as well. The BOATHOUSE was created by Schussler Creative, the same group who is responsible for Rainforest Cafe and T-REX. Don’t expect the same type of experience, there are no similarities.

2. The VOID

Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba recently closed at the end of 2017 leaving behind great memories and a huge entertainment void to fill. While a new show is expected to take stage in the future, we are thrilled The VOID recently joined the scene at Disney Springs. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is an fantastic entertainment option at Disney’s Springs The VOID. Perfect for tweens, teens, and adults, The VOID is an ultimate virtual reality experience. Team up (or be teamed up) with four guests and go under disguise to recover the secrets of the Empire. The multi-sensory environment makes virtual reality feel like…well, REALITY! Star Wars fan or not, you’ll enjoy this one!

1. The Edison

The Edison is the newest hot spot at Disney Springs! Offering amazing dishes, outstanding beverages, and exceptional entertainment, be sure The Edison is placed on your Disney Springs must-do list. The architecture alone is spectacular to take in. After 10:00pm, this place turns into a nighttime lounge for 21 years and over with a dress code. Get ready to have an incredible dining experience!

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.