When many people think of Walt Disney World they automatically think of the theme parks. This makes sense, because they are four of the most popular theme parks in the world, and they are the main reason why people visit Walt Disney World. That said, there is so much more to the Walt Disney World Resort than just the theme parks, and that includes Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney). Tourists and locals alike can enjoy Disney Springs and there is no theme park ticket required, admission is free. Here are ten lies that you should not believe about Disney Springs.
10. Everything Is Owned by Disney
There are dozens of different shops at Disney Springs, and many of them are owned by third party companies that rent out the space. You can go to many of your favorite shops while still being immersed by the happiness of Disney. The same is true of the restaurants. A lot of them are third party owned, which is why some don’t honor the Disney Dining Plan or Annual Passholder discounts.
9. It’s Just for Kids
Some people, when they hear the words “Walt Disney World” think that all of it is just for kids, but that could not be farther from the truth. At Disney Springs there are plenty of places that adults will love. There are even some spots that after certain hours are for ages 21 and up. Disney Springs really does have something for everyone.
8. There’s No Good Food
Don’t think just because Disney is in the theme park business that it is only “theme park food” at Disney Springs. Some of the most famous chefs in the world have brought their creations and their restaurants to the district. There are several different signature dining experiences that you will love. Several of the restaurants are perfect for a romantic evening for two.
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7. It’s Not Worth Visiting
While planning out your Walt Disney World vacation, make sure you include a relaxed day that can include visiting Disney Springs. Very often on your vacation it can be all about the theme parks, which will be exhausting. Plan a day where you can hit the pool in the morning and then browse the shops at Disney Springs later in the day. You’ll then be recharged for your next day in the theme parks.
6. It’s Just Another Mall
Disney Springs is so much more than just another shopping mall. Yes, they have some of your favorite brands, but Disney Springs is an experience of its own. If you’ve ever been there, you know. Central Florida has other malls, and Disney Springs is different than them all.
5. It’s Only About Shopping and Dining
There’s so much more to Disney Springs than just shopping and dining. There’s also a 24 screen movie theater, plus a bowling alley unlike the one that you go to back home. You can watch world famous bands at House of Blues. You can see Walt Disney World from 400 feet in the air in a tethered balloon. If part of your party wants to shop and the other part wants to catch a movie, no problem; everyone can do what they want and have a great time at Disney Springs.
4. There’s No Free Entertainment
This goes along with the last point. There is also entertainment all over Disney Springs. Some of Central Florida’s most talented musicians call Disney Springs home. They will entertain you with some of the biggest hits of today and yesterday, as well as with original tunes. You can find the free entertainment in several different spots throughout Disney Springs.
3. There’s Not Enough Parking
If you visited Disney Springs a few years ago you may remember that parking used to be really tough, especially at night. That was a big complaint that many guests had, and Disney listened. Since then they have built parking garages with many levels to accommodate all their guests. Parking has become much easier now.
2. There’s No Free Parking
If you’re visiting the Walt Disney World Theme Parks you’re used to having to pay to park. At Disney Springs you get a treat, because parking is free. It’s just another perk for stopping by Disney Springs. Valet parking is available if you’d prefer it, and you will need to pay for that.
1. Buses Go to the Theme Parks From Disney Springs
You are unable to get to the theme parks from Disney Springs by using Disney transportation. They don’t want guests leaving their cars at Disney Springs and then not paying for parking at the theme parks, so they had to implement that rule. You are able to get from the Walt Disney World Resort hotels to Disney Springs, though, and back again. If you aren’t sure where to catch a bus back to your hotel, just ask a Cast Member.