When many people hear the name “Walt Disney World” they only think of the four main theme parks. There is so much more to see and discover. One of those things is Disney Springs. People may think that it is just a mall but it is so much more than that. Here are ten questions and answers about Disney Springs.
10. How Big Is Disney Springs?
Disney Springs covers 120 acres and has more than 150 venues. There is plenty of space to walk around and window shop. It is also a great place to just sit down and people watch and take a little bit of relaxation time.
9. Do I Have to Pay to Park?
One of the great things about Disney Springs is that parking is free. A few years ago parking was a real issue at Disney Springs, and Disney listened to people’s concerns because they built three multi-level parking garages. Each parking garage has a helpful feature that will tell you how many open spots are available on each level and then down each row. If there’s a little green light above the spot that means it is available. Make sure you write down or take a picture of where you parked. It would not be fun to try to find your car at the end of the night if you don’t even know what garage or level you’re in.
8. Do I Need a Ticket to Get In?
It is completely free to get into Disney Springs. It is a really good spot if you want some Disney magic without having to pay for the price of admission. You can walk around, or you can relax and take in the greatness of Walt Disney World without the madness of the theme parks.
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7. Wasn’t It Called Something Else?
Disney Springs opened in 1975 but it has not always been called Disney Springs. The location has gone through quite a few name changes over the years. It started out as Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village and then also went by Walt Disney World Village, Disney Village Marketplace, Downtown Disney, and then finally Disney Springs. If you hear someone say “Downtown Disney” they might be talking about Disney Springs. They could instead be referring to Disneyland in California, since the shopping and dining district out West is still called Downtown Disney.
6. Is Disney Springs Worth Going To?
Although it is not a theme park Disney Springs is still very much worth going to. If you need an off day you can sleep in, and then spend some time browsing the shops at Disney Springs and enjoying the other features. There are also delicious dining options. There are many wonderful photo spots that you won’t want to miss, so get the cameras out and ready.
5. Is There Fine Dining at Disney Springs?
There are many great fine dining options available at Disney Springs. The BOATHOUSE not only has great food, but you can book a ride in a car that drives through the water. STK Steakhouse is a great option if you’re looking for a fancy dinner. If you’re craving Italian, Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante may be exactly what you’re looking for. Maria & Enzo’s isn’t a signature restaurant, but you’ll feel like it is! These are just a few of the full service dining options, there are more to choose from. If you have your heart set on one you will want to get a dining reservation in advance because spots fill up very quickly and you don’t want to miss getting a table.
4. Are There Any Good Places to Get Dessert at Disney Springs?
If you have a sweet tooth you are in the right place at Disney Springs. Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, and Sprinkles Cupcakes are just a small selection of the dessert options. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC is a great choice for those who are vegan, gluten-free, or kosher. You are sure to find exactly what you’re craving.
3. Has Disney Springs Changed Much Over the Years?
If it’s been a while since you’ve been to Disney Springs then you will not recognize it the next time you are there. There have been many expansions and new stores and restaurants that have come in. Things continue to evolve, even after the name change. If you haven’t been since it was Downtown Disney it truly looks like a totally different place now. If it’s been a while, make sure you stop by, because it will be worth it.
2. Are There Any Discounts Available?
Who doesn’t like to save a little money? Many people think that if you are at Walt Disney World everything is expensive. Things can get pricey but there are also lots of discounts you can get. If you are a Disney Annual Passholder there are many shops and restaurants that offer discounts. Make sure to ask at the checkout, just in case. There are also discounts for Disney Vacation Club members, and guests that have Disney Visa card can find discounts as well. Earl of Sandwich has special offers if you join the EClub. If you want to dine at Rainforest Cafe or T-REX, sign up for Landry’s Select Club and earn rewards while you dine.
1. Is There Live Entertainment?
If you are looking for incredible live entertainment Disney Springs has your back. There are many local artists all around Disney Springs ready to entertain you. Central Florida has so much talent and you will not be disappointed in the show they put on. You’ll want to walk the whole way across Disney Springs. There are performers from Marketplace to West Side.