10 Things You MUST Know About Disney Springs At Walt Disney World

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Disney Springs is a part of Walt Disney World that many people who have not been there may not quite understand. What is it all about? The entertainment district, as it is often referred to, features shopping, great dining, entertainment, and much more. Here are ten things that you will want to know about Disney Springs.


10. Downtown Disney

If you’re at Walt Disney World and you hear someone mention Downtown Disney, most likely they are talking about Disney Springs. The name was changed back in 2015 when the entire area was reimagined. If you’re in California and hear someone say Downtown Disney, that’s correct. The name hasn’t changed at Walt Disney World’s sister on the West Coast.

9. Admission

How much does it cost to go to Disney Springs? Nothing! Of course there are plenty of things there that you can spend money on, but there is no admission fee.

8. Free Parking

Another thing that is free at Disney Springs is the parking. There are three parking garages, and surface parking is also available. If you don’t feel like parking your own car and don’t mind paying a fee, valet is also available.

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7. Buses to the Parks

Since parking is free, isn’t there a chance that people will park in the parking garage and then take a bus to the theme parks, since theme park parking is expensive? Some people used to do just that, and they ruined it for everyone else. Buses do not run from Disney Springs to the theme parks. There are buses from the parks to Disney Springs, but they only run fairly late in the day.

6. Food

Food is a big part of what Disney Springs is all about. If you are looking for international cuisine, there is a good selection. You’ll find Italian, Cuban, Irish, Asian, Mexican, and many other choices. If you want something that feels closer to home you can order sandwiches, BBQ, seafood, and more. If you’re really looking for close to home try Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. Chef Art Smith truly did come home, he used to be a Cast Member.

5. Shopping

There is a little bit of shopping for everyone at Disney Springs. You’ll find the world’s largest Disney character store, Star Wars and Marvel merchandise, tons of toys, jewelry, name brand clothing, Christmas items, LEGOS, and hundreds of other possibilities. Disney Springs is a great place to find last minute souvenirs for those back home as well.

4. More Than Just Shopping

If you’re not in the mood to shop (or don’t have space in your suitcase) there are other activities that you can do at Disney Springs. There is a 24 screen movie theater, a luxury bowling alley, an NBA Experience, virtual reality at The VOID, and a concert venue. Disney Springs is not finished yet, and more fun is on the way.

3. Not a Theme Park, but…

There are some fun thrills to be found at Disney Springs. The young kids will love Marketplace Carousel and Marketplace Train Express. The whole family will enjoy the view from 400 feet in the air in Aerophile—The World Leader in Balloon Flight. Virtual Reality fans who are at least 48 inches tall have a chance to enter the VR world at The VOID. Basketball fans can shoot some hoops and play interactive games at the NBA Experience. Disney Springs also offers Vintage Amphicar rides and Italian Water Taxi Tours. There are plenty of thrills on hand; without using a day of your theme park ticket.

2. Free Live Entertainment

Disney Springs comes alive at night. There is free live entertainment around almost every corner. The acts are very diverse, one moment you might be enjoying a cover band and then a few minutes later you’re listening to the violin. Several of the restaurants also have live entertainment, so you can enjoy good food and a show at the same time.

1. Signature Dining

Many people are shocked to discover that there is fine dining at Walt Disney World. At Disney Springs, there are several signature restaurants in one location! These are some of the best restaurants that Walt Disney World has to offer. You’ll leave both full and impressed by the quality.

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.