7 Reasons You Will Love Staying Near Disney Springs

Disney Springs has more shopping and dining options now than ever. While there are advantages to staying near one of the Walt Disney World theme parks, there are also many reasons why you might want to consider staying in the Disney Springs Resort Area instead. Here are seven of them. The resorts included here are Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. You won’t go wrong with any of these choices.

7. Relaxation

A Walt Disney World vacation can take a lot out of you. If you stay at a Disney Springs Area Resort, you’ll be close to some fun ways to relax and recharge. What better way is there to relax than to spend some time at a spa? You’ll find Senses at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. It’s a full service spa, and packages are available. If golf is more your thing you won’t be far from Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. This world class course has hosted many prestigious events. If you’re looking for a way for the whole family to relax together how about a carriage ride? You’ll check in at Port Orleans – Riverside. Everyone in your party will enjoy it. These are just a few of the ways that you can relax if you stay in the Disney Springs Resort Area.

6. Water Taxi

Getting there is supposed to be half the fun, and you’ll enjoy the ride to Disney Springs from any of the area resorts. There is a water taxi that will take you along the Sassagoula River to the close by resorts and to and from Disney Springs. It’s a relaxing, picturesque ride, so sit back and enjoy it! Ask a Cast Member at your resort what the hours of operation are, you don’t want to miss the last boat back.

5. Entertainment

One of the nicest things about staying at a Disney Springs Resort Area hotel is the proximity to Disney Springs! If you’re looking to be entertained, hop on the water taxi. You can then be amazed by The VOID, rock out to a concert at House of Blues, catch the latest flick, go bowling, take part in a dance party, and more. There is live entertainment in the evenings, all you have to do is to stroll through the area and see what you can find. If you don’t want to leave your resort, watch a movie under the stars. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is the home of River Roost Lounge, where YeHaa Bob Jackson performs several nights a week. If you haven’t seen his show, you’re missing out.

4. Signature Dining

World class restaurants are an important aspect of any Walt Disney World vacation, and if you stay in the Disney Springs Resort Area you will not be disappointed. If you’re looking for a signature dining experience, hop on that water taxi yet again and visit Disney Springs. The district is becoming known as the place in Central Florida for fine dining. Just a few of the signature options are The Edison, STK Orlando, The BOATHOUSE, and Morimoto Asia. If you love gourmet dining, the best news of all is that more signature restaurants are on the way.

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3. More Dining

Of course sometimes you just want good food and you don’t care who came up with the recipe. There are plenty of other dining options in the Disney Springs Resort Area that are not signature experiences. At the resorts you might want to try Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Olivia’s Cafe, or The Turf Club Bar and Grill. There are also fantastic food courts, lounges, and snack bars. At Disney Springs the non-signature dining options are also incredible. You can enjoy Cuban, Irish, or Italian cuisine, order from a food truck, grab a drink, or enjoy a frozen creation. There are so many dining choices at Disney Springs that you will want to keep coming back to try something else.

2. The Resorts Themselves

Travel is the theme at the Disney Springs Resort Area. You’ll feel like you’ve headed to a different part of the United States without having to leave Central Florida. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort celebrates the racing community of Saratoga Springs, NY, while taking you back to the late 1800’s. Disney’s Old Key West Resort will transport you to the Florida Keys, where life moves at a different pace than the rest of the country. There are two resorts that focus on Louisiana. At Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, it’s a celebration of Mardi Gras all year long. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is more laid back, and it mimics the beauty of rural Louisiana. No matter which Disney Springs Area Resort you choose, you are sure to be swept away.

1. Treehouses? Seriously?

One of the most unique and fun places to stay at Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a treehouse? While they may look a little bit on the rustic side, the Treehouse Villas are nothing but luxurious. They are ten feet off of the ground, and each treehouse has three bedrooms and a full kitchen, so they are spacious. You’ll also enjoy a private deck with a grill, and incredible views. The Treehouse Villas may be the most unique place to stay on Walt Disney World property. They are expensive, but for many families the cost is worth it for the added adventure that they bring. There are only 60 Treehouse Villas available, and Disney Vacation Club members get first dibs.

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.