Guests love to visit all four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. There’s so much to see, do and experience at each park—it’s amazing! But because there’s so much to experience on a vacation to the most magical place on earth, it’s understandable that many families plan a non-park day (or two) during their time at Disney World. There are lots of things to do at your Disney Resort hotel, but if you want to be out and about on your non-park day, where can you go, and what can you do? The short answer is many things, but one of the most popular is spending at day shopping at Disney Springs. There are lots of shops, boutiques and kiosks, but here are our 10 favorites at this fabulous shopping and entertainment district.
10. The Art of Disney
At this fun shop, you’ll have the experience of enjoying an art gallery, mingled with the opportunity to purchase any of the art you see, as well as the opportunity to meet Disney artists from time to time, ask them questions and watch as they draw their magic. If you purchase a piece of artwork by the artist who’s visiting The Art of Disney that day, you can also have the artist sign the piece(s) you purchase.
The experience at this fabulous shop is not just in purchasing any of the wonderful items for sale inside this boutique. The experience begins the moment you open the door! There is no better-smelling shop at Disney Springs than Basin. Everything sold in the shop is free of chemicals you don’t want on or in your body, including soaps, shampoos, conditioners, waxes, bath bombs, lip balms made of natural ingredients, Disney-themed soaps and bath salts of several different delicious scents. Items at Basin are available on their website, but the store is such a scrumptious experience, and you’ll want to stop by because Basin is only in select states, and chances are you don’t have one close to home. Don’t miss out!
8. The Coca-Cola Store
What is it they say about Coke—share a Coke, share a smile? You’ll be grinning from ear to ear when you visit the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs. It’s three floors of Coca-Cola paraphernalia, souvenirs, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and even a rooftop beverage bar. The second floor is home to the Coke Polar Bear. You can pose for pictures with him and purchase the photos as well. On the third floor, you will discover a rooftop bar where you can order different Coca-Cola brand beverages, make your own Coke concoction or simply order a Coke float. The view from the roof is great, and the third floor of this shop is a must-do on your next visit to Disney Springs.
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7. Disney’s Design-a-Tee
Near The Art of Disney, you will find Disney’s Design-a-Tee where you can use one of several computer kiosks to create your very own personalized souvenir shirt. After you choose your shirt, size, color, graphic and wording, you’ll be able to place an order for your shirt and return in about an hour to pick it up. It’s t-shirts on demand!
6. Disney’s Days of Christmas
Ahhh, that Disney magic! And the spirit of Christmas! Could there be any better combination on earth? It’s even more magical when you discover that Christmas shops at Disney World are open year-round. At Disney’s Days of Christmas, you can purchase Disney-themed ornaments for your tree, as well as other Disney-themed Christmas decorations. There are whimsical character-themed stockings, items that can be personalized and more! Celebrate Christmas—whether it’s December or August!
5. Disney’s Pin Traders
Pin Traders is the go-to spot at Disney Springs for all things related to Official Disney Pin Trading. There are hundreds of pins available for purchase, including (at certain times of the year) Passholder and DVC exclusive pins. The shop also sells lanyards, starter sets, trader sets and more. At selected times throughout the day, the shop even opens its huge pin-trading board so Guests can trade. This is a must-do if anyone in your family likes to trade pins.
4. Lefty’s – The Left-Hand Store
I’m right-handed, so I’m sure I can’t fully appreciate this shop, but I do think it’s pretty special that there’s a shop dedicated solely to lefties. There are all kinds of gifts and gadgets that were made with the lefty in mind. If you’re right-handed, I can safely say there’s nothing at this shop for you, but there are amazing gifts for all the lovely lefties in your life!
3. Cherry Tree Lane at Marketplace Co-op
This shop is inside the Marketplace Co-op at Disney Springs and is named for the address of the Banks family in Disney’s Mary Poppins. It’s a sophisticated shop with sophisticated apparel and accessories for sophisticated women. Shop for handbags, purses, totes, jewelry, clothing and more—and most that carry a somewhat understated Disney theme. Find Dooney and Bourke Disney bags here, as well as wallets and other accessories.
2. The Candy Cauldron
If you’re going to visit Disney World, then you’re going to feel like a kid again, and everybody knows that kids like candy—who doesn’t?? At the Candy Cauldron, you can purchase bagged candies, fudge from the case, candied apples and more. You can even see where some of the items are being made, such as the many different varieties of candied apples. And don’t worry—everyone knows that calories consumed on Disney property don’t count.
1. The World of Disney
This massive store hails as the largest Disney character merchandise store in the world! And it’s right there at Disney Springs. It has recently undergone a huge overhaul, which makes it even more magical! You can find almost any kind of Disney souvenir imaginable under this roof! Almost every Disney character is represented in one item or another at this fabulous store. The shop sells clothing, jewelry, handbags, backpacks, ornaments, trading pins, plush animals, toys of all kinds, magnets, postcards, souvenirs for your pets and more! Plan to spend at least an hour in this enormous place—you still might not see it all!