Combining two of my favorite things: Disney & Shopping, Disney Springs is now a must-do stop during my vacations. The combination of brand name retailers, specialty shops, fantastic dining, and of course the most Disney merch anywhere is perfect. Here are my top 10 shops to stop when I visit:
10. Arribas Brothers
I love to go to the Arribas Brothers Shop in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs, if for nothing else than window shopping. They have so many beautiful works of glass art that are Disney related. But one of the things I like best about the shop are the options to get personalized gifts from glassware to wood pieces. There is jewelry that’s Disney themed, and lots of options for smaller pieces as souvenirs. And don’t forget you can get your tiara here.
9. Goofy’s Candy Company
Goofy’s Candy Company is the number 1 spot to shop for treats. While most of the items here don’t last, it is a must see at Disney Springs. Literally a kid in a candy shop! You can customize treats like crisped rice treats and marshmallow kabobs. And don’t forget you can get some to go to help the Disney magic last after you return home.
Like Arribas Brothers I love to just walk in to the Basin store because it smells heavenly. This mecca for bath and body products has an assortment of merchandise. My favorites are the bath bombs, lip scrubs and soaps. The Disney themed bath bombs with Mickey confetti are so much fun and make great gifts if you’ve had someone house or pet sitting for you at home. My favorites are the various Disney themed glycerin soaps with the Mickey heads. Check out their seasonal offerings too—they have some great holiday scents.
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7. Disney’s Pin Traders
If you are a pin collector you can’t visit Disney Springs without going to Disney’s Pin Traders. Here you will find a huge selection of collectible pins along with lots of options for trading. Chances are if you are looking for a specific pin that is in production you will find it here, it is a nice one stop shop. Although I am not a pin trader, I do like to collect pins to commemorate my trips—like a pin for the resort where I stayed and maybe one to remember something special that happened on that trip (like a first visit to Toy Story Land or a Christmas pin for visiting at that time of year or a magical moment that happened).
6. Art of Disney
Another favorite shop for just browsing, but I almost always end up buying something at the Art of Disney shop. I love looking at the original artwork on display even if it is outside of my current budget limits. You’ll also find lots of the collectible figurines like Jim Shore here, a kiosk for ordering prints, and more. One of my favorite features are the sketch artists who are so talented and can put together a custom sketch for you if you have time. If you are short on time they have some already done you can browse through. I think these make great souvenirs and keepsakes from a trip—and the beginning of a great collection of artwork.
5. Disney’s Days of Christmas
Christmas is my favorite! I love getting an ornament as a souvenir each trip, and Disney’s Days of Christmas at Disney Springs is the perfect place with so much inventory and so many options. Plus, it is just fun! The theming is really neat, I was noticing all of the shop décor last week when I was there. In the center of the store is a Christmas tree that is set up so you look like you are under it. One really nice feature at Disney’s Days of Christmas is the personalization option. They have several artists on hand who can add dates, names, etc. to your choice of ornament and you can come back by to pick it up or have resort delivery. Sometimes you can also find pre-personalized ornaments in the shop that are ready to go. It is hard to leave this Christmas shop without 1 or 2 (or 5) ornaments in hand. And they have other Christmas decorations as well.
4. The Lego Store
There is not a trip to Disney Springs when my 6 year old does not ask to go to the Lego Store. Usually 15 times. My favorite part of the Lego Store are all of the Lego models in and around the store featuring Disney Characters and scenes. They make great photo ops and just amaze me with how they were created. Inside you will find a gazillion Lego sets—anything you could possibly want. They also have a wall of bricks that you can mix and match to become your own Master Builder. If you are purchasing join their rewards program so you can earn points to use toward future purchases.
3. Disney Style
This new shop is all about style, and Instagram Photo Ops. Inside you’ll find a Cinderella’s Castle background, a tea cup to pose in, a wall of Minnie ears and more. All of the newer clothing items are found here too, so it is a one stop shop for all of the popular shirts (think spirit jerseys) as well as the latest Minnie ears to hit trending status. Take some time to stop in and check out the props and the merchandise.
2. World of Disney
World of Disney is Disney Springs is the largest Disney Store in the world. It is like the Target of Disney shopping—you can find everything here. Housewares, toys, clothing, jewelry, food, you name it, they’ve got it. This is one place that a Disney fan can go crazy—and it can be a little like a zoo in here with all of the people. If you really want to be able to take your time and shop at a leisurely pace without crowds I would recommend going earlier in the day—they normally open at 10am.
1. The Marketplace Co-Op
Ever since it opened I’ve loved visiting the Marketplace Co-Op. It is divided into different areas or “booths” kind of like you would experience going somewhere like an antique mall which I think is the goal of the theming. Although they do change, you can find a section of men’s clothing, a great spot with housewares & home goods (my favorite), tech gear, art, and travel accessories. My favorite spot though is Cherry Tree Lane which features Disney’s dress collection along with lots of the Dooney & Bourke bags, Disney jewelry and other accessories. This is one place I could really blow my budget! But, I love this shop because there is a little something for everyone to browse.
What are your favorite shops at Disney Springs?