In September of 2015, Downtown Disney officially became Disney Springs. Part of the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, this area is home to several unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. There is no admission charge to enter Disney Springs, you do not have to be staying at the resort to enjoy it and it’s open year-round.
What’s in a Name?
Through the years the area now officially christened as Disney Springs has been known by several different names. Originally this Disney area was called the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village (technically Disney World is located in Lake Buena Vista although most people know it as an Orlando hotspot.) It’s also been known as Walt Disney World Village, the Disney Village Marketplace, the Disney Marketplace and Downtown Disney.
Old Favorites, New Favorites
With the redevelopment of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, guests can enjoy new additions but don’t have to worry about losing their old favorites. Once Upon a Toy, World of Disney and the LEGO store still stand in their familiar locations but they’re joined by new stores like the Marketplace Co-Op, United World Soccer, Sublime Gifts & Finds and more.
New restaurants include The Boathouse, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (Indiana Jones theme), the Splitsville Dining Room (bowl a game and enjoy a fine meal!) plus Morimoto Asia. There’s also several Food Trucks to visit, each with its own theme and style.
Entertainment for All Ages
Disney Springs is for the whole family, all ages. There are elegant dining options for a romantic waterfront meal or a quick bite before exploring the LEGO store as well as live entertainment and things to do both day and night. Take in a movie at the AMC theatre, get tickets to see La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil or cut loose at the DJ Kids Dance Party held at the Waterside Stage. The Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is family friendly as well and includes live entertainment while you enjoy an authentic Irish meal.
Curious to see what all the fuss is about? Check out the official Disney Springs site for a full listing of the different shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.