Inside the Magic of Disney Springs Shopping and Entertainment

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Disney Springs, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida, has evolved into a first-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Combining well-recognized brands with Disney quality, this outdoor shopping mall-like experience is a must visit that does not require admission to enter.

With over a dozen entertainment experiences, 60 + dining locations and more than 100 shopping opportunities, Disney Springs is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, shop till you drop and snag a souvenir or two. Free parking and entry ensure enjoyment is easy for locals or those visiting the resort.

Spring Fourth

The Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village arrived at the end of Hotel Plaza Boulevard in 1975. Over the years, expansions added Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney Westside. Today these regions are known as Disney Springs.

Inspired by American coastal towns, Disney Springs houses four fun areas:

Marketplace at Disney Springs

The oldest section of Disney Springs, Market Place was once the original Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village. Located on the shores of Village Lake, this stretch of shops and restaurants surround the Market Place Stage. Market Place sports a 1930’s architectural vibe. Disney souvenirs can be found in this area, at the renovated World of Disney and several other Disney branded stores. Dining highlights include T-Rex Café and Rainforest Café. Band concerts, children’s dance parties and more entertain guests at the Marketplace Stage.

The Landing at Disney Springs

1989 saw the arrival of Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World, a collection of nightclubs, restaurants, and shops designed to compete with downtown Orlando’s Church Street Station. Disney abandoned the night club model in September 2008 and the area has been rebranded as “The Landing” (2015). Envisioned as the “transportation hub” of Disney Springs, this nautical themed area is home to an Indiana Jones themed bar (Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar) as well as home base for the Amphicar vehicles that tour Village Lake (these are part of the Boathouse restaurant).

Town Center at Disney Springs

Built to resemble 1920’s era Spanish Revival structure styles, the newest addition to this Walt Disney World entertainment destination, is home to the area’s water feature, Disney Springs (an artificial feature created by Disney Imagineers). Serving as the Springs’ “business district” Town Center closely resembles a sprawling outdoor shopping mall with its popular brand name retailers and specialty dining destinations.

West Side at Disney Springs

Where Town Center serves as the fictional business core, West Side’s story depicts a 1950’s exposition center addition to Disney Springs. Several of Springs’ entertainment anchors call West Side home. These include Cirque Du Soleil, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, and the AMC Disney Springs 24 movie theaters.

Exciting Entertainment Experiences

Across all four areas of Disney Springs live acts, stunning stage shows, and first-run movies offer guests and locals entertainment options, especially after hours once the theme parks have closed for the day.

Major venues anchor the district with adventures ranging from state-of-the-art cinema, live concerts, sports excitement to steampunk powered possibilities. Smaller stages and street performers engage visitors and a handful of attraction style diversions round out the entertainment options.

While parking and entry to Disney Springs is free, many of the entertainment options charge an admission fee.

AMC Movies at Disney Springs

Full service “Dine – In” theater (with delivery to your seat), a full bar, Dolby sound, and RealD 3D are all features at this epic 24 screen movie theater complex.

Aerophile – The world leader in balloon flight

Soar to new heights (400 feet up) on board the worlds largest helium balloon (tethered). The 19’ diameter basket accommodates up to 29 guests and offers a bird’s eye view which can range as far as 10 miles on a clear day. NOTE: adverse weather conditions can ground flights of this exclusive built for Disney balloon.

Coca-Cola Polar Bear Photo Op Experience

This friendly, tall, smiling white polar bear, the mascot of the Coca-Cola company makes daily appearances, posing for photos (from 10 am – 10 pm) at the giant Cocoa-Cola store at Disney Springs’ Town Center.

The Edison

“At 10:00 PM, this restaurant transforms into an entertainment hub for Guests 21 years of age and older! It’s a lively place where you can sip on signature craft cocktails and hit the dance floor as The Pearl Street Players house band busts out bluesy renditions of old favorites. Additional highlights include burlesque dancers, aerialists, and roaming stilt walkers.” – Disney Springs

House of Blues

At this famous indoor venue, live concerts and performance from headlining acts appear here regularly (check the House of Blues page for concert/performance dates).

Marketplace Carousel

Italian artists crafted this colorful carousel for Disney Springs. Guests enjoy riding on traditional creatures surrounded by 570 miniature lights as they zoom past 20 different Disney Springs murals.

Marketplace Stage

With Village Lake as its backdrop, disc jockeys host dance parties for all ages, bands, and orchestras perform on occasion and special events unfold.

Marketplace Train Express

Engineered for young guests, this small scale train chugs around its landscaped track (located near Once Upon a Toy) daily from 10 am to 11 pm.

NBA Experience (opening Summer 2019)

Find out what its like to be an NBA athlete at this brand-new venue replacing the location formerly occupied by Disney Quest.

Paradiso 37

Representing Latin flavors from several countries, Paradiso 37’s performances feature live Latin music, perfect for dancing the night away.

Raglan Road Live Music

Grab a Guinness (or any other favorite beverage) take a seat on the outdoor terrace to enjoy live music at this Irish themed venue. Performances erupt nightly from 8 pm until just after midnight.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

In what was once home to Virgin Mega Store, upscale bowling for the whole family (along with dining and drinks) can be found on the Westside of Disney Springs.

Stargazers

Planet Hollywood’s ground level patio bar entertains guests with nightly live music from 7-11 pm.

Street-style Performances

  • Exposition Park – grab a bite from one of the food trucks and drink in the music (live or DJ). Located on the Westside.
  • Riverboat Square – enjoy live and unique versions of Spanish guitar music nightly just in front of the Paddlefish restaurant.
  • Springs Overlook – live music performances also take place at this Town Center alcove
  • Sunshine Highline – under an “abandoned railway track” exotic instrument powered music come life with daily performances
  • Waterview Park – located adjacent to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, this waterfront alcove hosts live entertainment daily.

The Void: step beyond reality

Amazing virtual reality excitement unfolds at this high-tech marketplace venue.  Adventures include “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire” (find and obtain Imperial data to save the Rebellion) and “Ralph Beaks VR” (featuring Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope).

Vintage Amphicar & Italian Water Taxi Tours

Enjoy a view of Disney Springs while cruising around Village Lake. Either onboard a three-seater (and driver) amphibious car or a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi. Water taxi cruises host weekend wine tasting or Champagne cruises (call 407-939-2628 for details and reservations).

Shop till you drop at Disney Springs

All four fun-filled areas of Disney Springs afford guests ample opportunities for retail therapy. From specialty kiosks to giant Disney merchandise meccas, there are over 100 locations to visit.  “Star Wars” and Marvel fans will enjoy dedicated destinations and collectors are sure to find fancy treasures at the Art of Disney (Marketplace). Scores of high-end, well-recognized retailers share the Springs with niche shops selling hats, candy, cigars, pins, toys and much more.

Town Center, with its open-air and covered areas, harbors a majority of the clothing, jewelry, footwear and accessory shops often found in shopping malls around the country.  Marketplace and Westside feature more Disney branded treasures.  Additional niche shops, like The Ganachery and Chapel Hats can be found within the Landing.

A full listing (alphabetical) of every shopping spot at Disney Springs is listed below:

Alex and Ani (clothing and accessories) Town Center

American Threads
(clothing and accessories) Town Center

Anthropologie (clothing and accessories) Town Center

The Art of Disney (artwork and collectibles) Marketplace

The Art of Shaving (clothing, accessories, health, and beauty) the Landing

Basin (health and beauty, gifts, housewares) Marketplace

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (clothing, accessories, make-overs) Marketplace

Bongos Cuban Café Souvenir and Gift Shop (clothing and accessories) West Side

Build-a-Dino by Build-a-Bear Workshop at T-Rex (toys) Marketplace

Chapel Hats (clothing and accessories) The Landing

Coach (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Coca-Cola Store (footwear, clothing and accessories, artwork, collectibles, housewares) Town Center

Columbia Sportswear (footwear, clothing, and accessories) Town Center

Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers (artwork, collectibles, housewares) Marketplace

Curl by Sammy Duvall (clothing and accessories) West Side

Dino-Store at T-Rex (clothing and accessories) Marketplace

Disney Photopass Service Studio (camera, media, photography) Marketplace

Disneystyle (clothing and accessories) West Side

Disney’s Candy Cauldron (sweets and candy) Marketplace

Disney’s Days of Christmas (seasonal clothing, accessories, collectibles, toys, Mickey ears and housewares)  Marketplace

Disney’s Pin Traders (pins, MagicBands, Vinylmation, Mickey ears) Marketplace

Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories (camera, media, Mickey ears, housewares, gifts) Marketplace

Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Erwin Pearl (clothing and accessories) The Landing

Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories (jewelry, gifts, accessories) Town Center

Everything but Water (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Eyecatchers (artwork, collectibles, gifts, housewares) The Landing

Face Painting by Enjoy Your Face (makeover, art, collectibles) Marketplace

Filthy Rich (artwork, collectibles, clothing and accessories)  The Landing

Fit2run (Footwear, clothing and accessories) West Side

Francsca’s (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Free People (clothing and accessories) Town Center

The Ganachery (food and beverages) The Landing

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop (candy, sweets and beverages) Marketplace

Goofy’s Candy Company (candy, sweets and beverages) Marketplace

Happy Hound (artwork, collectibles, toys) Marketplace

Havainas (footwear, clothing and accessories) The Landing

House of Blues Company Store (clothing, accessories, artwork, collectibles, gifts and housewares) West Side

Initial Rings (jewelry) Town Center

Johnny Was (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Johnston & Murphy (footwear, clothing and accessories) Town Center

Kate Spade New York (footwear, clothing and accessories) Town Center

Kiehl’s Since 1851 (health and beauty) Town Center

Kipling (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Lacoste (footwear, clothing and accessories) Town Center

The Lego Store (toys) Marketplace

Lefty’s – The Left Hand Store (gifts and housewares) Town Center

Levi’s (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Lilly Pulitzer (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Lucky Brand (footwear, clothing and accessories) Town Center

Luxury of Time by Diamonds International (jewelry) Town Center

L’occitane en Provance (health, beauty, gifts and housewares) Town Center

MAC Cosmetics (health and beauty) Town Center

Marketplace Co-op – Bowes Signature Candles (gifts and housewares) Marketplace

Marketplace Co-op – Cherry Tree Lane (clothing and accessories) Marketplace

Marketplace Co-op – D-Tech on Demand (camera, media, phone accessories) Marketplace

Marketplace Co-op – Disney Centerpiece (housewares and gifts) Marketplace

Marketplace Co-op – Disney Tails (clothing, accessories, gifts, housewares, pet supplies) Marketplace

Marketplace Co-op – Lovepop (artwork and collectibles) Marketplace

Marketplace Co-op – Twenty Eight & Main (clothing, accessories, artwork, and collectibles) Marketplace

Marketplace Co-op – Wonderground Gallery (artwork and collectables) Marketplace

Melissa Shoes (footwear, clothing, and accessories) Town Center

Memory Lanes/Splitsville (clothing, accessories, artwork, collectibles, gifts, and housewares) West Side

Mickey’s Pantry (gifts, housewares, food and beverage) Marketplace

Na Hoku – Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924 (jewelry and accessories) Town Center

Oakley (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Once Upon a Toy (clothing, accessories, toys and games) Marketplace

Origins (health and beauty) Town Center

Orlando Harley-Davidson (clothing, accessories, artwork, collectibles, housewares and gifts) Town Center

Pandora Jewelry (jewelry) Town Center

Pearl Factory (jewelry and accessories) Marketplace

Pele’ Soccer (footwear, clothing and accessories) West Side

Pop Gallery (artwork and collectibles) West Side

Rainforest Café Retail Village (clothing, accessories and toys) Marketplace

Rinse Bath & Body Co. (health and beauty) The Landing

Sanuk (footwear, clothing and accessories) The Landing

Savannah Bee Company (health and beauty) The Landing

Sephora (gifts, housewares, health and beauty) Town Center

Shop for Ireland
(gifts and housewares) The Landing

Shore (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Silhouette Portraits (artwork) Marketplace

Something Silver (jewelry) West Side

Sosa Family Cigars (tobacco and accessories) West Side

Sperry (footwear, clothing and accessories) Town Center

The Spice & Tea Exchange (spices, gifts and housewares) Marketplace

Stance (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Star Wars Galactic Outpost (clothing, accessories, artwork, collectibles, toys) West Side

Star Wars Trading Post (clothing, accessories, and toys) Marketplace

The Store at Planet Hollywood (clothing, accessories, gifts and housewares) Town Center

Sublime Gifts and Finds (artwork, collectibles, gifts and housewares) The Landing

Sugarboo & Co. (clothing, accessories, artwork, collectibles, gifts and housewares) Town Center

Sunglass Icon (clothing and accessories) West Side

Super Hero Headquarters (clothing, accessories, artwork, collectibles, pins and toys) Marketplace

Superdry (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Swings N’ Things – The Hammock Experts (gifts and housewares) The Landing

Trophy Room (footwear, clothing and accessories) Town Center

Tumi (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Tommy Bahama (footwear, clothing, accessories, gifts and housewares) Town Center

TrendD (clothing and accessories) Marketplace

Ugg (footwear, clothing and accessories) Town Center

Under Armor Brand House (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Uniqlo (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Unode50 (clothing, accessories, artwork, and collectibles) Town Center

Vera Bradley (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Volcom (clothing and accessories) Town Center

World of Disney (clothing, accessories, gifts, housewares, Mickey ears, and toys) Marketplace

Zara (clothing and accessories) Town Center

Disney Springs is open every day with most locations opening at 10 am. Each of these shopping and entertainment experiences can be found just off the Hwy 535 exit of Interstate 4 at the intersection of Hotel Plaza Boulevard and E. Buena Vista Drive. While 5 parking lots and two multi-story garages offer plenty of parking, Disney bus and water transportation also services Disney Springs. Because there is no charge to park and entry into Disney Springs is free, it can tend to become very busy. Arriving early affords opportunities to enjoy a relaxed breakfast and usually beat the crowds.

Source and images: DisneyWorld, Wikipedia, ITM Archives

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