10 Ways To Survive A Crowded Day At Disney Springs At Walt Disney World

Disney Springs can get just as crowded as the theme parks and it is important to know how to deal if you find yourself surrounded with a sea of fellow shoppers enjoying the area.  Here are our top 10 tips to survive a crowded day at Disney Springs:


10. Take a slower pace.

When the area is busy, then instead of trying to rush around just slow it down and take in everything around you.  You will just frustrate yourself if you get in a rush only to get blocked and slowed down by the sea of people, so just go ahead and slow down your expectations.

9. Stop and enjoy delicious a delicious beverage tasting.

Sometimes a delicious alcoholic beverage can help relax you.  No judgment if you have a drink midday, since you are on vacation!  There are tons of great bar locations around Disney Springs so you can try craft brews, local wines and specialty mixed drinks.

8. Opt for a stroller if you have small kids.

Other may disagree since it can be harder to get around people with a stroller, but our family recommends a stroller on very busy days if you have small kids.  It is easier to ensure that your kiddos are safe and not worry about getting separated from them in the crowd.  If they get tired, they have a place to sit and you have a place to hold her purse, bags and other items that could get tiresome to hold.


7. Browse through some of the less crowded shops.

There are so many shopping locations in Disney Springs, you will be amazed.  Look for some of the shops that have fewer guests in them than others and check them out.  You never know what you might find, as well as what freebies and/or discounts the store might be offering!

6. Enjoy the various samples.

There are various samples and freebies all around Disney Springs.  You can sample candies and other treats as you head to the different specialty treat locations.  It is a great way to keep the kiddos occupied and give them a little treat as you look around and do your shopping and exploring.

5. Go bowling or see a movie.

If the crowds get to be too much for you, you can also opt to do some of the other activities in Disney Springs like go see a movie or go bowling.  Splitsville is an amazing bowling alley that is completely retro, but with the latest technology.  You can also dine on delicious food or enjoy drinks while you bowl, too! The AMC Theater is a dine-in theater, so you can even enjoy lunch or dinner while you watch a movie for a complete experience.  Both of these options are great ways to beat the heat and crowds at the same time!

4. Snag a dining reservation (or do a drop-by).

There are many, many dining locations in Disney Springs.  There is a variety of quick service locations as well as table service locations.  You can likely pick up a dining reservation at one of the table service options if you want a sit down meal.  If not, you can always try to walk up and see if you can get in or opt to dine in the lounge area of the restaurant without a reservation.

3. Enjoy the various street entertainment.

There are performers scattered all around Disney Springs.  The entertainment changes up throughout the day so you never know what you are going to experience.  You may get bands, solo performers, orchestras, DJs, etc.  Stop and give a look and listen and enjoy the show.  Don’t rush on by and miss out on the experience.

2. Bring a change of clothes to enjoy the splash pad.

There is a splash pad that the kiddos (and even adults) will absolutely love!  There is always something about kids and water, so you don’t want to miss out on this great way to cool down.  It is also a great opportunity to take a little break and let the kiddos run out their energy!

1. Hang around for the night life.

The night life at Disney Springs is amazing! There are tons of great bar areas and nightlife entertainment scattered around outside.  If you think the daytime is too busy for your liking, come back at night when many of the young kiddos are in bed!  You can still dine later into the evening, too, if you want to avoid the peak dining times.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!