Disney Springs is a wonderful addition to any Disney vacation. It’s a fun but much more laid-back experience than the parks, and because it’s free to visit, planning a day in this awesome spot will even save you some money. One of the best things about Disney Springs is that, unlike a visit to a Disney park, a day spent in this shopping and entertainment hub requires very little in the way of planning. Still, there are a few things you should know before your visit, and today we are going to cover these things to ensure you go in well prepared.
The first thing you’ll need to consider is how you’re going to get to Disney Springs. Luckily, Disney makes this easy with plenty of buses to hop onto. These buses to Disney Springs leave from every single Disney resort all day long, as well as from the parks between 4pm and 11pm. That said, there is no return service to the parks, so you must plan accordingly. Besides buses, Disney also provides boat transportation to Disney Springs from the following resorts:
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
This is a super fun way to get to Disney Springs and should be experienced at least once.
Of course, if waiting for a bus doesn’t sound appealing to you, there is always the option of driving there yourself. Unlike most locations on Disney property, there is actually free parking at Disney Springs. This parking is available both in lots and in garages, but most spots are quite a walk from most things. For those who prefer to shorten their walk, there are also Preferred Parking spots available for $10 for the day. Valet parking is another option, but is a bit more expensive at $20 a day.
3. Things to Do
So what do you do once you get to Disney Springs? Well, have fun, of course! Disney Springs has tons of entertainment available. The options include shopping at such awesome stores as World of Disney and the LEGO Store, as well as an AMC movie theater, the NBA Experience, and a bowling alley. Additionally, there are tons of live performances happening throughout the week. If you’re looking to be entertained without spending tons of money, check out the free shows on the two outdoor stages or catch a movie at the AMC theater in the morning when ticket prices are super low. During Christmas time, there’s also the option of a free meet-and-greet with Santa, as well as the fee-free Christmas Tree Trail.
4. Finding Food
If you’re feeling hungry, you’re in luck: Disney Springs is home to tons of amazing eating establishments. In fact, there are so many, you may have trouble picking one. The Edison is a great place to go for a family lunch or dinner, and it’s a fun, immersive steampunk dining experience. Meanwhile, the T-Rex Cafe allows you to dine right next to some of the scariest prehistoric creatures out there. Other great Disney Springs dining options Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Raglan Road Irish Pub, and for quick service, Wolfgang Puck Express. Keep in mind that many of these eateries do take reservations and can book up quickly, especially during busy times of year. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure to make reservations as soon as possible.
5. Avoiding Crowds
Disney Springs is the most fun when crowd levels are low. Therefore, we recommend doing your best to avoid large crowds. To do this, plan your trip for a slower season at Disney World. Additionally, you will want to visit in the morning and through the afternoon, leaving before the evening rolls around and the park goers start heading to Disney Springs. Finally, it’s always a good idea to avoid weekends, as this is when many locals make their way to the shopping and dining fun found here.
As we mentioned before, Disney Springs doesn’t require as much planning as the Disney Parks do. However, going in with this information certainly will help make your trip a more successful one. Have fun!