Disney is one hot commodity down in Orlando, but did you know that you can find the Disney magic in other areas besides the theme parks? It’s true! Mickey Mouse has enlisted the help of Tinkerbell to sprinkle pixie dust throughout the city, so that you can experience Disney almost everywhere that you go! And one of the best places to see that magic in action is Disney Springs.
Here are the top 10 reasons to visit Disney Springs in Orlando:
1 See the Coca Cola Store Up Close
Coca Cola is a popular brand and a couple years ago, it opened a brand-new store in Disney Springs. Inside, you will find everything from authentic Coca Cola merchandise to one-of-a-kind products and even the Coca Cola polar bear. The infamous polar bear can be found up on the second floor and you are not going to want to leave until you give him a hug and grab a selfie or two! We also recommend stopping at the rooftop beverage bar to try one of the more than one hundred beverages that are available through Coca Cola Freestyle.
2 Experience Menus Created by Celebrity Chefs
The number of celebrity chefs who have decided to open restaurants in Disney Springs is staggering, but you are going to benefit big time when you are hungry! Guy Fieri created the menu at the Planet Hollywood Observatory, while Wolfgang Puck has his favorites on the menu at both Wolfgang Puck Express and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. If you are tempted by Asian cuisine, Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia will fill your need, and it is all about the Italian flavors and aromas at Tony Mantuano’s Terralina Crafted Italian.
3 Extraordinary Shopping Adventures
Imagine wandering down a street and managing to find something that you want to buy inside every single store that you come across. That is quite possible in Disney Springs where you can shop at the Star Wars Trading Post, the Harley Davidson store, Coach, the Disney Design-a-Tee store, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Once Upon a Toy, and much more. There is even the largest Disney souvenir store there!
4 Free Entertainment Daily
We understand that you are not going to be searching for entertainment when you are in Disney Springs, especially if you have been at the parks all day long. However, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could stumble upon some live music to listen to while sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying a bite to eat or having a drink or two? Raglan Road Irish Pub has free live entertainment every day, as do some of the other restaurants in the area. A couple other places to look for special events include Waterview Park, Springs Overlook, Riverboat Square, and Sunshine Highline.
5 Free Parking and Free Admission
Disney Springs is one of the best places to go to experience the magic of Disney without paying the price tags of the theme parks. There is never a charge for parking or admission, which means that you can go there multiple days in a row and never blow your budget. Well, you might if you get a little carried away with shopping….
6 Go on a Balloon Ride
Disney Springs has quite the unique adventure available and it is called the Characters in Flight Balloon. This hot air balloon will take you four hundred feet up in the air, so that you can see breathtaking views of Disney Springs and the surrounding Orlando area. Don’t worry, you won’t go too far on this ride, as the balloon stays tethered the entire time, but the experience will be worth the short journey.
7 Hop onto a Water Taxi or Ferry
Getting to Disney Springs and back to one of the theme parks is as easy as hopping onto one of the water taxis and ferries. These modes of transportation run every fifteen to thirty minutes, so there will always be one coming along to pick you up and take you to where you want to go.
8 Learn About the History of Disney Springs at the Visitor’s Center
Not too many people will take the time to stop inside the Visitor’s Center when they arrive at Disney Springs, but we want that to be one of the first things that you do. During your time inside, you will learn the history of the area of Disney Springs and Disney World.
9 Dine at a Themed Restaurant
If you are not a fan of any of the celebrity chefs that have opened restaurants at Disney Springs, then you may want to stick with a few of the themed restaurants that are scattered about. Children favorites include T-Rex and the Rainforest Café, but you may also want to consider an old time favorite, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, which is based on all those Indiana Jones’ movies you love.
10 Go Bowling
Bowling may not be at the top of your list when you are in Orlando but spending some time at Splitsville Luxury Lanes will completely change your mind! There are thirty lanes within this two-story building and you can have drinks, snacks, and even a complete meal brought right to your lanes. As you are going for that perfect three hundred score, you can listen to the live entertainment, and then stay long after your last imperfect game.
Disney Springs is such a fascinating place, which is why you and everyone else needs to go there at least one time when you are in Orlando. The above ten reasons should be enough to get you there once, however, we know that you will be hooked after that first visit and will find your own reasons to return again in the future!