Top 10 Must-Do’s at Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando
With four distinct neighborhoods and more than 150 restaurants, retailers and fun activities, Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando offers worlds of possibilities — and they continue to expand with each passing year. To help you make the most of your time at the walkable entertainment district, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 things you must try at least once at Disney Springs, including balloon rides, celebrity chef tasting tours, amphicar voyages and more.
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Also, keep in mind that Disney Springs boasts easy access, free admission and free covered parking. Just be sure to make a note of where you parked before exploring everything there is to experience at this fun, imaginative setting that you’ll only find in Orlando!
And Disney fans, take note: the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary gala, The World’s Most Magical Celebration, is underway through April 2023! The milestone is so magically momentous that Walt Disney World has coined a new word — “EARidescence” — to describe the experience. You’ll discover special surprises throughout Walt Disney World Resort, not to mention sparkling new looks for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and a wealth of other surprises!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions, restaurants and other businesses for their current status.
Orlando has become a magnet for celebrity chef-owned restaurants in recent years, and you’ll find more at Disney Springs than anywhere else in the destination. Current headliners include Chef José Andrés’ JALEO, which is complemented by Pepe by José Andrés — the first-ever brick-and-mortar version of his famous food truck.
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You can also experience the farm-to-table freshness of Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, inventive fusions at Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, gourmet Mexican fare at Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, and sandwiches and burgers from Guy Fieri at Chicken Guy! and Planet Hollywood. Plus, Wolfgang Puck has debuted Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, a brand-new eatery that builds on his longtime relationship with Disney Springs.
What’s an amphicar, you ask? Pretty much what it sounds like: a cross between a car and a boat that can travel on land and sea. Fewer than 400 of these James Bond-esque conveyances still exist, but you can experience what it’s like to travel in one via Disney Springs’ Amphicar Tours, hosted by The BOATHOUSE!
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After you climb aboard, an experienced captain will drive you onto Lake Buena Vista, where you’ll enjoy a 25-minute tour of Disney Springs’ landmarks and natural beauty. For an even classier option, book one of The BOATHOUSE’s Venezia Tours, which take place aboard an elegant, 40-foot Italian water taxi.
The Edison and Enzo’s Hideaway
Nights in Orlando have been more electric since The Edison debuted — and it’s not just because the restaurant, lounge and nightlife hotspot looks as if it was built inside a converted power plant! Instead, live entertainment brings the sizzle and serves as a vibrant complement to The Edison’s signature cocktails and upscale American fare. Burlesque is even on the menu during weekend evenings, when a dress code is in effect and entry is limited to guests 21 and up.
Head downstairs from The Edison for Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar & Restaurant, a speakeasy with a semi-hidden entrance, Prohibition-era cocktails and a hearty menu. You can enjoy even more of “Enzo’s” cooking at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, which is upstairs next to The Edison.
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World-Famous Retailers and One-of-a-Kind Gems
If you love to shop, you’re going to adore the more than 100 retailers at Disney Springs. Available options cover just about every style preference and budget, including everything from coveted brand names to unique boutiques to exclusive Disney collectibles.
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For example, it’s easy to feel the Force at Disney Springs thanks to Star Wars Galactic Outpost and Star Wars Trading Post. They offer clothing, toys, accessories, art and other products based on the famous galaxy far, far away, including exclusives you can only get in Orlando. Similarly, Super Hero Headquarters promises a smashing good time for fans of Marvel’s comic books and movies.
You can also browse the latest designs at Alex and Ani, pick up some fashionable headwear at Chapel Hats, get up to speed at Fit2Run, or even buy a motorcycle at Orlando Harley-Davidson. In short, you’ll find it all and a lot more at Disney Springs!
Helium Balloon Rides
Disney Springs doesn’t just promise adventure by land and sea via amphicars, but also by air courtesy of Aerophile. This attraction uses an Aéro30 helium balloon, which you can board for a relaxing ascent that will take you 400 feet in the air.
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While you’re up there, enjoy gorgeous views of Orlando’s landscape — including Disney’s theme parks! For a fun family game, see how many iconic landmarks you can spot while you’re floating high in the sky on Disney Springs’ beautiful balloon.
Cirque du Soleil — Drawn to Life
Something new is always waiting for you at Disney Springs! In November 2021, Cirque du Soleil — Drawn to Life is set to debut, presenting a live acrobatic journey where the stage transforms into a giant animation table.
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Created in collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, Cirque du Soleil — Drawn to Life promises to be the ultimate love letter to the art of Disney animation. And you can only witness this unique celebration of life and all of its deliberate and unanticipated movements at Disney Springs in Orlando!
You know how Disney’s Orlando theme parks are filled with fantastical environments designed to whisk you away from the world you know to ones you normally only dream of? They brought the same magic to Disney Springs — particularly when it comes to themed restaurants.
Take Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, for example. Based on the blockbuster Indiana Jones films, it’s named after and allegedly owned by the pilot who flew Jones to safety in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Inside, you can marvel at artifacts from Jones and Lindsey’s travels while enjoying food and beverages inspired by their adventures.
Other themed restaurants you’ll want to try at Disney Springs include Rainforest Cafe and T-REX, as well as the aforementioned Enzo’s Hideaway, Planet Hollywood and The Edison. Just be sure to save room for the out-of-this-world cookies at Gideon’s Bakehouse, which serves incredible desserts in a storefront that resembles an old-time bookstore.
Free Live Entertainment
Are you not entertained? Then head to Disney Springs, which hosts free, live performances every day of the week — including many opportunities for you to become part of the show! Keep an eye out for special events at the district’s Waterview Park, Sunshine Highline, Springs Overlook and Riverboat Square areas, with singing, DJ sets, performance art and more making appearances.
Also, keep in mind that many of Disney Springs’ eateries offer complimentary live entertainment for guests. Standouts include traditional Irish singing at Raglan Road Irish Pub, burlesque at The Edison and more.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes
If you enjoy bowling and you’re coming to Orlando, we have three words for you: Splitsville Luxury Lanes. The two-story, 50,000-square-foot bowling and dining venue is perfect for people of all ages, and a great addition to your attractions and entertainment must-do list.
Splitsville’s atmosphere is a rare combination of upscale modern and nostalgic kitsch, complete with 30 bowling lanes, billiards, live entertainment and indoor/outdoor seating. Splitsville also offers an eclectic menu that features everything from fresh-rolled sushi and steak chimichurri to traditional favorites like mouthwatering cheeseburgers and hand-tossed pizzas.
House of Blues
Home to world-renowned musical acts and artists, House of Blues is a cultural and musical icon, where Southern cuisine and live music converge. Regional, national and international acts have all performed concerts in this famous venue to the delight of visitors and locals. Whether you’re planning a visit to see your favorite band, or popping in for a bite at the Blues Kitchen, House of Blues retains its hip and funky vibe.
What’s more, Sundays at House of Blues are for the World Famous Gospel Brunch, when available. Enjoy traditional and modern gospel music while partaking in a tempting buffet featuring comfort food classics like peel-and-eat shrimp, biscuits and gravy, banana bread pudding, and more. And one more thing: Did we mention it’s all-you-can-eat?
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Disney Springs FAQs
Get answers to visitors’ most frequently asked questions about visiting Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
What is Disney Springs in Orlando?
Disney Springs is a walkable, open-air retail, dining and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. It features four distinct neighborhoods with over 150 restaurants, retailers and fun activities, as well as architectural features reminiscent of Walt Disney World’s theme parks.
How much does Disney Springs cost?
Admission to Disney Springs is free. Food, beverages, merchandise and services are available at additional cost.
How much does it cost to park at Disney Springs?
Parking is free at Disney Springs.
Where to eat in Disney Springs?
Disney Springs has more than 60 dining options, ranging from counter-service to the finest in gourmet dining — including Orlando’s largest collection of celebrity chefs. With so much variety, you’re sure to find your perfect meal!
Where is Disney Springs in Orlando?
Disney Springs is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.