Are you looking for something to do on your day off at Disney World? Look no further than Disney Springs. Disney Springs is the entertainment and dining area at the Walt Disney World resort. We like to include a visit during our Disney vacations to have lunch and shop. These are our picks for the best things to do at Disney Springs with kids.
Some of the best things to do at Disney Springs are taking time to explore the unique dining and shops. We like to include Disney Springs in our non-park days and visit with a relaxed pace.
Whether you are looking for all day activities, a quick dessert, or a day shopping, Disney Springs has great options for everyone in your vacation party.
Disney Springs is divided into four areas: The Landing, West Side, Town Center, and Marketplace. Be prepared to walk if you are planning on exploring all of Disney Springs.
Disney Springs Things to Do Overview
Where is Disney Springs?
Disney Springs is located at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. The exact address is 1486 Buena Vista Drive.
Does it Cost Money to Go to Disney Springs?
It is free to enter and walk around Disney Springs.
Can you Walk to Disney Springs from Resorts?
Walt Disney World is a huge resort with many hotel options. There are Disney resorts within walking distance to Disney Springs. They are: Disney Port Orleans, Disney Saratoga Springs, and Disney Old Key West.
There is also boat or bus transportation from all Disney resorts to Disney Springs.
Are there hotels at Disney Springs?
Disney Springs also has accommodations. These are not official Walt Disney World Resorts but they offer most of the same perks as staying at a Disney World Resort. You can find a list here.
Is Parking Free at Disney Springs?
Parking is free for guests visiting Disney Springs.
How Much Time do You Need at Disney Springs?
This depends on what you want to do and if you are traveling as a couple, alone, or with kids. Typically as a family of five we will spend a few hours. This includes eating lunch, shopping, and picking up a snack.
10 Best Things to Do at Disney Springs
These are our must see things at Disney Springs. We like to keep our day easy and relaxed by browsing shops and stopping for quick eats.
World of Disney
Location: Marketplace Area
If you want to do some shopping or just browse Disney gifts, World of Disney should be on your list. This store is gigantic and has so many different Disney inspired gifts and toys. They have a lot of park souvenirs as well but keep in mind they don’t have everything the parks have.
If there is a specific gift you found inside the park it is always recommended to purchase it there, you may not find it anywhere else.
Location: Town Center
Chicken Guy is a quick-service dining option that our entire family loves. We like Chicken Guy because the prices are great for families ($14.00 and under), there are 20 different varieties of dipping sauces, and the food is good!
It’s basic Chicken Fingers, Sandwiches, and Salads but we all order up the chicken fingers and enjoy trying all the different dipping sauces.
Chicken Guy can get busy and there is minimal indoor seating. When we plan our visit we will arrive 20-25 minutes before opening time to secure a seat. Reservations are not accepted.
My kids love a visit to the LEGO Store at Disney Springs because we can’t wait to see the larger than life Disney-Inspired LEGO creations. On our last visit they had an Anna and Elsa LEGO sculpture and we have seen Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear ones as well.
Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew
Location: West Side
Warm homemade donut and a cold brew is the best way to start your day! If time allows I suggest arriving for breakfast to start your day. Everglazed Donuts opens at 9:00 am along with most of the shops at Disney Springs.
They also serve sandwiches like the Donut Burger and have fan favorite donuts like Maple Double Bacon. This is a perfect morning stop to fuel walking around and exploring Disney Springs.
Location: West Side
The NBA Experience is an interactive indoor basketball experience that is fun for all ages. It is a paid experience and has been temporarily closed due to COVID.
I really hope they reopen because we and a blast on our last visit. You can read all the details: NBA Experience at Disney Springs Tips and Review for Your Family Visit. Most families that enjoy sports, and even ones that don’t, will have fun here.
M & M Store
Location: West Side
The M&M store is a recent addition to Disney Springs and it is already a fan favorite. With it’s bright colors and fun photo ops, a visit to the M&M store is great for kids.
Disney’s Days of Christmas
As part of our family vacation traditions we like to pick up an ornament from our destinations. Disney’s Days of Christmas is Christmas time year round, making this a great stop during your visit.
Location: The Landing
Gideon’s Bakehouse has the most sought after cookies at Disney Springs. Guests are waiting hours to get in and purchase these decadent treats. On our most recent visit I decided to try our luck before we ate lunch.
As I approached Gideon’s I was asked to be added to the virtual que. This was an easy process. The cast member said it would be about an hour before we received a text to join the line.
We mentioned we would be at lunch and they were very accommodating to us returning as soon as we finished eating. After joining the line it was about a 20 minute process. That is what we love about visiting Disney, they are always working to make our vacation magical.
We ordered two cookies to share between the 5 of us. They started around $6.00 each. We tried the Original Chocolate Chip and the Pistachio Toffee Chocolate Chip. Both were delicious!!
Disney’s Candy Cauldron
Location: West Side
Guests can watch candy apple creations at Disney’s Candy Cauldron. You will find cake pops, candies, and more featuring some of your favorite Disney characters.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Location: West Side
Splitsville is a family fun bowling alley that is a great activity to escape the afternoon heat and have some family fun competition. Guests can order snacks and appetizers but reservations are required for dining.
Guests can also reserve their bowling lanes and this must be done separate from dining. Walk-ins are accepted but if you plan to visit it is best to make reservations as early as possible.
More Activities at Disney Springs
- Vintage Amphicar
- Aerophile Balloon Ride
- Drawn to Life: Cirque de Solei (Coming Soon!)
- AMC Dine In Theater
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (Temporarily Closed)
- Carousel and Train
More Things to Eat at Disney Springs
- 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Truck
- Joffrey’s Coffee
- TRex Café
More Shopping at Disney Springs
- Disney Style
- Once Upon a Toy
- Star Wars Trading Post
- Superhero Headquarters
- Coca Cola Store
There are so many more restaurants and shops at Disney Springs that I couldn’t include them all! Find the full list here.
Tips for Visiting Disney Springs
- Review the map before you arrive and make a plan for what you would like to see and do.
- Make dining reservations for any sit down restaurants you want to visit.
- Check the weather. If it is raining there is not a lot of shelter.
- Arrive early if you want to visit popular locations like Gideon’s Bakeshop.
- Check out the special events page to see what is happening the day of your visit.
- If you are visiting during the holidays be sure to check out Christmas Tree Trail.
These are our families picks for the best things to do at Disney Springs because they allow us to continue the Disney magic outside the parks.
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