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Things to Do at Disney Springs in Orlando

Disney Springs has been around in some form since shortly after the Magic Kingdom opened in the 1970s as a place for guests to visit after a day at the nearby theme parks. Over the years, it's evolved as a shopping destination as Walt Disney World Village to a nightlife destination with the addition of Pleasure Island in the '80s and then a lifestyle center with Downtown Disney. Today, Disney Springs is a world-class retail, dining and entertainment complex and continues its final stages of a major renovation to add more shops and restaurants than ever before.

While guests must maneuver through some traffic and construction to get to the two new parking garages, once inside, Disney Springs is easily navigable for visiting new shops and restaurants. Disney Springs encompasses four neighborhoods: The Westside and Marketplace along with the new Landing and Town Center. The Orange garage is located near the Westside while the Lime garage offers direct access into the Town Center. Both are free and use smart technology to lead you to open spots.

Old favorites like Cirque du Soleil, House of Blues, Raglan Road and World of Disney remain. New dining options include STK, Paddlefish and Sprinkles along with celebrity chef-stamped restaurants like Morimoto Asia, Homecoming, Frontera and Planet Hollywood. New shops at the Town Center include Kate Spade, UNIQLO, Anthropologie, Zara, Sephora, Sperry, Johnston and Murphy and many more. 

Admission to Disney Springs is free, and anyone is permitted on property whether staying at a Disney resort or not. Uber drop off and pick up are located on the Westside near Cirque du Soleil. Disney Springs opens at 10 am and stays open until midnight, and later on weekends. The complex really comes alive at night with live music and entertainment in the streets.

Paddlefish

Dine on a glamorous refurbished steamboat right on the waterfront at Disney Springs. The menu features a wide selection of seafood from all over the U.S. served to your liking. Open daily for L and D.

Morimoto Asia

Famous Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto brings his popular restaurant to Disney Springs, offering fresh sushi, seafood and Asian cuisine in a spectacular dining room. L, D (daily).

STK

Don't expect your father's steakhouse at STK. With hip locations in Vegas, New York, and an outpost at Disney Springs, STK offers an ultra-modern steakhouse experience featuring high-end cuts, a raw bar and signature cocktails in a stunning dining room complete with an in-house DJ.

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'

Celebrity chef Art Smith opened Homecomin' to pay tribute to his Florida roots. Start with a signature moonshine cocktail before indulging on Southern comfort foods like fried chicken, freshly baked biscuits and "Church Lady Deviled Eggs" along with "Hummingbird Cake" and Hamilton County pecan pie for dessert.   

Frontera Cocina

Authentic cuisine with fresh and bright ingredients include the chipotle chicken tortilla and Oxacan red chile chicken. The eatery also features an impressive tequila bar with signature cocktails like "All the Pretty Girls."

Coca-Cola Store

This impressive three-story retail store contains everything a Coke fan would ever need, from T-shirts to purses and vintage signs. The rooftop bar features floats, smoothies and Coca-Cola products from around the world as well as Coca-Cola cocktails like a Vanilla Russian, Old Fashioned and a Cherry Coke Ripper.

Planet Hollywood Observatory

The newly redesigned Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs features a menu designed by Guy Fieri and some of the rarest Hollywood and television memorabilia. A massive 4,000 square foot video wall showcases state-of-art sound and media.

Sprinkles

Stop by the bakery franchise that started the original cupcake craze back in 2005. Don't miss the fabulous assortment of ice cream, like the peanut butter cup or red velvet. Plus, a cupcake ATM turns out freshly baked cupcakes from 8 am-2 am. L, D (daily).

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

Fans of "Indiana Jones" know Jock Lindsey as Indy's frequent pilot. This aviation-themed lounge features small plates and cocktails on the water at Disney Springs. Enjoy unique menu items like Rolling Boulder Sliders and Pirate Pretzels along with a Cool-Headed Monkey made with African rum. L, D (daily).  

The Boathouse

The company behind T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe brings another fun, family-friendly theme to Disney Springs featuring steaks, fresh seafood and a raw bar. Enjoy live music and tours on an amphibious retro car or a 40-foot Italian water taxi. L, D (daily).  

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Grab a Guinness, try a contemporary take on shepherd’s pie and have a rollicking good time at this Irish-accented megapub and restaurant at Disney Springs. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).

Cirque Du Soleil

Until December 2017, be sure to see the fantastic "La Nouba" with stunning circus acts with acrobats and aerialists with a surrealistic touch. Tu-Sa 6 pm and 9 pm.

House of Blues

Grab a bite of Southern soul food and rock out at this music-infused restaurant and concert venue in Disney Springs. Come to see some of the best touring musical acts in town or enjoy the Sunday Gospel Brunch when uplifted spirits are served alongside mimosas and grits.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Offers bowling, billiards, drinks, dinner and dancing. Bowling lanes built in clusters, which create unique sight lines and bowling from new angles and perspectives.

World of Disney

The largest Disney retail store in the world is located in the Disney Springs marketplace. Find Disney’s most-beloved characters on almost every imaginable item including toys, candy, clothing and home goods along with a Bibbity Bobbity Boutique for little princesses.

Lego Imagination Center

You can easily spend an afternoon admiring the amazing LEGO sculptures and taking part in the free building and racing experiences. Inside, you’ll find every LEGO shape, color and size you can imagine, plus plenty of kits for making worlds of fantasy.

T-Rex

Animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and a meteorite serve as décor not to mention a 125-foot-tall replica of Argentinosaurus. American favorites such as burgers and salads are on the menu. L, D (daily).

Bongos Cuban Café

Gloria and Emilio Estefan's award-winning restaurant is the go-to place for authentic Cuban cuisine and mojitos. Live music starts nightly at 6 pm. L, D (daily).  

Rainforest Café

A large, family restaurant complete with tropical birds, aquariums, interactive animals and lush vegetation, with a big chance for thunderstorms. Pastas, sandwiches, burgers and salads. L, D (daily).