Attractions, Shopping And Restaurants You’ll Find On The Disney Springs Map
If you’re planning your travel to Orlando, you’ll want to do your homework and pre-plan to be sure you hit all the best spots! You’ve probably put Universal Studios and Walt Disney World at the top of your list, but keep in mind that there’s much more to this vibrant city than its major theme parks. Be sure to add Disney Springs to your list as it’s now considered to be one of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations in Orlando.
What is Disney Springs?
If you visited Orlando a few years back, you may have known it as "Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village.” It was later referred to as "Walt Disney World Village," then changed to "Disney Village Marketplace, "Downtown Disney", and finally settled with the name "Disney Springs" when it recently reopened. Disney Springs has doubled in size over the years which means that there’s twice the fun to be found here! With over 150 restaurants, retail shops, and attractions, it is now one of the most exciting entertainment districts in Orlando. Celebrity chefs, world-class shopping, amphicars and lots more will serve up lots of fun, day and night. And don’t forget about the easy access and free covered parking.
Take a look at the Disney Springs map, and you'll find that the area is divided into four sections - The Marketplace, Town Center, The Landing, and West Side, with Disney Springs located between Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort.
Best Places to Check Out on the Disney Springs Map
Disney Springs has ample activities, dining and shops to fill your hours and your shopping bag! If this is your first time visiting, then you’ll definitely want to get your hands on a Disney Springs map to make sure you hit all your favorites and know exactly where you want to head first. Here are some highlights of what this fabulous entertainment complex can offer you:
Cruise with an amphicar or Italian water taxi
Why not explore the beauty of Lake Buena Vista in style by traveling on an amphicar, which is a vintage amphibious car that can cruise with ease on Lake Buena Vista and convert to a car to travel on land. Take this 20-minute water cruise which is hosted by the BOATHOUSE restaurant at Disney Springs. Place your order at the restaurant, grab your food to go, and go on a cruise that will give you a quaint experience to see the beauty of Lake Buena Vista. And if you’re feeling fancy, book The Boathouse’s Venezia Tour aboard a 40-foot Italian water taxi.
Helium Balloon Rides
If land and sea travel isn’t enough, soar to a new “high” in an Aero30 helium balloon. You’ll rise 400 feet in the air for breathtaking views of the city and theme parks. Move over roller coasters! We have a new way to get that adrenaline pumping. The Aero30 is the largest tethered helium balloon and can hold up to 29 people plus the certified pilot. You’ll enjoy vistas as far as 10 miles away.
Dining At Disney Springs
With 63 dining options, you can be sure you’ll find something suited to your taste and budget. Choices range from simple grab and go kiosks to the finest in gourmet fare and cool vibe settings. Here are just a few that are highly recommended.
Raglan Road Irish Pub
If you’re one of the more adventurous spirits when it comes to dining, head to Raglan Road Irish Pub where authentic Irish cuisine is served along with a pint of their favorite Guinness. For those who are lucky enough to arrive while "The Rhythms of Raglan" is being performed, you'll be memorably entertained by Irish dancers.
While window shopping at Disney Springs, be sure to drop by this area as it’s well-known for its deliciously decadent selection of sweets that will have you wanting to try every single one of them. Locals and guests alike love the artful and mouth-watering display of eclairs, cakes, and other sweet treats. Why not take one back to the room with you for later?
A lavish 20’s speakeasy type restaurant, the Edison serves classic American cuisine, craft cocktails, and provides great entertainment. The kids will love it, and parents may want to circle back later for date-night and their live evening shows.
Celebrity Chefs and Themed Restaurants
If you like the sound of Wolfgang Puck, Jose Andres, and Morimoto, you’re in luck. Have a hankering to visit Rainforest Cafe or Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar based on the Indiana Jones films? Check out the map, stroll around, and find your favorite seat at one of Disney Springs’ many dining options.
Attractions At Disney Springs
Disney Springs is more than just a dining and shopping destination. It’s also home to attractions that cater to all sorts of guests and visitors to this village. Bowl at Splitsville, or grab a movie on a rainy day. Here are a few “only at Disney Village” attractions that you should add to your list of top things to do while you are in the area:
Virtual-reality attractions have caught the interest of many guests in Disney Springs as it takes gaming to a whole new level. You can try Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire where you are part of the mission to capture an intelligence officer from the Imperials which is critical to the survival of the Rebellion. Any Star Wars fan will enjoy the virtual reality experience offered here. And in November, you can join Vanellope and Wreck-It-Ralph in their own virtual reality game called Ralph Breaks VR.
Kids and kids-at-heart are sure to fall in love with the Marketplace Carousel which features lavishly hand-painted murals that highlight the various scenes you’ll find in the Disney Springs Marketplace. This attraction also comes alive at night with more than 570 miniature lights in an array around it, and it’s sure to have you and your kids not wanting to leave this stunning carousel.
Entertainment At Disney Springs
The Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World is spectacular because it’s designed to entertain guests from all over the world with their choice of amusement parks, roller coaster rides, and a whole lot more. If you check out the map of Disney Springs, you’re sure to find the kind of entertainment you want to experience. Here are a few to keep in mind:
House of Blues
If you’re looking for some great live music, the House of Blues is a must. You'll be entertained with live blues as you dine on delicious Southern style dishes. The local artists who perform throughout Disney Springs are worth checking out too.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes
For bowling fans, Splitsville Luxury Lanes are going to make you fall in love with the game all over again. With 30 bowling lanes to choose from, outdoor and indoor seating, and dining options where sushi is served up, this bowling alley is unlike any other. Bring the whole family because there’s tons of fun and excitement to be had.
Check out The Edison, Exposition Park, Marketplace Stage and over 10 other venues for the live entertainment that best suits you!
Hotels At Disney Springs
If you want to be close to all the action at Walt Disney World, including Disney Springs, you’ll want to book rooms in these hotels in and around the area:
Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
Located across the street from Disney Springs, this hotel is more than a place to rest your head at night after a long and fun-filled day, but it’s also a shopping, dining, and entertainment area. This hotel includes regular transportation to and from all the theme parks in Walt Disney World, as well as the Disney Character breakfast which takes place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. You can also check out the Oasis Aquatic Playground which is perfect for kids of all ages.
Where else can you make reservations while in Disney Springs? If you look at the map of Disney Springs, you'll find that Wilderness Lodge is often chosen by guests who want to experience that home away from home vibe. You’ll be transported to the great outdoors, and it features an outdoor pool, restaurant, marina, health club, and a whole lot more.
Free Things To Do At Disney Springs
Disney Springs has much to offer its guests of any age and gender. The best part is that there are lots of free fun activities to do such as:
While you are in the area, make sure to include a trip to the LEGO Store where you and your kids can while away the hours building LEGO houses, cars, and whatever else you've imagined at their tables. You don't have to make a purchase to make use of their building tables. You can interact and socialize with the other kids and adults in the area which just adds to the fun experience you’re sure to have here.
T-Rex and Paleo Zone
Where else can you bring your kids while you’re in Disney Springs? How about giving them the chance to showcase their hidden paleontologist by digging for some fossils at Discovery Creek. This is an entertaining yet educational way to take a break from the intense sun and the heat.
The Florida sun and heat can be intense while walking around the area, so why not bring some towels and spare clothes for the kids so they can get to enjoy the Splash Zone. There are two Splash zones in the Marketplace where you and your kids can splash around to cool down. Your kids will have tons of fun chasing the waters here.
Disney Springs Map Resources:
 Undercover Tourist; The Hoppin' Good Guide to Disney Springs, Mommy Frog, August 1, 2019.
 Best Of Orlando; 5 Things You Must Do at Disney Springs, Kaitlyn Killebrew, July 3, 2018.
 A Brit And a Southerner; Enjoy the Best Things to Do at Disney Springs in Orlando, Chris, July 23, 2018.
 Disney Springs; Market Place Carousel.
 Traveling Mom; Free Fun and Freedom at Disney Springs, Sherry Boswell, June 28, 2017.
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