Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney) is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment center in Florida’s Lake Buena Vista, near Walt Disney World and other Orlando theme parks. When you need a break from amusement park rides, head to Disney Springs to pick up souvenirs, dine, or see a show.
Disney Springs' Town Center is built around the natural springs that first attracted settlers to the area. From there, walkways lead to The Landing, the West Side, and the Marketplace. Each offers themed architecture, a playful atmosphere, and spots offering live music and waterfront views. Specialty shops and restaurants range from casual to upscale, while entertainment options include Cirque du Soleil performances and The Boathouse, which offers vintage amphicar rides and Italian water taxi rides on Lake Buena Vista. There is also a bowling alley, movie theater, carousel, and multiple concert venues.
Tours from downtown Orlando often include a stop at Disney Springs as well as other area highlights such as Walt Disney World, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and SeaWorld Orlando. For a bird’s eye view of Disney Springs, opt for a helicopter tour of the Orlando area.
Things to Know Before You Go
Walk-up reservations are available for Italian water taxi tours and amphicar tours.
Designated parking spaces for guests with disabilities are available in both the Orange and Lime Garages, as well as in the Strawberry, Watermelon, and Grapefruit surface parking lots.
Parking is free; preferred parking and valet parking are available for a fee.
How to Get There
Disney Springs is accessible by car as well as bus and water transportation. One-way bus service from the four Disney theme parks operates daily, and the promenade is accessible by complimentary water transportation from select Disney resorts.
When to Get There
Disney Springs is open daily from 10am to 12am. While there are plenty of indoor activities at Disney Springs, it’s essentially an outdoor mall so check the weather forecast before heading over.
Tips for Beating the Lines at Walt Disney World
Lines are an inevitable part of the Disney experience, especially at popular rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, but with a little planning, you can avoid the worst of them. Get to the park before it opens, and immediately head toward the big ticket rides near the back of the park, scheduling your three Fast Passes as you go. Lines tend to be shorter during parades and fireworks shows, and the slower-paced rides are often quieter in the evening after families with young kids have headed home for the day.