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Wonder what Disney Springs is? Can’t find Downtown Disney anymore? Well, Disney Springs is the renamed Downtown Disney from September 2015! The whole area from West Side, Pleasure Island to the Marketplace has been revamped, costing millions of dollars into Disney Springs and is now organised in four sections.
Westside is Cirque du Soleil’s huge, white ‘big tent’, the home of La Nouba. House of Blues, Disney Quest, Splitsville Luxury Lanes (ten pin bowling) and the AMC movie theatre ‘Downtown Disney 24’. In addition to the entertainment there are many eateries of various prices from restaurants with table service such as the House of Blues, Wolfgang Puck, Bongo Cuban Café and Planet Hollywood to quick service such as Starbucks, and the food trucks in the Exposition Park area. If you’re after a treat or quick snack there’s Wetzel’s Pretzels, Haagen Dazs. Whilst wandering around there are shops to peruse and enjoy including Disney’s Candy Caudron where you can watch the various sweets, including apples and strawberries being amazingly decorated to tempt your appetite to Harley Davidson gifts and merchandise.
Marketplace still exists as part of Disney Springs with is family friendly entertainment and Disney shopping. Take time to enjoy a Ghirardelli ice cream or if you’re old enough sit and watch over the lake enjoying a drink at the Dockside Marguerita bar. Children can enjoy the Lego store trying out their building imagination and skills. And for a special treat enjoy a meal at the Rainforest Café, enjoying the animated animals and the external erupting volcano. Again, there are many other eateries from quick snacks to café style to table service.
However, new to this The Landing shopping experience, located in the former Pleasure Island. This area is now occupied by new restaurants with pretty waterfront views. Amazingly, the buildings look like they have been there for many years – typical of Disney imagineers creativity. From the Irish Pub/restaurant to Paradiso 37 to Morimoto Asian restaurant and to the newly renovated Paddlefish, formerly Fulton’s Crab House. These are just a few of the eateries you’ll find to enjoy. Outside you’ll often hear entertainers singing and playing for your enjoyment.
Finally, Town Center, is a brand new area to Disney Springs. Themed to look like Florida at the turn of the century it has over 30 shops and yet more dining options! Florida, renowned for its excellent shopping opportunities now has American and International stores such as Zara, Pandora, Lacoste, Uniqlo, Sephora, Vera Bradley…
If it’s your first visit to Orlando you could spend a day here just enjoying the colours, atmosphere, bars, restaurants and free entertainment, as well as shopping and paid entertainement. Daytime is usually less busy than evenings/night time and can be ideal for a quiet day away from the parks.
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