Disney Springs is an entertainment, dining, and shopping complex within Walt Disney World. The site itself has actually been around since 1975, almost as long as the Magic Kingdom. And while it is not a theme park, which means there’s no admission charge, there’s still plenty of ways to have some family fun at Disney Springs.
Disney Springs is a fantastic way to spend time at Disney when you don’t have a day planned at the theme parks. Locals love it here. If you have children and have some down time before or after your tickets activate, look to these 9 ways for family fun at Disney Springs.
AMC Movie Theater
AMC has 24 screens, some of which are dine-in. Just like any movie theater, AMC plays the latest movies. This is a great place to get out of the Florida heat or the Florida rain for a while.
Disney Springs even has a 2 story, retro-style bowling alley. Aptly named, Splitsville Bowling is more than just a place to knock down pins. The massive location also offers dining in cool retro booths. It’s classic fare kicked up a notch and oh so good!
Coca-Cola Store and Soda Fountain
The Coca-Cola Store is a massive 3 story building across from the AMC Movie Theater. The first two levels are merchandise shops with tons of themed shirts, mugs, signs and more. On the roof, the third level is a custom soda fountain. There, you’ll find every flavor of Coca-Cola and Fanta, along with Icees and smoothies. The view from the third floor is pretty cool too!
Specifically for kids, you’ll find a Marvel Store, two Star Wars locations, Once Upon a Toy, Pin Traders, and the Lego Store to say the least. Plus, the World of Disney Store has anything and everything you could imagine Disney wise. If you didn’t get your souvenirs at the parks, you’ll find plenty to love here.
The Amphicars are one of the newer additions to Disney Springs. They drive on land on water. Even if you don’t rent one for your family to take to the “high seas,” hang out for a bit and watch them drive into the water. It makes quite a splash.
If you want a fully immersive dining experience, Disney Springs is the place. The T-Rex Cafe and Rainforest Cafe bring larger than life animals animatronics next to your dinner table. The local Irish pub, Raglan Road, has authentic Irish dancing for your entertainment. At certain times, tappers bring children up on stage. For a full on Sunday Gospel Brunch, head to House of Blues for an authentic southern cajun show.
Chocolate, gelato, cupcakes, ice cream. If your kids love sweets, this is a kid in a candy store kind of place. And if you want candy, check out the Candy Cauldron to watch amazing caramel apples made before your eyes. Get a free chocolate square at Ghiradelli’s near the World of Disney. Other places to hit are the following.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Disney Springs is one of the two locations where the dress-up magic happens. If you haven’t heard of the boutique, it’s a salon where children can transform into princesses. Kids can choose a princess or knight outfit and get their hair and makeup done. To book a reservation or learn more, click here.
While they are not full-scale thrill rides, the small set enjoys a carousel and train ride. Disney Springs offers both of these kiddie rides to keep your youngest ones entertained.
Have you visited here before? What do you think? Have you found ways to have family fun at Disney Springs?