The parks themselves could hardly contain the magic of Disney. Once known as Downtown Disney, the Disney Springs area is where visitors take some downtime from their vacation. With many shops, eats, and experiences, Disney Springs resembles a swanky, Disney-fied outdoor mall.
Being the stubborn (if migrated) Chicagoan I am, I still want to call Disney Springs Downtown Disney even years after the name change. It feels like the Sears Tower vs. Willis Tower battle to me.
Anyway, vacationing at Walt Disney World hardly seems complete without a visit to Disney Springs. Whether you’re clamoring at World of Disney for the latest Mousekateer merch or waiting in line for Gideon Bakehouse’s cult favorite cookies or some fried chicken from Chicken Guy, the Springs has something for everyone. That’s certainly true with the area’s vast area of restaurants too!
Resort transportation will take you straight to Disney Springs if you’re staying on Walt Disney World property. However, there is also plenty of parking for those driving themselves. Either way, getting to the Springs is a breeze.
Not to be outdone, Disney World prides itself on the range of food offerings for guests. The theme parks are packed with food carts, but Disney Springs is where you’ll find some of the best restaurants at Disney.
You can even find some food trucks around too, but this is not a chain restaurant sort of location – although Rainforest Cafe or Planet Hollywood might beg to differ. From casual to fine dining (or Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for a combination of the two), these are undoubtedly the best restaurants in Disney Springs to add some magic to your Disney World vacation.
Disney Springs Dining Pro-Tips
In terms of variety and quality, dining in Disney Springs is pretty similar to going on something like a San Francisco food tour. At the same time, you’re going to find yourself in a self-contained world of good eats where the regular rules of dining out don’t necessarily apply. Here are a few pro tips, tricks, and hacks for grabbing grub in Disney Springs.
- Disney Springs restaurants are usually busy, and even during non-peak Disney World tourist days, it’ll probably be busy. If you plan to dine at one of the table service restaurants, make a reservation ahead of time.
- Don’t forget about your reservations. Walt Disney World can charge no-show fees per person.
- Restaurants recommending reservations can be made via the…
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