WDW Magazine - - Disney Springs - BY JESSI KIM­BLE

Dis­ney en­thu­si­asts and lo­cals to Walt Dis­ney World may still be get­ting use to Down­town Dis­ney’s new name, Dis­ney Springs, but with a new name comes some ex­cit­ing en­hance­ments to the shop­ping scene at WDW!

With over 70 shops open now, Dis­ney prom­ises over 150 once con­struc­tion is com­pleted this year. There will be four dis­tinct neigh­bor­hoods: the Mar­ket­place, The Land­ing, Town Cen­ter, and West Side to ex­plore.

For now, let’s take a quick stroll through Dis­ney Springs and see what’s new, what’s pop­u­lar, and what you shouldn’t miss out on…

First off, get­ting there is a breeze! If you’re stay­ing on prop­erty, your re­sort will pro­vide trans­porta­tion to Dis­ney Springs just as it does the parks. Off- prop­erty guests have ac­cess to com­pli­men­tary park­ing in park­ing lots, as well as two new multi- level park­ing garages, with ad­di­tional weekend park­ing avail­able dur­ing the evening hours.

Ev­ery­one needs a lit­tle more Dis­ney in their lives! World of Dis­ney is the world’s largest Dis­ney char­ac­ter store. There are twelve rooms packed full of ev­ery Dis­ney item you could imag­ine. Plushes, hats, pins, logo mer­chan­dise, kitchen ac­ces­sories, and oh so much more! Plus, it’s home t o Bib­bidi Bob­bidi Bou­tique.

But you’ll also find spe­cially themed Dis­ney stores (pins, men’s cloth­ing, women’s ap­parel and hand­bags, toys, bar­gains, Marvel and Star Wars, Christ­mas, Vinyl­ma­tion, home­wares and more!) in amongst the na­tional brands and one-off re­tail­ers who make up the rest of the ten­ants of the dis­trict.

In the mood for some­thing sweet? One of the new­est ad­di­tions is The Ganach­ery, where shop­pers can ex­pe­ri­ence choco­late like never be­fore. Meet and in­ter­act with ex­pert choco­latiers, se­lect hand-wrapped ex­otic cho­co­lates, or pur­chase a Mickey Mouse choco­late lol­lipop. Over six­teen kinds of ganache await you! This makes a per­fect gift for some­one back home.

After those sweets, you may just be a lit­tle thirsty. There are two Star­bucks lo­ca­tions; a walk-up at The Mar­ket­place, as well as a unique Re­serve Bar fea­tur­ing a Clover press at the West Side where in ad­di­tion to your usual or­der you can pur­chase mugs and cof­fee to take home.

Look­ing for some unique shop­ping? Hava­ianas is a flip-flop lover’s dream! Shop over 300 dif­fer­ent styles with the op­tion to per­son­al­ize your se­lec­tion. Cre­ate cus­tom flip-flops for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, a fun gift, or find a pair to match ev­ery sin­gle one of your out­fits. If shoes are your thing, be sure to stop by Curl by Sammy Du­vall, where you can get cus­tom painted Toms, Vans, and Con­verse shoes.

Basin’s beau­ti­ful bright store wel­comes you with fra­grant nat­u­ral skin and bath prod­ucts. Bath bombs, lo­tions, and hand-cut soaps come in a va­ri­ety of scents. There are even soaps with col­or­ful Mickey Mouse sil­hou­ettes in­side.

The Spice and Tea Ex­change of­fers a va­ri­ety of gourmet loose leaf teas, spices, and fla­vored sug­ars. You can also pur­chase bags of spe­cialty teas to brew at home and de­li­cious spices to spruce up your fa­vorite recipes.

For new gotta-have items, don’t miss the Star Wars Ga­lac­tic Out­post at Dis­ney Spring’s West Side. Lightsabers, char­ac­ter ap­parel, and all things Star Wars can be found here, even hard-to-find col­lectibles.

D-tech On De­mand in­side The Mar­ket­place Co-op has fun mer­chan­dise for all your elec­tri­cal gad­gets. Dis­ney phone cases can be per­son­al­ized just for you with over 170 dif­fer­ent art styles avail­able.

The Art of Dis­ney is where col­lec­tors and Dis­ney-lovers can find sketches, paint­ings, sculp­tures, and other beau­ti­ful Dis­ney trea­sures.

Here’s an­other fun stop that you won’t want to miss, The LEGO Store. Chil­dren and adults will marvel at the in­cred­i­ble crea­tures built out of LE­GOS, LE­GOS and more LE­GOS! Step in­side and you’ll see the Pick-a-brick Wall where you can mix and match a tub of LE­GOS in ev­ery shape, size, and color. Hands-on sta­tions let you play and imag­ine on site, with spe­cial events on some nights, like a LEGO car build­ing com­pe­ti­tion where the MC lets you race other driv­ers.

After all that shop­ping you may just be a lit­tle bit hun­gry. At Dis­ney Springs you’ll have over forty places to grab any­thing from a quick snack to a full-course gourmet meal.

Dis­ney Springs re­ally adds an­other “park” to the parks! You can spend the en­tire day shop­ping, watch­ing live entertainment, re­lax­ing in a lounge, din­ing, play­ing, en­joy­ing time with friends and fam­ily - and shop­ping ‘till you drop! Don’t for­get, if you’re stay­ing on prop­erty, all those shop­ping bags can be sent back to your room - how easy is that?

The great part is that Dis­ney Springs just keeps get­ting bet­ter. With more venues con­tin­u­ing to open this year, there will be plenty of new places to dis­cover ev­ery time you visit.

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