SHOPPING AT DISNEY SPRINGS
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.