Florida is one place I just love visiting time and time again. I’ve been there many times, especially to Walt Disney World. It really is a fantastic vacation destination as there is so much to do. It’s great for families as well as people who don’t have kids.
If you are familiar with Disney World you will know that they have this amazing shopping and entertainment area called Downtown Disney. Or should I say was called Downtown Disney. These past few years Disney have been making really big changes to this area. Last year Disney managed to complete it and the area formerly known as Downtown Disney has become Disney Springs.
Now I did wonder how the name Disney Springs got thought up and as with anything Disney, there is always a backstory. Basically Disney Springs is a small town that grew up around a natural spring. A cattle rancher had discovered the springs back in the 1800s and decided to settle there. The springs are now the heart of the town.
Back in October I visited Disney World and decided to check out Disney Springs. I had read a lot about it since it was completed and I was really looking forward to having a look. If you enjoyed Downtown Disney you will absolutely love Disney Springs. It’s like Downtown Disney but much bigger and better. You still have a lot of the existing shops and restaurants, but now even more.
The Springs is split into 4 different areas – West Side, Marketplace, The Landing and the new Town Center. The Marketplace is just like before and features Rainforest Cafe, Goofy’s Candy Company and Once Upon A Toy. Over at the West Side you can find Cirque Du Soleil, Splitsville Bowling Alley, Characters In Flight and the soon to be closing Disney Quest. The Landing is what used to be Pleasure Island. Each area reflects it’s function and the (fictional) time period it was developed.
The Town Center is brand new and was the area I was really looking forward to checking out. The theming of the Town Center really is fantastic and includes the springs which Disney Springs gets it’s name. Big brands can be found here and some of the stores include Sephora, Superdry, Vera Bradley and Zara.
So if you’re visiting Disney World, why not spend a day at Disney Springs. There really is something for everyone. The Springs are open every day 10am – 12am.