Disney Springs™ Tours
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Disney Springs™ (formerly known as Downtown Disney®) is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment center in Florida’s Lake Buena Vista, near Walt Disney World® and other Orlando theme parks. When you need a break from amusement park rides, head to Disney Springs™ to pick up souvenirs, dine, or see a show.
The Disney Springs™ Town Center is built around the natural springs that first attracted settlers to the area. From there, walkways lead to The Landing, the West Side, and the Marketplace. Each offers themed architecture, a playful atmosphere, and spots offering live music and waterfront views. Specialty shops and restaurants range from casual to upscale, while entertainment options include Cirque du Soleil performances and The Boathouse, which offers vintage amphicar rides and Italian water taxi rides on Lake Buena Vista. There is also a bowling alley, movie theater, carousel, and multiple concert venues.
Tours from downtown Orlando often include a stop at Disney Springs™ as well as other area highlights such as Walt Disney World®, Disney's Hollywood Studios®, and Magic Kingdom®. For a bird’s eye view of Disney Springs™, opt for a helicopter tour of the Orlando area.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Walk-up reservations are available for Italian water taxi tours and amphicar tours.
- Designated parking spaces for guests with disabilities are available in both the Orange and Lime Garages, as well as in the Strawberry, Watermelon, and Grapefruit surface parking lots.
- Parking is free; preferred parking and valet parking are available for a fee.
How to Get There
Disney Springs™ is accessible by car as well as bus and water transportation. One-way bus service from the four Disney® theme parks operates daily, and the promenade is accessible by complimentary water transportation from select Disney resorts.
When to Get There
Disney Springs™ is open daily from 10am to 12am. While there are plenty of indoor activities at Disney Springs™, it’s essentially an outdoor mall so check the weather forecast before heading over.
Tips for Beating the Lines at Walt Disney World
Lines are an inevitable part of the Disney® experience, especially at popular rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, but with a little planning, you can avoid the worst of them. Get to the park before it opens, and immediately head toward the big ticket rides near the back of the park, scheduling your three Fast Passes as you go. Lines tend to be shorter during parades and fireworks shows, and the slower-paced rides are often quieter in the evening after families with young kids have headed home for the day.
Address: 1486 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, Florida 32830, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Disney Springs™
There’s more to Orlando than theme parks. Discover the city of Orlando and the surrounding region on this full-day sightseeing bus tour and boat cruise. Learn about the history of Orlando. Enjoy a scenic boat ride through the lakes and canals of historic Winter Park, the self-proclaimed ‘Venice of America.’ See the downtown highlights around Lake Eola and browse the boutiques and specialty stores on Park Avenue. Select Orlando area pickup and drop-off included.
Experience Orlando's famous theme parks in an unusual way: from the window of a helicopter. Sit back and enjoy an eight- to 25-minute flight over highlights such as Universal Studios, Lake Toho, SeaWorld, and Disney World. Learn about the development of the area and its history through your pilot's commentary and snap epic aerial photos as you travel.
A string of fun activities and site visits makes up this action-packed day tour of Orlando. First up: a drive around Lake Eola and through downtown Orlando. Then it’s off to Winter Park for a boat ride on the waterway. Enjoy free time to shop and dine on Park Avenue, and take a quick spin though Disney Springs. Top off the day with a ride on the ICON Orlando, a 400-feet-tall observation wheel.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Disney Springs™?
The best ways to experience Disney Springs™ are:
- Orlando City Sightseeing Tours
- Private Helicopter Tour over Orlando's Theme Parks
- ICONic City Tour Of Orlando
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