Disney Springs is the most frugal of the Disney attractions in Orlando, Florida, simply because it does not charge for entrance fees nor parking to its many visitors from all over the globe. However, don’t let its free entrance fool you into thinking there’s nothing much to do here, it is quite the opposite! Depending on what type of traveler you are, I have listed the top things you can do, depending on your personality!
For the shopper
Shopaholics and Disney fans unite! Disney Springs is the best place to visit for anything Disney-related. It’s home to a big retail store called the World of Disney, which houses all Disney-themed items you could possibly dream of: purses, shoes, clothes, household items, and, of course, toys! For the first time visitor, it may become too overwhelming, so try to make a list of the things you’ll really need (and potentially want) to pick up, and a budget for each. In addition to the World of Disney, there are several other retail stores that you can visit, such as the store Havaianas for Disney-themed flip-flops, and the Lego Store.
For the adventurer
For those who came to Disney Springs to experience something new thing to tick off your travel or bucket list, head on to Characters in Flight, where you (and a few others) will go up 400 feet (122 meters) in the air aboard the world’s largest tethered balloon. On a sunny day, you’ll get great views of the Disney parks over the distance, as well as the hustle and bustle going around Disney Springs. Note that the balloon ride is weather-permitting. If there are very strong winds, they may close the ride down and only reopen when the conditions are deemed safe. So make this one of your first priorities to go to if you are only here for the day.
Another great adventure/ride to go on in Disney Springs is located at the Boathouse. Here, you get to ride a vintage car across the pond fronting Disney Springs. So, are you riding a car or a boat? Well, you’re riding both! It comfortably seats four people, which includes your personal captain and driver. Be prepared to shell out a bit of money though, it costs 125 USD for the ride.
For the foodie
Disney Springs is great for those who want to try out new restaurants, themed or not. Within the park, there’s Rainforest Cafe, set amidst a tropical rainforest, with animatronic animals that go about their own business. They can be pretty lifelike too!
At the T-Rex Restaurant, well, you can dine amongst the dinosaurs. It’s got big dinosaur models set throughout the restaurant, and has a zone where your kids can start digging for fossils! The gift shop is equally as popular as the restaurant, so if you are planning to eat, make sure to plan ample time before your party gets really hungry!
For the techie or the inner child in you
If you are looking for more interactive games, head to DisneyQuest, where video games, 3D, and all other sorts of technological games and adventures await. Be prepared to pay an entrance fee of around 50 USD per day, even if you are not planning to play any interactive games! Catered mostly to the younger ones, but this shouldn’t stop the young at heart from exploring as this state of the art facility is definitely a fun place to visit. It may not rival the theme parks, but when the weather is bad and you have nothing planned for the day, do consider stopping by here. The place can be crowded from the late afternoon until the early evening (2pm onwards), so it’s best to arrive as soon as DisneyQuest opens so you don’t have to wait in line for the games you want to play. Note that once DisneyQuest is already at capacity, they will stop issuing tickets, and once you have paid for the day, you can go in and out as you please. If you go in at 10AM, try to play a few games until 1PM, you’ll probably have covered most of them by the time you go out for lunch, and this is when the crowd starts trickling in.
Disney can cater to all sorts of budgets after all!
As you can see, Disney Springs has something to offer for everyone, and will cater to all sorts of budgets (from luxurious and unlimited to frugal and zero cost). There are plenty more things to see and do that I may not have been able to tackle in this article. Don’t worry though, as you’ll have so much fun experiencing and seeing it for yourself.
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