Disney Springs in Orlando, often referred to as Lake Buena Vista, has more than 150 shops for your enjoyment and pleasure, everything from The Art of Shaving to Chapel Hats and everything in between.
Disney Springs, as it is now known, opened way back in March 22, 1975. Disney Springs had many names before the latest one, Disney Springs. It was first known as Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village when it opened in 1975. It became Walt Disney World Village in 1977.
In August of 1986 construction for Pleasure Island began and was completed and opened on May 1, 1989. Later that same year Walt Disney World Village became Disney Village Marketplace. In 1997, it became Downtown Disney, and many visitors still refer to it as Downtown Disney. Pleasure Island closed in September, 2008, and the area is known as The Landing.
In 2013 plans for an expansion for the shopping area was undertaken and by September 29, 2015 it had been expanded with the addition of several stores and restaurants and renamed to its current name, Disney Springs.
To the delight of the little princesses in your family, there is a shop called Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It has beautiful costumes so the girls can dress up to look like their favorite princess.
After choosing the costume, they can have their hair fixed and make-up applied, and be treated just like a movie star. They will resemble the grown-up princesses and beam as they walk around the Springs or go through the parks showing off their costumes.
Boathouse Boatique as the name implies, is nautically themed and has a Rubba Duck. Also included in the store are games, apparel and if you want to go all out on being nautical…they have engravable paddles.
Apparel and Other Delights
Moving along, there are brand name shops like Coach, Stance, Zara’s Apparel, Columbia Sportswear and not wanting to leave out the men, there is Lacoste. Name brands like Johnny Was, Levi’s and Kipling are also featured for those just needing to take a special gift home for themselves, or maybe that special someone back home.
Coach bags are very popular. There are styles pleasing to both men and women. Amazon has many bags and prices sure to suit all. AVA Leather Tote Bag currently sells for $138.00 at *Amazon.com
If you are looking for a little more than just clothing, beauty and cosmetics might perk your interest. Several shops will help you out along those lines like: L’Occitane En Provence, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Mac Cosmetics, or Sephora.
And what woman can pass up a jewelry store? Not to be disappointed, there are a few of those for you. You don’t have to look too far to find Ever After Jewelry Co. and Accessories, or Pandora Jewelry.
Disney’s Day of Christmas has everything imaginable from apparel, h0useware items, ornaments, and holiday decor to fill your home with everything Christmas. The best part of this store is that it is open year round so you can find that perfect ornament in July.
Disney Pin Traders offers all sorts of pins and lanyards. Pins can be exchanged with Cast members or other vacationers. You’re sure to find someone wanting to trade one of their pins for one of your treasured pins. The kids are really good at begging you to give up one of your prized pins, too. Mickey ears hats are the rave for the young ones, and the not so young ones like having them adorned on their heads, too.
For you Star Wars fans, Disney has the Star Wars Trading Post store and the Star Wars Galactic Outpost both carrying apparel, toys, and collectibles.”May the Force be With You” is often heard while in the store.
Looking for Entertainment
The Void is a virtual hyper-reality augmented walk-thru. It’s quite an experience. As you leave, there are several choices of T-shirts, caps, and mugs to keep the memory of The Void alive.
House of Blues invites you to their music concerts featuring many artists with a huge selection of events that change every day. On Sundays, you can enjoy a Gospel Brunch. House of Blues Restaurant and Bar serves Authentic American food. You will need to purchase your tickets on line in advance to ensure seating if you want to take part at one of the featured events.
In an effort to keep up with the times, Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba is under a complete renovation. This is not the traditional circus atmosphere one would expect. You won’t see any animal stunts here. Instead, you will find a theatrical presentation of modern dance and athletic stunts. There is talk of a new show being planned which adds to the anticipation of its opening.
Cirque du Soleil will amaze and excite you. The choreography, music and lighting brings the show to a level of true delight. This short description doesn’t do it any justice. In order to appreciate the significance, talent, an artistry it has to be experienced firsthand and in person to know how breathtaking the performance is. The costumes are elegant and if any of them suit your fancy they can be purchased.
Still wanting to be entertained, there is Riverboat Square, The Edison, Sunshine Highline and the Paradiso 37 all of which feature live entertainment.
The children will enjoy the Marketplace Carousel and especially going to see Santa at Santa’s Chalet.
Let’s Get Active
So you want to do something with your hands and be creative? Let’s see.
A Build-a-Dino by Build a Bear Workshop is where you can find all the makings you need to put together your very own creation.
The Lego Store is full of kits to purchase or you can use the loose legos to build a character while testing your imagination. Loose legos in any choice of colors can also be purchased if you want to take them home and work on your own creation later.
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In need of burning off a few more calories, not that walking around the parks isn’t enough, the Springs has a bowling alley named Splitsville. Now that’s an original name. Watch out for those 7 and 10 pins, they’ll get you every time!
On the way to Splitsville is a store perfect for runners, or athletes in general, called Fit2Run. If you are a runner or join any races, you may want to check out this store. It has all your needs featuring apparel for men, women, and kids, tracking devices, athletic shoes, nutrition and fitness bars, and Smartphones. These accessories will help you gear up for the race or just help with personal fitness.
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Oh boy, all that shopping made me hungry! Where can we eat? Wolfgang Puck Express at Marketplace is one of his established restaurants and Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill is in the construction stage and due to open soon.
Other eateries to satisfy your taste buds include Rain Forest Cafe, The Boat House, Bongos Cuban Cafe, Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante, The Polite Pig, and many more enjoyable diners to meet everyone’s culinary desires.
Just wanting a snack to fill your sweet tooth, ahh, there is Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shoppe, Sprinkles Bakery, or Goofy’s Candy Company.
Something New at Disney Springs, A Restaurant
A new eatery opened at Disney Springs recently named Jaleo featuring chef Jose Andres. Menu is made up of Spanish flavored sandwiches along with soup or salad. It is meant for those looking for a quick bite so you can get back to the shopping available here at the Springs. If you like Spanish food as much as I do, you will love this place!
See You Soon
Orlando not on your radar this year? So sorry, but it’s not all bad. It may be in the near future for you. In the meantime if there is anything you want or your heart desires that is available at one of the shops feel free to let your fingers do the walking over to your favorite store that sells Disney products. There are so many stores or market places featuring Disney memorabilia, most of which can be purchased on line. Everything from apparel to nick-nacks featuring Mickey and friends is the rage all over the world. Have fun shopping!
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