Spectacular entertainment, dining and shopping adventures await at Disney Springs! This waterfront district offers unique experiences and entertainment at the Walt Disney World complex through four distinct neighborhoods: The Landing, The Marketplace, West Side, and Town Center – all of which are connected with a flowing spring and gorgeous lakefront vista. We recently spent an evening at Disney Springs and were blown away by the endless family fun and experiences that were offered – it is a perfect way to spend a day with the family! Here we look at our top five must see experiences when visiting this mega entertainment complex – and why Disney Springs needs to be on your Orlando must-do list!
The Spectacular Scene at Disney Springs
The world’s largest tethered helium balloon!
1. Take Flight
Take to the sky for a Disney experience that includes a balloon ride! The worlds largest tethered helium balloon awaits for a fairytale flight over Disney Springs. The Characters in Flight helium balloon operated by Aerophile, floats 400 feet above Disney Springs – allowing for unobstructed views of downtown Orlando, all four Disney parks as well as all of the Disney resorts. The mammoth balloon is filled with 210,000 cubic feet of helium, and holds up to 29 guests in its basket. The exciting experience is similar to a hot air balloon ride except it is tethered (and simply raised and lowered) and instead of hot air is filled and sealed with helium (reducing noise and pollution). The balloon ascends for approximately 8-10 minutes, and returns to the dock once again. No solo flights here- you’ll be joined by silhouettes of beloved Disney characters that illuminate on the balloon sides while in flight.
Characters in Flight. Located on the west side of Disney Springs. Safety first! The balloon will not fly if winds exceed 22 mph or if there is a storm. Balloon flights are first come first serve, and cannot be reserved. Guests over 9 years of age are permitted to ride by themselves. However, children under 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (18 years of age or older). Price: $20 for adults and $15 for children (tax not included).
The Loch Ness Monster swims once again!
Pick a Brick wall at the Lego Store. Photo Courtesy of Disney.
2. Build a Memory
Brick-tacular memories are made at the amazing Lego Imagination Center in Disney Springs. Spectacular Lego sculptures of Disney Characters await – while the Loch Ness monster (made completely of Legos!!) stands guard over the Disney Springs lake. Little ones will love to build their own memory brick-by-brick at the (free!) play tables, or fill their own assortment with the pick-a-brick wall that allows their imagination to run wild. Don’t forget to stop by the interactive hands-on kids activities like mural construction and beat-the-clock building contests. A must visit!
Lego Imagination Center. Located in the west side of Disney Springs Marketplace.
Rattle your bones at the T-Rex Restaurant.
A close encounter with T-Rex!
3. Have a Roar-ing Adventure
For a prehistoric family adventure unlike any other – head over to T-Rex Café on the east side of Disney Springs Town Center. Enjoy face-to-face prehistoric encounters and dino-mite fun at this uniquely themed restaurant. Life-size animatronic dinosaurs, wooly mammoths, and jumbo jelly fish stand within elaborate scenes and meteor showers and put on a show for all guests. Outside children can dig for bones in the (free!) Discovery Dig fossil sandpit (made of pebbles, not sand, which means no clothing mess!). Inside a full gift store including dino-themed merchandise and the unique Build-A-Dino™ by Build-A-Bear Workshop™ where you can make your own dino friend! A visit to this restaurant will be a prehistoric experience that little ones wont forget.
T-Rex. Located in the Town Center area of Disney Springs. Dig Discovery is free! Build a Bear requires a fee. The restaurant is massively popular – reservations are essential to avoid a long wait. Make one here.
The magical scene from the Boathouse landing!
Watching the Amphicars enter the water.
The creative children’s plates at the Boathouse!
4. A Boat Load of Family Fun
Float on by for family fun at the incredible Boathouse Restaurant. The restaurant offers savory land and sea fare in a nautical atmosphere – but the fun floats on further than just a yummy lunch or dinner. Exciting Amphicar tours are available – where your boat is a vintage vehicle that drives into the water and offers a unique tour of Disney Springs around the harbor. On the docks in front of the restaurant is a fleet of rare (truly incredible!) boats on display – a walk-at-your leisure museum boat tour that is free to explore. Live music and events take place harbor side daily, or float your little ones boat by ordering a children’s meal that come served in a paper Amphicar plate – a fun way to end the day.
The Boathouse. Located at Disney Spring Landing. Reservations Recommended HERE.
A carousel of fun!
5. Entertainment for any Age
There is no shortage of entertainment for any age at Disney Springs. Strike up the fun at Splitsville – offering boutique bowling with a full-scale restaurant and entertainment center complete with 30 high-tech bowling lanes, outdoor seating and live entertainment. Need something for younger children? Disney Springs offers a charming carousel and train rides perfect for toddlers (or those young at heart), while older kids would love the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil La Nuebla show offering artsy fun. Disney Springs also offers (free!) pop-up stage shows, live performances and unique specialty acts throughout the park. We saw a ballet and roaming piano player during our visit! Check calendar for details.
Disney Springs Entertainment. Splitsville HERE, Cirque du Soleil HERE. Check calendar HERE.