disney springs

Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney is a relaxtion and recreation area designed to keep visitors on Disney property after the Parks have closed for the day. Split into 3 areas - West Side, Pleasure Island and Market Place - they all contain a mixture of dining and shopping outlets. There is plenty of parking (Lots A-Q so remember where you have parked) and free transportation from the Disney hotels plus various Disney water taxis and buses. Vehicle access is via Buena Vista Drive, clearly signposted from the I-4, parking is currently free.

West Side - as the name suggest it is on the west side of the lake. DisneyQuest is a five story high tech arcade with virtual reality games. Cirque Du Soleil's La Nouba has a permanent home here - a fasinating and surreal 90 minute show of amazing acrobatics, booking is essential either online before you travel or on site. There are various places to dine - again reservations in advance are your best bet, call the Disney Dining line (you are wished "a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo day" at the end of the phone call) - Wolfgang Puck, Bongos Cuban Cafe, House of Blues and Planet Hollywood.

Pleasure Island - this is a six acre island which used to be full of nightclubs but in 2008 decided to make the area more family orientated and closed them all. Now it consists of mainly dining outlets such as T-Rex Cafe, Foultons Crab House, Raglan Road Irish Pub, Cookes of Dublin and Portobello. Again reservations may be needed.

Market Place - this is on the eastern side of the lake and has the world's largest Disney merchandise store, art gallery and Lego store. Dining is at thr Rainforest Cafe, Capt'n Jack's Restaurant, Earl of Sandwich, MacDonalds. Shops are Lego, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, World of Disney, Team Mickey, TrenD.