Disney Springs is a beautiful spot in Walt Disney World where you can shop, dine, and watch countless forms of entertainment. It is great for families and adults alike. I find that I do very different things at Disney Springs depending on who I am traveling with. I had the pleasure to travel with a group of ladies this past April and we had a blast #Adulting!
I could hang here for the shopping alone. When they reopened it as Disney Springs, they added several stores that are more high end and geared towards adults. I enjoy going in and out of all of them because even though they have a few of these stores back home, these particular shops have a Disney spin. You can find their typical merchandise but a lot of it will be Disney themed. Many of these stores I would not take littles into and even if I did, I certainly would not be able to focus on what I was looking at!
The entertainment options here are endless. There are street performers, stage shows, circus acts & more. House of Blues has great acts that you can learn about ahead of time on their website. Cirque du Soliel puts on a fantastic show that I enjoyed countless times. Many of the restaurants have entertainment later into the evening, my favorite of which being Raglan Road. They had amazingly talented Irish Step Dancers, bag pipes, and singers. (We also ate here – my burger was off the charts!) There are also several street performers that are fun to stop and watch as you cruise through the Springs. We have seen an accordion player, full bands, DJ’s, and even a Didgeridoo! It is great to grab a bite or drink from one of the many carts and sit back and enjoy!
There are over 60 (60!) dining options at Disney Springs and they range from food trucks to fine dining. There are top chefs at several of the locations including winners of the James Beard Award. I have never had a meal at Disney Springs that I was not wild about. On this particular trip, we went into a few of the more “adult” options and I was amazed by both food & atmosphere. Here are my “Must-Try’s”-
Jock Lindsay’s Hanger Bar – This great spot is modeled after an airplane hanger that belonged to Jock Lindsay, Indiana Jones’s Pilot. Through this restaurant/bar, you can find neat little hidden gems from the movies. Our favorite place to sit is the boat that is in dry-dock to the side of the building. It is “on the water” and you can watch the Amphicars launch next door. They have some very imaginative beverages that Jock discovered on his travels. I am not sure which I love more – the beverages or the glasses they come in!
Wine Bar George – A favorite for an array of wines and pairing them with delicious food. The waiters and waitresses here are known for their knowledge of wine and can answer any questions. It was very interesting. This is also home to the Frozcato – an alcoholic version of the Dole-whip. It was Ahhhhh-mazing and I highly suggest it!
Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar – A true Italian Style Speakeasy. I absolutely love the way you enter this restaurant. The environment is not to be missed and the Italian food is sublime. Take a walk into the entrance and try to find the bar – you will be so glad that you did!
Paddlefish – The large paddleboat that used to be Fulton’s has been re-imagined. I loved the outdoor seating on the top level. From there we were able to watch a stage show and listen to the music that was being played in front of The World of Disney. They have “adult” ice pops that are refreshing and fun! This was a stop I was so glad we made.
Bowling! Yes, Bowling! Splitsville is Bowling & dining all in one. The smells wafting out of this place are pretty incredible. I would have to imagine that they have some outrageous wings. Get a bite and a beverage and challenge a friend to 10 frames!
Amphicars – The first time you see these things you will be simply amazed – at least I was. Hop into this car based out of The Boathouse and your captain will splash you right into the waterway! You and up to 2-3 friends can take a 20 minute tour in a car that is also a boat. Watching them float around is pretty surreal!
Dancing & Clubs
House of Blues can have a great atmophere for dancing depending on who the performer is for that evening. Check the schedule!
The Edison – Probably one of my most favorite night-life spots ANYWHERE! We stumbled upon this place and then stayed till closing. It is an industrial, gothic style restaurant (21+ after 9pm) that has a bar and stage area set in an abandoned power plant. Entertainment was from the Steampunk era complete with flappers, a burlesque show, different musical acts and more. Some we danced to, some we just watched. They have innovative drinks with a nod to the steampunk era. This is now a must-do for me every time I travel to Disney without littles. Headed back there in June for sure and I suggest you check it out!
Disney Springs is a great place for a girls weekend, bachelor/bachelorette parties, Disneymoons, and all other adult celebrations. From the dining to the late night entertainment, you will be so glad you made it a part of your trip.
If you would like help planning a trip and want to know more about these and other #Adulting activities, contact me today!