Say farewell to Downtown Disney and HELLO to the newly expanded Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season!
Disney Springs is wrapped and ready for the holidays following its multi-year makeover to a world-class shopping-dining-entertainment district. It honestly could be Disney’s fifth theme park, it’s so large (and fun)!
I had the opportunity to spend the good part of an entire day at the expanded Disney Springs and I still didn’t get to do everything.
The district is now separated into four “neighborhoods”, which have been transformed for the holidays through festive decor, entertainment and holiday shopping at some amazing new retailers- hello Lilly Pulitzer and Vera Bradley!
Retail locations range from name-brands to cozy boutiques to everything in between. There’s truly something for everyone!
I highly recommend taking a day this December to experience the newly expanded Disney Springs.
Here’s your recommended plan of action, should you choose to accept it:
- Drive up from South Florida in the morning and park for FREE in one of Disney Springs’ new parking garages. There are even sensors in each row that tell you how many parking spaces are available. Too cool.
- Stop for a quick lunch at one of the many new dining locations such as:
- D-Luxe Burger– try the Southern. You won’t regret it!
2. Planet Hollywood Observatory (which is finishing up a HUGE renovation)
3. Paddlefish (near the entrance of Portobello Country Italian Trattoria)
4. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza (I love the one in Boca!)
- Get shopping! There are so many options, including one of my NYC favs, UNIQLO. I discovered so many new stores at the expanded Disney Springs!
Shopping won’t get you into the holiday spirit? Then head over to see the big guy himself at Santa’s Chalet. Even better, once dusk settles, take a stroll through the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail! This was amazing. The entire time I was thinking, “which one of these trees can I recreate at home?” Plus SNOW!
Have I mentioned that Disney Springs also features some amazing new dining destinations?
Several bloggers and I experienced a multi-course meal at Morimoto Asia. What a delight! I love that I no longer have to travel all the way to NYC for Morimoto or Chicago for Frontera Cocina. They’re all (and more!) at Disney Springs. 🙂
The grand finale of your day? Something truly groundbreaking…
“Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” is a first-of-its-kind light show featuring 300 Intel® Shooting Star™ show drones. The hi-tech spectacle invites guests to gaze skyward and make a special wish this holiday season. The synchronized choreography of the drones is set to a specially orchestrated arrangement of classic holiday music. Be sure to listen for a few bars of classic Disney melodies too!
This is the first time in the United States that 300 show drones have flown at one time. They weigh less than a volleyball and feature built-in LED lights than create more than four billion color combinations! It was extremely impressive. Definitely a must-see!
Other fun options to explore at the newly expanded Disney Springs:
- Coca Cola Store & Rooftop Beverage Bar: Enjoy classic and exotic flavors from around the world while taking in panoramic views of Disney Springs atop the Coca-Coca Cola Store. It’s pretty cool. I tasted every flavor they offered!
- Characters in Flight: By the time I made it to this awesome hot air balloon experience, it was too windy to go up. But, it’s definitely on my list for next time! More info and pricing HERE.
- The Disney Springs Christmas Tree: Be sure to take a selfie by this beauty! The tree is the centerpiece of all of the holiday decor at Disney Springs.
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