Disney Springs has been around in some form since shortly after the Magic Kingdom opened in the 1970s as a place for guests to visit after a day at the nearby theme parks. Over the years, it's evolved as a shopping destination as Walt Disney World Village to a nightlife destination with the addition of Pleasure Island in the '80s and then a lifestyle center with Downtown Disney. Today, Disney Springs is a world-class retail, dining and entertainment complex and continues its final stages of a major renovation to add more shops and restaurants than ever before.
While guests must maneuver through some traffic and construction to get to the two new parking garages, once inside, Disney Springs is easily navigable for visiting new shops and restaurants. Disney Springs encompasses four neighborhoods: The Westside and Marketplace along with the new Landing and Town Center. The Orange garage is located near the Westside while the Lime garage offers direct access into the Town Center. Both are free and use smart technology to lead you to open spots.
Old favorites like Cirque du Soleil, House of Blues, Raglan Road and World of Disney remain. New dining options include STK, Paddlefish and Sprinkles along with celebrity chef-stamped restaurants like Morimoto Asia, Homecoming, Frontera and Planet Hollywood. New shops at the Town Center include Kate Spade, UNIQLO, Anthropologie, Zara, Sephora, Sperry, Johnston and Murphy and many more.
Admission to Disney Springs is free, and anyone is permitted on property whether staying at a Disney resort or not. Uber drop off and pick up are located on the Westside near Cirque du Soleil. Disney Springs opens at 10 am and stays open until midnight, and later on weekends. The complex really comes alive at night with live music and entertainment in the streets.