Disney Springs is Disney World’s entertainment district. Formerly known as Downtown Disney, the ongoing renovation of the entire destination will ultimately result in doubling the shopping, dining, and entertainment options in this bustling area once the transformation is complete in 2016!
Disney Springs is currently divided into three distinct neighborhoods: Marketplace, The Landing, and the West Side (the upcoming Town Center is currently under construction, with a scheduled opening on May 15, 2016). You’ll find everything from chain restaurants and quick-service snacks to elaborate table-service menus, and several restaurants combine dining and entertainment such as live music and spectacular theming.
Rainforest Cafe includes an extensive menu and an interactive rainforest theme. While it is not terribly different from the version outside the Animal Kingdom as well as many other worldwide locations, it can provide a fun dining option in Disney Springs. Guests can also enjoy a limited menu and drinks at the connecting Lava Lounge.
T-Rex is similar to the Rainforest Cafe, except with a dinosaur theme instead of the rainforest. Like the Rainforest Cafe, it has a large menu as well as an interactive — if somewhat loud — atmosphere.
Earl of Sandwich creates signature sandwiches with custom-made sauce, fresh ingredients and artisan breads. This counter-service establishment also serves breakfast.
Dockside Margaritas is the place to grab a margarita (or a local brew or wine, if you prefer) while enjoying a waterfront view.
Wolfgang Puck Express has both West Side and Marketplace locations. This is a very popular location for guests seeking counter-service with a bit more quality.
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain offers both fantastic ice cream as well as wonderful chocolate options for guests looking to indulge their sweet-tooth.
Starbucks at Disney Springs Marketplace serves up the same favorite Starbucks beverages that you enjoy at home. While there are a few snacks and sandwiches available, it is primarily a walk-up window, and the food selection is not as extensive at the Starbucks in Disney Springs West Side.
Raglan Road offers Irish Pub food with live music and a team of Irish Dancers providing entertainment.
The Boathouse is a high-end restaurant with a culinary focus on steaks and seafood. While the food is the star of the show, guests can also enjoy live music and even tour the Village Lake in an Amphicar (for an additional fee).
Portobello Restaurant is a table-service Italian restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere.
Paradiso 37 is a fun establishment offering “foods of the Americas” with a focus on small easy to eat portions. Be sure to also check out their tequila bar.
Cookes of Dublin offers a counter-service Irish menu specializing in hand battered selections. With fresh, high-quality ingredients, it’s worth venturing here for a quick service meal.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC features a specialty menu consisting of gluten-free, mostly organic, vegan baked goods. Items are also dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, and egg-free, making it a great destination for guests with special dietary needs.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is an Indiana Jones-themed lounge serving specialty cocktails and tapas among walls packed with vintage travel posters and aviation equipment which tell tales of the travels of Indiana Jones and his frequent pilot, Jock Lindsey.
Morimoto Asia, is a waterfront restaurant showcasing selections from across the entire continent of Asia. (You may be familiar with Chef Masaharu Morimoto as an Iron Chef.)
Tea Trader’s Cafe by Joffrey’s specializes in premium loose-leaf teas (hot, iced, and blended) featuring customs blends, accessories, and packaged teas from all over the globe, created to-go or for a tea experience in the café.
The Ganachery is Disney’s very own chocolate shop, featuring freshly made ganache and specialty chocolates.
Vivoli Gelateria opened its doors in June 2015. This family-run gelato location has only one other storefront in the world, and that’s in Florence, Italy.
Bongos Cuban Cafe’ sizzles with colorful old Havana and South Beach motifs. This Cafe Cubano serves Caribbean and Cuban inspired dishes in a multi-tiered restaurant shaped like a pineapple.
Bongos Cuban Café Express is a walk-up window connected to Bongos Cuban Café, offering a quick Counter Service stop for Cuban food on-the-go!
Starbucks at Disney Springs West Side features all the regular Starbucks beverages you know and love, but this location also boasts an evening menu featuring tapas-style foods along with beer and wine.
House of Blues can be found at the farthest end of the West Side, featuring live music and southern food.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a bowling alley, but with items like sushi, artisan pizzas and Giant Cake on the menu, you’ll find much more than standard bowling alley fare. Visit to bowl, dine, or both!
The Disney Food Trucks have their home base at Exposition Park on the West Side. Each of the four food trucks features food favorites based on popular dishes in the four Disney World parks (typically three out of the four Food Trucks are available at Exposition Park).
The Smokehouse is where you want to go for classic barbecue items served up in a relaxed, outdoor atmosphere. Most evenings, guests can enjoy live music under the hanging lights.
AMC Dine-In Theater means you’ll never have to choose between dinner or a movie. Thanks to their “Fork and Screen” experience, you can enjoy both at the same time!
Wolfgang Puck Cafe and Dining Room are both presented by renown chef Wolfgang Puck. The “Cafe” is downstairs and features a more casual setting, while the “Dining Room” upstairs is more formal. Both offer California/Asian fusion dishes.
Wolfgang Puck Express has both West Side and Marketplace locations. This is a very popular location for guests seeking counter-service of a high quality.
Wetzel’s Pretzels is a kiosk serving up the Wetzel’s classics you may be familiar with, such as the Pretzel Cheese Dog and Sinful Cinnamon Pretzel.
Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream offers 14 different flavors of ice cream to choose from.
Planet Hollywood is currently closed to receive a full makeover, and will reopen as the Planet Hollywood Observatory later in 2016. The updated location will feature an outdoor terrace, live entertainment, and a bar space by the name of Stargazers.
Still to Come…
There is a LOT on the horizon for the future Disney Springs! Upcoming dining destinations slated to open in 2016 include:
Amorette’s Patisserie will be a Disney owned and operated bakery featuring classic and contemporary pastries. It is slated to open on May 15, 2016 in the new Town Center of Disney Springs.
AristoCrepes will offer both sweet and savory crepes when it opens on May 22, 2016.
B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. is an upcoming food kiosk that will feature artisan sausages. It will open on May 15, 2016.
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza will feature an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize their pizza choosing from over 40 toppings – all for one price.
D-Luxe Burger will be serving up gourmet burgers on fresh-baked buns when this Disney-owned joint opens in the Town Center of Disney Springs.
Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine is celebrity Chef Art Smith’s next restaurant venture, and will feature the “farm-to-kitchen” cuisine that he’s famous for. The “Homecoming” name is inspired by the fact that Chef Smith hails from Jasper, FL.
STK Orlando will be a modern steakhouse channeling the atmosphere of a “sleek lounge”. Plans call for the restaurant to encompass approximately 14,000 square feet, two dining levels, and a DJ.
The Daily Poutine will serve up four variations on the traditional Canadian french fry dish. It will open on May 15, 2016.
The Edison will feature classic American food, craft cocktails, and live entertainment including cabaret and music.
Sprinkles serves up handcrafted cupcakes, slow churned ice cream and homemade cookies.
Tablas Frontera will feature authentic Mexican cuisine. Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless (host of National Public Television’s “Mexico-One Plate at a Time”) says “I’m thrilled to bring Tablas Frontera to Disney Springs and share my passion for Mexican cuisine with the families who visit Orlando every year.”