LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.– In our house, we have a long time tradition, Holidays at the theme parks. Living in Florida it can sometimes be a challenge to get into the “Holiday Spirit”, especially when it’s 80 degrees out. We always found that with theme parks we felt fully immersed with the Holiday season.
One of our “things” is to check out all the amazing decor around Disney! Now we know that some of you, like us, may be balling on a budget. Especially around the holidays. No worries! One of the free options we enjoy is walking around Disney Springs.
Here’s a sampling of what awaits guests at Disney Springs this holiday season
The newly reimagined World of Disney store is like a giant present just waiting to be unwrapped by Disney Springs guests in search of the perfect gift for family and friends this holiday season. World of Disney is an anchor location for the dining, retail, and entertainment district at Walt Disney World Resort, which will transform with holiday spirit.
Guests at Disney Springs can expect dazzling decor, delightful holiday treats and specialty entertainment that will immerse them in the magic of the season. Plus, an unparalleled collection of Disney-inspired and name-brand products will make Disney Springs the destination for holiday shopping.
Christmas Tree Trail
Guests will enjoy a walk-through wonderland filled with Christmas trees decorated with Disney imagery and characters. This year’s trail features 27 unique holiday trees with new additions inspired by Toy Story, The Haunted Mansion, vintage Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Star Wars.
Guests can meet Santa Claus and take photos with him at this location inside the Christmas Tree Trail. Santa will welcome guests each day from Nov. 8 through Dec. 24.
Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt
Stitch, from the hit Disney film “Lilo and Stitch,” has lost items around Disney Springs and will need guests’ help finding them. Those who complete this festive seasonal scavenger hunt will earn a fun surprise!
Holiday Shopping for the Whole Family
There’s something for everyone at Disney Springs, with gift ideas from top-name brands to trendy and exclusive Disney-themed items and more. Disney fans will find a treasure trove of gift ideas at the newly reimagined World of Disney, which features an entire section dedicated to holiday merchandise, as well as the largest collection of Disney Parks merchandise in the world. Trendsetters will love the apparel and accessories at shops such as DisneyStyle, Ever After Jewelry, Marketplace Co-Op, Coach, Tumi, Pandora, Alex & Ani, and UNIQLO. And kids will especially love gifts from shops like The LEGO Store and Once Upon a Toy.
Delicious Meals and Festive Treats
At Disney Springs, options for sharing a meal with family and friends range from on-the-go quick bites to a sophisticated lunch or dinner at a renowned restaurant created by a famous chef.
Options range from steak and seafood to international cuisine; Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Morimoto Asia, Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill and Jaleo by Jose Andres are just some of the exciting restaurants by celebrity chefs. Call (407) WDW-DINE for dining information and reservations. Shoppers on the go will find plenty of quick and delicious options including Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy!, Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, D-Luxe Burger and more.
Sweet tooths will be satisfied with indulgent treats from Amorette’s Patisserie, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, Goofy’s Candy Company and more.
Complimentary self-parking is available at all Disney Springs garages and surface lots.
Walt Disney World Resort guests enjoy complimentary transportation between their Disney resort hotels and Disney Springs.
About Disney Springs
Disney Springs is a one-of-a-kind retail, dining and entertainment district located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With its namesake springs, beautiful open-air promenades and lakefront setting, Disney Springs evokes the charm of Florida waterfront towns at the turn of the 20th century. It’s also home to a collection of more than 150 shops and restaurants, including top-name retail brands, specialty boutiques and dining experiences created by celebrity and award-winning chefs. Located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disney Springs is open daily.