Adventures

Disney Springs

Hi everyone! Today’s the last post in my Disney Series…. I can’t not even begin to express how much fun we had on our Disney Dream Vacation! With my older son working at Disney in the Disney College Program, he was earned free tickets into the parks for his family. This enabled us to stay longer and see more parks than we otherwise would have! This was truly a dream vacation! However, all good things come to an end and today was the day we checked out of that fun Disney Resort and headed to the airport to make our way home. Our flight was not until almost 6pm though so my son David invited his little brother and I to join him at Disney Springs to have some lunch and explore around.

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Disney Springs!
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Exploring Disney Springs!

I have to say… Boo and I LOVED it  here!! It was a similar concept to Downtown Disney in Anaheim…. but better! This place was totally awesome!!! First off, it’s against beautiful Lake Buena Vista.  Boo and I sat for about 40 min enjoying the scenery early in the morning.

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Having fun at Disney Springs!

There is so much to see and do! We only spent the morning and early afternoon here but I can see that you could easily spend the whole day  here!  For a truly spectacular Disney view, climb on board Characters in Flight.  It’s a tethered helium balloon ride that lasts approx 10 minutes.  Once  you’re  airborne,  you’re  treated to breathtaking 360 degree views of Walt Disney World 

Boo’s eyes got huge with excitement when he saw the orange and black Harley Davidson colors in the distance! He is all about ALL things motorcycle! He was thrilled to walk around the shop and look at everything!!! He was eyeing a beautiful motorcycle asking me if we could take it on the plane home, when he asked me if he could touch it… I said, “No, I think we are just suppose to look.” Immediately, a nearby employee gave Boo the thrill of his life telling him to go ahead and climb on up! Boo melted onto that bike like it was made for him and blissfully spent the next 20 minutes pretending to drive it. 🙂

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Boo at Harley Davidson!

The only way we were able to leave the Harley store was to bring to Boo’s attention that the Marvel store was now open!! We are huge Guardians of the Galaxy fans in our house and Boo had really been wanting a stuffed  Rocket. We spent tons of time looking at all the totally cool Marvel products here and of course…. Rocket left the store in Boo’s arms…

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The Marvel Store!!!

Next stop was The Star Wars Store!!!! OMG I don’t know who was more excited about this… me or my boys!!! We were in nirvana looking at all the amazing and cool products here!!!! I think this was the coolest, most awesome store I have ever gone into on Disney property!!!! Between this store and The Marvel Store, we had a great time geeking out!!

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We LOVE Star Wars!!!

Boo loves all things Coca Cola so he was all smiles when his big brother took us to the Coca Cola Store! It was awesome to see so much Coca Cola merchandise… They had just about everything you could imagine and more! The boys loved going up to the rooftop and ordering some ice cold delicious  pop to drink in the warm Orlando sunshine! After enjoying their pop, we even had the chance to meet the Coca Cola Bear!

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The Coca Cola Store!

After all this walking around, I had two very hungry boys so we decided to have a special lunch at Planet Hollywood!

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Planet Hollywood!

One of Boo’s fave shows is Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Boo was super excited to see that Guy had planned the menu for this location and was grinning ear to ear to eat there!

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One of Boo’s fave tv personalities…. Guy Fieri!

My boys and I totally geek out over so many fandoms so this was the perfect place for us! We walked in and immediately saw Chewbacca, Spiderman & Superman! 

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My boys at Planet Hollywood!

Of course my Trekkie heart swooned at seeing a model of The Enterprise!

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So excited to find Star Trek here!!!

From our table we were treated to a view of items both from Star Wars & Rocky!!

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Rocky!!!
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Star Wars!

After lunch we headed out to gather our luggage from the hotel and made our way back to the airport… Tired but happy…. I’d like to thank my readers for following me on this Disney Series and I’d love to know– What is your dream vacation?

 

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Boo was thrilled to find Spiderman while wearing his Spiderman shirt!

157 Comments

  1. Disney Springs is definitely a go to destination for anyone visiting Orlando! And it helps that it’s FREE!!! Anyone can visit even if you aren’t a guest at any of the Disney Resorts or Parks. My kids absolutely LOVE TRex (and waiting isn’t a problem with such a fun restaurant to eat and play in!) and my husband and I LOVE Morimoto Asia (takes Asian food to a whole new level!!). Great post 🙂

    1. Thanks Ashley! We had such a great time exploring here!

  2. I absolutely love Disney Springs! It is a must for us every trip. Great to see the pics of y’all having fun 🙂

  3. I have not been to Disney Springs but I do have a kid (or two) that loves to eat at Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

    1. Hi Elise! If you ever get to visit this is a fun family place to spend the day 🙂

  4. Love Disney, glad you all had such a lovely time!

    1. Thanks Natalie! 🙂

  5. Disney Springs is amazing! I’d like to also recommend to the readers to check out the Disney Store, the poutine stall, and the Ghirardelli shop!

    1. Those sounds like great places to visit! We didn’t do the Disney Store because we just spent 5 days going to Disney Parks and all the shops inside the parks 🙂

  6. This looks like so much fun — esp. the Star Wars store!

    1. Hi Carrie! The Star Wars store was so awesome!!

  7. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! My husband and I have been talking about a Disney vacation. But this looks even more fun! Lots to see!

    1. Hi Amanda! Disney Springs was definitely a nice way to end our Disney Vacation!

  8. Wow. I am so glad that it was such a wonderful experience. I cannot believe Boo got to get on the motorcycle. All of the stores look like a geek-lovers paradise. I want to go so badly now.

    1. Hi Addison! He was pretty darn thrilled to get on that bike!!! 🙂

  9. Great post and sounds like such fun. I love Star Trek and some of the Marvel characters, too. Thrilling.

    1. Hi Lori! It’s always nice to meet another Trekkie!! I have a secret wish that Disney would buy Star Trek too and make a Trek Land!!! I would never leave LOL!!!

  10. Never mind the kids – I really want to go there too! lol! I love Marvels stuffs. They are so cool! You are so lucky that you can get free tickets. Lucky you!

    1. Hi Su! Yes I was so blessed that my son was working there and was able to earn tix for us!!

  11. Looks like you had the time of your life.Loved the pictures

  12. This looks like so much fun. I hope to be able to take my kids someday!

    1. Hi Sarah! I hope you get to go to Disneyworld one day! It is amazing!!

  13. moumita

    Cute Pictures

  14. Love that you and your kids both enjoy a shared hobby 🙂

  15. Wow, so beautiful! Definitely a fun place to visit.

  16. Really great!

  17. Beautiful photos.

    1. Thanks Crisly 🙂

  18. Swati

    Sounds like an amazing trip! Your post is making me want to go to Disney Springs so much 🙂

    1. Thanks Swati! I hope you get to visit soon! 🙂

  19. Hi! Brilliant opportunity with your son working there looks like you had a great time, and I loved all the pictures!

  20. Disney is one of those places that I would love to go but I don’t like crowded places so I think no matter when I plan to go it would always be crowded. It is one of those places you have to go at least once, but without having children is not imperative. I love reading other people’s experiences and what they find interesting and unique there.

    1. Hi Andrea! I hope you get to go one day 🙂 Disney is one of those places I’d visit even if I didn’t have kiddos because I love all things Disney.We go quite often and although I’m not as familiar with the Orlando Parks, I can say that the best time for us seems to be a Early Oct visit to Disneyland… late Sept-early october we have always found it to be less crowded…

  21. Tee

    OMG, looks and sounds like fun. I promised my daughter I’ll take her there one day. Great post.

  22. I would absolutely love to go there I love Star Wars and Marvel so it would definitely be a place I would love to be

    1. Hi Nicki! These stores were so awesome!

  23. I have never been to Disney Springs before and am looking forward to visiting there someday. Nice you had an amazing trip.

    1. Hi Reginald! I hope you get to Disney one day!

  24. I really want to go there too! As a family, we love Marvel! So cooll! These are great images!

    1. Thanks Erin! 🙂

  25. Wow! Talk about packed full of excitement and adventure! I’m sure those precious memories will be wonderful to look back on. 🙂

    1. Thx Christine! 🙂

  26. What a fun trip! We always love visiting Disney Springs, and this year we were excited to see it all revamped. We spent an entire day there as well and didn’t do a single one of the things you mentioned. Just goes to show that there is plenty to see in Disney Springs!

    1. Hi Kristin! I can’t wait to go back with my boys one day and explore even more of Disney Springs! 🙂

  27. Free Disney tickets??? Man, that is the dream. Glad you had a lovely time!

    1. Hi Amy! It was totally awesome for me and my my youngest, but my oldest son had to work x number of hours to earn those tix…. I’m very appreciative!!!

  28. Sounds like a fantastic trip! I think I’ve been underestimating Disney all these years.

    1. Hi! We are a huge Disney family here in my house! We started taking my oldest to Disney Parks at 3 and we all adore all things Disney 🙂

  29. Disney Springs is so fun. We went there a few weeks ago and really liked the Coca Cola store! The shopping is awesome there too!

    1. Hi Susan! I’m so glad you got to go!!! 🙂

  30. I am always looking for new adventures to go on with my family. I have never been to Disney Springs, let alone that far South. I will be showing this article to my husband and hopefully plan a trip soon!

    -Lizze

    1. Hi Lizze! If you get to plan a trip to Orlando, check out my post on staying at a Disney Resort! 🙂

  31. You are making me too excited and we’re not going until February! I can’t wait to check out the Star Wars store!

    1. Hi Diana! I’m so excited for you to take this trip! February will be a lovely time visit!!

  32. I can’t wait to take our kids to Disney one day! Maybe when my youngest is a few years younger. 🙂 Great post!

    1. Thanks Corinne! 🙂

  33. I have never heard of Disney Springs before but it looks like a great place to visit! When I was a kid we went to Disney World but I don’t think Disney Springs was around in the 80’s but I am not sure. I think it would be a great place to take the kids for a day! Thanks for sharing your experience!

    Cheers

  34. Okay so I’m definitely thinking this is next year’s vacation trip! I’ve never been nor heard of Disney Springs before ! Looks like you guys had a wonderful time ♡

    1. Hi Louann! I hope you get to visit! This was the perfect end to our Disney Dream Vacation!!! 🙂

  35. Oh my goodness, this looks like so much fun!! I especially like your shirt, “The force is strong with this family.”

    1. Hi Lindsey! Thanks so much!!!! May the Force be with you!! 🙂

  36. That looks like an awesome day!! I love the Star Wars shirt!!

  37. Disney never fails to amaze me! Looks like you were able to pack in more than most people do on their vacations. We were in Disney Springs last October and probably saw less than half of what you did! Certainly makes me want to go back for another Disney experience.

    1. Hi Sara! We really had a super time!!!

  38. I’m going to Disney in October and we have a day just for Disney Springs. I know for sure I want to check out the Coca-Cola store and my husband will want to see the Rocky stuff so thank you for the heads up!

    1. Hi Megan! I hope you have a great time!!!! 🙂

  39. I’ve never been to Disney. It’s surely on the cards. Beautiful photos.

    1. Thank you! I hope you get to visit one day! 🙂

  40. I had no idea that this place existed, we are from Canada and I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting any thing Disney at all. I’m sure I have a look to check out on your site. thanks for the information and I’m glad you had such a blast!

    1. Hi Tasha! I hope you get to visit Disney one day! 🙂

  41. My Family and I are a bunch of Marvel Fans as well!!! we go to every movie that comes out on release day. The husband is also a HUGE Guardian of The Galaxy Fan!!

    1. Hi Meghan! Did you hear there is already chatter going on for Guardians of the Galaxy 3?!!! 🙂

  42. Kristen

    Looks like y’all had such a fun time! Love that it is right by a lake, very pretty! Love the Star Wars shirt!!

    1. Hi Kristen! We had so much fun!!! 🙂

  43. It’s really amazing how much there is to do at Disney world that isn’t the specific disney parks. There’s so much fun to be had there!

  44. Lovely post. Haven’t been to Disney Springs yet, but enjoyed it through your words and Boo’s experiences.

    1. Thank you Pooja!

  45. I have never been to Disney Springs or any other Disney for that matter but it looks like fun and the pictures were great.

    1. Hi Colleen! I hope you get to visit one day!

  46. I haven’t been to Disney world in such a long time. So much has changed! Looks like a fun time though !

    1. Hi Jenn!!! We had such a great time!

  47. I have never been to Disney Springs, but now I want to go solely to go to the Marvel Superheros store!

    1. Hi Farrah!! You will LOVE it!!

  48. I love Disney Springs I was just there the other day. I love that it is kind of like a free Disney sightseeing tour. There is so much to do and see.

    1. Hi Jenny! I’m so glad you got a chance to visit here!!

  49. Wow! Looks like an awesome time! I can’t wait to get back to Florida one of these days, definitely on my list of go tos!

    1. Hi Emily! It was totally awesome!! 🙂

  50. We have never been to Disney World. Hopefully in the next few years. I’ll have to keep Disney Springs in mind when we visit Orlando! Thank you!

    1. Hi Marissa! You will have an amazing time at Disneyworld!!

  51. Amy

    Looks SO fun!

    1. Thanks Amy! 🙂

  52. Thanks to you, I now have a HUGE running list of things I want to do when we go to Disney! I loved your Disney series!

    1. Thank you Jen!! I’m so glad you enjoyed my Disney Series! I had so much fun writing it and remembering all of our happy memories!! 🙂

  53. I would have loved the Harley Davidson store (my dad collects the t-shirts) and the Rocky items. Sad this is your last post! 🙂

    1. Thanks Danielle!!! It means the world to me that you have loved my series so much!!!

  54. This looks like tons of fun to visit! That Characters in Flight looks amazing! We need to make a visit some day. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Kristi!

  55. It is so cool seeing all of your pictures because my family and I were just there in May! I loved Disney Springs and my parents babysat so my husband and I could have date night there! We also took the kids to the lego imagination center and that same Marvel store in the picture!

    1. Hi Sarah!!! Sounds like you had a magical Disney trip too!!! 🙂

  56. I’ve never been there – didn’t even know about it! The hot air balloon ride would be spectacular. All of the stores . . . Marvel, Star Wars – a boy’s dream come true!

    1. Hi Karla! It was awesome!!! P.S. Marvel and Star Wars are for girls too LOL 😉

  57. I cannot wait to check out all the new stuff at Disney Springs! Looks like you had fun!

    1. Hi Vicki!! You will love it here!

  58. This looks like fun! I can’t wait to take my kids to a Disney park.

    1. Hi Katie! You guys will love it here!

  59. Like Downtown Disney in Anaheim…. but better! WOW! And The Star Wars Shop. I would drop a bundle of cash, I can see it now! This was a great series, thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure with us!

    1. Hi Leah!! I love Downtown Disney too but this was just so amazing to me…. maybe because it was new to me? But both are super fun and exciting to be at 🙂

  60. This looks like a blast! I’m glad you guys had so much fun!

  61. Chris

    I just made it to Disney (land) this year for the FIRST time at age 36 and I am OFFICIALLY addicted! Looks like you had a great time! I want to go back asap. SO much fun.

    1. Hi Chris!! I’m so happy you had your first trip to Disney!!!!! 🙂

  62. Kat

    Of wow, it looks like you all had so much fun in Disneyland. A magical place for every age. My gran and mum loved disneyland a lot too 🙂

    1. Hi Kat! We had such a magical time!! 🙂

  63. I still need to do a trip to DisneyWorld, I’m afraid it will ruin Disneyland for me forever like Universal did lol.

    1. Hi Bianca!!! Both parks are magical and awesome ! We LOVED our time at Orlando but we still love our time at Disneyland… in fact, we are planning our next trip already! 🙂

  64. Sounds like the trip was amazing from start to finish!

    1. Hi Barbara! It really was!!! 🙂

  65. I’ve really loved watching this series unfold! Disney is a place we hope to take our family one day and your series is something I’ve bookmarked because I’ve learned so much about it and feel like a friend has given me details, not just a marketing pitch from a travel agency. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Kanani!!! You have made my heart smile with your kind words!! I hope you get to visit Disney one day soon!! 🙂

  66. It looks like you guys had an amazing time! So awesome to have memories like these as a family. Looking forward to next adventure!

    1. Thanks Melissa! 🙂

  67. I love Disney Springs! We always spend our last day there as well. Last time we were there, there was still a lot of construction so I’m excited to go back and see all of the cool things you wrote about 🙂

    1. Hi Mindy! This was our first visit to Disney Springs but we are excited to go back again!

  68. Awe so Fun! I Love Disney Springs! Sounds like you had a blast!

    1. Thanks Lisa!! 🙂

  69. Wow, I’ve never heard of Disney Springs before, it looks great. Excellent photos and review – makes me want to travel 🙂

    1. Thanks Kirsty! I hope you get to visit here one day!!

  70. We’ve never taken our kids to any Disney attractions. We’re hoping to go next summer. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Devon! I’m so excited for you to go next summer! Your family will LOVE Disney!!!

  71. Lee

    Looks like you had a blast! I adore Disney Springs 💜

    1. Thanks Lee!! 🙂

  72. Sounds like such a great time! I can’t wait until my little one is big enough to go to Disney, I have some great memories there. 🙂

    1. Hi Kyler!! I was so excited the first time I took my kiddos to Disney! 🙂

  73. What an amazing adventure! I bet your kids had a blast! Mom of the year right here 😉

    1. Aww, thanks Amanda! We all had such a fun time! 🙂

  74. I bet you had so much fun!! I have never heard of the Springs before but it looks like a blast! What a great time.

    1. Hi Yolanda! I had never heard of it either until this Orlando Trip and my older son mentioned it to me…

  75. Ya’ll are so awesome and visit so many places. I hope to check out Epcot with my family soon!

    1. Hi Kanani! I hope you get a visit soon! 🙂

  76. So thrilled for Boo and you guys. So lovely to see how much you all enjoyed and it looks like an awesome family holiday. And free as welll!! Wow!!
    Secretly a little jealous too btw 😉

    1. Hi! We really did have such a lovely time…. I did pay for our rooms and food but it sure helped that my son had those tickets for us! Plus he treated his brother and I to several meals while we were there 🙂

  77. Great review! It sounds like you guys had fun! I live in FL but haven’t been to Disney Aprings since they redid it! Sounds like it’s worth checking out!

    1. Hi Alex! I think you really love it now! 🙂

  78. My wife won’t let me go to Disney 🙁

    1. No……. 🙁 Life without Disney Magic is….. I…. can’t…. go… on….

  79. I absolutely love Disney vacations. I can’t wait until my kids are just about older to go!

    1. Hi Tayler!! Your family will love Disney!!

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