When mom and I took our trip to Discovery Cove Orlando we arrived the night before and had some time to kill. I had always wanted to visit Disney Springs so we grabbed an Uber to check it out! Even though our trip was all about the Sea World Information it was only a few minute drive!
WHAT IS DISNEY SPRINGS?
Disney Springs (which was known as Downtown Disney up until September of 2015) is a shopping and entertainment area that’s free for anybody to enter.
There are tons of things to walk around and look at. While some things are expensive there are some VERY frugal things to enjoy- and we checked out as many as we could. If it’s hot bring your own water- there is almost no shade and it’s $3 a bottle. It was very busy when we visited (Mother’s Day) and it still felt relaxing!
The World of Disney Store
This was one of the first and last things I saw at Disney Springs. And it’s stunning inside.
There really is no need to buy anything inside- there were so many beautiful things to look at. The huge variety of toys, clothing, trinkets and jewelry (my personal favorite) made it feel like everything you could possibly want is in one place. I would imagine you would have to pull a kid aside BEFORE you walk in the store and give them a budget if you plan to spend anything.
The Lego Store
I am not lucky enough to live somewhere with a Lego Store. So whenever I am near one I try to atleast walk through and check it out. If I had been there with the kids they had tons of Legos out to play with at no cost.
The Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Bar
I have ALWAYS wanted to do one of these. My friends who have visited Coke stores before have told me about their flights. Basically you grab a sample of Coke products from all over the world and you get to try them. The tray was only $8 and we got to try 16 different drinks.
The “Thumbs Up” was the best. The “Bonaqua Fruits Apple Pear” was a close second. “Beverly” should be banned from the earth and never spoken of again.
You know those places you see online and don’t really believe they exist? This was one of them. I would see pictures all the time of these adorable little Disney Character shaped pastries. On top of these they have éclairs, New York-style cheesecake, cookies, gluten-free macarons and signature cakes, which you can watch the chefs decorate. Everything looks AMAZING. We didn’t end up purchasing and I kind of regret it.
I do regret not buying anything here. Body butters, bath bombs, spiced bath salts and fresh-sliced soaps are everywhere. The store smells AMAZING. And it only has a few locations in the United States so I likely won’t be back for a while.
Finding Food Was Not Easy
After we had looked around we decided to try to find dinner. My mom is a plant based vegan so we have to inspect menus before we go into places. We are used to having to search around menus to look for the one or two things we can eat. This was an incredible challenge at Disney Springs. If we were lucky places had one vegan dish made with fake burger patties.
So we were thrilled when we discovered Morimoto Asia. My mom got some rice and beautifully steamed vegetables and I was able to get the Pad Thai doctored to what I prefer. The whole meal was around $30 with tip, which is impressive for Disney Springs. And the service was incredible.
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