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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Outside the Parks

Description

Disney Springs

Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney, is the dining, shopping, and entertainment district of Walt Disney World.  Disney Springs is home to some of the newest and highest quality restaurants on Disney Property. The Boathouse, Homecoming, Morimoto Asia, STK Orlando, Frontera Cocina, and Raglan Road all come highly rated for a table service meal.  If you’re looking for something a little more casual, we recommend D-Luxe Burger, the Food Trucks, Morimoto Asia Street Food, Earl of Sandwich, and Blaze Pizza. Amorette’s Patisserie, Sprinkles, and Ghirardelli are all great for dessert.

The World of Disney, the largest Disney Store in the world, in the Marketplace section anchors the shopping in Disney Springs.  There are many other Disney operated stores such as Art of Disney, Marketplace Co-op, Once Upon a Toy, and Disney’s Days of Christmas located in the Marketplace.  The Town Center, the Landing, and the West Side hold the majority of the 3rd party operated shops at Disney Springs such as Uniqlo, the Coca-Cola Store, Ugg, Levi’s, Under Armor, and many others.

The entertainment at Disney Springs is mostly found at the West Side.  This includes AMC Movies at Disney Springs, La Nouba by Cirque Du Soleil, and Splitsville.  There are also many smaller areas throughout Disney Springs where musicians perform throughout the evening.

Water Parks

Walt Disney World has two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.  The story behind Typhoon Lagoon is that a storm came through completely flooding the area and creating all of the slides for you to explore.  While Blizzard Beach was a ski resort that has melted to become the waterpark we have today. Both of these parks have wave pools, speed slides, family sized raft rides, and a lazy river.  Typhoon Lagoon also has the Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster that propels guests uphill through the use of water jets.

Typhoon Lagoon at Night

Golf

Walt Disney World has four golf courses in total.  There are three championship courses which were part of the PGA tour from 1971 through 2012 as well as a par-36 walking course.  Arnold Palmer Golf Management operates all the golf courses.

Miniature Golf

There are four miniature golf courses at Walt Disney World, Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland.  Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses offers two courses. The first is based on the 1940 animated film Fantasia, while the second course is a miniature version of a traditional golf course.  The Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses is across the street from the Swan and Dolphin Resorts, so it’s in walking distance from all the Epcot Resorts or driving directly there.

Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Courses also offers two courses.  There is a winter course and a summer course, both featuring Santa and his elves enjoying the weather.  The Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Courses is adjacent to Blizzard Beach, so it can be reached by taking the bus to Blizzard Beach or driving directly there.