I’m always ready for a quick trip into Disney Springs during my Orlando trips, and it always ends up being a highlight. Disney Springs is an enormous shopping/ dining/ entertainment complex within the Disney World Resort that has no shortage of interesting things to do, see, and eat. So, the question is where can we get a Disney Springs map to plan our trip?
Disney Springs is composed of four distinct districts: The Marketplace, The Landing, Town Center, and West Side. These are intended to imitate the actual history and layout of many southern Florida towns, and each district has a fictional history attached about its architecture and development. Just a few notes on each in case you’re considering a visit:
Houses the docks and marina of the fictional Disney Springs town. Formerly, The Landing was known as the Pleasure District, and housed several bars and dance clubs. It currently features Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and the Boathouse (for the resort’s touring amphibious vehicles).
The exposition center that the fictional town developed during the 1950s, designed to hold Disney Springs’ entertainment options. This is where you’ll find the enormous dine-in movie theater and the live entertainment spaces.
The entire Disney Springs area is designed to be very walkable, but still accessible if you are visiting from other parts of Disney World. It offers Disney-sponsored complimentary shuttles and buses to and from the other parks, plus water transport across the Lake Buena Vista.
If you are bringing your car to Disney Springs, you’re in luck. All of the parking lots and garages are completely free with your visit! There is ample parking surrounding the back lots of the stores and restaurants, making it easy and convenient to leave your car for a day (or night) on the town. Valet parking is available for $20 without tips.
There is also designated parking for visitors with disabilities in every parking lot and a garage with a valid permit. Wheelchair, ECV, and stroller rentals are also available in the Disney Springs complex.
Disney Springs Map
To save you some time as you plan your trip to Disney Springs, I gathered together all the information you need to know about navigating the complex.
Google Maps aren’t your thing? I totally get it. Go ahead and download this official park map laid out the good old-fashioned way.
Here’s what you need to know about getting around in Disney Springs.
- There’s lots of little shops where you can take full advantage of your Disney Snack Credits. I have an entire post dedicated to how you can take full advantage of these bonus (yet often underused) part of the Disney Dining Plan. Goofy’s Candy Company is almost universally recognized as the best place to get sweets around here, and you can use a snack credit to make a customized dessert inside.
- The top level of the Coca-Cola store has a gorgeous view of Disney Springs, and doesn’t require a purchase to enter.
- Visit the Marketplace Co-Op for some of the best shopping in the area. Located in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs, this store has a constantly changing inventory where new products and shops are being tested. I would visit this place if you’re looking for that perfect Disney souvenir that doesn’t scream “tourist” and also doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.
- Worried about carrying around your bags all day as you shop? At certain stores, you can have your items sent to the Welcome Center. You can retrieve the items before you leave. Plus, the guest relations services will hold your luggage for you if you’re on the way to or from the airport.
- Visiting the Boathouse restaurant could include an exciting ride on a vintage-styled amphibious cars. For $120 (check ahead for any possible discounts), you can speed around the lake and see the shoreline of the entire Disney Springs.
- There are hotels near Disney Springs, about a 30 minute shuttle ride away. They are technically considered off-site hotels, so they do not include some of the benefits of staying at Disney’s resorts. However, they do have opportunities for you to save money (especially if you have available travel points to redeem at these hotels). Read more on staying on budget accommodations for your Disney trip.
- It is a good idea to be strategic about your parking at Disney Springs. There are three parking garages and three regular parking lots (all are named after fruit, which is easier to remember than just “Lot 3”!). The Lime and Grapefruit garages are closer to the shopping areas and lighter-fare restaurants. The other lots are positioned closer to the entertainment complex, which could be a better option if you have tight reservations to get to.
- Not all restaurants and bathrooms in Disney Springs are handicap-accessible, so it’s a good idea to glance over the map and learn your way around if accessibility is a concern for you.
- The Disney Springs map is also available in app form if you download the My Disney Experience app (get it for iOS here).
- There is live entertainment throughout Disney Springs… and most of it is free! Of course, if you go for a Cirque du Soleil performance, you will have to get your tickets in advance. However, there are numerous small plazas and performance spaces scattered throughout the shopping centers and eateries in Disney Springs, and there are small shows all the time. Catch a rock performer or an orchestra and enjoy the music.
Disney Springs is an experience all of its own, and isn’t really comparable to the other Disney parks. There is a lot to do and see, but it’s designed to be really compact and easy to fit into the rest of your travel plans. I do feel that Disney Springs could is an experience not to be missed, particularly if have some down time on your trip. It’s a great way to rest and relax without rushing about constantly.
Doing Disney on a budget? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Check out my complete post on doing Disney cheaply in 2019.