Disney Springs one of the great Orlando tourist attractions

Disney Springs (which was known as Downtown Disney up until September of 2015) is a shopping, entertainment area and mall and is one of the Orlando tourist attractions located outside of the Walt Disney Parks. It is free to enter and has enough Disney magic to still feel like you are still inside the Disney parks.

Disney Springs one of the free things to do in Orlando is divided into 4 main areas, each with its own unique style, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment offerings. The Marketplace (the main shopping area) The Landing (an area along the waterfront and with many more restaurants) Town Centre (more shopping) West Side (more restaurants)


The Landing now houses several new restaurants with beautiful waterfront views and a handful of new buildings that have been creatively Imagineered to look like they’ve been there for years.


This area was part of Downtown Disney and also a part of Disney Springs. The newly re-imagined West Side has a more industrial aspect to it and includes several popular restaurants and entertainment offerings including a bowling alley and movie theatre.

TOWN CENTER – one of the new Orlando tourist attractions

Town Center (a new area which was not a part of Downtown Disney) is themed after Florida’s turn-of-the-century waterfront towns and includes over 30 shops and a variety of dining options.


This family-friendly area (which existed as a part of Downtown Disney) is home to many of the most popular shops at Disney Springs.

With the transition, an expansion of The World of Disney store has been completed to this section as well as a new “Village Causeway” which is a bridge that connects the area around The Lego Store across the water to nearby The Rainforest Cafe.

Amazing Orlando tourist attractions at Disney Springs include:

The Lego Store – One of the free things to do in Orlando

This is a gigantic store with lots of wonderful Lego and gigantic Lego sculptures such as the Loch Ness monster, a fire breathing dragon and the characters from Toy Story.

World’s biggest Disney Store ‘World of Disney’ 

Officially the largest Disney merchandise Orlando tourist attractions store in the world with 12 different rooms filled with everything Disney related.

Boat cruisesOne of the free things to do in Orlando

There are two main ‘routes’ that the boats take. One heads around 3 stops in Disney Springs. The other route goes to Disney resorts and then back to Disney Springs. Each cruise takes about 20 minutes return and are free of charge.

‘Characters in Flight’ balloon ride

This balloon is tethered to the ground. It soars 400 feet in the air and was custom built for Disney!

T Rex Restaurant and shopOne of the free things to do in Orlando

Almost like a mini museum inside with gigantic Amethyst rocks and reproductions of giant dinosaurs. To the right of the store is a dig pit for kids to explore.

Rainforest Café

A gigantic Orlando tourist attractions volcano that roars overhead with lots of animatronic animals to view for free both inside and outside.

Disney World tips and tricks


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A lot of planning needs to go in to your Walt Disney vacation some people are already laying out their game plan for several years from now. That’s right – there’s a lot of meticulous planning involved, especially with the new attractions if someone in your party wants to experience something in particular. Follow these Disney World tips and tricks to help and guide you.

Disney World tips and tricks 

Have a plan

Avoid peak hours and consider visiting the parks midweek, during a time when most US kids are still in school. Download the My Disney Experience app to your phone.  Plan your park days; make fast passes, dining reservations and more.  Know what park you want to visit, what rides you want to ride, what restaurants you want to check out or make reservations at, what parades/shows/fireworks you want to see (if you want to see them), and get FastPasses ahead of time. When it comes to dining, have a general idea of what time people usually have lunch and dinner, and plan around that. A Disney World tips and tricks is Do NOT miss the night time fireworks show and parades.  These will likely be the highlight of your trip!

Get to the Park EARLY! 

 We cannot stress enough, get to the park you are visiting as early as possible. There are numerous benefits to arriving early. Benefits such as: a closer parking spot in the parking lot, getting the head start before the crowd on the Disney transportation to the park, and of course the ability to ride some of the larger popular rides you could not get FastPasses to because they were all taken. If you arrive at park opening, it is so much easier to get on those larger popular rides and wait in line for a minimal amount of time, as opposed to the typical long times. The early arrival helps knock off some rides off your list, which helps save time!

Disney World tips and tricks – Other entrances

 If you are at the turnstiles at Animal Kingdom and the turnstiles seem really busy before the park opens, you can try a secret-ish entrance by entering Rainforest Cafe and navigating to the gift shop. Just outside of the gift shop, there is a set of turnstiles available to use. This method doesn’t always save time but is worth a look if the main turnstiles seem particularly busy.

Know where the important services places are

 Knowing where everything is like bathrooms, drinking fountains, ATMs, first aid, baby centers, food carts etc. is essential! Especially when visiting with kids! Kids are unpredictable to say the least. One minute they are fine, the next minute they are hungry, thirsty, or need to use the bathroom. Avoid hunger, thirst, and bathroom accidents by knowing your surroundings!

 The Weather

 When a lot of people think of Orlando, they think of two words: heat and humidity. And while that is most likely true, don’t let the Central Florida weather scare you off. If it’s raining, visit the parks anyway, you’ll be surprised of how much more you’ll get to see and do. There are a few rides that go down due to weather, but there will be significantly less people at the parks. Pack a pre bought poncho and your set to go. Unless you are from the tropics, nothing can prepare you for the weather in central Florida.  Two important things to remember: From April-October, the heat is intense!  You can cut the humidity with a knife!  And, it rains almost every afternoon.  Winter temperature ranges can be mild to downright cold!

Fast pass 

For a lot of people, fast pass has become a life saver. You get to skip the lines of up to three attractions per day, giving you more time to explore the rest of the parks. Additionally, once your three Fast passes are used up, you can reserve additional Fast pass, one at a time, for the rest of your day. A good idea is to book your Fast passes for early in the day so that you can continue to book additional passes throughout your visit. For example, if your last booked pass isn’t until 8 p.m. and it’s currently 3 p.m., you won’t be able to book any more passes until your 8 p.m. one is used up. One of the biggest mistakes though that guests make when going to the parks is wasting Fast Pass on rides that don’t require them. This is not to say that there are only certain rides that have lines and the rest have no wait; that’s not true. However, there are certain rides that have higher popularity than others meaning that the wait time is going to be longer and more substantial. Do your research on what rides are currently trending at Walt Disney World before your vacation. ! Another important Disney World tips and tricks to keep in mind is timing, especially when it comes to FastPasses and dining. Make sure you allow yourself enough time between FastPasses, because even FastPass lines can get backed up, which can make you late for your next FastPass

Disney World tips and tricks 

Saving money

If you are really looking to do Disney on a budget, bring your own food. That’s right – there’s no rule against bringing in your own packed lunches, snacks, or drinks inside the parks thus saving your family loads of money. Regardless of the time of year you go, you’re still going to fall victim to the Florida heat and humidity. The best thing you can do in Walt Disney World is stay hydrated, but it can become quite costly to buy water bottles throughout your trip, especially if you’re buying for a family of three or more. A good Disney World tips and tricks is to bring your own reusable water bottle and fill it up throughout the day with the complimentary water offered at the various counters. It’s a cost-effective way to stay cool on your vacation.

Don’t forget the water parks!

A lot of people think that a Disney vacation means spending time at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Little do people know but there are also two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

Ride the Big Rides Late in the Day

Now, this is not a secret so chances are you may still have to wait in line to enjoy these rides, but it will be significantly less once more and more people gather around Cinderella’s Castle to watch the fireworks. If you are not interested in the shows, parades, and fireworks or only interested in a couple of them, then choose which ones you want to see and skip the rest! During the major shows like Fantasmic, the parades, and the fireworks, the lines for the attractions calm down a LOT. Reason being is because everyone else is busy watching them instead of riding the attractions. You will save a great deal of time knocking the attractions out during these times.

Watch as Many Shows as You Can

It should go without saying that the shows in Walt Disney World can’t compare with the rest of the outside world. Still though, they can be easily forgotten when compared to the amazing rides around the park. They’re not only entertaining, but a great way to cool off and get some rest from walking around the parks.

Ticket options

Regardless of your itinerary, paying the few extra dollars for the Park Hopper option could be worth it for you. It enables you to plan your day uniquely, allowing you to have breakfast in Magic Kingdom, lunch in the World Showcase in Epcot and finish off the night with the Rivers of Light in Animal Kingdom. You have freedom of being able to jump around from park to park in a single day. It can however be tiring and not suitable for everyone in your party!

Disney World tips and tricks

Link Your Credit Card to your Magic Band

Linking your credit card to your Magic Band has a several benefits. It makes purchasing so much easier, eliminates the risk of leaving your card on the counter and the need to bring your wallet into the park.

Height restrictions

How tall are your children?  Know before you go what they can ride and not ride.  Manage expectations.  Height restrictions are available on-line. A good Disney World tips and tricks is to take advantage of the rider-swap option, where adults and older children can ride their favourite thrill rides, while still caring for your young children.

Disney’s PhotoPass

Wouldn’t it be nice if the whole family could be in your vacation pictures?  But who’s going to actually take the pictures?  Disney will!  Take advantage of Disney’s Photopass service.  Photographers are stationed all over the parks and will take your pictures for free, including ride photos.  You can pre-purchase all your pictures or purchase any you want at home, after your trip.

Help and advice

We hope that you found our Disney World tips and tricks useful and there is a lot more information to be found on our website. You can also speak to a member of our team by simply filling in the contact form on our website and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.  Or alternatively If you have any questions that you would like to ask a member of our team, feel free to give us a call on +44 1254 822803 or email us at findmeavilla@wwtv.us and we’ll assist you in any way we can.







Rides at Walt Disney World, Ranked


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There are only so many hours in a day at Walt Disney World, so how do you decide what to ride first? Simple: you take our advice for it. This meticulous ranking of every stellar must-see 3D attraction, perfectly themed roller coaster, and out-of-this-world flyer will help you plan the perfect trip for speed demons and boat ride obsessives alike. (We left stage shows and other smaller attractions out, so consider these the best-of-the-best where rides are concerned.)



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