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Families will love:

  • Themed dining venues
  • Disney merchandise and character shopping
  • A variety of lively entertainment

A virtual reality play land, a world-class circus, a hot air balloon ride, a dine-in theater and "boutique" bowling: what do these attractions have in common? They're all part of Disney Springs (formerly called Downtown Disney), a bustling Orlando shopping, dining and entertainment complex where families can be thoroughly entertained -- without ever entering a Disney ... more
A virtual reality play land, a world-class circus, a hot air balloon ride, a dine-in theater and "boutique" bowling: what do these attractions have in common? They're all part of Disney Springs (formerly called Downtown Disney), a bustling Orlando shopping, dining and entertainment complex where families can be thoroughly entertained -- without ever entering a Disney theme park.

In the midst of a multi-year transformation and expansion, which began in 2013 and is expected to be completed in mid-2016, the current 120-acre Downtown Disney area will soon become "Disney Springs" -- an even more extensive tourist attraction consisting of four unique outdoor "neighborhoods" which, when complete, will offer a combined total of 150 dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

At the gateway to the complex and within walking distance to Disney Springs lies the independent resort district, an area comprised of seven official non-Disney hotels offering exclusive perks to guests, including free scheduled shuttle transportation to and from Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs.

From the top-rated spots to shops for souvenirs to the best activities, dining and seasonal events for kids, here's the family insider's guide to the best of new and improved Disney Springs entertainment district.

Need help finding the right Disney Springs hotel for your family? Read How to Choose a Hotel in Downtown Disney.

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