Why I think Disney Springs Is the BEST {and most affordable!} Disney Property to Stay At: Plus Our Favorites Places to Eat + Play

Piggybacking today on my previous post on Universal Studios + Islands of Adventure – today I wanted to share with you all the reasons why I think Disney Springs is the BEST {and most affordable!} Disney property to stay at!

We travelled to Disney for a few days in August and this was my second time {in the past year} staying in the Disney Springs section of the Disney property.

You can check out my first experience in this post: Adults Do Disney – Where We Stayed, Disney Springs Favorites

During my first visit we stayed at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace Disney Springs Area. It was beautiful and a 7 minute walk to downtown Disney {Disney Springs}. This time we stayed at the Wyndam Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs – a 5 minute walk to the Disney Springs area – we picked this hotel because we got an incredible rate and it had a pretty sweet pool area for the kiddos, see below.

That few minute walk is also awesome because right at the front of the Disney Springs property is the bus depot which is where all of the Disney Springs busses come to and from various properties and hotels all day long. So you can walk over there and then quickly have access to anywhere in Disney, which I think is a great perk too!

The Disney Springs properties are my favorite because if you have points or a favorite hotel brand, there are lots to choose from. They are all Disney properties within the Disney Springs resort area – so they all have access to Extra Magic Hours, Character Breakfasts, busses/shuttles to and from the parks – which is awesome.

It’s also a great location for things OTHER than Disney – like a 10 minute ride to SeaWorld, 15 minutes to Universal/Islands of Adventure or a 45 minute drive to LEGOLand. We used Ubers/Lifts and it was so easy from the location of the hotels.

I just love this area because Disney Springs is where I always love to go to spend any and all downtime walking around the Disney Springs area. So many restaurants – most way better than the hotel dining options on properties – great shops, entertainment for the kids all around, plus it’s just nice to be out and about seeing the sights.

We have a few favorite places we ALWAYS go, because they are so fun for the kids and adults – everyone has a great time.

Our first stop: Raglan Road Irish Pub

The food here is always super yummy and you can’t beat the live music and Celtic dancers. They always put on a fantastic show, plus the beer selection is top notch. This is always one of our favorite places to hit up! They have great indoor and outdoor dining options too.

Next up – T-Rex Cafe.

It’s a fan favorite for the kiddos. They have great meal choices for the littles and you can’t beat the scene. It’s a little crazy with everything prehistoric going on, but the boys love the meteor shower show and when all the dinosaurs come to life. It’s fun, I must admit.

Their favorite reason to go to T-Rex cafe, aside from all.the.dinosaurs. would have to be the dig site. They would spend FOREVER here if I let them. It usually rains whenever we go, which is fine because this is totally covered, so its a great spot to hide from the rain, or crazy sun – depending on the season.

Next up – the LEGO Store.

Sure, we frequent LEGO stores at home and go to LEGOLAND in Philadelphia fairly regularly, but the boys LOVE the LEGO store in Disney Springs. So many fun Disney lego creations and they always have special builds going on in store, which is fun. Another great way to avoid any outside elements and enjoy a little free play!

Like I mentioned before, there are SO MANY great places to stop for sips and eats while you are walking around, shopping, enjoying everything Disney Springs. Most places have Happy Hour specials during specific times for great deals on food and drink, which is awesome. And all of them have outside seating which is perfect for people watching.

This beverage from the Polite Pig was delicious on a hot summer day.

Another perk that I quickly mentioned above, but wanted to share again is that most {if not all!} of the Disney Springs properties have character dining options. This wasn’t super high on my list of things to do with the boys this trip, but it ended up working perfectly in our schedule on our last day before heading to the airport and it was a super nice ending to our trip.

Bonus – Kids 3 and under were FREE – so Graham was zero dollars, which is amazing at Disney.

The boys met Goofy and Pluto and loved every minute of it. Both characters spent actual quality time with the boys, playing with them and their toys on the floor – which they really enjoyed and it was super sweet.

Another crazy bonus perk of staying at Disney Springs – you can request, or get lucky – with a room that faces Disney Springs and THEN you can see all the fireworks at various parks at night. We were able to see THREE different fireworks displays, which was super cool. So much better being able to see the fireworks from your hotel room with kiddos about the fall asleep from a busy day! It was a nice little addition to the room for sure!

So there you have it – a few reasons why I love the Disney Springs resort area in Walt Disney World. We didn’t even do any Disney Parks at our recent visit and still had such an incredible time at the hotel pool and Disney Springs itself!

If you are a Disney Springs lover like me, let me know your favorite place to stay, eat and play when you are there – I’d love to hear it!

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