If you’re looking for a fun experience away from the Disney World parks, consider the shopping and dining center that is Disney Springs. There is so much to do in this area with shops, dining, entertainment, and experiences. With so much to do, we compiled a list of our 15 favorite things to do in Disney Springs for adults. Let’s dive right in!
Barber Spa at Art of Shaving
Planning on a fancy dinner at one of Disney World’s signature restaurants? Or are you in need of a touch-up after some long park days? Mustachioed and bearded men will love indulging in their spa day at The Barber Spa inside the Art of Shaving. Let a master barber pamper you with a haircut, shave, or facial. Prices vary by service, so it is recommended to call Art of Shaving directly.
If you want to pick up something for someone special, this spot also has grooming products to take home.
Dine at Morimoto Asia
Did you know that this restaurant has received a Michelin plate recommendation? It’s true – this pan-Asian restaurant owned by Iron Chef Morimoto is one of the best spots for food in Disney Springs. Beautifully themed with equally spectacular dishes and excellent staff makes this our favorite restaurant at Disney World.
The menu for lunch and dinner includes sushi rolls, small plates, and entrees. Our favorites include the Morimoto Spare Ribs, the Morimoto Gomoku Fried Rice, and the Blossom Fries. You can even get Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef, which is perfect for a special occasion. This is definitely one of the best restaurants at Disney Springs.
This signature restaurant allows walk-ups, but reservations are strongly recommended.
Catch a Movie at the AMC Theater
What better way to beat the heat than to watch a movie in an air-conditioned theater? You’re in luck with the AMC theater, located in Disney Springs. Inside are 24 theaters and concession stands with delectable treats.
If you’re looking for a different experience, consider watching a movie in one of the six dine-in theaters. Before the film, head to MacGuffins Bar in the lobby. Then, once you’re in your seats, you can order entrees and eat while watching the big screen.
Aerophile – The World Leader in Balloon Flight
When driving into Disney World, you might notice a giant balloon hovering in the sky. That light blue and orange sphere acts as a beacon for Disney Springs and is the Aerophile, a helium balloon that reaches up to 400 feet in the air.
Up to 29 people can board the balloon and catch some of the best views of the Disney World property. Your Aerophile pilot will control the balloon as it lifts you up for an 8-minute trip.
You can purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis at the kiosk in the Disney Springs West Side area. Adults are $25, and children are $20. Pay attention to the weather, as this experience will not fly during storms or high winds.
Coca-Cola Polar Bear Photo-Op Experience
Are you looking for fun things to do at Disney Springs for toddlers? Well, how about a photo-op with the Coca-Cola polar bear? This photo-op is really fun and designed for the young and young-at-heart. We have never been failed by this experience! Snap a selfie with your phone, or let a photographer capture your moment.
Meet-and-greet hours vary daily, but you can call the Coca-Cola Store to know the available hours. With that said, some parents may feel that this bear is a little too scary for children, so get a good look at this oversized character in advance so that you can judge whether or not your kid will be excited or freaked out during the meet and greet.
The Edison Live Entertainment
Fabulous cocktails with a chic, industrial 1920s vibe make The Edison an excellent spot for adults. The evening takes your experience up a notch with live entertainment. Past events have seen aerial stunts, cabaret dancers, swing bands, and more. Entertainment ranges from family-friendly to slightly more raucous, so you may want to check in with the restaurant to ensure you’re in your comfort zone.
We really enjoy the cocktails at The Edison, and the food is delicious as well! We love the DB ‘Clothesline Candied Bacon’ appetizer with a Just Trust Me cocktail. While pricier than some surrounding spots, the taste and quality of the drinks make up for it.
Watch a Music Group at House of Blues
If you’re visiting Disney Springs on the weekend, you might find a lively spot with music and people pouring out. House of Blues is a restaurant and bar that offers live music from local, national, and globally-renowned artists. What better way to get into a vacation than to grab a drink, pull up a chair and listen to some of your favorite songs (or maybe even a few new ones!)
You’ll want to check the House of Blues calendar, as the shows and times vary.
Bowl at Strike at Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Bowling is an excellent activity for all ages. Still, there is something special about rekindling a childhood activity in the “Most Magical Place on Earth.” These upscale lanes offer premium food and drink options while you work on your split conversions. There is a separate dining area if you want a sit-down option.
In addition to bowling, there is live music, television, billiards, and more. Reservations are highly encouraged, but we’ve noticed that they are more expensive than the walk-up option. Their website mentions that reservations are $10 more per bowler, with rates at $34 per person. Unlike traditional bowling alleys, you have a set amount of time to bowl instead of buying the number of games. A group of four will have 1.25 hours to bowl. If you have time on a less busy day, like a weekday, we suggest walking into the bowling alley instead to save money.
Ride on a Vintage Amphicar
This is one of the most unique experiences at Disney Springs and is sure to turn heads. Located at The BOATHOUSE lies a collection of operable vintage amphicars, which can be booked for a tour of the waters around Disney Springs.
An amphicar can drive on both land and float on water like a boat. The vehicles at Disney Springs have a beautiful, classic design that is picturesque for selfies.
You can book a 20-minute tour at The BOATHOUSE BOATIQUE, the gift shop next to the restaurant. The current 2022 price is $125 per car, which fits three to four people. Your tour is piloted by a captain who will give you one-of-a-kind facts about Disney Springs, Disney World, and the amphicars. I’d argue that this is one of the best things to do at Disney Springs.
Sip on a Moonshine Flight at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ restaurant is one of the most popular at Disney Springs. With its southern cuisine and vast cocktails, it is no wonder why! We find the perfect way to start our shopping and dining day is to score a moonshine flight. The flight features on-tap moonshine cocktails, including rum runner, margarita, and sweet tea-inspired flavors. These cocktails can creep up on you, so we found them great for sharing.
Get a Treat from Amorette’s Patisserie
Who says that adults can’t have treats? After all, you’re at Disney World!
Amorette’s Patisserie is the best spot for an upscale dessert. They feature specialty cakes, pastries, crepes, and more. But our favorites are the eclairs. Choose from classic flavors like hazelnut and chocolate or go a little more exotic – either way, you’re in for a treat!
Start Your Day with an Everglazed Donut
Breakfast takes on a new form at Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew, which crafts delicious donuts daily. If you love pastries, you will love this quick-service restaurant. Try maple bacon or go crazy with the Peanut Butter Explosion. Then, you can wash it all down with a cold brew.
This shop is known for its holiday and seasonal offerings, so you might find a unique treat while visiting.
Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil
Located on the West Side of Disney Springs lies a building with what looks to be a giant, white circus tent. Inside is the show Drawn to Life by Cirque du Soleil. This show features acrobats celebrating some of the stories and characters behind Disney animation.
Cirque du Soleil is known for its incredible theatrics and performers, with shows worldwide. This theme is unique to Disney World, making it even more special.
Prices vary based on the day, with most starting around $64 per person. If you’re traveling at a peak time, like holidays, then tickets are more expensive. There are two showtimes: 5:30 and 8:00 p.m., but we always like going to the last show.
Search for Trendy Finds at DisneyStyle
As much as we love the traditional Disney-themed clothing in the parks, sometimes we want something more. Trendsetting styles are yours at DisneyStyle, which features clothing, accessories, and home goods. Some of our favorite collections have spawned at this location, making it an influencer.
So is it worth going to Disney Springs? Well, as you can see in this article, there is plenty of things to do in Disney Springs for adults. Start your day with a donut and cold brew, then tour around on a vintage amphicar. Shop, dine, and play until your signature dining experience in the evening, followed by a show. No matter what you do at Disney Springs, it will surely be a great addition to your Disney World vacation.
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