With the recent changes and updates at Disney Springs, there are a large number of new dining and shopping options for you to enjoy. Here are just a few of the places we tried during our recent trip to the Walt Disney World Resort®!
Enzo’s Hideaway & Tunnel Bar
Disney Springs tends to be pretty sleepy and laid back at lunch (a much different vibe than the evening crowds) and we had the whole place to ourselves. Enzo’s Hideaway & Tunnel Bar is impeccably themed as a Prohibition Era rum runner’s tunnel, a speakeasy-inspired by Roman apertivo bars. Located just underneath the new Italian eatery Maria & Enzo’s, it’s definitely a cool vibe.
The entire staff was friendly, and all were Italian (ciao, Bella!). Our server, Roberto, suggested some interesting cocktails we’d never tried and assured us they were favorites of Romans. He was cute, so I took his word for it. The “Hugo” is similar to an apérol spritzer but made instead with St. Germaine liquor, Prosecco, and mint.
We each ordered an appetizer (a Caprese salad and deep-fried risotto balls) and then shared a main dish of lasagna. All of the food was delicious. I highly recommend stopping by! Go for dinner if you like a livelier atmosphere, or head over for lunch if you want to avoid the crowds. And say Buon Giorno to Roberto for me
The Edison, a new addition to Disney Springs, is a 1920’s themed restaurant and nightclub and one of my favorite places to eat when I’m at Walt Disney World. The vibe is industrial and gothic, with staff dressed in a range of period garb from flapper to mad inventor.
Craft cocktails are the thing to try here, along with the candied bacon appetizer. It’s served on a clothesline, because why not? The food is all delicious, including a burger made with short rib and pork belly, and a bacon wrapped meatloaf. My favorite entree is the grilled cheese sandwich, a melty, gooey, buttery creation served with a delicious tomato basil soup.
Before 10 p.m., The Edison is family friendly and kids are welcome. After 10 p.m. every night, the whole place becomes 21+ only, and that’s when the entertainment starts. Dancers, aerialists, acrobats, contortionists and other cabaret acts take over the main dining area.
Wine Bar George
Wine Bar George recently opened in Disney Springs, and if you’re an insufferable wine snob like my husband (or are just pretending to be one, but really you just love wine and will down rosé and Champagne by the bottle, like me) then this will be your new favorite hangout.
With two stories of beautiful real estate and 140+ wines, Wine Bar George is really impressive. The food menu is relatively simple, sticking to small plates, artisan cheeses and meats, and a few daily specials because the focus is definitely on the wines.
We each ordered a glass of Champagne to start; they have an impressive range of bubblies (Prosecco, Champagne, and California sparkling whites) on the menu. They’re all great, and range from really affordable to astronomically expensive ($300 for one glass of Krug Rosé Champagne( maybe save that one for a special occasion).
We decided to order The Big Board – six kinds of cheese and five types of meat – while we pondered our next move. My husband ended up trying a glassCheninenin Blanc (it’s one of his favorites, but relatively rare to find in the US) and I went for a rosé, because it’s hot and it’s summer, and I love it. Everything was delicious, and our server’s wine recommendations were spot on.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Indiana Jones fans, listen up! If you haven’t checked out Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs, you need to get there for a drink. In a monkey head. I promise there are no brains in the cup, just a tasty beverage. If you’re not an Indy fan, go anyway. It’s a great bar with an extensive drink menu and good food. And did I mention you can get a drink in a monkey head? I think maybe I did.
Disney has nailed the theming here – Indy’s pilot friend Jock has turned his airplane hangar into a watering hole for intrepid travelers, with drinks and food inspired by his travels. The drink list is extensive – over 30 concoctions (plus a full bar for your own favorites). And I promise Jock’s pet boa constrictor doesn’t hang around the bar. At least not that I noticed…
Jock Lindsey’s is located between Morimoto Asia and The Boathouse (if you’re driving, park in the Lime Garage ans head straight over the bridge when you come down the escalators). It gets pretty busy in the evenings, but around lunch and the early afternoon is a great time to grab a drink here. We’ve never had trouble snagging a spot indoors before 5 pm. There is a large covered terrace and even boat seating outdoors when the inside fills up in the evening.
I highly recommend this spot! Be sure to take a look around inside at all the Indiana Jones inspired paraphernalia – even the food and drinks will have familiar names to a true Indy fan.
And please, order the Cool-Headed Monkey. Thank me later.
Among the new delights popping up at Disney Springs is this gem – The Ganachery. The shop is located near The Boathouse and the Hangar Bar, and everything in here is delicious. Right now the feature is hand made s’mores (yum). The wonderful Cast Member gave us ganache samples and showed us around.
Just when we were despairing that we’d be in the Florida heat for too long to purchase any of the delicious chocolates, she pointed out that they have a cute insulated tote that they will pack with an ice pack to keep your ganache safe. And, if you spend $50 you get the insulated tote for free. Since we had a Disney Gift Card burning a whole in our pocket, we went for it. It was shockingly easy to get to that $50 total, but everything is so delicious that it was worth it.
The DisneyStyle boutique opened at Disney Springs this May, and it is spectacular. With it, Disney has finally embraced what you might call “Etsy-inspired design” – clever slogans, catchphrases and designs that let people embrace their favorite piece of the Disney zeitgeist.
If you have a favorite Disney attraction or character, or even just a favorite photo spot, no matter how obscure, chances are they have something for you here. Fan of the Tiki Room? You can find a polo, a t-shirt AND a pair of shorts. Country Bear Jamboree more your thing? Stop in for the shirt. People Mover? Check. Spaceship Earth, Orange Bird or the Purple Wall? Check, check and check. I even spotted a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride tee!
And yes, they have spirit jerseys. Rose gold AND millennial pink! Plus the ear headbands to match.
You can find Disney Style at Disney Springs around the corner from the AMC Dine-In theater, across from Starbucks, on the “West Side” end.
I’m excited about all of the new Disney-centric shops that have been popping up recently at Downtown Disney™ at Disneyland Resort® and Disney Springs™ at Walt Disney World®. Not everyone in my house agrees with my philosophy that you can never have enough Mickey Mouse in your life, but I certainly welcome all opportunities to prove them wrong.
On a quick trip to Disneyland recently I found this new gem – Home. Whether you need a metal mold to make Mickey-shaped fried eggs, a Haunted Mansion apron, a Beauty and the Beast tea set, or even an Incredibles costume for your dog, they have just the thing.
Y’all – I have found the best place for you to get great quality Disney shirts for CHEAP next time you visit Walt Disney World®. UNI QLO at Disney Springs, you must check it out!
We found t-shirts for the whole family for under $15 each; in some cases, they were as low as $9 and even $5. We’ve bought shirts here before, and the best thing is how great the quality is for these prices. It’s all very high-quality cotton and cotton blends, and they hold up well even after lots of wear and washing.
The new Mickey Art collection is fantastic and slightly oddball; a series of artist interpretations of Mickey Mouse that are quirky and a little weird, so of course we love them.
These are just a few of the new additions to Disney Springs. Be sure to talk to your Key to the World Travel® Planner about all of the dining options, and how to fit some shopping time into your next Walt Disney World® vacation!
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