Are you wondering what adults can do at Disney Springs?
Let us guess, you’re here because you miss Disney World! You miss the hustle and bustle of a full park day…
You miss waving at Mickey while you bite into a Mickey Bar… And you miss that rush after you conquer an exhilarating ride like Tower of Terror!
If that sounds like you, you’re not alone! And while the past year hasn’t been the best for park hopping, this year is looking more promising. Especially at Disney Springs!
If you don’t already know, Disney Springs is Disney’s outdoor shopping and eatery area, comparable to Universal’s CityWalk. There’s plenty of Mickey merch, Disney snacks, and pixie dust to go around.
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“But I’m 18+ and really more of a theme park hopping hipster… are there things to do at Disney Springs for me?”
Well Hipster, our answer is an enthusiastic YES!
In addition to Disney Springs having a spacious layout to keep you socially distanced and safe, there’s also PLENTY of things to do at Disney Springs, ESPECIALLY if you’re an adult!
What are they? And where can you find them? Let’s dive in to find out!
The BEST Things to do at Disney Springs!
1. Food Truck Tour
The 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck (Mexican), Hot Diggity Dogs (specialty hot dogs), and Mac & Cheese (need we say more) food trucks are all DELICIOUS and have meals for $12 or less.
Making a food truck sampler platter an amazing, fun, and affordable way for any 18+ plus to spend their day!
2. Create Your Own Foodie Tour
So, if you’re a foodie, then make sure this activity is on TOP of your list of things to do at Disney Springs!
Here’s a Disney Springs Foodie Tour for You:
- Get an appetizer, sushi and sake at Morimoto Asia
- Grab a tantalizing drink at Enzo’s Hideaway (the prohibition themed bar)
- Enjoy a delicious entrée at The STK
- Get another incredible drink at the Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
- Grab a small plate and wine at Wine Bar George
- Finish off with desserts (and maybe even after dessert drinks) at The BOATHOUSE
Will you be stuffed? ABSOLUTELY! But will this experience also go down in history as one of your all-time FAVORITE Disney memories! YES!
3. Take a Boat Ride in an Amphicar at The BOATHOUSE
And, speaking of The BOATHOUSE, did you know that they offer rides and tours in their world class Amphicars?
…And YES, that’s Amphi- for amphibian, or a car that can drive on land AND sea!
For just $125, you and three friends can enjoy a 20-minute tour of Disney Springs from the lagoon and land… a pretty amazing memory for just $30 per person!
Splitsville always has the best music, delicious food, and a fun, retro bowling alley vibe that you’ll never want to leave!
It’s two floors full of bowling and billiards fun, and they serve pizza, burgers, hotdogs, and even sushi! Oh yeah, and we didn’t even begin to cover their delectable specialty cocktail list, which boasts coconut margaritas, Moscow mules, and mojitos, just to name a few.
5. Experience Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, which is themed after Indiana Jones, if you didn’t already figure it out, is arguably the best themed bar on Disney property (perhaps only second to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto).
Vintage aviation décor and memorabilia fill the space, and you can choose to sit inside the themed area, or outside on the water (you really can’t go wrong either way).
In addition to an awesome ambience, the Hangar Bar has some killer empanadas, queso dip, and tacos. And the “Signature Libations” section of the menu isn’t too bad either *wink wink*
6. NBA Experience
Basketball fans, unite! Because for you, the NBA Experience is a MUST on your things to do at Disney Springs list!
The space is designed to make you feel like you’re right inside of the basketball arena on the game floor; and it only opened in 2019, so the tech inside is pretty amazing!
Interactive touch screens, exclusive photo-ops, behind the scenes sneak peeks into players’ lockers, a basketball court, and an arcade fill this four story space for hours of memorable fun!
Tickets cost $34 for a full day, and guests recommend setting aside 3 hours to enjoy the full experience!
*Prices are subject to change.
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7. Enjoy the Free Entertainment from Live Bands
As you walk around Disney Springs, especially at night, you’ll notice that even without any plans, Imagineers have made sure there’s plenty of fun things to do at Disney Springs.
…What do we mean by that?
Well, believe it or not, in Disney Springs musicians and entertainers work on a rotating basis to make sure that wherever you’re walking, you’ll find spontaneous entertainment.
From solo singers to multiple piece bands, it’s pretty much normal to drop everything and start dancing in the middle of the Disney Springs street!
Hipster Power Tip: Be sure to experience the incredible Sunday Bunch adventures offered at places such at The House of Blues, Art Chef Smith’s Homecomin’ and The BOATHOUSE!
8. Attend a Special Event
Oftentimes, the House of Blues will have featured artists and The Edison will have exclusive ticketed events!
Check here periodically to see what fun special events are upcoming at Disney Springs!
9. Irish Dinner and Dancing at Raglan Road
If you love some bangers and mash with a side of live music and Irish step dancing, then Raglan Road is for you! Themed after an Irish pub, diners rave about this Disney Springs restaurant!
The food is tasty and reasonably priced (between $14 and $30 for an entrée) and the entertainment never fails to impress.
Plus, they even offer a delectable brunch on Saturdays and Sundays; so make sure this is on top of your things to do at Disney Springs.
P.S. Reservations at Raglan road are highly recommended.
10. Happy Hour
Believe it or not, there are so many happy hours happening at Disney Springs, we don’t have the time or space to list them all!
From Frontera Concina’s Margarita Mondays and Tequila Tuesdays, to $7 drinks as The Edison from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., to The STK’s dedicated happy hour menu, you’ll definitely find lots of reasons to be happy at Disney Springs.
But FYI, oftentimes deals and offers at Disney Springs update or change, so always be sure to check it out here before you visit for the latest happenings!
11. Enjoy drinks and appetizers outside The BOATHOUSE overlooking the lagoon
If you’re not into an Amphicar tour yourself, then why not watch others take one?
The lagoon view from the outside of The BOATHOUSE is amazing, especially at sunset, and their food and drink menu certainly doesn’t disappoint either.
Our favorite combo is the Shrimp and Andouille Mac & Cheese, Coconut-Fried Shrimp, and Blueberry Vodka Lemonade!
But basically, if you ask us, sunset drinks at The BOATHOUSE makes the perfect ending to any park day!
What to Know Before You Go: Disney Springs
Is there a fee to go to Disney Springs?
Unlike most other activities on Disney property, Disney Springs is completely free of charge. In fact, you don’t even have to present a MagicBand, park ticket, or any other sort of reservation to enjoy Disney Springs.
Instead, think of it more like a Disney-fied outdoor mall, with plenty of restaurants, bars, stores, entertainment, and peaceful water views.
What are the Disney Springs Parking / Transportation Options?
Today we’re happy to tell you that parking at Disney Springs is plentiful, and luckily, free of charge! Disney Springs has a multi-level parking garage with state of the art technology that counts how many cars are on each level!
So, what does that mean for you?
No need to drive around in circles for hours to find a spot, the counters affixed to the ceiling have already done all that work for you!
Or, if you are a resort guest, Disney does offer bus transportation to Disney Springs up to 30-minutes before and after it’s operating hours. At this time, however, Disney Springs cannot be accessed via the monorail.
We will also add in, however, that Disney Springs is very Uber/Lyft/Taxi friendly, with a special drop off area dedicated to those types of services.
When is the Best Time to Visit Disney Springs?
Oftentimes families/solo travelers think of Disney Springs as a nighttime activity, i.e. booking dinner reservations or enjoying the evening’s sunset and ambience. And, while this is a great plan, it also makes for the most crowds.
Therefore, if you’re someone who likes to explore with plenty of elbow room, consider setting aside an entire day, or partial daytime hours to explore the fun things to do at Disney Springs.
You’ll find that the restaurants and stores are less crowded, which less face it, is definitely more ideal during social distancing!
Are there any special Disney services at Disney Springs?
While many describe Disney Springs as “Disney’s outdoor mall,” don’t worry, there’s still plenty of Disney to go around! You can buy Disney merch in most stores, most notably “World of Disney,” and all cast members there are Disney trained.
Additionally, there is a Disney guest services area and at times, character meet and greets! So don’t worry, you can still get your fill of Mickey Bars, Bippity Boppity Boutique Makeovers, and pixie dust at Disney Springs!
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There are plenty of fun things to do at Disney Springs for grown-ups, no matter what your age!
From adult beverages to hands-on activities, Disney Springs provides a fun, laid back Disney experience that is very welcome after a long park day.
What are some of your favorite things to do at Disney Springs? Do you feel like we missed anything? Please, let us know in the comments below; because ThemeParkHipsters plan better, together.
Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
About the Author
Gina is a former Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line Cast Member who enjoys reliving the magic by writing helpful tips and tricks for future guests!
Check out more about her Disney adventures and writing endeavors at www.ginaarfi.net.