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Disney Springs waterfront restaurants

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Disney Springs waterfront restaurants, Orlando FL

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Disney Springs is a waterfront area that comes to life in the evening when musicians play live music that is fantastic! Plan ahead because the restaurants here fill up and there is usually a long wait. Most of the restaurants are large, upscale chain restaurants that are consistently good though expensive. Kids can ride the carousel, see giant lego sculptures, or check out the toy store, Once Upon a Toy, while you wait for your table. There is a lot of concrete at Disney Springs, but it becomes far more beautiful at sunset when musicians take their places in waterfront stage areas and wow you with their talent. There is a lot of talent in Orlando! And the international crowd in the audience make for a fun ambience. If good-looking Buda Tom is playing his happy tunes, you're in luck. His resonant voice and guitar sound like an entire band, and his energy makes the audience dance. There is also a flamenco guitarist who puts on a good show. You can also opt for paid entertainment by catching a show by Cirque du Soleil, an acrobat group.
Wear good shoes because this area is huge. Bring a stroller for kids. Come early in the day for less crowds.
Make sure you walk to the east side where you can see the Lego store and some awesome Lego sculptures outside, such as a giant sea monster in the lake! Kids can make their own lego creations at tables inside and outside the store. The noise and crowds are a bit much though.
The most beautiful areas of Disney Springs are the lakefront walking path and restaurants, and the fake spring, a pool of blue-green water that bubbles up, near Sprinkles Cupcakes.
For a snack, you can go to the Starbucks, two chocolate shops (enjoy a free sample), or a bakery.
For a meal, try House of Blues, which has delicious food made with attention to detail plus interesting decor throughout. You can look up and see casts of Blues legends on the ceiling. Skip on Wolfgang Puck- the food was not good. Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar has a lovely spot on the water, with a huge breezy balcony, and serves empanadas for $10. The beer flights (small servings of various beers) are fun, and so is the Poisonless Dart (a non-alcoholic mojito). 
There are some beautiful Disney stores with amazing decor. World of Disney has a gorgeous princess section. Rainforest Cafe has a store with fish tanks, jungle ceiling, and little lights that make it magical.
It's super nice to catch the Disney ferryboat over the breezy water to one of the Disney resorts where you can walk around and take in the ambience. Saratoga Springs is accessed via the ferry docks called The Landing, near Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar. Port Orleans (there are two hotels, a ten minute walk apart: French Quarter and Riverside) is accessed by the ferry dock near Rainforest Cafe and Disney's Days of Christmas store- the ferry takes you on a lovely long ride up the river. Another one of the Disney resorts that is accessed by ferry from Disney Springs is Old Key West. Port Orleans is the most affordable of these three hotels.

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Inside House of Blues Restaurant.
Inside House of Blues Restaurant.
Buda Tom, who has a resonant voice and open spirit that warms the audience.
Buda Tom, who has a resonant voice and open spirit that warms the audience.
Live music by the water.
Live music by the water.
Namaste Cafe food truck.
Namaste Cafe food truck.
Waterfront auditorium during flamenco guitar performance.
Waterfront auditorium during flamenco guitar performance.
Nicholas Marks, flamenco guitarist.
Nicholas Marks, flamenco guitarist.
The lego sea monster sculpture!
The lego sea monster sculpture!
Rainforest Cafe, on the water.
Rainforest Cafe, on the water.
Water view from Lava Lounge.
Water view from Lava Lounge.
Carousel!
Carousel!
Yellow flowers, and Once Upon a Toy store in the distance.
Yellow flowers, and Once Upon a Toy store in the distance.
Dragon lego sculpture outside the Lego store.
Dragon lego sculpture outside the Lego store.
I love the lego sea monster!
I love the lego sea monster!
Rainforest Cafe has a volcano that erupts with fire!
Rainforest Cafe has a volcano that erupts with fire!
T-Rex Restaurant is very popular!
T-Rex Restaurant is very popular!
Colorful architecture at Boathouse Restaurant.
Colorful architecture at Boathouse Restaurant.
Pointy architecture!
Pointy architecture!
Dusk at the waterfront.
Dusk at the waterfront.
Cirque du Soleil tent lit up at night.
Cirque du Soleil tent lit up at night.
Star Wars Galactic Outpost store.
Star Wars Galactic Outpost store.
Galaxies away...
Galaxies away...
Morimoto Asia restaurant.
Morimoto Asia restaurant.
An area that looks like a natural spring.
An area that looks like a natural spring.
Raglan Road Irish cafe.
Raglan Road Irish cafe.
Looking at the fake spring.
Looking at the fake spring.
Edward Beiner Eyewear has a pretty storefront.
Edward Beiner Eyewear has a pretty storefront.
Spring behind Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Spring behind Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Sprinkles Cupcakes has a cute balcony over the spring.
Sprinkles Cupcakes has a cute balcony over the spring.
The balloon, as seen from the boat loading dock.
The balloon, as seen from the boat loading dock.
Boathouse Restaurant.
Boathouse Restaurant.
The boat that takes you from Disney Springs to some Disney resorts, for free.
The boat that takes you from Disney Springs to some Disney resorts, for free.
The free boat ride to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort.
The free boat ride to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort.
The Edison, a cocktail bar with a live cabaret show after 10pm.
The Edison, a cocktail bar with a live cabaret show after 10pm.
Cabaret dancer outside The Edison.
Cabaret dancer outside The Edison.
Fountain.
Fountain.
Train for kids, in October.
Train for kids, in October.
Carousel!
Carousel!
Splash pad.
Splash pad.
The splash pad is unique because it shoots up small drops into the air, making it more fun.
The splash pad is unique because it shoots up small drops into the air, making it more fun.
Snowy egret sighting on the ferry ride.
Snowy egret sighting on the ferry ride.
Ferry ride to Port Orleans French Quarter Hotel.
Ferry ride to Port Orleans French Quarter Hotel.
Treehouse Villas you see on the ferry ride from Disney Springs to Port Orleans.
Treehouse Villas you see on the ferry ride from Disney Springs to Port Orleans.
Ferry ride up the river to Port Orleans.
Ferry ride up the river to Port Orleans.
   

Directions

Disney Springs is located at 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. There is plenty of free parking in several huge parking structures. Lights lead you to empty spaces- Disney is always so organized!
House of Blues, 1490 East Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista FL 32830, call (407) 934-2583.
Once Upon a Toy, 1375 East Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista FL 32831, call (407) 824-4321.
Lego Imagination Center, call (407) 828-0065.
Open daily 10am - midnight.

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Sheila
12/14/2016 05:19
6 days and I'll be there!

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