Disney Springs West Side offers some great entertainment and eating venues as well some interesting shops.
If visiting the West Side, you can park in the Orange multi-story garage which gives direct access. There are also three open air parking lots just a few minutes walk away; namely Strawberry, Watermelon and Mango.
Entertainment at West Side
The majority of the entertainment venues are concentrated in the West Side area (click on links for more information):
- Drawn to Life by Cirque du Soleil (due to open in March 2020) — shaped like a giant ivory coloured circus tent, the Cirque du Soleil theatre holds nearly 1,600 guests and typically there are two performances a day at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday though dates and times may vary. Each show lasts around 90 minutes and features dancers, acrobats, circus jugglers, clowns and trapeze artists, singers and live music. Tickets for Drawn to Life will start at $79 plus tax. Drawn to Life is inspired by Disney’s heritage of animation and is a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering
- NBA Experience — a new attraction which replaced DisneyQuest. The NBA Experience opened August 12, 2019 and allows guests to experience all aspects of the game of basketball through 13 themed activities. Ticket prices are $34 for adults and $29 for children (plus tax)
- House of Blues Music Hall — a 2,000 seat concert hall offering live music, everything from gospel to rock ’n’ roll, latin, hip-hop, R&B, reggae and of course blues. Concert dates and ticket prices vary.
- Splitsville Luxury Lanes — a retro bowling alley with 30 lanes over two floors, billiard tables, indoor-outdoor dining, five bars including sushi, live music and dancing on Saturday evenings. Normal walk-up bowling prices start at $22 per person with early bird prices of $14 including shoe hire.
- AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24 — watch the latest films at a state-of-the-art 24 screen cinema with rocker-style stadium seating including one with 3D technology. Six of the auditoriums offer “Fork & Screen” full-service dining and reserved seating.
- Aérophile: The World Leader in Balloon Flight — a tethered balloon flight up to a height of around 400 feet giving you a fantastic view of all of Disney Springs and the surrounding resort area. The ride lasts around 8 to 10 minutes and operates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily, weather permitting. Prices are $20 for adults and $15 for children.
Most entertainment venues also offer food and drink.
Dining at West Side
There are a number of table service restaurants serving lunch and dinner at West Side:
- House of Blues Restaurant and Bar — as well as the concert hall, there is also the table service restaurant and bar with a daily happy hour, a Gospel Brunch on Sundays and live blues music on Friday and Saturday late evenings. The Front Porch offers cocktails and live entertainment every night subject to the weather
- Jaleo by José Andrés — authentic sharing plates of Spanish style tapas, paella and sangria
- Beatrix — a neighbourhood healthy food restaurant and coffee house with a grab-and-go market. It is expected to open in 2020
- City Works Eatery & Pour House — classic American food sports bar with a craft beer list of 90 beers including 30 local brews. Opening January 2020
- Fork & Screen — dine-in seat-side service at the AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24
- Splitsville Dining Room — indoor/outdoor restaurant with everything from burgers and pizza to sushi
- AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatres — combine watching a movie with eating a meal with chair-side service
Reservations are recommended at all the table service restaurants. Note that many of the entertainment venues also offer both food and drinks.
Amongst the quick service and kiosk offerings are Ample Hill Creamery, Pepe by José Andrés, the Front Porch and theSmokehouse at House of Blues, Joffrey’s Handcrafted Smoothies, MacGUFFINS located inside the AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24, Starbucks, Häagen-Dazs, Sunshine Churros, Wetzel’s Pretzels and YeSake.
There are also four Food Trucks that are usually parked in Exposition Park, representing the four theme parks:
- World Showcase of Flavors — sample delights inspired by the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival including grilled chicken breast gyros and grass-fed beef sliders
- Namaste Café — Asian cuisine from Disney’s Animal Kingdom including a naan and samosa dipping safari and lamb kefta
- Fantasy Fare — treats from around the global Disney parks including Croque Monsieur from Disneyland Paris and hand-dipped corn dogs from Disneyland California
- Superstar Catering — American cuisine from Disney’s Hollywood Studios including flatbreads and shrimp and lobster with macaroni and cheese
They generally open around lunchtime. There is another food truck, the 4R Cantina Baracoa Food Truck which parks outside the World of Disney store in the Marketplace.
Shopping at West Side
West Side has an eclectic mix of shops including Fit2Run, DisneyStyle, Pelé Soccer, Memory Lanes, Star Wars Galactic Outpost, Disney’s Candy Cauldron, Super Hero Headquarters, Sunglass Icon, Pop Gallery and Sosa Family Cigars.
Most of the entertainment venues and restaurants also have gift shops, like the NBA Store and House of Blues Gear Shop.
Closed Venues at West Side
As part of the re-theming of Disney Springs, there have been a number of changes over the last couple of years.
The original Cirque du Soleil show, La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil closed on December 31, 2017 to be replaced by a new Cirque du Soleil show called Drawn to Life.
Disney announced in June 2015 that Disney Quest would close sometime in 2016 and would be replaced by The NBA Experience. Disney Quest was an indoor interactive theme park spread across five floors that particularly appealed to young kids and teenagers. You could choose from a number of high-tech games including virtual reality and classic video games. Some games had height restrictions and separate paid admission was required.
In November 2016 Disney confirmed it would now close some time in 2017 and in January 2017 they gave the final date as July 3, 2017. The existing Disney Quest building was demolished to make way for the NBA Experience which opened on August 12, 2019.
The Wolfgang Puck Grand Café and Dining Room closed August 1, 2017 to make way for Jaleo by José Andrés. However a new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill opened in Town Center in 2018. There is also the Wolfgang Puck Express in the Marketplace.
Another restaurant to close was Bongo’s Cuban Café owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan which shut on August 18, 2019. It will be replaced by Beatrix. The Estefans are not leaving Orlando though as they are opening a new restaurant called the Estefan Kitchen at Margaritaville Resort Orlando.