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Old 02-21-2019, 10:26 PM   #11
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I enjoy the bars/lounges and restaurants and just wandering about. Way nicer than it used to be in the recent past, in my opinion.
and they have street musicians and some free entertainment dispersed.
I do miss the Adventurer's Club from Pleasure Island, though.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:32 PM   #12
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I think it has been mentioned, it really depends on what you want out of it. I think there are some great dining options. Some good shopping that only exists there. Itís a great break.

When our family goes to Disney we only spend a couple of days in the parks. We enjoy hanging out at the resorts and hitting up Disney Springs. We donít go out much with a 4 year old at home and that always seems like a family friendly evening environment to be in.
We spend a lot of time at DS. We are going to the parks less, now that they require so much planning.

We like to stay at OKW, so the boat provides easy access.

We like the Boathouse, Raglan Road, Sprinkles, Ghirardelli, and the new CS pizza place. We already have a houseful of souvenirs, so we donít buy much. We like wandering around DS at night. Sometimes we go over just to get a late night snack.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:35 PM   #13
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I still enjoy going. Often it's our "arrival day place" if we fly in later afternoon. we go there for dinner. Love dluxe. Love the Guy chicken place and a host of other restaurants. It's a good time for the kids to find something in the WOD store.
If it's just me and DW, then it's time to get our drink on. Our first go to is Jocks Hangor Bar. Then the Edison. Great drinks there. Best Mai Thai around. and the hanging bacon appettizer....MMMM.

Does it have the same feel as the parks - no it doesn't. But it's still Disney! And for now it's Free!
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:18 PM   #14
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My husband loves wandering around over there. Our last trip he didnít even get park tickets. We did the DVC event at HS, a MNSSHP, but other than that he went to the pool and to DS while I went to the parks.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:25 PM   #15
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Yes I agree with OP. We generally avoid it. Bunch of chains. Ooooo....a rainforest cafe.....no thanks.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:31 PM   #16
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But it's still Disney! And for now it's Free!
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My personal experience indicates that DS can be more expensive than going to a park.

For example, on our last trip, my daughter suddenly craved a Star Wars Dooney & Bourke bag for her birthday. It was at the Star Wars store in DS. It would have been WAY cheaper to go to a park with our APs.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:05 AM   #17
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We love Disney Springs! We don’t have a deluxe burger, chicken guy, boathouse, wine bar George, paddle fish, or gigantic world of Disney at home. We love the live music with a cocktail in hand, which is why I can sit in the Grand Floridian for hours listening to the orchestra with a cocktail in hand. What we do have is Disneyland 90 minutes away from home with superior rides over wdw (IMO) For us WDW is all about vacation mode and being immersed in the Disney magic that is Disney world. Eating, drinking, and pool time. The parks are a plus for us.

Wife and I are sneaking away for 5 days without the kids next month and we almost didn’t do any parks. We are doing Epcot one day for flower and Garden and that still doesn’t leave us enough time to do everything else we want to do that doesn’t involve the parks.

Just like the resorts, wdw has something for everyone
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:23 AM   #18
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Couple years before the revamping of 'Downtown Disney', they sent me a very lengthy questionnaire about what stores would appeal to me. It was extremely involved and I remember the rating system of what would appeal to me was very specific.

Long story short, I didn't care for most of them (and told them) because I have most of those stores at my nearby mall or downtown Chicago. They obviously didn't listen to my responses.

I am grateful, however, for Uniglo, which though now at my local mall, I had never heard of and appreciate their Heat Tech line for cold weather. I never would have known about it without Disney Springs. Some of the restaurants I like and the music is fun but the buses are a pain. (I now take Uber if I want to go).

Basically I could take it or leave it.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:55 AM   #19
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Does anyone actually go to Disney Springs? It just seems like a way to get you to spend more money. What a waste of a day. Am I missing something? It is a complete waste of valuable park time and at best is just a trip to the mall. I can do that where I live, while I'm not burning time on my multi-day theme park tickets
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I enjoy the bars/lounges and restaurants and just wandering about. Way nicer than it used to be in the recent past, in my opinion.
I am not a shopper. But I really enjoy the boat ride from OKW to DS.
We usually make the trip at least once, on a non-park day...but mostly just for the boat ride, a meal, and a stroll. As my trips become more adult focused and less park intensive, perhaps we will do more (window) shopping.
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My personal experience indicates that DS can be more expensive than going to a park.

For example, on our last trip, my daughter suddenly craved a Star Wars Dooney & Bourke bag for her birthday. It was at the Star Wars store in DS. It would have been WAY cheaper to go to a park with our APs.
They should have given you the AP discount at the Star Wars store at DS too. Unless I'm miss understanding.
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