Many families don’t realize that Disney Springs hotels offer discount Orlando room rates for summer vacation. If you’re headed to Walt Disney World, convenient Disney Springs offers cheap rates almost all year long. Plus, the Disney Springs Resort Area is an entertaining destination unto itself, not only a top value place to stay.
Disney Springs is a fun commercial mall formerly known as Downtown Disney. Hotels at the mall are closest to the Disney theme parks without being Disney managed. Each has free shuttles to the parks every 30 minutes so you can leave your car parked. Many offer several perks like the Extra Magic Hours or early admission and military family discounts.
Check out what’s happening at the Disney Springs mall for free entertainment around days packed with themepark fun. The 110 shops, restaurants and businesses range from fancy restaurants to a branch of Uniqlo. You can do a little shopping, get high in a hot air balloon or enjoy a night out. Kids love the free window shopping and streetview entertainment. Skip the theme park admission for the day and your family can save that way, too.
Staying at one of the seven Disney Springs hotels guarantees an easy place to buy theme park tickets and souvenirs. Book advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World golf courses. Get help with advance booking for all WDW dining and dinner show reservations.
Why Disney? Why Now?
Walt Disney World Resort comprises four huge theme parks plus two great waterparks. There are some amazing festivals going on nearly all year long to complement the rides and shows. This summer, the parks continue their WDW 50th Anniversary celebration. That means there’s even more new thrills and excitement to experience.
Why not ride a Banshee together? If you saw “Avatar: The Way of Water,” a visit to Pandora – The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom is a must. Tweens and teens will love TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise, a high-tech, high-speed thrill ride now open at Magic Kingdom Park. Other must-see attractions include Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
At Epcot, perhaps the most edutaining of the parks, enjoy the delightful Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Through July 5, 2023, all ages can ogle stunning topiary, exotic plant species and learn useful gardening tips.
Disney Parks After Dark This Summer
Summer is one of the parks’ busiest seasons, yet many families need a daytime break from the hot, humid Orlando weather. Consider arriving at the parks in mid-afternoon after a morning at your Disney Springs hotel pool. Little ones should bring autograph books because favorite Disney Characters are doing meet and greets at designated stations. At charming Toy Story Land, ogle the larger-than life toys that take over the tall grass in Andy’s backyard.
Have an early dinner and stake out your spot for the Happily Ever After nighttime fireworks extravaganza at Magic Kingdom Park. Teens can stay up for Disney After Hours, fun-filled events that give you three hours to enjoy favorite attractions and experiences with lower wait times. It’s available select nights now through Aug. 24.
(You may find our Disney World Hacks story about fast passes, etc. from summer 2022 useful this season.)
Why Families Like Disney Springs
At all Disney Spring hotels, there’s plenty of space to be family — or the hot young couple you were #bk. Book yourselves childcare (with advance notice to the concierge) and indulge at a local Spa, hit the fitness center, or go clubbing. Any of these hotels are also a very handy base. Explore the many other Orlando family-friendly, non-theme park attractions during your Florida vacation.
In addition to great room rates at participating hotels, check out the “Disney Springs offers” page. This is the place to find sales, special menu items, coupons and discounts on merchandise, dining and drinking within the mall.
There are dozens of good restaurants. At Wine Bar George, for example, kids sample tapas while over-21s can taste up to 150 different wines. Enjoy elevated Mexican fare at celebrity chef Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina. Dine at Paddlefish, situated on an iconic paddleboat. Save room for Southern fare at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and the noodle bar at Morimoto Asia. Celebrity chef Jose Andres (founder of World Food Kitchen) often has specials for Spanish eatery, Jaleo.
Disney Springs Summer Hotel Specials
The seven Disney Springs Resort Area hotels have summer rates in effect May 1 through Aug. 31, 2023, based on availability. Do your homework and choose the perks you will use.
- At the stylish, contemporary B Resort & Spa – Rates may include a resort credit.
- Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – Newly renovated rooms include in-room microwave, fridge.
- Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando – Rates include hot breakfast buffet, evening snacks and beer/wine reception.
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Ask about their kids eat free under 11 years policy.
- Holiday Inn Orlando Disney Springs – from $79/N including the above perks
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Specials may include WiFI, two 16 oz Starbucks coffees, bottled water, DVDNow rentals.
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Some dates also take 10% off food and beverages at hotel.
Trip Planning Details for Disney Springs Hotel
Check out the active deals for the period you want to visit. This summer, some blackout dates may apply. Rates may not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. Summer offers, to be clear, are not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups.
Stop by each supplier’s website as well to confirm you have the best rate. Often, loyalty program members receive special perks. By the way, some Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels also offer separate discounts for AAA members. Some hotels have military family disscounts, too. It’s best to check each hotel’s site while planning.
Don’t stop here — Booking.com always has good deals in Orlando during busy travel periods.
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