When it comes to shopping in Disney World, it’s hard to beat Disney Springs.
Sure, you can buy makeup at Sephora, try on clothes at Columbia Sportswear, and eat at Planet Hollywood, but we’re talking about those unique shopping experiences at Disney Springs that you just can’t get at home. So if you’re looking for the most unique and most DISNEY things to buy there, we’ve put together your next shopping list!
Food and Drink
First, Disney Springs is home to some of the best restaurants Disney World has to offer. We’re talking places owned by celebrity chefs and foods you won’t find ANYWHERE else. So WHAT should you eat? Well, let’s get started.
We’re going to start with a personal favorite because some of the best cookies we’ve ever had in our lives came from Gideon’s Bakehouse. Yes, the lines there can get long. Yes, sometimes you might have to wait in a virtual line for an hour or longer. But these cookies (and cake slices) are worth the wait.
We can’t recommend any one flavor, though, or even tell you to get a cookie over a cake slice. Everything here is solid, so make sure you stop in the next time you visit Disney Springs — you need to try at least one cookie or cake slice there.
Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew
Okay, we know that not everyone is a donut person (if you’ve seen Molly’s videos, you’ll know she’s not), but for those of you who are, a trip to Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew is a must. These aren’t Krispy Kreme donuts. These are over-the-top donuts you might not even be able to eat in one sitting.
Don’t turn your nose up at the cold brew here either — there’s also a pairing of a cold brew PLUS a donut that you just might need to try out. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can always try the Donut Grilled Cheese — why not?
Heads up, marshmallow fans. If you love flavored HOMEMADE marshmallows, be sure to stop by the Wondermade kiosk and grab some of your favorites. You can get marshmallows flavored like s’mores, churros, and even bourbon.
These also make a great gift if you can manage to get them home before you eat them all (trust us, that’s easier said than done).
Do you dream of just chilling by a nice lake somewhere sipping on a margarita? Then Dockside Margaritas is where you need to go. Here is where you can get some delicious margaritas like the Habanero Lime Margarita and the super refreshing Watermelon Margarita.
Nothing can cut through the Florida heat and humidity like a cold margarita, right?
There’s something extra special about the Joffrey’s at Disney Springs, which is why you’ll want to grab a coffee here. This Joffrey’s does custom latte art. For 50 cents extra, you can get a fun image of Mickey, a Disney princess, or more on your coffee.
We’d also like to point out that the lines for Joffrey’s are generally shorter than Starbucks, so if you need that morning caffeine pick-me-up, head here instead for something caffeinated AND fun.
Salt & Straw Flight
Now that Salt & Straw has opened in Disney Springs, guests can try a myriad of interesting ice cream flavors that they won’t find anywhere else (except at the Salt & Straw in Disneyland). We’ve seen interesting flavor combinations like Saffron & Honey with Crystalized Flower Petals, ice cream flavored with olive oil, balsamic & black pepper, and even ice cream with guava and cheese. So get the flight with four scoops and try out some of these unique offerings.
The menu here changes regularly, so this should be a must for every trip you make to Disney Springs.
Swirls on the Water Flight
We’re not done recommending icy sweet treats, though. Swirls on the Water is a relative newcomer to Disney Springs, but this is where you can get all kinds of soft serve, Dole Whips, and floats, including alcoholic offerings. You will want to try them all, so grab three with a flight.
You can also pick up some soft-serve in a cone. If you’re feeling brave, be sure to grab the Dole Whip Habanero Lime Nachos.
Frosé from The Basket at Wine Bar George
As you might be able to tell, we love frozen treats for beating the heat at Disney World. One of the most refreshing is the Frosé from The Basket at Wine Bar George. But what IS a Frosé? We’re so glad you asked — it’s a frozen drink made with Rosé, Vodka, and Strawberry.
Nothing will cool you off faster. While you’re at it, you can also pick up some great bits at The Basket and have a picnic to go with your frozen drink.
Fish and Chips from Cookes of Dublin
It might be hard to believe, but Disney World has several locations with really good fish and chips. One of our favorites is Cookes of Dublin. So yes, you can get great fish and chips without having to go to EPCOT.
Do you need to eat gluten-free? No worries — Cookes has gluten-free fish and chips, too.
Fried Chicken at Homecomin’
If you’ve never tried the fried chicken at Homecomin’, you might just be missing out. This restaurant is all about Southern-style comfort food, and the fried chicken here, along with the biscuits, is all about comfort.
You can also get a delicious Fried Chicken sandwich or a Fried Chicken salad if that’s more your style. Pair that with a moonshine drink, and you’re all set.
Charcuterie Pretzel from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
You’ve probably never had a craving for charcuterie served on a pretzel, but once you’ve had the Air Pirate’s Cargo Loaded Pretzel at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, you’ll be wanting it again. This is a giant pretzel loaded with prosciutto, sliced brats, pepperoni, smoked cheddar, Black Diamond cheddar, and caraway pickles. It’s all served with spicy mustard and beer cheese fondue.
Yes, it’s a lot of food, and you’ll probably want to share — if you want.
But wait, there’s more! Disney Springs isn’t just home to unique restaurants. There are also loads of stores where you can shop for pretty much anything your heart desires. So pull out those credit cards and get ready.
Ornaments from Days of Christmas
If you’re looking for unique Disney-oriented Christmas decor, Days of Christmas is your one-stop Disney Christmas shop. Think Ye Olde Christmas Tree Shoppe in Magic Kingdom, but bigger. So be sure to pick out some new Disney ornaments for your Christmas tree.
We’ve seen a lot of unique ornaments here that we’ve never seen online, so if you’re in the area and love Christmas, be sure to stop by.
Pins from Pin Traders
Okay, pin traders. There’s a HUGE pin shop in Disney Springs you need to know about, full of pins you probably don’t have yet. If you collect pins or just need some for trading, Pin Traders is where you need to go.
You’ll also find other pin traders here, along with Cast Members looking to trade.
The M&Ms Store in Disney Springs is a virtual haven for fans of that little candy-coated chocolate snack we all love. Did you know you can make custom M&Ms there, though? You can choose a design that’s already available or you can upload a photo or logo to print onto M&Ms.
Then you just choose the size container you want your custom M&Ms in and you’re all set. This is another great gift idea.
That’s not the only thing you can get customized in Disney Springs. Stop by the LEGO store to get custom LEGO minifigures. Yes, you can turn yourself into a LEGO if you want to. There’s a display where you’ll choose your LEGO minifigure’s various parts and clothes, and then the store will print it out.
You’ll also get a display case with your LEGO’s name on it. Now that’s a VERY unique souvenir.
Anything from Basin
Okay, let’s talk about bath and body products. That’s where Basin comes in, which has bath bombs, salts, soaps, lip balms, and more. Want a wonderful-smelling soap with Mickey Mouse on it, they’ve got it. Want a scented bath bomb to wash the day’s worries away, they’ve got it.
Be sure to pick up some Disney character lip balms — they’re one of our favorite things here.
Spices and Teas from Spice and Tea Exchange
Are you a fan of spices and/or teas? Then you’ll want to stop in at the Spice and Tea Exchange to pick up some unique blends to take home from your Disney World vacation. If you’re visiting during the holidays, be sure to check out their unique holiday wares, too.
You will also find some delicious sugars here, so plan on spending some time here picking out everything you want!
Bowes Signature Candles from Marketplace Co-Op
If you want some unique candles with fun scents, head to the Marketplace Co-op and pick up some Bowes Signature Candles (note you can also find these occasionally in Days of Christmas). These are Disney-inspired scents, so don’t be afraid to pick up a Haunts Candle, a Pineapple Whip Candle, or even a Monkey Farts candle (don’t worry — it smells like bananas).
The Florida-based company also makes fragrance sprays, diffuser oils, wax melts, soaps, and hand sanitizers.
T-Shirts from Uniqlo
Before you hit up World of Disney to find your next Disney World t-shirt, pop into Uniqlo where you can find less expensive Disney tees and sweatshirts, including some that are unique to the brand.
Why pay $30 or more for a t-shirt, when you can get one for $15 or $20?
Disney Springs isn’t just shopping and dining, too — you’ll find photo ops, fun activities, live music, and a movie theater here. There’s plenty to do in Disney Springs without ever needing to buy a park ticket. You can even go up in a hot air balloon or drive on a lake.
If you’re looking to have a nice meal at a nice restaurant here, be sure to read our rankings of the best table service restaurants in Disney Springs.
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