Coronado Springs and Disney Springs

Our whirlwind Disney trip was over too quickly.  I wish I were at Magic Kingdom this moment, but I’ll settle for the relaxing Florida Keys.

Day 1 of our time at Disney World was about getting to know the area, which can be a little overwhelming given its enormous size. We checked into Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort early Wednesday afternoon and began the day by wandering the grounds, having lunch and settling in. The lake on the property was surrounded by signs warning about alligators. The property also lots of flowers to admire. The resort is undergoing renovations from what we heard, and most of the guests appeared to be convention-goers.

For lunch, I ordered a veggie burger from the market at Coronado Springs that I wasn’t too impressed with. We had a $25 dining credit, so I won’t complain too much. It satisfied my hunger and the fries were decent.

Later that afternoon, we drove to nearby Disney Springs to check it out. (We didn’t realize at the time that we could take the free Disney buses.) I knew nothing about the shopping and entertainment center except that it was home to the largest Disney character store in the world. Sold!

We found free parking quickly in the Lime Garage adjacent to the shopping center. From the second floor, we took the stairs down to the ground level. To the right was the Disney store, where you would find just about anything you would want from Disney. I wanted to buy everything for Victoria, but we settled for an Elena of Avalor doll. I now wish we had also bought her the Elena dress to match, but maybe she will want to be her for next Halloween. After our purchase, we took a stroll around Disney Springs. We saw a Lego play center and plenty of photo opportunities and dining options. We even encountered a Sprinkles cupcake ATM!

Disney Springs is definitely worth checking out when you’re in the area. 

Have you been to Disney Springs or stayed at Coronado Springs? What did you think?