• On Jan 1, 2020
    Rachael from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi, We will be getting off a Disney Cruise on a Sunday and we don’t have to be at the airport until 8pm that night. Any suggestions on restaurants to eat at or places to check out that don’t require a park ticket? Kids will be 10, 8 & 6. Thanks!

    Hello, Rachael!

    What an exciting week you have planned! A cruise capped off with a day of Disney magic--brilliant!

    One of our favorite things to do while touring Walt Disney World is spending an afternoon or evening at Disney Springs. This is a ticketless venue that features more shops, restaurants, and entertainment options than you could experience in a week!

    Be sure to stop by Once Upon a Toy, where your kids will be thrilled with all of the fun items that are packed into every crevice of this entertaining store. If you have Jedi or Sith in your party--or both--check out Star Wars Trading Post, where fans can scoop up some Star Wars favorites. My crew cannot pass by The LEGO Store (no matter what age) to catch the latest in LEGO merchandise...and to stock up on some pretty cool bricks and accessories, too. Of course, you cannot miss World of Disney, offering more Disney merchandise than any other store in the world.

    All of this shopping will likely make you hungry--especially because you'll leave that ship so early. Take a look at this great selection of Dining options at Disney Springs to see what feels right for your family. Looking for a great Quick Service restaurant? You can't go wrong with Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs Marketplace. It's the Quick Service location that feels--and tastes--like a great Table Service location. (Breakfast Pizza and Corn Flake French Toast are FANTASTIC breakfast choices, but their Oven-roasted Salmon--and freshly brewed iced tea--are our lunch or dinner favs as well.) Another favorite restaurant--especially with kids--is the very cool T-REX.  If you are familiar with Rainforest Cafe, it's like that--but all dinosaur! (For dessert, order Chocolate Extinction; it's so fun AND delicious!) For a sweet treat, try Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop or grab a cupcake from the ATM (yes, a Cupcake ATM) at Sprinkles

    In addition to all of this, Disney Springs features bowling at Splitsville Luxury LanesAMC Movies at Disney Springs 24NBA Experience at Disney Springs, and The VOID: Step Beyond Reality (for Guests 10 and up). 

    There is just so much to do, you'll have a tough time choosing! :-)

    Have a wonderful cruise, Rachael, and a magical visit upon your return. 

    Send more questions as you think of them. We love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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