Disney Springs (Buena Vista, FL, 2018)
Matthew 28:19-20: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
It was our very first experience in Disney Springs. We aren’t huge “Disney people” so we went in a bit skeptical, concerned that we’d be Mickey & Minnie-d out. But we ended up being surprised by some wonderful experiences, from a discounted (adorable!) character breakfast to one of the best Italian meals of our life. Follow us as we sprang into action at Disney Springs!
We were spending the weekend in Disney Springs for the Trinity Fitness Conference, a conference for our gym’s ten year anniversary. We owe so much to Trinity Fitness, both for our spiritual and physical growth over the past three years.
And so, before anything else, we focused on fellowship with our fellow trainers and their families and learning more about The Great Commission. We were encouraged to spring into action after the conference, by helping to disciple others and share our fifteen-second testimony with people that we meet.
It was a wonderful time of togetherness with our dear friends!
We stayed at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, an official Walt Disney World hotel, which offered us walking distance to Disney Springs’ shops, dining and entertainment options.
The hotel was clean, offering comfy beds and a great place to unwind after busy days of being out of the room. While the decor and rooms were simple, the staff were accommodating and kind, always greeting us with huge smiles.
The hotel had lots of Disney character and even offered an authentic Disney shop in the lobby. Griffin was just a little excited about his new souvenir.
But the very best part of all about the hotel was their Sunshine BreakfastTime, a Disney Character breakfast offered on-site. What a wonderful experience this character breakfast was! In cost comparison to a similar breakfast, we saved over $60 for our family and were able to have quality one-on-one time with Pluto & Goofy.
If you’re visiting Disney and have interest in an affordable character breakfast, this is a must!
Oh, the options are endless for walking around Disney Springs! Bring some comfy sneakers and be prepared to spend hours walking into and out of shops. There are also impressive and unique small walk-up stands available, such as a stand of unique gifts for those who are left-handed. Ha!
If exploring with young kids, be prepared to do some carrying or bring along a stroller. Also, if you have time, pack your bathing suits as there is an area where kids can cool off in a splash pad.
Be sure to take a stroll in the evenings, so you can discover some of Disney Springs’ very best entertainment options, too.
If you’re visiting Disney Springs, be prepared to eat! The kids selected our first choice, T-Rex Cafe. This dining option was a little boy’s paradise, equipped with moving T-rexs and a sensor-motion light show. It was hard to eat over the noise and commotion, but we know that this will be a long-lasting memory for our dinosaur-loving gentlemen.
Our next restaurant choice was child’s play (see what I did there?) compared to our dinner selection. We were thrilled to find a gem amongst all of the restaurants in Disney Springs called Enzo’s Hideaway. This Roman-inspired Italian restaurant offers a speakeasy feel with its location being under a tunnel in Disney Springs.
We were whisked away to this romantic eatery and were literally salivating over their delicious drinks and pasta dishes. Should we return to Disney Springs, our first stop will be Enzo’s Hideaway.
The children enjoyed a three-course meal consisting of spaghetti and meatballs, fruit salad and ice cream while Logan and I split their signature dish: Nonna’s Pasta. Nonna’s Pasta contains meatballs, sausage and braised beef in penne with a homemade sauce. We felt like we were having dinner in Italy.
Now, most of you know by now that we’re a big LEGO® family and so we were just a little excited that Disney Springs has their very own store! The kids built their heart away and got to race mock cars with other kids. Landon also enjoyed picking out his souvenir here.
Trek Difficulty Level: (1): From Nocatee, FL, Disney Springs is a straight shot down I95S, arriving there in just at two hours. Parking is easy at Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, too, as they provide affordable valet service for $15+tax/night.
Trek Budget: $400; for a family of four to stay at Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista and to experience the restaurants we experienced, I’d say about $400 for two nights total. The Character Breakfast was super affordable, with adults paying $26.95+tax, children 4+ paying $12.95+tax and children 3 under being free. At Disney World Character Breakfasts, children 3 and up are charged.
3 Trek Must-Dos:
- Please, please, please eat at Enzo’s Hideaway. You will not be disappointed.
- Try to make the gold statue laugh along the streets of Disney Springs. He isn’t an actual statue after all 😉
- Book your trip around Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista’s Sunshine BreakfastTime, as they are only open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Plus, bring your camera for several photo-ops with Goofy & Pluto!
Landon’s Trek Tip (age 5.5): “Be sure to eat the Mickey waffles!”
Griffin’s Trek Tip (age 3): “Give Pluto a hug”
xo, The Jameses do Disney Springs
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