The multiyear revitalization of Disney Springs has transformed Walt Disney World’s former Downtown Disney into a glimmering outdoor promenade. And since it’s the only Disney-linked spot of its size that doesn’t require admission, a visit here is inevitable. While at its core, Springs is just a sprawling waterfront mall split into four pleasantly themed “neighborhoods,” it doubles as a culinary destination of its own, with a number of lively bars, impressive restaurants, and more than a few offerings from recognizable names. There’s plenty of shopping and entertainment to take in too, but you’re here for the corn dogs and cannoli sundaes.Read More
The 18 Best Things to Eat in Disney Springs, Florida
Where to find spicy kimchi ramen, fried chicken biscuit sandwiches, and cannoli sundaes in Disney’s new waterfront entertainment complex
1. Jaleo by José Andrés
Orlando, FL 32830
The fifth and largest location of the acclaimed activist chef’s restaurant boasts Spanish eats not at all minimized for a Disney audience. Sangria by the carafe, hand-carved jamon ibérico, and a rotating nightly paella selection balance out more modern takes on traditional dishes — like chicken croquettes served upon a Cinderella glass slipper “pillow.” No time to dine? Stop by the PEPE food truck around the corner for grab-and-go bocadillos and sangria.
2. Corn Dog at Fantasy Fare Food Truck
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
A crunchy exterior, soft filling, and the slightest hint of sweetness render Disney’s made-to-order corn dogs perfect. Disney Springs’s food trucks can be willy-nilly with their hours, but this one’s worth the extra effort. [Note: Map location is approximate.]
3. Misticanza at Maria & Enzo's Ristorante
Fresh, light, and simple, this vegetable medley of a salad is a welcome respite from heavy-duty theme-park fare.
4. Cannoli Sundae at Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar
This oversized Italian dessert piles cookie shells, fresh whipped cream, and pistachio and orange crumbles high atop cannoli gelato from Disney Springs’s Vivoli il Gelato, making for an over-the-top treat that boasts quality on par with its grandeur.
5. S’more at the Ganachery
Orlando, FL 32830
Watch your campfire classic get assembled to order behind the glass wall of this chocolate emporium, known for its assortment of artisanal squares. The free show is a sweet complement to the s’mores’ gooey vanilla marshmallow, melted chocolate, and sugar-dusted cinnamon graham — all made in house.
6. Thigh High Chicken Biscuits at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'
Helmed by Florida native and celebrity chef Art Smith, this always-packed Southern restaurant’s ultimate sampler is a trio of crispy chicken thighs served between crumbly cheddar biscuits.
7. Build-Your-Own Pizza at Blaze Pizza
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Blaze may be a nationwide fast-food chain, but this is Disney World, and after a week of paying too much for theme-park junk, you’ll cherish a fully customizable, made-to-order $10 pie.
8. Firecracker Shrimp at the Boathouse
The Boathouse’s massive waterfront eatery prides itself on pricey vacation fare — seafood towers, steaks, and a baked Alaska the size of Mickey’s head — but this plate of chile-topped, Sriracha mayo-coated fried shrimp is quickly becoming one of the all-time great Disney indulgences.
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9. Spicy Kimchi Ramen at Morimoto Asia Street Food
Considering it’s aimed at the mouse-house audience, the savory, salty bowl of freshly boiled noodles topped with strips of bulgogi, kimchi, and a soy egg is surprisingly great. Find it alongside other Japanese delights at the outdoor kiosk attached to Morimoto’s full-service restaurant.
10. Spare Ribs at Morimoto Asia
Forgo the in-park turkey legs — if you’re dying to eat a hunk of meat off the bone, hold out for this one. Braised in a spicy-sweet hoisin concoction and lightly fried, these tender pork ribs are served in quarter or half racks and are easily Morimoto Asia’s most raved-about dish.
11. A Scoop at Vivoli il Gelato
This decades-old family-run gelato shop operates two locations — one in Florence and one here. Not only is the creamy gelato ideal for Florida temperatures, where soft serve tends to liquify in the sun, but traditional flavors like almond, Italian coffee cake, and cream custard are a welcomedbreak from other sugary scoops around town.
12. Crispy Mac and Cheese Bites at Wine Bar George
These little drops of heaven, stuffed with mascarpone, Havarti, fontina, and pecorino and fried with a spicy jalapeno cracker crust, are confoundingly delicious.
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13. Ger’s Bread and Butter Pudding at Raglan Road Irish Pub
The thick, dense bread arrives a bit plain, but once the pourable sides of vanilla creme Anglaise and homemade butterscotch soak in, it’s transformed into a fluffy sugar pile that’s nothing short of heavenly.
14. Cheeseburger at D-Luxe Burger
From the greasy, crispy-edged patties — a blend of Angus chuck, short rib, and brisket, served medium — to the buttery toasted Parker House bun, it’s simply the best burger you’re likely to find on Disney property. Fork over a few extra bucks for the fresh-cut fries, which grant access to a line-up of dipping sauces.
15. Pecan Pie Bar at Frontera Cocina
Adapted from his own grandmother’s recipe, chef Rick Bayless’s dense chocolatey mini-pie comes drowned in a tower of Mexican vanilla soft serve and chocolate sauce.
16. Lobster Corn Dogs at Paddlefish
These sweet chile aioli-dunked delights are perfectly breaded and packed with plump, steaming-hot pieces of lobster — the only complaint you’ll have is that there aren’t more in each order.
17. Gideon’s Chocolate Chip Cookie at the Polite Pig
Delivered daily to Disney Springs from Orlando’s massively popular Gideon’s Bakehouse, each half-pound hunk of chocolate chips glued together with soft dough is a decadent marvel so hefty, servers warn not finish it all at once.
18. Tea Time Petit Cake at Amorette's Patisserie
The Disney-owned pastry shop Amorette’s Patisserie offers frilly treats you wouldn’t expect from a theme-park shopping district, like the sweet lemon jelly, citrus curd, and Italian buttercream layers of this passion fruit fondant-covered green-tea cake. Tip: Allow it to warm up in Orlando’s natural humidifier (aka outside) for a few moments before biting in.
19. Dole Whip at Marketplace Snacks
Orlando, FL 32836
Served unceremoniously as “pineapple soft serve” in a white plastic cup, this is the real deal, even if they can’t quite call it by name.