London, Paris, New York - Disney Springs? Why Disney's Vacation Shopping Destination Makes Sense

The construction projects at Downtown Disney continue on throughout 2015 as the shopping, dining, and entertainment district is reimagined and slowly becomes the new destination of - Disney Springs. As with any time Walt Disney World undergoes a major renovation to a classic part of the Resort, the changes at Downtown Disney have been met with controversy.

I'm all about taking advantage of all the activities that the vacation kingdom has to offer, and those non-Park days are just as important for travelers that want to kick back and relax. As a business it's a smart move by Disney to give their Guests quality shopping options on property where they can spend their vacation dollars. To do that they need to offer the activities people like most, and most people like to shop - in fact according to a study done by the Travel Industry Association of America, 63 percent of all travelers look forward to indulging in destination shopping. Of those surveyed, more than half declared that shopping was the primary or secondary reason for the trip.

Ahhhh - but this is Disney, and the new Disney Springs isn't just about destination shopping for travelers. With its AMC Movie Theater, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, and House of Blues Concert Venue and unique dining options like Wolfgang Pucks, Raglan Road, and The Boathouse, Disney Springs not only caters to out of town visitors, but gives local Florida residents a reason to make a quick trip to Downtown Disney a part of their daily lives. Upscale shopping with that laid back Disney vacation, why wouldn't anyone want to spend time there? I mean really - does your local mall have a margarita stand with waterside seating?

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Guests searching for that special Disney souvenir will still be able to enjoy unique Disney favorites like Goofy's Candy Co.,Tred D, The Marketplace Co- Op, Arribas Bros., and the gigantic World of Disney store - those aren't going away. Yet - the new Disney Springs gives those that don't live in major metropolitan centers the opportunity to shop at fun stores that carry high-end brands they've only heard of previously like Havianas, Sprinkles, Zara, Tommy Bahama, and The Edison.

Many of our readers have recently left comments for us, both here and on facebook, regarding the new high-end retailers moving in to Disney Springs not being unique enough for the venue. The feeling that they express is one of not wanting to do something that they can do at home, while on vacation. They say that because you can get those brands at other places, it makes them not vacation "worthy."

Disney Favorites Will Remain Giving The Marketplace It's Unique FlavorDisney Favorites Will Remain Giving The Marketplace It's Unique Flavor

I say - shop your little heart heart out! Many people in the United States and abroad, aren't lucky enough to live near these trendy high-end stores. For them, the adding bonus of being able to shop for trendy products while on their Disney vacation is an exciting prospect. Walt Disney World is a vacation destination for people from all walks of life, and from all over the globe. By offering a high-quality, diverse mix of fun entertainment, and high-end retailers, as well as fun and sophisticated restaurants, Disney provides experiences for families and convention-guests that can't always find them at home.

There are as many ways to enjoy Walt Disney World as there are people that pass under that famous arch, and I give a salute them all. Hit the Parks, relax in the spa, play some golf, eat around the world, or even just shop until you drop; it's all part of a fabulous Disney vacation.

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