We are all looking forward to life at Disney after the Coronavirus. We may immediately think of once again visiting the parks. There is much to see and do in Disney’s four theme parks and the two water parks! However, don’t stop there! There are more special experiences available beyond the park adventures!
Disney Springs is an entertainment, dining, retail market place and the home of the Cirque du Soleil.
A new show, “Drawn to Life”, is a collaboration among Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation, and Walt Disney Imagineering. It replaces “La Nouba”, the last performance of which was December 31st, 2017.
The show follows the story of Julie, the daughter of an animator. With the unexpected gift of an unfinished animation piece from her late father, she embarks on an inspiring quest. Through her journey, she learns to imagine new possibilities and animates her father’s story. The stage looks like a close-up animation desk with giant jars of pencils and other animation tools. The audience is transported into the world of Disney animation with new original acrobatic sequences, dazzling choreography, musical masterpieces, and whimsical characters.
Future performances are likely to be scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Prices range $99- $169 for ages 10 and up and $79- $135 for ages 3-9.
2 – AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24
In Disney Springs is a lavishly appointed big-screen theatre for enjoyment of the latest releases in total comfort. There are powerful images and sound technologies made possible by Dolby Cinema. A movie and blockbuster meal can be served at your seat in the cinema. Six of the 24 theatres offer a dine-in service where you can order food and cocktails. There is reserved seating with upgraded seats, a personal call button and seat-side table service. There’s also a supersized concession shop that features gourmet popcorn, pizza, chicken tenders and more. MacGuffins Bar and Lounge are at two locations: one adjacent to the dine-in theatres and the other is in the main theatre complex.
There’s never a bad time to see a movie especially in this unique theater, but it’s especially good for a rainy or chilly day!
Dine-in theatre guests must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult.
Splitsville is a 50,000 sq. ft. playspace of bowling, billiards, bars, and dining in Disney Springs. Return to the “Golden Age of Bowling” with two floors, 30 amazing lanes, and five bars. Splitsville also features live music and exceptional dining.
The bowling rates vary with the size of your party. One to two bowlers for one hour costs $15 per person during the week before 4 pm. Weekends and after 4 pm is slightly more. Three to four persons need 1 ¼ hour, five to six people bowl for 1 ½ hour and seven to eight need 1 ¾ hour.
Available at the lanes is hand-tossed pizza, burgers, sandwiches, sushi, and other dishes for the family served by the wait staff. The eclectic modern-retro menu choices are available in the indoor-outdoor restaurant. Non-alcoholic beverages as well as specialty cocktails, beer, and wine are available for guests 21 and older.
4- Miniature Golf
For the miniature golfer, there are two locations at Walt Disney World. Each location has two 18-hole courses with distinctive features.
The Walt Disney World Swan Hotel offers the Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf. Fantasia Gardens is perfect for families and beginner golfers. Putt your way through twirling obstacles, fanciful fountains and musical treats. Fantasia Fairways is the more challenging course and emphasizes skill over chance. Par 3 and par 5 holes range in length from 63 to 109 feet long. Be ready for sand traps, water hazards, and sloping greens. Book your tee time (407) 939-7529. Greens fees are $14 for adults and $12 for children (3-9 years).
Winter Summerland Miniature Golf near Blizzard Beach Water Park offers two 18-hole adventures. The Summer Course is a sand course with surfboards, sandcastles, and ornaments hanging from palm trees. Putt around peppermint striped inner tubes, snapping clam shells and a melting snowman. Sleeping Santa is buried in the sand. The Winter Course features Squirty the Snowman, giant peppermints, hockey sticks and the drawbridge of a melting castle. The summer and winter courses combine into one for the last few holes with a special message from Santa Clause on the 18th hole. This all costs $14 adult and $12 for a child (3- 9 years). Call for a tee time (407) 939-7529 at either the Summer Course or Winter Course.
What’s your favorite beyond-the-parks Disney adventure?