Have Your Disney Shopping Habits Changed At Disney Springs?

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Have Your Disney Shopping Habits Changed At Disney Springs?

When Downtown Disney underwent its transformation into Disney Springs it was a somewhat controversial move. Many people didn't think that Disney should have added the big luxury brand stores into the mix and felt like it just turned the area into a big shopping mall. Personally, I was thrilled with the additions because I don't live in an area that I get to visit those types of stores. Sue we have a mall where I live, but it's pretty small and doesn't carry high end goods like you can get in big cities. That being said, I don't think my shopping habits at Disney Springs have really changed. I browse the high end stores, but where I'm spending my souvenir money is still Tren-D, World of Disney, and Once Upon a Toy.

I'm wondering if your shopping habits have changed? Are you buying from the high end retailers? Have the sorts of souvenirs that you bring home become different?

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We don't even look in the high end stores. Everything we've bought in the last several trips has been pretty much been from the usual DTD stores - the Christmas Shoppe, WoD, Goofys Candy, Pin Traders, etc.

But I will say our eating has changed a bit with DS - Blaze Pizza is a staple, Morimoto's was awesome and D-Luxe Burger was great. But we also still hit up EoS regularly.

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We don't go into the high end stores. I've never heard of most of them and they don't interest me. We just shop around the marketplace area and that's about it.
I enjoy walking around Disney Springs, I just don't go into those shops.

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I don't spend a lot if time there, even before the change. If I do go, it's to eat. I look in the store but don't usually buy anything.

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Yes and no. I'm not a big retail shopper (I do most of my shopping online at home), so I think my shopping has changed since Disney Springs in that I spend a lot more time in the shops in general then I ever used to. I love Uniqlo, Tren-D, Disney Style, Disney Corner, etc. and could easily spend a day shopping at Disney Springs now where I would never have been interested before. The only time I've been in the high end shops though was on the girls' trip I took in April and that was because some of my friends wanted to. I didn't buy anything and honestly barely looked around the stores we went in.

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Our shopping habits have not changed. We have 4 malls within 20 miles of us. Even the smallest is much bigger than Disney Springs. The largest of the 4 has a lot of high end stores and brings people from miles away for shopping. We however have not been to that mall in years either. With all of that shopping available at home we do not shop for anything that is not a Disney while in Disney. I do think Disney Springs is fun to walk around. We still enjoy the older stores. And honestly so far the only new restaurant we have returned to is the Boathouse. We have tried several others but I have not been thrilled with them. Some were down right disappointing. We still want to try a few more of the newer ones though.

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I like to look around but man the prices. I would rather spend my hard earned money on Disney merch rather than stuff I can get in DT CHarleston at the same DS prices. Or wine at Wine Bar George I could spend all my money there...

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scrappy wrote:
And honestly so far the only new restaurant we have returned to is the Boathouse. We have tried several others but I have not been thrilled with them. Some were down right disappointing. We still want to try a few more of the newer ones though.

That's a bummer to hear! We've tried a bunch of new places at Disney Springs and so far the only one I thought was less then stellar was D-Luxe Burger and I'm thinking we just had an off day because everyone else seems to love it. We thought Polite Pig, Blaze, Morimoto Asia, Frontera Cocina, Homecomin', Enzo's Hideaway, Wine Bar George, BB Wolfs, Daily Poutine, Jock Lindsey's, and The Edison were all awesome. Disney Springs is hands down my favorite place in WDW to eat.

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Allie wrote:
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And honestly so far the only new restaurant we have returned to is the Boathouse. We have tried several others but I have not been thrilled with them. Some were down right disappointing. We still want to try a few more of the newer ones though.

I think that I would be happy forever if I couldn't eat anywhere by at Disney Springs the rest of my life. Polite Pig, & Homecomin' I'm not too sure I would ever get tired of these two spots. But if I did it would be because I wanted Italian or Mexican food and that is covered too.

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Joe and i stopped in to check out UN IQLO today and were pleasantly surprised. They had some neat Disney t-shirts for men, women and kids for $14.90. They were out of the size of the one I wanted so maybe next time, now that I know what they have!

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I got some last trip.

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JeffC wrote:
Joe and i stopped in to check out UN IQLO today and were pleasantly surprised. They had some neat Disney t-shirts for men, women and kids for $14.90. They were out of the size of the one I wanted so maybe next time, now that I know what they have!

Love Uniqlo! They have such original designs and are SO reasonably priced!

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Allie wrote:
Love Uniqlo! They have such original designs and are SO reasonably priced!

What Allie said!!! It's really the only place on property that if you have lost your luggage you can go to get everything you need at a reasonable price. So much love for that. Though they did used to sell ukata (casual wear kimono) at $40 for a set and they don't do that any more, which made my daughter very sad.

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Design-a-Tee in the Marketplace has closed or is closing as of this weekend, I believe.

And, Lovepop, the 3D card maker, is coming to the Marketplace some time this fall. I remember seeing them on Shark Tank a while back.

https://www.lovepopcards.com

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I remember them from Shark Tank too! I hope they will have special Disney cards. muchlove

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I hope they will have special Disney cards. muchlove

Me too!!! Especially if they have a Haunted Mansion one!! yeah

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Oohh, I see on their website they already have a Star Wars collection.

https://www.lovepopcards.com/pages/starwars?utm_source=314743&utm_medium=ShareASale&utm_content=903169&utm_campaign=direct_cards

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Cool! They also have a Steamboat and a Viking ship. The skylines are cool. I bet they will do a WDW 4 Parks type skyline card. I would love to have one of those.