Disney Springs, Walt Disney World’s shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, underwent a huge expansion in 2016. While not a theme park, it is arguably now a destination worthy of at least a half day (or longer!) visit. On my last trip to Disney World, we went to Disney Springs twice. I revisited two of my favorite shops, and added a new favorite to my list.
Japanese fashion retailer UNIQLO operates more than 1800 stores worldwide, but only a handful are located in the United States. I have never been to any of their other stores, but if the one in Disney Springs is any indication, they are well worth a trip. The Orlando location manages to sell trendy yet affordable clothing, most with a Japanese edge to it that my tweenagers love. They also have a handful of traditional Japanese items. But to my mind the best thing that they carry is unusual and inexpensive casual Disney clothing, including Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar items. Most t-shirts are under $20, and they often have sales or specials for under $10. The best thing is these aren’t like the items you’ll see elsewhere on property.
This shop has actually been at Disney Springs for a few years, dating back to pre-expansion days. Billing itself as a “fresh, fragrant, and fun way to pamper yourself,” Basin is only found in two locations, Disney Springs and the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. (A higher-end sister shop, Basin White, is in the Grand Floridian.)
All Basin items are cruelty and chemical free, and formulated specially for their customers. What I love about this place (aside from the heavenly smell) is that they offer one-of-a-kind, Disney-themed (and non-Disney) items that you can’t find anywhere else. They make the perfect gift; we often combine several items to create a luxurious spa basket.
Favorite items here include the soaps, which are sold by weight (generally $1.70 per ounce). They change out seasonally, so there is always something new. Lest you think that bath items are all feminine, they also carry pirate, gator, and sports-themed soaps, too.
Bath bombs are also a coveted item in our household; they are $4.99 each, or 3 for $12. The bombs that emit Mickey heads when dissolved make a great gift. Basin also sells bath salts, shampoo, conditioner, body scrubs, body butters, shave cream, and many other fresh facial products. If you see something you like that’s Disney-themed, make sure you snag it – they don’t ship these products (although their website does ship their other bath and body items).
Diva Tip: Basin offers annual pass, Disney Vacation Club, and military discounts.
The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane
Located in the trendy Marketplace Co-op at Disney Springs, the Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane is a pop up-type shop that returned late this summer with a stunning collection of mid-century inspired dresses and accessories based on park attractions and characters.
When I was there in August, the selection included Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Tower of Terror, Minnie Mouse, Orange Bird, and It’s a Small World dresses and accessories, among others.
These are not gaudy, in-your-face type items, rather they are subtle and tasteful. These would be perfect for Dapper Day or Disneybounding. The prices for the dresses range in the $100-$160 range, and the sizes run from XS to 3X.
If you see something you like at this store, it’s best to grab it – while a few of the accessories (like some of the Dooney Bourke or Vera Bradley purses) might be found elsewhere, the majority of items are only found here. And while I have seen a couple of the dresses on the Disney Parks app, they usually either say that they are sold out or “in-store purchase only.”
Diva Tip: A passholder discount applies to select regularly-priced merchandise.
These are my current favorite shops at Disney Springs…what are yours?
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