Disney Spring Restaurant Reviews
Disney Springs or Downtown Disney as it used to be called has a wide variety of restaurants with many opening up in the next year as part of the Disney Springs changeover.
Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs has been a popular spot to eat since it's opening. In the past few years Rainforest Cafe has gone through some changes such as the addition of the Lava Lounge in 2013 which is a dining area right on the water. The restaurants volcano has had some work done to it and now errupts every hour. Like other Rainforest locations you can order salads, burgers, pizza, and desserts.
T-Rex is the sister restaurant to the Rainforest Cafe. They share the common owner Landry's. T-Rex is just as exciting as Rainforest for those little ones who love dinosaurs. Instead of thunderstorms T-Rex had meteor showers. The menu is similar to Rainforest Cafe. If your looking for a different dining experience give it a try. If you have a Landry's Select card you can skip the line just like at Rainforest Cafe.
Another meal choice at Disney Springs is Portobello's Italian Restaurant. I ate here for dinner in 2007 when my sister and I were looking for a last minute dinner. We had to wait 30 minutes but that was a short wait compared to the other restaurants in the area. The meal was average italian. Since I ate here I have read a lot of mixed reviews. Most of the food is rustic and not what most people are used to eating.
Planet Hollywood is a restaurant that a log ot people are familiar with. I ate here in 2005 for lunch. This year the resaurant will be going through some changes in 2015/16 to fit in more with Disney Springs and will no longer be circluar in shape. The food was average and little pricey so I never went back since there are better alternatives.
Disney Springs has a variety of quick service restaurants. A few of the popular choices are Ghirardelli and Erin McKenna Bakery.
Ghirardelli is a great stop for a quick chocolate fix. If you go into the gift shop you are given a free chocolate sample. On the restaurant side you can order a sundae or hot chocolate to go or you can sit down with it. During the summer season this shop is very busy so be prepared for long lines.
For anyone with a gluten allergy/intolerance/Celiac disease Babycakes was a godsend. Many people were saddened when it closed in it's previous location. Eric McKenna, the mind behind Babycakes, is back at Disney Springs with Erin McKenna Bakery. This is not only a bakery but you can also buy a small amount of baking supplies. At this bakery you find the delicious donuts that they had at Babycakes. I'm not gluten free but I still enjoy the food there. My sister, Kayte, has been gluten free for years. She loved Babycakes and now she loves Erin McKenna's Bakery just as much. We came to Downtown Disney the night we arrived so she could get some snacks and food for the mornings. I picked up some donuts to have for breakfast as well. The prices are a bit high but that is common with anything gluten free. You can still find some gluten free items from the bakery at Animal Kingdom and a few resort food courts.