We spent several weeks camping close to Orlando, and we felt we wanted to experience Disney without spending a small fortune. The theme parks are so expensive now, and we’ve been to them many times in the past.
Disney Springs (formerly called Downtown Disney) is the perfect way to get the feel of a Disney park without the cost. There are shops, restaurants and bars, stage shows, a carousel, even a hot air balloon ride. The night life is lively and fun, with kid-friendly dancing and live performers throughout the town. There is so much to do here that we came back a second day.
After exploring the streets of Disney Springs, we hopped on a boat and cruised over to several Disney resorts, and the next day took a bus to a couple more We really enjoyed the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Got up close and personal with a family of giraffes.
Disney makes it easy and fun to get from one of their properties to another, and the transportation is all free.