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5/9/2018 | 2 MINUTE READ

On the Waterfront

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You may not have the time to tack on a full Disney vacation to your NPE trip, but what better way to reward yourself for a productive day networking and learning about the latest trends in the plastics industry than to pay a visit to Disney Springs after the show?

NPE2018 is finally here. The show is in full swing and brimming with the latest plastics innovations and tons of excitement. Yet, still you can’t help but feel the siren call of a certain cartoon mouse and you just can’t hold it back anymore. C’mon! Let it go! You’re in Orlando and you deserve a little bit of Disney.

You may not have the time to tack on a full Disney vacation to your NPE trip, but what better way to reward yourself for a productive day networking and learning about the latest trends in the plastics industry than to pay a visit to Disney Springs after the show?

Disney Springs is the themed shopping, dining and entertainment district of Disney. Previously known as Downtown Disney, the area has undergone major renovations during the past three years – a venture that resulted in the creation of 4,000 construction jobs and around 1,200 permanent roles.

“Visually, it feels like a brand-new destination,” says Darcy Clark, marketing manager for Disney Springs, “This is a beautiful, open-air retail, dining and entertainment complex that only Disney could dream up.”

Inspired by the historic architecture and natural beauty of Florida’s waterfront towns, Disney Springs is built around a bubbling spring that sets the tone for the entire promenade. You’ll find intimate boutiques, Disney-themed shops, the biggest brand name stores, and a wide array of dining and entertainment options – all inspired by the waterfront. Even if you don’t have much time, it’s a great way to experience a little bit of Orlando while you’re in town for NPE.

“If you have one night to spend at Disney Springs, treat yourself to an incredible meal!” says Darcy, “I’d suggest doing some research and booking early – with so many great choices so close to the convention site, you’ll want to make a reservation to get your top pick.”

There are several restaurants by celebrity and award-winning chefs including Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and Morimoto Asia featuring a Pan-Asian menu by Iron Chef Morimoto. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, you’ll also find plenty of great casual dining.

Disney Springs has tons of entertainment options to choose from including 25 live acts each night, a luxury bowling alley, the world’s largest tethered helium balloon ride, a 24-screen dine-in movie theatre and a Star Wars themed hyper-reality experience known as The VOID: Secrets of the Empire. And for night owls, Disney Springs offers a late-night scene Thursday through Saturday with many of the hottest venues offering food, drinks and entertainment until 2 a.m.

Worried about getting around? You don’t need to. It’s a small world, after all. Disney Springs is just a short drive from International Drive and the Convention Center. There’s no admission charge and parking is free. All the usual rideshare services are very familiar with the area and many hotels offer shuttles. For more information and a full list of venues, visit www.disneysprings.com.

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