Lake Buena Vista

Its name means “good view” in Spanish, and for very good reason. But this picturesque corner of Florida inspires more than just vacant stares.

The history of Lake Buena Vista only takes us back to the 1970s. In reality, its history is even more recent than that, as it was created to be a town of the future. Today, Lake Buena Vista isn’t quite the monorail-filled metropolis it set out to be, but it still inspires the imagination of all generations with its cool concert venues, creative restaurants, and Disney-themed shopping experiences.

As one of two Florida municipalities owned by the Walt Disney Company, it’s no surprise that Lake Buena Vista is almost all-Disney, all the time. Disney execs originally planned the area as a place where residents could do their daily errands in futuristic-looking “people-movers” (no drivers required). This vision never came true, but in its place, a world-famous travel destination emerged.

Lake Buena Vista (the area) and Lake Buena Vista (the actual lake – confusing, we know) are not safe for swimming but don’t leave your swimsuit at home because most hotels have pools. If you don’t want to get wet hop in a boat shaped like a car to cruise down the waterways.

Ready to splash the cash? Boutique Disney shops are here for you, selling merchandise you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Or save your money and simply listen to the sounds of the music being piped through hidden speakers while basking in the sunshine.

When it’s time to eat, grab a taco from some trendy food trucks at Disney Springs or sit down for an adventurous dinner within an animated rainforest or prehistoric dwelling. Heads up – there’s no guarantee you’ll finish your meal without a booming indoor thunderstorm, but it’s all part of the fun. Finish off with some red velvet cupcakes from the local bakery, then sip on a mocktail while watching a gorgeous Florida sunset over the lake.

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