La Nouba, the Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs, runs every night but Sunday and Monday at 6 and 9 p.m. I recommend making a night of it, enjoying all that Disney Springs has to offer either and after the show, or even both.
I recently saw La Nouba, which has two brand new acts. Read my full review here, and go here for my top five tips. I also hit two of my favorite four night spots after the show. Read more about those spots below so you’ll know where to start or continue the party when you head to La Nouba at Disney Springs yourself. Remember, parking is free, and it’s even more convenient with a brand new parking garage, as well as surface parking near La Nouba.
Raglan Road is a rollicking Irish pub and eatery with so much entertainment that it needs two stages; you’ll find one indoors and one out in the patio area. It offers a menu packed with Irish favorites if you plan to visit for dinner, appetizers if you want something lighter, and a bar with an impressive beer and specialty drink selection if you want to start the party before your La Nouba show or continue it into the night. Once the Cirque du Soleil performance is over, head to Raglan Road for more music and dancing, all served up with a flair from the Emerald Isle. The video shows entertainment from the annual Great Irish Hooley in September, but bands and dancers are there nightly throughout the year.
Morimoto Asia is Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant at Disney Springs. If you’re wondering whether Chef Morimoto has any hands-on involvement, the video shows him carving tuna at the restaurant’s grand opening. He was just there for the festivities; he’s returned to the eatery several times since its debut, and his hands-on approach shows in the food quality.
Morimoto Asia offers full meals and accepts reservations. If you’d like to do something a little more casual, head upstairs to the Forbidden Lounge. It’s open nightly until 2 a.m., so it’s a perfect stop after La Nouba, especially if you went to the late show. The Forbidden Lounge features sake, beer, and specialty drinks, sushi, dim sum, and a variety of small bites. If you stop by over the weekend, you’ll also enjoy entertainment from magician and psychic.
The food is insanely good at The Boathouse which, as its name implies, has a premium waterfront location. Opt for steak or seafood and I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you’re there with a group, the massive baked Alaska is a treat on a par with the Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream, although thankfully not quite as massive.
You can dine here before or after La Nouba, but I recommend coming beforehand to add a unique experience to your meal. Not only is The Boathouse a premiere Disney Springs dining location, but it’s also home to the Ampibicars, a fleet of cars that run on land and in the water, as you can see in the video. The dock is adjacent to the restaurant, so you can head out on an aquatic tour, then head inside to dine. Only 4,000 were ever built, are very few of these classic cars are left, so I highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity to ride in a piece of 1960s nostalgia.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is a hot spot for snacks and drinks right out on the waterfront. Jock was Indiana Jones’s intrepid pilot, and now he’s got his very own Disney Springs bar and eatery with a Disney level of theming. Jock’s doesn’t take reservations; it’s first come, first served. It serves appetizer/small bite-type options, which you’ll hear described in the video, as well as decadent adult beverages. It’s a fun place to meet up before La Nouba if you’re going with a group; order up several appetizers for sharing. It’s also a great spot to while away the night after you see the show.