Admittedly, we love hitting Disney Springs…but for us, it is generally an evening thing, or arrival day thing. Basically, we go when we wouldn’t otherwise be in the parks. Arrival day, for example, we generally are hitting Orlando mid-day, so we don’t want to waste a park day. Instead, we head to Disney Springs for a little pre-Disney Disney magic. We also sometimes hit it in an evening (when the atmosphere is at its best) when we’ve left a park early. We’ll grab a snack (Wetzel’s Pretzel, Slushy from Goofy’s, treats from Earl of Sandwich, etc) and just enjoy the ambiance.
Of course, in general, the top selling point is the World of Disney shop, which pretty much sells everything you can find in the various gift shops in the parks, as well as the Lego Store just to see the creations. For younger kids, there is a sidewalk fountain they can splash around in, as well as a couple EXTREMELY small rides meant for toddlers.
Of course, there is plenty more at DS. As mentioned, lots of food options, and unique shopping. (UNIQLO is a great place, for example, for getting Disney themed T-shirts and sweatshirts, among other things, at significantly cheaper prices.)
Now, if you are sacrificing park time just to make a trip to Disney Springs, it probably isn’t worth it. BUT, it is also a great place to end your trip if you want to hold off on your souvenir shopping to the final day and hit up World of Disney.