Disney Springs is the renovation project of the former Downtown Disney, and many new stores, restaurants, and activities have been added to entertain every member of the family regardless of age.
If you think that kids couldn’t possibly enjoy a location void of attractions and characters, you may be underestimating the amazing area that is Disney Springs.
Here are ten free activities for the whole family in Disney Springs.
1. Potato Head Assembly
Everyone loves playing with Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head! Once Upon a Toy gives you the opportunity to create virtually endless variations of potato heads with a ton of parts and accessories dispensed from a huge tower in the middle of the store. The best part is you can create all you want then set the creation down and walk away. If your child really likes his creation, though, you can absolutely purchase the potato and all of the accessories!
2. T-Rex Dig Site
Inside the T-Rex Restaurant is a dig site full of small pebbles and buried dinosaur bones. You don’t even have to be dining in the restaurant to play! They’ll get a brush and be given the opportunity to excavate the bones. It’s like a big sandbox!
3. Lego Brick Pit
The Lego store not only allows but encourages guests to come in and play without being obligated to make a purchase. There are literally thousands of bricks to play with, and you’re free to create whatever you want as long as it stays in the store. If you want to play outside, you can build a racecar then test it out on the track!
4. Rainforest Birds
At various times throughout the day, Cast Members will stand outside of the Rainforest Café with beautiful tropical birds. They’ll tell spectators about the bird’s life in the rainforest and other interesting facts about the rainforest. There’s also a fun animatronic crocodile to the side of the entrance that kids love to watch.
5. Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Sample
Who doesn’t love free chocolate? You can get some just by walking into the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop!
6. Basic Scrub Station
If your skin is feeling a little dry, stop by Basin. There’s a huge bank of sinks with a variety of scrubs available to try for free. Adults love this, but it can be particularly enjoyable for teenage girls who may think they’re “too old” for Disney World.
7. Squirting Stitch
World of Disney may be one of the largest Disney merchandise store on earth, and even the outside can draw a crowd. There’s a giant Stitch above the entrance who randomly spits on guests. While this may not sound very appealing to adults, the kids go wild!
8. Marketplace Splash Pad
Just inside the entrance of the Marketplace section is a fun water feature. Let’s face it: kids love to get wet and play in water especially on hot days in Florida. This splash pad shoots streams of water randomly into the air from underground fountains. Be sure to bring a change of clothes because the whole family will probably be wet when this experience is over!
If you visit at night, look for the hidden Mickey!
9. Boat Rides
If you need a break from the excitement, hop aboard one of the ferries that go between some of Disney’s resort hotels and Disney Springs. You can visit or just ride past Disney’s Port Orleans Resort including Riverside and French Quarter, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. Feel free to hop off at any one of these resorts and explore! They all offer a unique theme.
10. Dance Parties
Everyone loves to dance to their favorite tunes! On select nights, a DJ spins the proverbial records while you boogie all night. This is especially popular (and entertaining) with the toddler-aged group!
What is your favorite free activity at Disney Springs?