Planning a trip to Walt Disney World and looking for free Downtown Disney activities? These 10 suggestions are bursting with fun and are all absolutely FREE!
Top 10 FREE Downtown Disney Adventures
As Florida Residents, we’ve spent a huge amount of time exploring all Disney has to offer and the Downtown area is one of our favorite places to relax and enjoy some extra magic! My kiddos look forward to visiting there and it’s a good way to get a Disney “fix” when you’re not able to visit the actual parks. Here are our top 10 Free Downtown Disney Adventures:
Race Lego cars at the Lego Imagination Center
Join the fun and build your very own speedster from among the thousands of bricks provided and then race opponents on a unique race track to see who can create the fastest, most creative vehicle! With bins of bricks and a full area to build in, young and old can let their imagination run wild in the well shaded areas outside of the Lego retail store. Be sure to stroll through the store to see the incredible Lego builds and one of a kind displays, there are tons of great photo opps!
Dig For Fossils At The T-Rex Restaurant
It’ll be hard to miss the giant volcano that the T-Rex Restaurant is housed inside. Even if you’re not dining at the establishment, be sure to take a stroll into the store and take a peek at the fun decor and animatronic dinosaurs. Also, tucked in the east corner is a gravel pit, full of fossils and bones for your little paleontologist to discover. This fun dig site is free of charge, well shaded, and a great place to let the kids dig and explore, all while sneaking in a science lesson.
Become A Princess In A Magic Mirror
Located near the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside The World of Disney store is a magic mirror that will transform your little darling into a Disney princess! Along the back wall you’ll find a full length mirror that will capture your diva’s image and then magically outfit her in gowns befitting a Disney princess! Have your camera ready so you can capture your princess dressed as Cinderella, Rapunzel, or her favorite princess! Makes a great souvenir photo and a fun experience for all ages!
See A Performance
The Disney Marketplace Stage is host to thousands of talented young people from around the world each year. Performances in dance, music, and more are offered daily featuring some of the best and brightest talent, absolutely free of charge. Grab a frozen lemonade and cool off with a beautiful lake view while watching fabulous bands, troupes, and vocalists.
The Ghirardelli Soda Shoppe makes some of the best ice cream sundaes you’ll find and they also offer their famous chocolate squares for free to visitors at the retail store. Stop by a sample that day’s flavor, it’s a sweet pick me up for sure!
Visit The Rainforest
The Rainforest Cafe is another themed restaurant full of photo opportunities and fun sites! Even if you’re not dining, be sure to take a stroll through the store and bar area to see amazing aquariums and experience the animals.
Play In The Water Fountains
Located right near Once Upon A Toy, the splash pad area is perfect for cooling off and chasing water streams, all while the adults catch their breath on a shaded bench. Letting the little ones frolic in the water may wear them out enough that an afternoon nap will be in order…BONUS!
Downtown Disney is full of unique items and the well designed windows are no exception! Strolling around and discovering the beautiful displays, especially near any of the holidays, can be a pleasant experience with lots of photo opps.
Be a Kid In A Toy Store
Be sure to visit Once Upon A Toy for a great selection of nostalgic toys and current favorites, including interactive game areas where kids and adults can play before you pay! Try out your toys before you purchase them to make sure it’s what you’re looking for! Special favorites include the Mr. Potato Head Barwhere you can assemble a customized potato head kit, a Star Wars light saber building area where you create a personalized weapon, or a droid building platform where young Padawans assemble their own robot sidekicks.
Join A Dance Party
Disney hosts a DJ led Kid’s Dance Party each evening from 7p-10p, weather permitting, at the Marketplace outdoor stage. Kid friendly musicians lead games, activities, and more to entertain the younger set while parents relax in the spacious amphitheater. High energy and full of excitement, this party is a hit with all ages and a fun way to end your day with more Disney magic!
If you’re looking for more tips on making your trip fabulous, be sure to check out our 10 Ways To Survive Disney In The Summer. Even if you’re not visiting June-August, remember the heat in Florida or Summer, happens 8 months out of the year! 😉
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