On September 29th, 2015, Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney shopping center was officially changed to Disney Springs. The reason for the change was to make Disney World’s outdoor shopping mall more “family-friendly.” However, Disney Springs still isn’t the most entertaining place in Disney World for kids to visit. Why? Well, because when kids think of Disney World, they probably think of rides, characters, and junk food. And while you can definitely find junk food at Disney Springs, characters and rides are pretty scarce. So, today I am going to give you a list of things you can do at Disney Springs-with your kids- that will keep them having fun, even if they’re not a park.
1: Marketplace Carousel
The Marketplace Carousel (Hey, I said rides in Disney Springs were scarce, not non-existent) is one of the only rides in Disney Springs. This is really just a normal carousel, with nothing too special about it. There is a cost of $2 per ride, but to make a bored kid happy, it’s probably worth it.
2: Marketplace Train Express
The Marketplace Train Express is an any height, all ages attraction, but I would recommend only having little kids ride. Once again, you do have to pay around $2 per ride so if you are planning on letting your kid ride this, or the Marketplace Carousel, then I would bring some extra cash.
3: Marketplace Fun Fountains
The Marketplace Fun Fountains are located right by the entrance to The Marketplace area, right next to Bibiddi Bobbidi Boutique, The VOID, and Earl of Sandwich. These foutains can be a fun place for your kids to play in, and cool down on a hot Florida day, (which is quite often). Just keep in mind that your child WILL get soaking wet after running throught the foutains for a few minutes, so maybe don’t visit the fountains if you have a dinner reservation immediately after. Some days though, the foutains won’t be running if it is too cold outside. (Not very often)
4: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
My family visited the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Springs back in 2016, and we had a great experience. While the makeovers there may not exactly be cheap, I think it’s worth the price, and that every little kid deserves to feel like they’re a charcater in a fairy tale at least once in their life. The cheapest princess makeover package at BBB is The Crown Package, and the price starts at $69.95 plus tax. The most expensive makeover for princesses is The Princess Signature Dress Collection, which starts at, (make sure you’re sitting down) $450.00 plus tax. There are two makeover packages for boys, or “knights,” and those are The Knight Package, (starting at $19.95 plus tax) and The Deluxe Knight Package (starting at $79.95 plus tax). Despite how pricey the experience can be, I think the whole thing is cute, and I’m sure you will too as your kid is getting a princess or knight makeover from their fairy godmother. Although, this is an extremely popular experience, and a very hard reservation to get. So, make sure you get a reservation 180 days before you visit Disney Springs to guarentee that your kid will be able to get their Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeover.
5: The Coca-Cola Polar Bear Photo Op Experience
On the second floor of the Coca-Cola store located in the Town Center area, is the only meet and greet location in all of Disney Springs. (Other than Cinderella in World of Disney, and I can’t confirm that she is still meeting there). If your kids love meeting characters, than they will love meeting the big fluffy Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and taking a picture with him. The Coca-Cola Polar Bear meets from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m, but make sure you call the Coca-Cola store at (407) 560 0107 if you want to be sure of when he will be meeting.
6: Aerophile- The World Leader in Balloon Flight
Aerophile is the world’s largest hand painted helium balloon, that your family can take a flight in! All ages can come along this flight, and the cost is $20 per person for a 10 minutes flight for ages 10 and up, and $15 for ages 3-9. Kids 2 and under get on free. This is a unique experience for kids, and really anyone. Make sure you check the weather report before you decide you’re going to ride, because if the weather is bad, the balloon will not be taking guests on flights.
7: Vintage Amphicar & Italtian Water Taxi Tours
This one will really have your kids excited, especially if they love cars. (The actual vehicles, not the movie characters). You basically get to ride in a car… in the water! This is another pricey experience, that costs $125 per car (each car holds up to 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children) for a 25 minute ride. Although I know this would be something fun that kids who are bored of shopping could do, if you have more than 2 kids and 2 adults in your group, this could easily become a much more expensive experience. But in the end… how many times will you get to ride in a car in the water?
Okay, I’m aware that this sounds like a bland, lazy answer. But in my defense, kids can do pretty much anything else in Disney Springs. (Pretty much anything. Not everything). Kids can do the shopping at Disney Springs, but like I said earlier in the article, not every kid finds shopping interesting, especially when they’re not allowed to buy things. That’s exactly how I felt when I was younger. So, I hope you use this list of fun things you can do with your kids in Disney Springs the next time you visit!
“That’s the real problem with the world, too many people grow up.” – Walt Disney