The Best Free Things To Do With Kids At Disney Springs
It’s no secret that a Walt Disney World Vacation cost a lot of money and take diligent planning. After spending money on airfare, hotels and park tickets…you may want to know how to spend a day that is a little lighter on the wallet. This is why I LOVE Disney Springs ( or Downtown Disney as many of us still like to nostalgically refer to it)!
Even locals like us love to enjoy a casual afternoon meandering around the Springs. Sure, they re-vamped it with increased shopping and restaurants, much of which is higher end. But with free parking and no admission fees, it is an affordable way to breathe in some Disney magic without splurging on a Disney park ticket. The Springs is one of my favorite spots to take my kids because of the number of free activities available to enjoy.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly day at Walt Disney World without a park ticket, here are some recommendations for fun, free things to do with kids at Disney Springs.
Build and Race At The Lego Store
Lego is so iconic and probably the numero uno toy in my house. My family considers it a treat to just go inside this store.
You can kill a ton of time at The Lego Store without actually purchasing a thing.
There are multiple Lego and Duplo stations throughout the store for kids to enjoy, photo ops with Disney figures made out of Lego and amazing Lego creations on display ( including my favorite…Cinderella’s Castle made out of Legos).
But the real highlight is the ability for kids to participate in Lego car races outside.
This generally is only happening on nice days and I haven’t seen it occur as much in the evening, but if you are there on a nice day in the afternoon, expect a crowd of kids in this play area and take part in the fun.
Have an Impromptu Photo Session
Grab a camera and have an impromptu photo shoot! Disney Springs has so many fun statues, walls and fun spots to take a picture!
Build a Lightsaber…
This might be Josiah’s favorite. You don’t have to buy the lightsaber, but he enjoys heading into the Star Wars store and building one.
Or a Mr. Potato Head.
There is no shortage of accessories that kids can play with at Once Upon a Toy to build their perfect Mr. Potato Head.
You can obviously purchase your creations to take home, but fiddling in the store is free.
Wash Your Hands At Basin
So, this may be more for mama. But, my kids enjoy it, too.
Basin has a huge set of sinks in the middle of their store where guests can try out some of their amazing scrubs in delectable scents. We always try to go in to wash our hands.
Can’t get to Basin? Check out this cool post on how to make your own Basin-like DIY sugar scrub from my Disney blogger gal pal Erin.
Get a Free Sample at Ghirardelli
Sometimes when you walk by the Ghirardelli store, they are handing out free samples. If they are not outside, you may get lucky if you quickly pop inside.
Watch Them Make Chocolate at The Ganachery ( and Candy Apples at the Candy Cauldron)
Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?
My kids love watching the chocolatiers at the Ganachery make candies and see the apple confections being made at The Candy Cauldron.
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You can view the Candy Cauldron from the outside window.
At the Ganachery, you have to step inside. It smells amazing in there… so not a hardship.
Take A Boat Ride
Sure, you can rent one of the cool amphicars near the Boathouse at Disney Springs, but it’s $125 which just isn’t an everyday thing for us. ( It’s totally on my Disney #bucketlist, though!)
As an affordable alternative, simply tool around on the free water ferry. My kids always love taking the boat. It’s a fun, free way to be outside and get great views of Disney springs.
FYI, Different docks head to different locations.
You can either go from one side of Disney Springs to the other or (and my personal favorite) catch a ferry to go resort-hopping at the Disney Springs resorts. You are able to access both Port Orleans Resort, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs
Check Out Live Entertainment
It seems to be around every corner at Disney. Solo musicians, dance troupes, school choirs abound for free, live entertainment. You can check out Irish dancers at Raglan Road or catch small bands playing in the corner areas of various restaurants.
Search For Hidden Mickeys
Yep. You can find hidden Mickeys all over at Disney Springs! There are a bunch in World of Disney and (spoiler alert) Josiah appreciated finding one in the ceiling.
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P.S. If you or your kids are into look and find, Hidden Mickeys can be a blast to look for throughout your vacation! Pack an updated field guide for your trip!
Meet the famous Coca-Cola Polar Bear
This is such a fun, free meet and great that is always available at Disney Springs.
You can find him on the second floor of the coke store.
Once you go into the entry, take an immediate right and you’ll be in the line. Sometimes we have to wait a few minutes for them to open again, but it’s generally never a lengthy wait.
Jessie adores the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, so stopping by to say hi to him is frequently on our list. She always has to give him a kiss on the nose.
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If in the midst of this fun, you find you are getting hungry and need a quick nosh, Blaze Pizza is an affordable option that my kids love!
Have you been to Disney Springs? What’s your favorite, budget-friendly activity?
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