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While Disney Springs offers a lot of shopping, especially since its multi-year renovation, there is plenty of fun for kids, too. Check out these great ideas for things to do in Disney Springs with kids.
Disney Springs with Kids – Don’t Miss Experiences
1. Check out the candy stores
Both the Candy Cauldron and Goofy’s Candy Co. should keep the kids entertained for a bit. While the Candy Cauldron has a menu serving items such as caramel apples, marshmallow wands, and chocolate-dipped pineapple, Goofy’s Candy Co. is more your typical candy store where kids can bag their own and pay by the pound.
2. Pin trading
There’s a store dedicated to pin trading! Even though you can trade with cast members, there are also plenty of pins to purchase if you desire. We purchased a lanyard and a starter supply of Disney pins from Amazon before our trip.
Little K loves taking them to Disney and asking people to trade. Obviously, she is only in it to find pins she likes better than the ones she has. She isn’t into it to find rare trades, but it does keep her entertained.
3. Ride the Carousel
Who doesn’t love a ride on a merry-go-round? There are 16 beautiful hand-crafted horses along with two ornate carriages plus a spinning teacup. The cost is $3 per ride. Children under 42” are required to be supervised by an adult, but the adult does not have to pay. How cool is that!
4. Shop at World of Disney
Please don’t lose your kids in here! This store goes on and on and on. Everywhere you look, there is more Disney stuff. If you are looking for anything in particular, they will have it here. On the other hand, there is so much going on in this store, I have gotten a headache because it is overwhelming. Go figure!
5. Shop and play at the Lego Store
Yet another large store, but much more manageable. Scope out your favorite Lego edition and see all they have to offer. Or, if your kids prefer, head outside and build something. Sit down at the hands-on play tables and let your imagination soar.
Plus, don’t forget to view the large Lego displays outside the store. Last time we were there, there was a loch ness creature in the lagoon, Cindarella near the World of Disney store, the Lego Friends girls sitting on a bench and a huge replica of Woody and Buzz from Toy Story.
6. Get chocolate at Ghiradelli
The famous San Francisco chocolate and ice cream maker has a presence here in Disney Springs. Stop in at the store for a free sample of one of their chocolate squares. Or, opt for the full ice cream experience in their café. These sundaes are big enough to split. Grab a couple of spoons and people watch.
7. Have lunch at The Rainforest Café
Not sure why Little K always wants to go here rather than T-Rex. It could be all the animals inside the restaurant or the volcano that erupts every so often. The line is always long, so put your name on the waiting list as soon as you know you want to eat here.
8. Bowl at Splitsville Lanes
Who doesn’t love a fun game of bowling? This is especially good for those rainy or cold (yes, it can get cold in Orlando during the winter) days when no one wants to be outdoors long. Splitsville is an upscale family-friendly place offering retro bowling, billiards, and food. Did you know that more Americans bowl more than any other sport?
9. Build a light-saber
Enter the Star Wars Trading Post store and build your own lightsaber. Choose different colors and extensions. Yes – you can take them on airplanes! In fact, I saw two boys carrying them as we boarded to leave Orlando. Apparently, the TSA doesn’t classify them as illegal objects. You can pack them in your carry-on or your checked luggage.
10. Collect stickers
Admittedly, we did this for MANY years when Little K was between 3 and 7. Just look for the small Disney Vacation Club booths. The cast members have rolls of stickers to hand out. Just tell your son or daughter to go up to them and ask for a sticker. Often, they hand out at least 5 stickers per asking, sometimes quite a bit more. At one point, we had quite the collection. They were in every suitcase and carry-on.
Did you know that if you sign up for a tour you can score 3 free Fastpasses – each?
11. Play in the splash park
Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes if you (or your kids) get wet. No one wants to be walking around soaking wet. You know your kids will ask to do this if it’s hot outside. I resisted so many times, then finally gave in but only because I brought a change of clothes for Little K.
12. Take a train ride
Similar to the carousel, tickets for the Marketplace Train Express are $3 and require an adult (no ticket required) to ride with children under 42”. This train is geared for the youngest of kids like the kind you find inside a mall. However, this one just goes around in a couple of circles.
13. Take a hot air balloon ride
Soar 400ft above ground (while tethered) in the largest hand-painted helium-filled balloon in the world. Enjoy this 8-minute experience and take in 360-degree views of Disney Springs. All ages are welcome and you only need to be 12 years old to ride without an adult. Price is $15 for those 3-9 while adults are $20.
I’m sure you can find even more things to do with kids in Disney Springs once you are there. These were the highlights we thought of when we visited last week. To do a quick summary recap:
Kid activities in Disney Springs:
- Check out the candy stores
- Pin trading
- Ride the carousel
- Shop at World of Disney
- Shop and play at the Lego Store
- Get chocolate from Ghiradelli
- Have lunch at the Rainforest Cafe
- Bowl at Splitsville Lanes
- Build a light-saber
- Collect stickers
- Play in the splash park
- Take a train ride
- Take a hot air balloon ride
Are there any items missing from this list of things to do in Disney Springs with kids? What is your favorite? Is there anything your child always asks to do (Little K loves The Lego Store)?
For more Disney World tips, check out the following posts:
- 15 Mistakes Not to Make at Disney World
- Magic Kingdom Rope Drop – 10 Tips You Must Know
- You Need an Epcot Fastpass Strategy
Please PIN this for your Disney World vacation! Thank you.