We’re here! Moments away from Disney, standing at the gate. Wishing we could go in and play, but it’s just not in the budget this trip. That’s ok. We have another option. Even though Disney Springs is not quite the same as the other Disney Parks, it does provide for a pretty fun (and almost free) day with the kids. Here is how we made our day exciting exploring Disney Springs together.
A few days ago we hoped on a plane and flew to Orlando, Florida but it wasn’t to visit Disney – not this time at least. This time we were flying into Orlando to relax in the sunshine and visit with family. We’ve done just that too! Almost every day since we arrived has been spent either at the beaches in neighboring cities or in the pool. As much as I love that, I need a little adventure. I need to wander.
When we first decided to make the trip to Florida this week, I mulled over the idea of getting Disney park tickets. We always love to enjoy the parks whenever we come into town. However, this time it just wasn’t in my budget. I’ve ventured out of Orlando to find free (or relatively inexpensive) entertainment before but what about free entertainment at the parks? Was it possible? We decided to check out Disney Springs to find out.
What is Disney Springs?
Disney Springs is part of the Disney resorts. It is made up of shopping, dining, and entertainment facilities – but here’s the crazy cool part: it’s free to access. Wait, it gets better. Not only can you get into this section of the Disney parks for free, it also has free parking!
If you’re hoping to see characters or get the same experience as the parks, this is NOT that. What you’ll find here is easy access to Disney-themed stores, famous eateries, and beautifully kept grounds that nod to the Disney style of architecture and design.
Even though it is easy to drop a few bucks in Disney Springs for things other than a ticket, here are a few things we found to do that were both fun and free!
5 Free Activities For Families in Disney Springs
When we decided to explore Disney Springs, we did so because we were hoping to find some entertainment for the day without dropping a ton of cash. I knew that we would need to spend some money on things like food and those irresistible Disney trading pins, but beyond that, we didn’t need much. We simply wanted a day out of the house and Disney Springs exceeded our expectations. So what did we find that was free fun? These 5 things.
- Build with blocks at The LEGO® Store. We were first drawn in by the fun characters made of the blocks near the building, but once inside we found tables filled with blocks for building our own creations! We spent some time playing here before heading inside to do some shopping. We also didn’t leave until we took advantage of the awesome LEGO® build photo ops that are located all around the building!
- Dig for dino bones at T-REX™. This location seems to have it all – restaurant, store, and entertainment area. Plus, the interior is elaborately decorated with a couple moving dinosaurs and sounds. However, it’s just inside and to the right of the entrance where we spent most of our time. Here you can find a free dig site complete with sand, dino bones, brushes, and a wash station.
- Sightsee around the park. Ok – so we are pretty easy to entertain. Give us a few cool sights to explore and we can stay occupied for hours. Luckily for us, Disney Springs was full of awesome sights! All you have to do is wander around and keep your eyes ready for it.
- Get a birds’ eye view at the top of the COCA-COLA store. Wonder what Disney Springs looks like from above? Head on up to the third floor of the COCA-COLA store and find out! While you’re up there you can sample COKE flavors from around the world for a small fee.
- Get spit on by Stitch at the World of Disney store. Feel like cooling down? Head out front of the World of Disney store and get water spit on you by Stitch! Watch out because he’s sitting tall on top of the building – you might not see it coming.
Make a Day of It!
Beyond these five free things to do in Disney Springs, there are also quite a bit of other fun things to keep you busy. We spent some of our time taste testing cupcakes from SPRINKLES, shopping, and well. . a little more shopping.
There are also other venues to enjoy at Disney Springs such as a movie theater, bowling alley, a balloon ride, shows, and so much more. Visit Disney Springs website to find out more, then follow along with all of the fun we had during our day at Disney Springs via YouTube:
Have you ever been to Disney Springs? Would you recommend it to a friend? What parts of the park do you like best? Tell us your thoughts about visiting Disney Springs with kids.