With unique shopping, dining options galore, and the magic of Disney oozing from every detail, Disney Springs is the perfect family-friendly spot. Even better? There’s so many free things to enjoy at Disney Springs with kids which makes it a great budget-friendly activity while you’re on vacation in Orlando.
Now don’t get me wrong, just like anywhere on the Disney property there are plenty of ways to spend a lot of money at Disney Springs. BUT if you know where to look, there’s actually lots to do that won’t cost a thing. If you want to plan a low cost one-of-a-kind Disney day, here’s 15 (almost) FREE things to do at Disney Springs with kids.
15 Almost FREE Things To Do at Disney Springs with Kids:
1. Splash and play at the Mickey ear splash pad
Your kids will love splashing around at this splash pad. Especially in the hot Florida months. If you look closely you’ll find two hidden Mickey Ears at this fun location (hint: take a peek at the ground nozzles). Does anyone else just love and appreciate how Disney is SO good at the little details?! Toss a swimsuit and towel into your stroller or backpack for some water play while you’re exploring. There are restrooms near the splash pad, which makes changing your kiddos a breeze.
2. Build a car to race at the LEGO store
The LEGO store is full of imagination and building opportunities for kids (and kids at heart). Outside there is an area for younger kids to build with Duplo blocks and a separate area for older kids. A family favorite is working together to build a LEGO race car and then racing it down the sloped track. After you’ve enjoyed building and racing your car you can take a peek inside the store (or if you don’t want to fight that battle, totally skip it and I pinky promise not to tell your kids).
3. Admire the incredible LEGO displays
Outside of the LEGO store you can see many displays that are entirely built out of LEGO’s.
Aren’t they neat?! There are so many fantastic spots to snap some photos with your kids!
4. Take a picture with character statues
Speaking of photos, there are several character statues throughout Disney Springs that are fun to capture with your kids. You could even play a game to see how many you can find. Some favorite to find are Cinderella, Aurora, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head and of course Mickey and Minnie!
5. Walk around Lake Buena Vista
If your kids are full of energy, this is a great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Disney Springs while also wearing them out. It’s fun to see the boats in the lake and to look at the beautiful architecture all around.
6. See a live show on Marketplace Stage
This open air venue is the perfect spot to relax, take a walking break, and enjoy a live performance. There are different shows throughout the day and evening so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s happening when you’re there.
7. Search for hidden Mickeys
I spy with my little eye… MICKEY! If you’ve never searched for hidden Mickeys on the Disney properties, Disney Springs is a great place to start. As you walk around, encourage your kids to keep their eyes open and find as many of them as they can.
Tip: This is also a great distraction tool when you’re on Disney property. If your kiddos are having a meltdown, say “Hey! Can you spot any hidden Mickeys?” It might not work, but it’s worth a shot, right?
8. Try not to get sprayed by Stitch outside of World of Disney
Surprise! The giant Stitch above World of Disney sprays water at random times. Why not make a game out of it with your family and create a challenge to not get sprayed when you stand in front of him.
9. Get a free square of chocolate at Ghirardelli
After you’ve escaped the spraying Stitch, reward your valiant efforts with a free square of chocolate at Ghirardelli. Yup, you read that right! Right when you walk inside the store there will be someone passing out chocolate squares. You’re welcome!
10. Walk around and enjoy the beautiful landscape and seasonal flowers/decorations
Whether it’s the gorgeous plants budding, flowers galore, seasonal decorations, or the epic architecture you can’t go wrong. No matter what time of year you are visiting, Disney Springs has so much to see. When you’re walking around be sure to stop and notice the decorative details that are around every corner.
11. Watch Aerophile (the large helium balloon) lift off
While it would be incredible to ascend 400 feet in the air as you hover over Disney Springs in the world’s largest tethered helium balloon, that my friends isn’t free. Even if you don’t pay to step inside the balloon it’s still pretty neat to watch it lift off.
12. Hop in the teacup at the Disney Style Store
The Disney Style Store is a wonderful spot to snap a family photo inside of a Mad Tea Party teacup. The staff is incredibly friendly, helpful, and will be happy to take a photo if you ask.
13. Toss a penny into a fountain
What better spot to make a magical wish than at Disney itself? The fountains near the lime garage are the perfect spot to close your eyes and toss a penny (paired with a wish) in!
14. Ride the Carousel
Your kids will love taking a spin on this charming carousel! You do have to pay to ride the carousel, but even if you don’t hop on board it’s a lovely spot to at least walk by. (Price: $3/person)
15. Hop on Board the Marketplace Train Express.
All Aboard! While this attraction also isn’t free, it’s a whole lot of fun for train loving kids. (Price: $3/person)
Parking for Disney Springs is free. There are several parking garages available which makes it really nice to park in a shaded spot in the hot summer months. The Lime Garage is a great spot to park.
As you can see there are so many fun and free things to do with your kids at Disney Springs. There truly is something for everyone, which makes it a hit with families of all ages. Are there any other FREE (or almost free) things at Disney Springs that you love to see or do with your kids? Share them in the comments below! Happy exploring!
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on food at Disney Springs, pack a few travel-friendly snacks and don’t forget a bottle of water. There are plenty of tables, benches, and spots to sit down and enjoy your snacks with your family.