Grab your wallet and appetite; it’s time for a trip to Disney Springs! With over 110 shops, 60 dining locations, and dynamic entertainment options, Disney Springs has something for everyone. Located on the Walt Disney World property, this complex has been renovated and expanded several times since its inception in 1975. In its current form, Disney Springs includes four sections: West Side, Town Center, The Landing, and Marketplace. Guests can conveniently visit Disney Springs by car, Disney bus, or boat. Guests might remember a former version of Disney Springs, Downtown Disney, that included the Pleasure Island area with nightclubs and very little in the way of activities for children. Luckily, this has all changed. If you’re ready to get your shopping on and have a delicious meal, don’t forget to bring the kids too! There are so many fantastic things that appeal to kids in Disney Springs right now that’s it’s hard to decide what to do first. Check out my list of the best kid-friendly and kid-approved activities the next time you are visiting this exciting complex:
1. The Lego Store
Look for the big red Lego brick and larger-than-life Lego creations that indicate you have found the Lego Store, a kid wonderland located in the Marketplace. Children of all ages love browsing the shelves for these popular brick sets and posing with the life-size characters built entirely of Legos. The covered outside porch features tables that let the kids explore their creativity. They can also build a racecar and complete against other guests on the Lego racetrack. Your kids will never want to leave, trust me!
2. The VOID
Enter The VOID to experience a virtual reality universe. Join a team of four and go on a immersive mission of your choice. Select between Star Wars Secrets of the Empire or Ralph Breaks VR. Guests must be at least 10 years of age and 48 inches tall. Reservations are recommended for this experience.
3. Aerophile Balloon Ride
Up and away! Climb into the basket of the Aero30 hot air balloon and view Disney Springs and Walt Disney World from an entirely new perspective. A pilot and 29 people ascend 400 feet in this tethered balloon ride, allowing views up to 10 miles away. Guests can find this activity at the West Side.
4. Marketplace Stage
Let the kids burn off some energy by dancing to live music performed daily at the Marketplace Stage. This open-air stage is also the setting for concerts, live dance performances, and a DJ party geared specifically for the kids.
5. Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Stroll over to the West Side area of Disney Springs and challenge the kids to a classic game of bowling, but this bowling alley is definitely not ordinary. Splitsville features 30 lanes, live music, dancing, delicious food, and a patio dining area spread over 2 floors of fun. It’s perfect on a rainy day or to take a break from the theme parks.
6. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Knights and princesses that are ages 3 to 12 can be magically transformed at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique located in the Marketplace. Several makeover packages ranging in price are available featuring makeup, nails, and accessories, and reservations for this experience are strongly recommended.
7. T-Rex/Rainforest Café
Are you ready for a completely new dining adventure? Kids of all ages love prehistoric dining with a cast of audioanimatronic dinosaurs and the occasional meteor shower overhead at T-Rex. If the tropical jungle is more their thing, swing over the Rainforest Café and dine with colorful birds, bright butterflies, monkeys, and maybe even a panther or two. A regularly scheduled thunderstorm brings another dose of excitement to the meal. Both of these restaurants are loud, offer casual American fare, and are big hits with kids.
8. NBA Experience – While DisneyQuest has sadly closed, an all-time kid favorite video-game mecca, is now in its place! The NBA Experience features an all-star selection of NBA exhibits, virtual reality theaters, competitions, interactive games, a restaurant, and shopping.