Continuing on with some of my favorite low cost things to do when in Orlando and namely Disney World, I wanted to share some of my favorite free and inexpensive things to do at Disney Springs. Disney Springs is mostly known as a spot for nightlife, shopping, and eating so you may just see dollar signs when you think of Disney Springs, but there really are some enjoyable activities to experience that do not cost a ton of money.
Disney Springs Can be a Low Cost or Even Free Experience
Throughout Downtown Disney there are some wonderful interactive fountains where kids and the kids at heart can enjoy playing and getting wet. Also, don’t forget if you are hunting for Hidden Mickey’s there are plenty to be found on your Downtown Disney adventure. One hallmark store of the shopping area and one place I always visit with my kids is The LEGO Store. There is a free outdoor play area filled with thousands of LEGO blocks where you and your children can build until their heart’s content. There are also some amazing larger than life Lego sculptures for you to marvel at and pose for pictures in front of. There are some other cool stores that are fun to stroll through and certainly bring your window shopping goggles. Your children may also enjoy a ride on the carousel in front of the Rainforest café for a couple dollars per person.
If you are hungry while scoping out Disney Springs, most of the restaurants are on the pricey side, but one of my favorite spots to hit is Earl of Sandwich where you can get a sandwich, side and a drink for under $10 a person. If you have a hankering for something sweet visit the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop and split a Sundae or premium shake for under $10. If the weather is chilly grab a hot chocolate for a yummy afternoon perk. If you enter the chocolate shop side of the store there is usually always an attendant there passing out chocolate samples for free. For the 21 and over crowd you can catch free live music at the Front Porch Bar at the House of Blues and the Raglan Road bar area for just the cost of a drink.
My biggest tip would be to not go starving, go with at least some pocket change, and have fun dreaming while window shopping! It’s a great break from the parks and it’s a nice way to spend some low stress family time together. One of my favorite tips I use when traveling to Disney is that I always save a little cash in advance and purchase a Disney gift card ahead of time. I use this gift card for discretionary and unplanned spending especially when in Disney Springs. This way I have already paid for the things I buy and my family knows that once the gift card is gone, it’s gone. There are certainly some fun and inexpensive ways to have fun at Disney Springs.