Top 12 Free Things to Do at Downtown Disney in Orlando!

By Frances shopping Disney, Downtown Disney shopping,

You saved your pennies! You cashed in your savings bonds! You ate ramen noodles for 6 months and now you are finally on your magical vacation! Here are a 12 free things to do at Downtown Disney in Orlando from the Mouze Kateerz writers!

1) Let the kids play in the fountains or get squirted by Stitch at the World of Disney to cool off ~ Lisa

2) Head into the Lego store.  Out front there are “build your own race car” stations and ramps that you can have a contest with.  In the back of the store is a Lego table with tons of Legos for kids to sit and play. ~ Melissa

Once Upon A Toy, Disney's Once Upon A Toy, Downtown Disney stores, Downtown Disney shopping3) Get fairy godmother dusted at the Bippidy Boppidy Boutique ~ Frances

4) Take a seat in a bench and watch the vacationers walk by.  You see all sorts of Disney wear, and just watching kids squeal with delight is always fun. ~ Amanda

5) If you have free time and you’re not rushing back to the parks to ride roller coasters, there are all sorts of opportunities to hear great musicians, which range from high school groups to professionals.  Take a seat and enjoy some really fabulous music.  ~ Amanda

6) Ghiradelli’s staff hands out free chocolate samples throughout the day. If you can avoid buying anything, the samples are free.  ~ Mike

7) Hunt around for Hidden Micky’s. People love looking for these and that can be great entertainment. ~ HiromiGhirardelli Soda Fountain, Ghirardelli chocolate, Ghirardelli Free chocolate, Ghirardelli Downtown Disney

8) As far as window shopping, one of my favorite spots is the Art of Disney. I could stand around forever looking at the Disney paintings and statues. Quite often there is an artist drawing in the store, and you can watch his or her work in action, being displayed up on a big screen. ~ Mike

9) If you walk by the Rainforest Cafe at the right time, there can be Cast Members with exotic birds giving short talks. The birds frequently talk too. If you miss the live animals, there’s always the animatronic variety outside the restaurant. ~ Hiromi


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10) Stop by the Harley Davidson shop and have your photo taken on a hog, I mean, a Harley. ~ Mike

11) Man, my kids love Arribas Brothers! There is a glass blower and a glass cutter on staff doing demonstrations throughout the day, and we have literally stood around for half an hour just watching the guys show off their craft. There’s not a lot of places I know where you can see glass blowing in action. These guys are fantastic ~ Amanda 

12) Right next door to Arribas Brothers, next to the free chocolate samples at Ghiradelli’s, is a store called Basin. My entire family will spend 20-30 minutes in Basin, just touching and smelling the soaps and trying the free lotion samples. You can wash your hands with their sugar and salt scrubs, leaving your hands silky smooth. This is one of my favorite haunts at Downtown Disney. Hint- cranberry lemongrass soap smells amazing. ~ Amanda.

Need more info on Basin? Click here for photos and the full scoop.

Here’s a big warning for you though.

FREE doesn’t always wind up being free when you are at such a fabulous, FABULOUS, Disney shopping and entertainment complex. Downtown Disney is like the Disney Store on crack; everything looks amazing, tempting, and you’ll suddenly want to buy things you never even knew you needed.

Here’s some “Keeping it free Tips” from the Mouze.

  • Don’t take your credit card, or perhaps leave it in the car for outright shopping emergencies..
  • Arrive at Downtown Disney f with a full tummy and maybe bring some snacks from your hotel.
  • Arrive with your willpower dialed up to FULL POWER. You’ll need it to keep it FREE.

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