Top 10: Preschool Guide to Disney Springs : former Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney Top 10

We have visited Downtown Disney since 1997 when our older children were pre-schoolers; now that we are back to raising another pre-schooler I find myself at Downtown Disney again.

It’s a great way to enjoy the Disney Magic without the price of the major parks, so whether you live in Central Florida or are visiting us, here are my top 10 pre-school activities at Downtown Disney.

#1. Sand pit at T-Rex, it’s a dino dig site in the shade; they even have a hand washing station, enter through their gift shop

#2. Train ride, who doesn’t love a train, Marketplace Train, $2

#3. Marketplace Carousel, such a classic ride, adult rides free with child under 42″, $2

#4. Photo Spots: pre-schoolers love to see their favorite characters and often the real ones scare them, but Downtown Disney has plenty of non-living characters for happy pre-schoolers; keep your eye out for spots near World of Disney Store, Marketplace Pin Traders and more 

photo wall
A photo  backdrop perfect for the sassiest of princesses.

#5. Boat Ride: Walt Disney Water Transportation connects West Side and Marketplace, the boat docks book end the park near Rainforest Cafe in Marketplace and Cirque du Soleil on the Westside

#6. Dance to the Music, Disney offers lots of live music from outside the House of Blues to Exposition Park

#7. Splash fountains: there are 3 kid-friendly splash zone areas,

splash pad
The splash pad near Marketplace dock

-Two are splash pads, one located outside Disney Design-a-Tee near the Marketplace dock and the other near Earl of Sandwich and Once Upon a Toy

-the third is outside the World of Disney Store, where Stitch randomly sprays water from above

Watch out for Stitch!!

#8. Lego Store: it’s Lego, all kids should experience Lego.

#9. Let Your Pre-school Pay the bill; I can’t think of a better place than Disney for those independent pre-schoolers to pay for their own ice cream

#10. Build as many Mr Potato heads as you want at Once Upon A Toy, free to play, $20 to buy

There is a great Star Wars area with a build your own droid and build your own lightsaber centers

There are lots of other things your preschooler will like but these are are top favs; if you go I’d love to hear about your Disneu Springs experience.



3 thoughts on “Top 10: Preschool Guide to Disney Springs : former Downtown Disney

  1. Don’t forget to visit the Ghirardelli Chocolate store for a free chocolate sample.
    If you are out for a full day grab one of the Disney buses (free) & head to Camp Fort Wilderness for a movie under the stars (free) & roast marshmallows with Chip & Dale for a small charge.


    1. Christy, Yes Ghirardelli Chocolate is even yummier when it’s free!! I have yet to try out Camp Wildreness and it’s free offerings and most often forget about it, so thank you for the tips; I think we’ll visit this winter!


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