Fun with Kids at Downtown Disney Marketplace

If you need some time to relax and unwind away from the theme parks, you will be surprised at how much there is to do with your kids at Downtown Disney Marketplace.  Here are some fun activities that will keep your kids delightfully busy for a few hours.

Younger children will enjoy running under the jumping water fountains.  With one located near Once Upon a Toy and another near the back entrance of Disney’s Days of Christmas, do not forget to bring along their bathing suit or a change of clothes.  At only $2 per attraction, younger children will also enjoy riding the miniature choo-choo train and charming carousel. The carousel even allows one adult to ride free with a child under 42” tall.

Downtown Disney has stores that will appeal to children of any age.  Once Upon a Toy is a huge toy store where children will enjoy using their imagination to create a unique version of their spud friend, Mr. Potato Head.  Then stroll over to the World of Disney to walk through one of the world’s largest Disney stores.  This is a great place to pick up that little something you missed buying in the parks.  World of Disney also has a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  Guests can be pampered in this royal salon as they are magically transformed into little princesses and knights.  The princess makeover packages start at around $55 plus tax, and the knight package is a mere $16 plus tax.  If your child is an avid pin trader, Downtown Disney’s Pin Traders store has almost every Disney pin imaginable.  No trip to Downtown Disney is complete without a visit to the LEGO Imagination Center.  Kids will be amazed at the lifesize LEGO structures.  There is a designated LEGO play area for kids of all ages to enjoy building their very own LEGO creations.  They can also build racecars and test them out on a sloping speed track.  The store has a large selection of unique LEGO kits.

All of this shopping and playing is sure to work up an appetite.  Head over to T-Rex or Rainforest Café to enjoy an experience that is part restaurant and part adventure.  The T-Rex family restaurant will take you back in time with animated prehistoric creatures and meteor showers.  Rainforest Café is a tropical jungle themed family restaurant with animated animals and simulated thunderstorms.  You will definitely want to finish off your day with something sweet to eat by heading over to Ghirardelli’s or Goofy’s Candy Company for a treat.

I hope these ideas will help you uncover the memorable magic of Downtown Disney Marketplace with kids.

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Michelle Terry

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