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When you have a free day in Walt Disney World, one of the best places to explore without park tickets is in an area formerly known to many as Downtown Disney. Here are some of the best things to do with the family in Disney Springs.
Yummy in the Tummy
Our family’s flight is scheduled to arrive late morning to noon. Definitely, we will have hungry tummies by then. We ate our first Disney meal here in Morimoto Asia. This restaurant boasts of Pan-Asian cuisine and owned by Japanese Chef Masaharu Morimoto from Iron Chef. This is a Fine Dining/Signature Dining restaurant which usually charges 2 table service credits from the Dining Plan. For lunch, however, it only requires 1 table service credit. You can read our review for Morimoto Asia here.
There are plenty of options available too. If you are looking for more themed dining for the little tots, Rainforest Cafe and T-REX will keep the kiddos entertained and fed. Otherwise, most if not all Disney Springs restaurants have kid-friendly meals.
Fly or Cruise
Want to take in a 360-view of Walt Disney World Resort? There’s a custom-built helium balloon for that! For 8-10 minutes, you can ride Characters in Flight, a tethered balloon, to as high as 400 feet in the air and view the iconic landmarks in the distance. Try to spot EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth or Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Castle. This ride charges $20 for adults (ages 10+) and $15 for children (ages 3-9).
If height is not your thing, you can cruise on the water via an Amphicar that drives in and out of water! This is a 20-minute tour and costs $125 per car. Each car can probably fit 3-4 persons, plus the Amphicar captain.
Aside from that, there are Italian water taxis that offer tours while you make champagne toasts or an all-inclusive wine-tasting pampering. You will need to book ahead for these attractions. They are rather costly as well with rates starting at $75 per adult for the champagne cruise and $125 per person for the wine tasting cruise.
Watch a Show or a Movie
Disney Springs is home to La Nouba by Cirque de Soleil. High-flying trapeze artists, a 90-feet long high wire act, BMX cyclists, balancing acts and tricks with diablos performed by four pint-sized performers will leave you stunned. Click here to get tickets for as low as $45 per person.
Combine delectable eats and watching the new feature movie at Disney Springs’ dine-in theater. Be aware that if you’re in the Disney Dining Plan, it isn’t accepted here.