Take Photos and Find Disney PhotoPass Spots
Disney Springs has many photo opportunities, such as the Lake Buena Vista waterfront, the big green Disney Springs entryway water tower, the whimsical Wonderfall lighted sculpture wall, and in front of the Meet Mickey 3D topiary by the guest services building.
PhotoPass Cast Members are available at these designated locations to take pictures with their cameras or your camera or mobile device (for free). Posing with Disney characters when they appear is also free.
After your Disney Springs visit, you can review your PhotoPass pictures and purchase professional prints, downloads, or gifts if you choose. But the photos themselves are completely free!
Watch Candy Being Made at The Candy Cauldron
If you love sweets, stop by The Candy Cauldron shop and watch candy being made right in the store. Skilled confectioners create Disney-themed candies and treats you can only find in the magical world of Disney.
While there are no free samples, kids and adults alike will enjoy seeing lollipops, caramel apples, chocolate creations, and more being made before their eyes. It’s one of the coolest free things to do at Disney Springs for chocolate lovers!
Tip: you can also watch candy-making in action at The Ganachery!
Dig for “Fossils” at T-Rex Cafe (for Free)
Make a stop at the prehistoric-themed T-REX Cafe in Disney Springs and let kids discover their inner paleontologist by digging for gems and fossils.
Outside the restaurant is the Paleo Zone sandpit, where children can dig to uncover “bones” and treasures for free. There is also a Dino Store next door for fun window shopping without having to dine.
It’s one of the best free things to do at Disney Springs to entertain little ones on your visit!
Build a LEGO Racer
Outside of the LEGO Store, you’ll find an interactive build area where kids (and adults) can build a miniature race car.
Once you’ve finished your creation, send it zooming down a ramped roadway to test your speed skills against fellow LEGO maniacs.
There’s no charge to participate and you can do so as many times as you like. Just remember, the bricks are there for everyone to enjoy, so please leave your creation behind as you depart so others have a chance to play.
What Does Cost Money at Disney Springs?
While most entertainment, character meets, transportation, scenery, and general sightseeing at Disney Springs are free, some activities do come at a cost, including:
- Shopping at any of the 98 stores and boutiques
- Dining at the 69 quick service and table service restaurants
- Attractions like Cirque du Soleil shows, the Aerophile tethered passenger balloon, Amphicar rides, etc.
- Some live concerts (such as at House of Blues), movies (at AMC), and special events may charge for tickets.
With strategic planning, you truly can visit Disney Springs for a full day and find plenty of free things to do for your family. But having some spending money does allow you to participate in more experiences like shops, restaurants, and attractions.
Tips for Maximizing Free Family Fun at Disney Springs
Use these tips when planning free family fun during your Disney Springs visit:
- Visit on weekdays to avoid the largest crowds and lines
- Arrive in the morning to maximize free activities before peak late afternoon crowds
- Pick up a free Disney Springs map and check out the events calendar for show times
- Pack snacks or split Quick Service meals to save money at restaurants
- Use free Disney transportation like buses from resorts instead of driving and parking
- Connect to the free My Disney Experience app for maps and mobile ordering
- Attend one of the many festivals or holiday events for free entertainment
- Extend your stay into the evening to see the magical, illuminated sights of Disney Springs.
With lively music, family activities, scenic water views, and surprises around every corner, you can easily spend an entire day enjoying Disney Springs for free.
FAQ About Visiting Disney Springs for Free
Here are answers to some common questions families have about spending time at Disney Springs without spending money:
Is it entirely free to visit Disney Springs?
Yes, it is free to enter and explore! There are no tickets, fees, or charges required.
Do I need a Walt Disney World park ticket to go to Disney Springs?
Nope! Unlike Disney parks, Disney Springs does not require theme park admission or reservations. It’s open to everyone.
Is parking free at Disney Springs?
Yes, self-parking in the Disney Springs garages and surface lots is totally free for all guests.
What’s the best day of the week for free activities at Disney Springs?
Weekdays tend to be less crowded than weekends. But weekends have more entertainment.
What can kids do for free at Disney Springs?
Kids love the splash pads, playgrounds, dance parties, character meets, live entertainment, window shopping, and browsing toy stores.
Are free samples really offered at Disney Springs?
Yes! Some shops provide free chocolate, skincare, makeup, and food samples.
What months are best for visiting Disney Springs?
Fall through winter holidays have special events and entertainment. But January through April are less crowded. See our Disney World Crowd Calendar and Best Time to Visit Disney World articles for more.
Is Disney Springs Worth It?
Disney Springs is a fantastic place to shop, dine, and play during your Walt Disney World vacation. It is free to enter, and Disney hotels provide convenient and complimentary transportation options. Yes, you will need to spend money on shopping or dining if you choose to do so, but simply walking around and taking in the sights and sounds is free.
Jaimie, Ben, Ava, and I always visit Disney Springs, and we all enjoy the free activities and family bonding. We highly recommend visiting Disney Springs, particularly if you are searching for a family-friendly destination that will not break the bank.
Who should I contact for questions about Disney Spring or Disney World?
You can ask questions about Disney Springs and plan your Disney vacation with the help of a trusted Disney travel agency. We recommend The Vacationeer. See the next section for details.