Vacation Tips

Add-On Experiences for Kids In Downtown Disney

Disneyland and California Adventure both have opportunities for kids to enjoy unique experiences. However, if you take a stroll through Downtown Disney, you’ll find some fun extra special experiences for kids to add onto their vacation.

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For example, even though Build a Bear Workshop is not an exclusive store to the Disney parks, it’s a fun stop to make a special memory and souvenir. You will not find the wide selection of products made specifically for the Disney parks anywhere else, so it a special store set apart from the other Build A Bear stores throughout the country.

build a bear

Ridemakerz is a similar experience to Build A Bear, except you get to build your own car instead of stuffed animal. This store may be a little more boy friendly (especially older boys) than Build A Bear, but girls still enjoy the store as well. Here you can build a replica of the Batmobile, Towmater or Lightning McQueen from Cars, or a scaled down copy of classic cars such as a mustang or corvette to name a few. This store is conveniently located right next to Build A Bear, so you can make one stop for two stores.

Build a bear 3

Anna & Elsa’s Boutique is the newest store experience to enter the Downtown Disney scene. This boutique is very similar to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique which is located in Fantasyland, except it is exclusively themed around the movie Frozen. This store starts at a lower price range compared to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which may make some parent’s budgets happier. You have the option to transform into Anna, Elsa, Olaf for girls, Olaf for Boys, or “Cool as Ice” inspiration which is a frosty makeover. Make sure to make a reservation for this boutique since its newer and widely popular among young kids.

hug a bear

At every turn, Disney finds an opportunity to make children’s experience exceptional and that does not fall short once you exit the parks into Downtown Disney. These store encounters are beyond the regular souvenirs shopping and help create a lasting memory your kids will remember for years to come. If you are looking for an interactive and fun vacation add-on to your kids’ trip, look no further than these stores in Downtown Disney.

– Kelsee

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