On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, I had several things on “my list” to see and do. One of those things was the FREE Magic Mirror at Downtown Disney. Last year, Home Is Where The Mouse Is posted about the Disney Princess Magic Mirror in the World of Disney Store. I was totally unaware of this gem! It’s probably because I have 3 sons and have no reason to be looking at princess stuff when we are at Disney!
This trip, I decided to find it. I ditched my boys for about 10 minutes and went on a search. I found it in the little girls area of the store, near the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, on the back wall.
One thing that our family is looking forward to experiencing on our next trip to Walt Disney World is DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney’s West Side. When our oldest son went to Walt Disney World the first time, he was 5. On the second trip he was 7 and the last trip he was 10. While this past trip would have been the best time for him to experience DisneyQuest, it was not practical for his 2 year old brother, so we did not visit.
The first time I went to DisneyQuest was in 1999. I don’t remember much about it. What I do remember is that any video game junkie would love it! My oldest son is not a video game junkie by any means, but he does enjoy a good video game which is why we think he would like it! If you have a tween or teen age child who does enjoy gaming, I suggest you try to incorporate this into your Disney vacation.
At DisneyQuest, you can participate in some of the Imagineers greatest ideas. You can participate in virtual reality, 3D and classic games from your past. The cost per person is $37-$43 if you don’t have this option added onto your park tickets. It’s opened Sunday- Thursday from 11:30am-10:00pm and Friday & Saturday from 11:30am- 11:00pm. Tickets and operating hours are subject to change without notice.
DisneyQuest is divided into four “zones” located on 5 different floors.
- Explore Zone, a virtual Adventureland where guests are immersed in exotic and ancient locales.
- Score Zone, a superhero competition city where guests can match their gameplaying skills.
- Create Zone, a private “Imagineering” studio for artistic self-expression and invention.
- Replay Zone, a carnival on the moon where guests experience a retrofuturistic spin on classic rides and games.
Some of the attractions you can experience are Pirates of the Caribbean (navigate a pirate ship, fire cannons and race for gold), Virtual Jungle Cruise (ride down a river avoiding obstacles), Might Ducks Pinball Slam (life size pinball game), CyberSpace Mountain (design and ride your own virtual roller coaster), Ride the Comix (battle the villains as you virtually fly), Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride (fly your carpet through Agrabah in search of the magic lamp and Genie) and Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters (pilot a bumper car and battle the other riders by shooting asteroids).
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- My family loves to take pictures with the big Lego creations outside the store! Photos are always free to take!
- My boys love playing, for FREE, with the Legos in the store. We could create for days in there!
- Another fun FREE thing at the Lego Store is the monthly mini model build! On the first Tuesday of every month, kids ages 6-14 can create a mini model for FREE and take it home! The builds begin at 5:00 until supplies last. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. Each month, a new model will be available. Arrive early to make sure your child gets to participate. One free lego mini build per child.
Some of the best chocolate I’ve had is Ghirardelli. One of the best desserts I’ve had at Walt Disney World is the Hot Fudge Sundae- 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream with homemade hot fudge, whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry. You can get it in a waffle bowl or a glass dish. Delicious. Sadly, that was not free!
What is FREE at the Ghirardelli Shop at Downtown Disney is the chocolate squares! Visit the Chocolate Shop side of the building and you’ll get a free sample of chocolate. This is a must each time we visit Downtown Disney! 🙂