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 Author: Canadian Diva 
Downtown Disney will soon be named “Disney Springs” in the coming years… whatever the name is, this location in Walt Disney World is a must-do for every trip our family takes to WDW. We love the vibe, the shopping and yes, the mini attractions that this thriving area has to offer. You don’t need a pricey theme park ticket to visit because it’s FREE to go to Downtown Disney.  So head on over but we can’t guarantee you’ll be saving money here…….
One of our cherished rides is the Carousel in the “Marketplace”. There is section in the “Marketplace” of Downtown Disney with a few fun rides for kids (including an adorable mini train ride)! You do need to pay for these rides which cost around $2 for each attraction.  The Carousel itself is $2 per ride.
Note: children under 42 inches must ride with an adult on the Carousel, however only the adult will pay for the fare
This Carousel was handcrafted in Italy and is a lovely, lighted musical gem of  16 horses, a spinning teacup and a couple of carriages. Although not as GRAND or large in scale as the famed Prince Charming Regal Carousel in Magic Kingdom, this small, yet intimate jewel will surely delight a child of any age.
It is a terrific photo op for little Princesses who were just freshly coiffed from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the World of Disney Store.  


With the lovely Fairy Godmother “Gail” at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the World of Disney store.
Diva and Devo Tips:
One of the many Dining Options in Downtown Disney
    • Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) is a wonderful place to enjoy on your arrival day or departure day with a lot of fantastic dining options (many included with  the various Disney Dining Plans)
  • our family likes to visit Downtown Disney after an Animal Kingdom tour day, or any half day  (like the morning and afternoon before a Hard Ticket event such as the Halloween or Christmas Parties). GREAT for a “relax” day as well or after water park day too.
  • Disney offers free Ferry Boats and Buses to this area from all their resorts, transfers may be required, ask your Resort Cast Members for the best ways to get there.
  • Self-parking is FREE, Disney suggests arriving 60 minutes before a show time. For dining reservations, arrive EARLY especially during peak season as the lots fill up and you may have to park further from your destination
  • Mornings and afternoons during the week are not as busy especially during low season. Evenings and weekends are super busy.
Disney shopping mecca: the World of Disney Store, where it also houses the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
(there is also another Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location in Magic Kingdom)