Good Monday to all! I hope the sun’s shining today for you! After a week of almost nonstop rains, the sun sure is a welcome relief!
Today I’m covering Disney Quest and Downtown Disney. Disney Quest is probably our teens’ favorite place because it’s fun, interactive and the lines aren’t too long.
We usually head over to Disney Quest, located in Downtown Disney, after dinner. That’s because we love to save money and the hotels we stay in offer a free dinner or free heavy snacks! Yes, you read correctly, free breakfast and evening meal/snacks!
So, I’m spilling the beans. Besides offering a great breakfast, Homewood Suites Orlando offers a free dinner Monday-Thursdays with complimentary wine and beer on tap. What?!! What’s the catch? The only catch is their dinner service starts at 5 pm and it you don’t eat within the first hour…food sometimes runs out. Another awesome choice with an amazing cook to order breakfast is Embassy Suites Kissimmee. While Embassy Suites doesn’t offer a dinner, they do serve snacks (think chips, veggies, cheese, crackers, etc) along with complimentary soft drinks and bar drinks during their specified evening hours.
But, one night, much to the girls’ delight, we “splurged” and ate at Downtown Disney! Seriously!
You should know that Downtown Disney offers a variety of shopping/food/ways to spend your money opportunities. While there are some talented street performers, besides Disney Quest the main purpose of Downtown Disney is to blow money in a street/lakeside setting as you stroll around! If that’s your thing, go for it!
There’s a lot within Downtown Disney, and they’re expanding right now, so grab a map!
FYI, Ghirardelli Chocolatiers has a shop and they hand out free samples!
We are our late lunch/early dinner at Earl of Sandwich because we had a Restaurant.com certificate for it! And then, we had desserts at Planet Hollywood! (Because even with the coupon, that’s all we could afford!) Another insider tip, Planet Hollywood’s average entree is $28-$35ish, so with a family of four, you do the math!!
Although the Earl of Sandwich and Planet Hollywood gift certificates aren’t on Restaurant.com’s website anymore, there is a Crossroads at House of Blues gift certificate right now. We use Restaurant.com anytime we travel because there’s always a good selection of restaurants to choose from. For WDW , type in zip code 32830 and that will pick up those restaurants closest to WDW and within Downtown Disney. The certificates do not expire and if the restaurant stops honoring them (it sometimes happens) you can use the credit to redeem another certificate for another restaurant.
So, to the fun stuff! I heart Disney Quest! This inner ’80’s girl spazzed when we got inside Disney Quest!
We used our magic bands, but general admission is $45 for those 10 years old and older. Within this massive 5 story complex are 1980s classics such as Frogger, Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Asteroids, as well as current favs such as Guitar Hero and Jewelz!
The best part about the seemingly endless rows and floors of video arcades is one doesn’t need quarters! When the game’s over, merely restart again!!
There are many virtual immersive games to explore as well; but, our favorite is CyberSpace Mountain! You can create your own roller coaster and then save it to a drive. Then, your destined roller coaster is programmed into their roller coaster simulator…think self contained pod. Once you’re strapped in the coaster begins and bam! You’re riding on your very own coaster and it’s such a rush!! We made ours the most challenging possible and turned upside down at every chance!
This post concludes the end of my Disney with Teens series. If you’re just joining here’s links to the other posts:
- Walt Disney World 101 & What to Bring into the Park
- Magic Kingdom
- Animal Kingdom
- Disney’s Water Parks
- Hollywood Studios
We love Walt Disney World and time spent with our girls! If you have a specific question about Downtown Disney or any of the othe parks or resources I’ve linked, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions!!