November 2001 – present
Downtown Disney – Build-A-Bear stands in a prime location in Downtown Disney…right at the center! No matter what direction you’re coming from, head inward toward the large circular plaza (with the Uva Bar in the center). Build-A-Bear is on the north end of the circle, next to RIDEMAKERZ.
- Merchandise – Teddy bears and stuffed animals, clothes and accessories for the toys
- Price Range – Accessories as cheap as a few dollars, with most animals costing $25 (though there are some 2-toy deals)
- Unique Features – Bear totem poll outside the entrance
Build-A-Bear is a magical workshop where guests bring a custom stuffed animal to life. They choose, stuff (including adding a heart!), “bathe”, dress, and name their new friends in dramatic fashion. Each new baby animal leaves the workshop with an official birth certificate, cardboard house, and usually some great new accessories. Anyone looking for a special souvenir from Downtown Disney would be hard pressed to find a more personal shopping process.
If you pass Build-A-Bear and think, “I have one at my local mall, no need”, you might be missing out! Downtown Disney’s workshop has tons of Disney costumes, animals, and accessories that are hard to find in a regular store. Plus, most animals have “Custom Made at Downtown Disney” embroidered on their paws. So if you’re a Disney fan that also loves Build-A-Bear, don’t take this place for granted.
There’s really no better or worse time of day to visit Build-A-Bear; if the parks are crowded, the Downtown Disney shops will be too. But if you are hoping to get in and out of there as fast as possible, I’d recommend visiting right when the store opens, or after dinner, when many small children head off to bed.
Build-A-Bear almost always has commemorative bears to mark Disney events. Most recently, guests could create a Diamond Jubilee bear, or at the very least, purchase diamond theme clothes for other animals.
You can book your own Build-A-Bear party for birthdays or just for fun. Details about parties at Build-A-Bear can be found here.