October 2009 – present
Downtown Disney – RIDEMAKERZ sits right at the center of Downtown Disney, and the building curves to fit the open courtyard. Head toward the open bar in the center of the circle (Uva Bar), and you’ll see RIDEMAKERZ; the tall tire signs are hard to miss.
- Merchandise – remote controlled cars & accessories
- Price Range – expect to spend about $50 – $100 per car
- Unique Features – each car is put together on the central “assembly line”, where guests can actively participate in the building of their vehicle
RIDEMAKERZ is the car version of its neighbor, Build-A-Bear Workshop. Guests have the opportunity to build their dream car (in miniature), and have customizable options for every piece of the vehicle, from the shell to the wheels to the paint job. If you don’t want to start from scratch, you can also model your car after the characters from Cars. RIDEMAKERZ captures the imaginations of visitors, and is the perfect place to create a custom souvenir from your trip.
An important thing to remember when visiting RIDEMAKERZ is that costs add up very, very quickly. Most add-ons for the car are typically $10 or less, but when you factor in all the pieces you need, plus the remote, it’s very easy to spend much more than you planned.
One more tip – if you check in on Yelp, you get a $10 discount on your purchase!
RIDEMAKERZ replaced Department 56, a figurine and collectibles shop. In 2010, the shop for a small expansion, with an official “reopening” in 2010.
Though the sign for RIDEMAKERZ extends above the store, most of the second floor of the building is occupied by Build-A-Bear.