From the moment I first walked into Ridemakerz at Downtown Disney, I immediately thought to myself “Why didn’t I think of this?!” It’s Build-a-Bear for boys, only instead of creating a soft & cuddly bear you are customizing your own ride. Ok, seriously… who am I kidding? Although I fully expect that the little boys would be the only ones excited by this new discovery, but it wasn’t too long into the “Building” process that I realized baby sister, me & even my hubby would have a lot of fun at Ridemakerz. So let’s rephrase that description. I guess you could say that Ridemakerz is a Build-a-Bear inspired approach to creating your own, customized ride for car enthusiasts of all ages.
Upon entering the Ridemakerz store you are handed a basket & told to CHOOZE your ride. For you indecisive types, this could be a long process. With nearly 70 different body and paint styles (including but not limited to Chevrolet Corvettes, Ford F-250 SuperChiefs, Scion xBs, MINI Coopers, as well as retro hot rods, fire engines, race cars , dump trucks & the cutest little PINK sports coupe you’ve ever seen), you are sure to find the perfect car.
Building your dream car continues while you SONICIZE with dozens of sounds, MOBILIZE with wheelz & treadz, CUSTOMIZE with speciality lights, accessories & decals, & finally, once you’ve gathered all your car parts, you actually get to build your RIDEZ. I told you, this is a hands-on experience, like no other. You (or your child) get to help build the RIDEZ in the RZ Pit… and let me tell you from experience, this will give your child the hugest feeling of accomplishment. (Be sure to have your camera ready because they are sure to flash you a smile like you’ve never seen before.)
When all is said & done, you’ll have your very own, customized RIDEZ to take home. & With 649 ways to customize your favorite radio-control car or “RIDE” (did I mention that for an additional fee you can make any car a radio-controlled car?), you can be sure that each & every car practically unique. “Stock” RIDEZ are priced from $10 – $32, depending on the body & paint scheme selected. Radio remote-control can be added for an additional $25 & custom accessories range in price from $2 for grille guards, spoilers and hood scoops to $15 for deluxe “muscle kits” that include a blow engine, spoiler, side pipes, muffler tips and roof vent.
If you can’t make it to Downtown Disney, don’t worry… you can also buy a RIDEZ on-line HERE. The online experience is just like the store, letting users virtually build their RIDEZ. & You’ll probably be thrilled to know that Ridemakerz also offers parties. You know you’ll be the most popular mom in town after you throw a Ridemakerz Bash. For more information on the Ridemakerz Bash, go HERE.
No compensation, of any kind, was received for this post. Although, Just Spotted were invited guests to the RidemakerzGrand Opening, & were provided gift certificates to build cars. However, we would have posted about Ridemakerz had we been invited or not. We had actually already visited Ridemakerz during the holiday season, prior to their closing for remodel. We had already planned on posting about Ridemakerz. In the end, the opinions represented here are 100% those of Just Spotted, & were not influenced in any way… you & your kids REALLY are going to love Ridemakerz.