Disney World doesn’t always have to come with a price tag. It can be an expensive and very pricey but if you prepare and do your research you can find great deals. There are plenty of free or nearly next to nothing things to do while at the Disney resort. You just have to make the most of it!
Here are some of my favourite freebies:
1) Disney Springs is a grand marketplace filled with boutiques, shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment. There’s plenty of Disney stores to shop from such as the World of Disney to Once Upon a Toy. Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil are great for an evening out with the kids. Stop by Ghiradelli for a free piece of gourmet chocolate for a treat.
2) Take the monorail at the Magic Kingdom resort area where you can visit the Polynesian Village, the Grand Floridan and the Contemporary. Take the complimentary monorail and explore any stop along the way. Check out the 1900 Park Fair for lunch or have breakfast at Ohana. The themes of these resorts are amazing and it’s exciting to hop from one to the next.
3) On top of that you can also take a boat over to any of the Magic Kingdom resorts and enjoy the cool breeze on the lake. There’s a second boat ride also in the Disney Springs area which travels from the surrounding resorts to the marketplace.
4) Watch the Magic Kingdom “Wishes” Fireworks from the beaches of the Polynesian Village or Epcot’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” from the Boardwalk. These are some of the best outside park views of the fireworks… guaranteed!
5) Pin trade at any Disney resort or park. Ever since I was little my family and I have been pin trading with cast members. It’s fun because you can collect unique and rare pins then trade them with anyone you want without saying no. The pins cost between $8-13 but the trading is free everywhere.
6) Enjoy a traditional campfire at select Disney resorts. Accompanied with marshmallows, you’re able to roast your treat along with your family all evening long. This activity is completely free and is a good way to enjoy each other’s companies.
7) Sit back and watch a free Disney movie at lake side resorts. With no restrictions anyone can pile in on the beach of the Polynesian Village or Boat and Yacht Club and snuggle up.
8) Meet characters at different Disney resorts and parks. I’ve seen Christmas Goofy at Disney Springs, Meeko and Ratcliffe from Pocahonatas outside Animal Kingdom gates, pooh bears friends outside Magic Kingdom’s entrance.
9) Gaze at African animals such as Giraffes, Zebras and Analoupes at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Learn more about the animals from the guides in the viewing areas at both Jambo House and Kidani Village.
10) Outside on the lawns of the Grand Floridan resort there’s free badminton nets and a game of crochet. Play for as long as you want at your leisure.
These may not necessarily be free, but they don’t break the bank. Here are some inexpensive adventure activities you can find:
1) Rent a Sea Raycer or Sun Tracker pontoon boat at the docks of Contemporary or Fort Wilderness Lodge where you can sail out on Seven Seas Lagoon or Bay Lake. This secret activity isn’t too expensive but it’s a fun way to pass the time.
2) Cruise around in a Surrey Bike which seats up 2-6 people for some real adventure! Find these at Port Orleans or Boardwalk resort which are supplied with gorgeous views of the lakes and rivers. Enjoy biking the boardwalks and pathways, but make sure not to crash into anyone!