A vacation to Disney World can be quite expensive. When planning a vacation to Disney, you need to be sure to consider all of the costs that make the vacation complete to include resort, dining, ticket and souvenir costs. With all of these expenses mounting, you might just need to think what can you do that will not cost you anything during your vacation! Not only are the things to do on this list free but they are very entertaining and will leave you excited that you also experienced them during your time in Disney World!
The top 10 FREE Things to do While in Disney World:
1) Explore the Resorts: Hop a bus, boat or monorail over to the Resort of your choice. Browse, shop, dine or take advantage of other amenities. There are many free activities available at the resorts. Call the resorts to find out the details of the times and activities available.
2) Electric Water Pageant: Another great thing to experience (and is often not seen by many people who are spending all of their time in the parks) is the Electric Water Pageant. This can easily be seen by visiting on of the surrounding Seven Seas Lagoon or Bay Lake resorts. Find a great viewing spot and cozy up and watch the nightly Electric Water Pageant which is best viewed from the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Ft. Wilderness, Contemporary, and from Magic Kingdom Park during Extra Magic Hours. The Pageant begins at 9:00 PM. With the right viewing location, you will also be able to see part of the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show.
3) Sing-a-long with Chip and Dale: One of the most totally awesome FREE things to do is the sing-a-long with Chip & Dale at the Fort Wilderness Resort. You can get to the resort by taking a boat from the Magic Kingdom. Of course, if you have a car, you can drive directly to the resort. Arrive by 7:00 PM in the fall/winter or 8:00 PM in the spring/summer for games and prizes, s’mores, hang time with Chip & Dale and even an outdoor movie screening. Call ahead to the resort to find out which movie will be shown.
4) Animal Kingdom Lodge: Visit the Lodge to discover the 43-acre wildlife preserve. You will find over 30 species of wildlife that roam through the 4 lush, tropical savannas. These animals are viewable throughout the Resort. This is an excellent way to see more animals such as Zebras, wildebeests, ostriches and giraffes if you did not get to see enough of them while at the Animal Kingdom.
5) Pin Trading: Trading pins with the Cast Members within the parks or resorts is always a great way to spend time. Cast Members wear the pins on a lanyard or belt accessory which if visible to guests. Simply ask a Cast Member to trade pins and they will then present the pins more closely so you can choose which pins you might want to trade. If you do not want one of the pins, simply tell the Cast Member thank you. Also, be sure to head to Downtown Disney where you can trade in the pin store with a huge board of tradeable pins!
6) Special Occasion Button: Upon check in to the resort or when arriving at the theme parks, be sure to get a button that states the occasion you are celebrating such as Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, 1st Visit, Just Married and fill-in-the-blank ones to customize your celebration. You will likely get plenty of free things while in the parks simply because you are wearing one of these buttons!
7) Trade Vinylmation: Just like trading the Disney pins, you can trade vinylmation. Look for stores that sell vinylmation and request a trade. Be sure to read here for additional details on this fun activity.
8) Free Photo with a Chase Disney Visa: If you have a Chase Disney Visa, you need to take advantage of the cardholder perks. One of the top perks is the free private meet and greet with Mickey and his friends. This meeting takes place daily in EPCOT’s Innoventions West between 1:30 and 4:30 PM. You will get time with the characters, then be given a voucher to pick up a FREE 5×7 photo from the experience!
9) Playgrounds: Each resort has their own playgrounds, each with their own fun designs. In addition to these, there are playgrounds in the theme parks (EPCOT’s playgrounds move and sometimes are removed). The playgrounds in Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are wonderful, only offering one entry and exit point. This is important because open playgrounds allow kids the opportunity to run out of them without being stopped by a Cast Member. These two playgrounds are gated and have a Cast Member who will make sure your little one does not run out while you are attempting to keep up with them!
10) EPCOT Kidcot Funstops: In EPCOT, you can stop in any of the countries and find a Kidcot Funstop. You will be given a wooden craft Duffy to color. You will also receive a passport stamp from each stop. Each stop also has different activities to experience. The craft is a great take home souvenir.
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