Top Ten Free Activities at Walt Disney World
With the ever increasing price of Magic Kingdom one day ticket, most people are looking for ways to decrease harm to their pocketbook. In the off-season, one day in Magic Kingdom is $107 before taxes for an adult and $101 for a child 3-9 years old (2017) . Free activities at Walt Disney World are ample. You can have a magical experience without ever stepping foot in the theme parks.
9. Stay at a Resort with an outstanding water wonderland Check for updates: I am in the process of writing an article about the best swimming pools at Walt Disney World. I will also include note for potential sensory wins and pitfalls.
8. Electrical Water Pageant- entertains around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake beginning at 9 until 10:05 PM. It is seen from Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, and Wilderness Lodge. You could go to the Grand Floridian and Polynesian, see the Pageant, wander past the beach and watch the Wishes fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.
7. Boat ride between Disney Springs and Old Key West, Port Orléans or Saratoga springs. There are water taxis that depart from the Marketplace dock. Take the path in Disney Springs that takes you past Dockside canal scenery water taxi and hop aboard. Our son has autism and loves the boat rides. It’s worth the wait!
Head to the Resorts
6. Disney’s BoardWalk- This resort surrounds a lake and is neighbors with the Yacht & Beach Club and Epcot. It resembles an Atlantic beach town in the 1930s. The old-fashioned atmosphere is amazing and they even bring street entertainers in the evenings. Because I have seen fire eaters, jugglers, magicians and musicians, I know they offer some amazing performances. Although, it varies each night.
5. Fort Wilderness Campground- While somewhat challenging to get to, the campground has a campfire each night (around 8 pm) for free. There is a bonfire sing-a-long, Chip and Dale visit with the participants, and then they play a Disney movie for free. You can bring your own marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers make your own s’mores or you can buy it there. They also has a free petting zoo and you can visit the barn where they house the horses they use on Main Street. Small children can enjoy pony rides.
4. Animal Kingdom Lodge features a luxurious savannah with exotic creatures like giraffes, zebras, and gazelles. While wandering the grounds, you can check the animals out for free and there is often African music or story telling staff around.
3. Fountains at Downtown Disney– This has consumed afternoons for us! The splash pads are by the entrance by the Art of Disney where the buses drop you off and by the Earl of Sandwich. We dress the kids in swim suits and bring a towel and a change of undergarments and pants. We turn them loose, and let them run. They absolutely love this!
2. Disney Springs: Let’s break it down to the most important part: the Ghiradelli Chocolate store often gives out free samples! We have a lot of fun wandering around and window shopping, people watching, and viewing life shows. You can often view a life bird show by the Rainforest Cafe or a glass blower in Arribas Brothers. Also, the giant helium balloon is entertaining. If all else fails, wash your hands with a sugar scrub at the shop called Basin.
1. Ride the Monorail: This doesn’t cost a dime. You can hop on at the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort or Grand Floridian. If you’re not staying on property, you can drive to the Ticket and Transportation Center (which has a parking fee) and hop on.
What are your favorite free activities at Walt Disney World?