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, a two-day ticket is nearly $250. Free activities at Walt Disney World are ample.  You can have a magical experience without ever stepping foot in the theme parks.

What are free activities at the Walt Disney World Resorts?

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.

Stay at a Resort with a water wonderland: The Walt Disney World hotel swimming pools are outstanding.  Whether it’s the ruins of a temple, a sand-bottomed bubbling brook, or a zero-entry lava pool, you basically can’t go wrong.  All moderate and deluxe resorts feature water slides.  Even the value pools are fun themed. See my article about the top ten best swimming pools at Walt Disney World and notes regarding potential sensory wins and pitfalls.

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Electrical Water Pageant: This night time spectacle entertains around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake, beginning at nine 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.

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 fantastic, and they even bring street entertainers in the evenings.  Whether it is fire eaters, jugglers, magicians, and musicians, they offer some tremendous performances that vary each night.

What can you do for free at night in Disney World?

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 the participants, and then they play a Disney movie for free. You can order marshmallows to your room via Amazon Prime (particularly if you’re getting other food to save money), or you can buy a s’mores kit there.




They have a free petting zoo if you arrive early. You can also visit the barn where the horses from Main Street live. 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 storytelling staff around.

What free activities are at Disney Springs?

Fountains at Disney Springs– Playing in the fountains at the shopping center, formerly known as Downtown Disney has consumed afternoons for us!  There are two splash pads in Disney Springs. The first is by the entrance by the Art of Disney. The second is by the Earl of Sandwich.  We dress the kids in swimsuits, bring a towel, and change of clothes.  They love it when we turn them loose and let them run.  If they’re not dressed for it, they often make a break for it anyway!

Disney Springs Entertainment: Let’s break it down to the most important part: chocolate! Yes, the Ghiradelli Chocolate store often gives out free samples. We have a lot of fun wandering around, window shopping, people watching, and viewing life shows.  You can often see a live bird show by the Rainforest Cafe or a glassblower in Arribas Brothers.  Also, watching the giant helium balloon float up and down is entertaining.  If all else fails, wash your hands with a free sugar scrub at the shop called Basin.

Lego Store at Disney Springs has full-size statues made from Lego blocks.  Our little boys love the Lego shop. They play with the free Lego blocks in the giant outdoor block building area.  There are various massive Lego structures to enjoy in the vicinity.

What is the best combination of all activities?

Finally, the boat ride between Disney Springs and Old Key West, Port Orléans, or Saratoga springs is incredible.  Our son has autism and loves the boat rides to the resorts. There are water taxis that depart from the Marketplace dock in Disney Springs.  Take the path in Disney Springs that takes you past the Christmas shop and Rainforest Cafe. Keep going towards the lush canal scenery, and hop aboard the water taxi.  .  Once you hit the resorts, be sure to explore. It’s worth the wait!

What are your favorite free activities at Walt Disney World

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