10 Free Things to do at Disney World
The most magical place on earth doesn’t have to be the most expensive! On your trip to Disney World, there are so many free things to do that you really should plan a day or two just to explore these fun options! Add these 10 free things to do at Disney World to extend your trip or just spend some time outside the parks without breaking the bank.
1. Explore Disney Springs
Walk around Disney Springs, Disney’s shopping district and check out the free entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. Of course, you can spend some cash to dine and shop, but there is often free outdoor entertainment by musicians and other performers that will delight your whole family. You can get to Disney Springs via bus transport from the parks and some of the resorts!
If you’re looking for a souvenirs, this Disney Store is the place to stop. It’s literally the biggest store we found while visiting on vacation – we got all of our souvenirs here.
Aside from shopping, we also saw an orchestra playing in the amphitheater in the Marketplace area, we sat and watched an Irish singer perform outside at one of the restaurants, and didn’t need to go into the restaurant to watch and enjoy! We did however celebrate my birthday with a nice dinner at Planet Hollywood Observatory!
Best of all, the people watching! Sit and hang out in the shade by the fountain and watch people – you know you want to!
Don’t forget the boat rides. Read more about that on #9!
2. Camp Out at “Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long”
Watch a movie under the stars and sing-along with Chip ‘N Dale at the campsites at Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Bring chairs and blankets and your own s’mores materials (or purchase kits there). You can take pictures of the kids with characters and have a night to remember, all for free! Don’t forget your Disney T-Shirts!
3. Magic Kingdom Fireworks Show
Visit the Polynesian or the Grand Floridian to see the nightly fireworks display that every Disney goer talks about, without paying entrance to the park. Find the best spot by asking a cast member where you should go to see the fireworks.
Of course if you’re in the park, you can also enjoy the fireworks show right in front of Cinderella’s Castle. The hub is probably the best spot to catch the fireworks show, but you can see them from many parts of the park. Try main street, or near the entrance if you’d like to make a quick exit when the show is over.
4. Electrical Water Pageant
This nightly show is displayed on the Seven Seas Lagoon and viewable from the same place as the fireworks show. You can also catch a great view from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge or Contemporary Resort.
You’ll hear Disney and patriotic tunes as you view underwater creatures that light up the lagoon. It’s a fun show for the whole family.
5. Free Water*
Okay, so I don’t know about this one any longer. On our recent visit, there were many places where the fountain drinks had been removed from the quick service restaurants. Some quick serves may still have free fountain water, but the couple of places we stopped at said that they had their fountain removed.
However, Starbucks still gave us nice big cups of free ice water! Go to Starbucks, which are located throughout the various parks, grab a snack and a couple cups of free water! Ask for a large ice waters! Plus, Starbucks water is filtered, so it tastes really good too!
6. Hop from Resort to Resort
We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, which is a budget friendly moderate resort. However, you do not have to stay at a resort to visit it.
Resort hopping is a popular, free activity with Disney World visitors. Check out the unique restaurants and gorgeous surroundings of Disney World Resort properties. Many of the resorts have playgrounds for the kids, and the kids at heart. You may even find some cool creatures — these guys were jamming along one of the streets at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort.
Note: You may not use the pools if you are not a guest at the particular resort hotel.
7. Kids Eat Free Under Three
At family-style or buffet restaurants, kids under three are free of charge! Save money on meals for the little ones that still have appetites for grown up food.
8. Ride the Monorail
Disney’s favorite transportation system is free to ride.
Use the monorail to resort hop and visit certain parks. Board the train and let the family enjoy the ride while you see the extraordinary scenery of the most magical place on earth. Plus, it’s a great way to get off your feet and rest for a little bit!
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- Magic Kingdom park
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)
The Epcot Monorail and the Express Monorail originate at the Transportation and Ticket Center and offer express round-trip service to Epcot and Magic Kingdom park.
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9. Boat Rides!
While visiting Disney Springs, jump on the free boat for a nice breezy ride around the lake! You can ride the boat from one dock to the next, it’s free, fun and will save your feet from pounding the pavement as you navigate your way from one part of Disney Springs to the next! The captains are great, humorous and the breeze on the boat ride is nice, too! Watch for the Amphicars that can be seen driving around the lake!
There are so many places throughout Disney World to take a free boat ride. Hop on a ferry at the Magic Kingdom to explore several of the waterfront resorts. If you’re visiting Epcot or Hollywood Studios on your stay, both are just a boat ride away!
10. Stroll Along the Boardwalk
Disney World’s Boardwalk is another popular area to enjoy entertainment, dining, and shopping. You may see magicians, comedians, or other entertainers perform for free. Nightlife is hopping on the Boardwalk. Adults may want to spend some time at the clubs after taking a free stroll to see what’s happening for the night!
Disney World is full of so many fun and FREE things to do. You really should plan a day or two outside of visiting the parks and take advantage of these free things to do at Disney!