15 Best Free Things At Disney World!
Posted By Pam Tyson Yasinski on January 25th, 2019
We all know that Disney World itself isn’t free. There’s transportation to get there, lodging and the park admission itself. Not to mention food and souvenirs. That makes finding things that are free a true treasure! With a little magic and a bit of digging, you can find some things that actually are free!
Many resorts have free activities like crafts, games, pool activities and movies. Of course, these will vary by resort.
As soon as you arrive, the first free thing you should get is a celebration button. These buttons open the door for other free things when you wear them inside the park.
Cookie, Cotton Candy or Ice Cream Samples
While on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, stop by the Confectionery. If it isn’t overly crowded, there will likely be a Cast Member with samples of cookies, cotton candy or some other free treat.
If you have a dining pass you can get a free cup with unlimited refills to use at your resort. Sunshine Seasons and Electric Umbrella at Epcot, Tortuga Tavern and Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Restaurantosaurus and Satu’li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom all have free, self-service drink refill stations.
Wake Up Call
Guests of Walt Disney World resort hotels can request a free wakeup call from none other than Mickey Mouse or Stitch on their hotel phone. How cool is that?!
Buying souvenirs and winning prizes is a highlight on any vacation. Often the drudgery of carrying these treasures outweighs the joy. Here’s some magic for you, if you’re staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, anything you purchase in the park can be delivered to your hotel for free. However, this not available on the last day of your trip.
Many guests purchase Disney’s PhotoPass which gives guests the ability to view and purchase photos taken by Disney Photographers online and at the theme parks. BUT...any PhotoPass Cast Member or character attendant will take photos of you with your camera for free!
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Movies Under the Stars
Most Walt Disney World resort hotels, and every night at Fort Wilderness, you can see a movie under the stars. The shows are usually scheduled to start just after sundown. A different Disney film is shown each night and most are on a big screen. Attendance is free if you’re a hotel guest.
The America Gardens Theatre near Epcot’s American Adventure pavilion has concerts in the spring, summer and fall...most of which are free.
Parades are free entertainment once inside the park. But if your timing is right, you can see the Electric Light Water Parade for free from the Ferry at the Magic Kingdom. Another way is to park at the Magic Kingdom and take the monorail to the Polynesian hotel and see it for free on the beach.
Magic Kingdom Fireworks
Of course, fireworks are free once you’ve entered the park. Or you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show for free from the Ticket & Transportation Center, just to the right of the entrance to the Ferry to the Magic Kingdom. You can also watch Epcot’s Illuminations fireworks from most places around the Yacht & Beach Club, the Boardwalk or the bridge between the two.
Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-Along is a nightly campfire show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground that occurs at 7 or 8 p.m., depending upon the season. This is a great way to interact with characters outside the parks!
This sounds pretty boring until you find yourself thirsty on a hot Florida day. Aside from the drinking fountains, Walt Disney World counter service restaurants will give you a free cup of water or a free cup of hot water. Remember to ask for a large cup!
Monorail & Boat Rides
Transportation inside Walt Disney World is free, but the monorail and boat rides are more like entertainment than just a free ride. The monorail is a great “attraction,” as well as a relaxing and fun activity. The same can be said for the many boats at Walt Disney World. Even without park tickets, relaxing on the boats or monorail is a must!
Dining Under Age 3
At Walt Disney World buffets and family-style restaurants, kids under age three eat for free off of a parents’ plate. When the budget is getting low, this is a very welcomed money saver.
The Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom will sprinkle confetti and “pixie dust” on your kid’s hair for free. Castle Couture also has “pixie dust.” What a great way to sparkle as the fireworks light up the sky to draw your fairytale vacation to a close.