A Walt Disney World vacation can be rather expensive. Whether you’re pinching pennies, or splurging, everyone loves a good freebie! Here are 11 free things in and out of the parks.
People love spectacle. Fireworks are spectacle. People love fireworks. You can see a different firework show at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and at Disney’s Hollywood Studio. Firework viewing is part of your regular park admittance. However, you can see the fireworks from outside the park too! Head to Ticket and Transportation Center, Polynesian Village, or Contemporary or other Seven Seas Lagoon resorts to see Magic Kingdom’s fireworks. Go to the Boardwalk area to see fireworks from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
FastPass lets you shorten your wait time for certain attractions. It’s free at Walt Disney World, and be thankful, because it’s not free elsewhere. The Quick Queue at Seaworld costs as does the GO FAST Pass at 6 Flags and the Express Pass at Universal Studios.
9. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Many people don’t even know about this game! Go to the Fire Station in Town Square to get a free pack of playing cards. Then, you explore the park looking for play windows to battle villains. The windows are located all over the park. Plus, when you go home, you have a fun, free souvenir!
8. Celebration Pins
Stop by Guest Relations in any park, or the concierge desk at your hotel for free celebration pins. The pins include Birthday, First Visit, and a blank Celebration pin so you can celebrate anything! Guests and Cast Members will congratulate you all day.
Many candy shops around Walt Disney World offer free samples throughout the day. The Confectionery on Main Street in Magic Kingdom often gives out cotton candy samples. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop down at Disney Springs also regularly hands out chocolate samples.
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6. Campfires at the Resorts
Many resorts on property (the Deluxe and Moderates) offer complimentary campfire fixin’s like marshmallows and roasting sticks. While you’re there, hear stories and sing songs.
5. Pin Trading
Yes, it does cost money to buy a few pins to start. You can buy your starter pins in the parks from a special pack or a la carte. Or, you can find pins online for way cheaper (make sure they are official Disney pins, though, or you won’t be able to trade with them). However you get your pins, once you have them, trading with other guests or with Cast Members (many wear lanyards) is totally free!
4. Movie Nights
Most resorts will show movies outside, weather permitting, in the evenings. This is a fun way to wind down after a fun day in the parks. Movies are typically shown near the pool or the beach (where applicable).
Don’t buy water bottles when you can get water for free! Just ask at a counter service restaurant or a kiosk for a cup of water. This free drink is a smart way to stay cool and hydrated during a hot day. Dehydration is a common complaint at the First Aid Station. Avoid it altogether by taking advantage of free water!
2. Visit Cinderella’s Horses
You can see Cinderella’s ponies, the Main Street Horses, and more over at Tri Circle D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Besides the horses, watch blacksmiths make horseshoes and see the Dragon Calliope, a horse-drawn musical instrument that Walt purchased for Disneyland parades.
1. Kidcot Stations
Some families worry that World Showcase is a little too “adult” for the younger set. While World Showcase does offer a lot to appeal to adults (like specialty shops and alcohol), each country has a Kidcot Station. Children receive a Ziplock “suitcase” and stickers. Each pavilion will also provide a special informative card relative to the host country.
If your little princess loves glitter, but you don’t want to shell out the moolah at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, go to Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom for a sprinkle of pixie dust in her hair!
What do you think of these free things at Walt Disney World? Have you taken advantage of any of them? Or all of them?