Top 20 Disney Experiences For $20 Or Under

While a Walt Disney World vacation is not cheap, there are some experiences that don’t blow the budget. With so much to do, it’s easy to find something to make your wallet and your family happy! Here are twenty activities under $20!

20. Harmony Barber Shop

First haircuts aren’t the only things happening here. Children and adults can get a trim too!

Cost: $19.00 adults, $18.00 children, tip not included

19. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Stop by the Firehouse in Town Square for a package of playing cards. Then, find the magical windows located all over Magic Kingdom to help Merlin defeat Hades and other villains from making Magic Kingdom their new summer home.

Cost: free

18. Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

When you report for duty, you’ll receive a F.O.N.E. (Field Operative Notification Equipment). Use the F.O.N.E. to search for clues around the World SHowcase pavilions and help Agent P find and defeat Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Cost: free

17. Pick a Pearl

At several locations, guests can choose an oyster from a tank, watch a Cast Member open it, and keep the pearl inside. Guests can choose from a variety of mountings (separate cost), or keep the loose pearl as a souvenir.

Cost: varies by location, around $17.00

16. Kidcot

Each World Showcase pavilion has a little spot just for kids wear they can decorate a cardboard Duffy.

Cost: free

15. Club Cool

Nestled near the Fountain View Starbucks in Epcot’s Future World sits Club Cool, the thirsty guest’s paradise. Here you can sample six different sodas from around the world. The selection changes from time to time, but the Beverly has been a long time tradition.

Cost: free

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14. Silhouettes

Silhouettes are an old fashioned souvenir. These are made from cut paper of a person’s profile. You can find artists on Main Street and in Liberty Square (Magic Kingdom) and in France (Epcot).

Cost: starts at $12.00

13. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Younglings can learn the ways of the Force! Jedi Training is on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens when Disney’s Hollywood Studio opens for the day, and located at the Indiana Jones Outpost. Trainees must be aged 4-12 and must be present at registration.

Cost: free

12. Pin Trading

Trade pins with other guests or with Cast Members who wear pin lanyards specifically to trade with guests. The only cost here is for the pins themselves, since the trading part is free. Pins are an inexpensive souvenir in the parks, and can great deals can be found online as well or at garage sales.

Cost: varies depending on type of pin, but starts around $8.00 in the parks and resorts

11. Photopass Photographers

Photopass photographers will take your picture for free with your camera. Photographers are trained to use any camera or phone. You just have to be comfortable with handing over your (potentially expensive) equipment. Note: it is not guaranteed that they will agree to take a picture with your equipment, but most will.

Cost: free

10. Celebration Pins

First Visit. Happy Birthday. Just Married. These are a few of the celebration buttons available for guests to wear. Pick them up at the hotel concierge or Guest Relations in any park.

Cost: free

9. Pony Rides

Over at Fort Wilderness, pony rides are available from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Tri Circle D Ranch. No reservations necessary. Riders must be at least two years old, and no more than 80 pounds or 48 inches.

Cost: $8.00

8. Pressed Pennies

All you need are two quarters and a shiny penny (Preferably a penny made before 1982. Pennies made after then have zinc under the copper coating which will leave a silver streak. The shape will also not hold as well!). The pressing machines are scattered all over the resort. Kids will love finding, making, and collecting the pressed pennies, so make sure to bring plenty of change.

Cost: $0.51

7. Miniature Golf

Fantasia Gardens has two 18 hole courses, one designed as a whimsical family-friendly course replete with characters from Fantasia, the other is designed as literally a miniature golf course with sand traps and water hazards.

Cost: $14.00 adults, $12.00 children

6. Aerophile (formerly Characters in Flight)

Soar over Disney Springs in a tethered hot air balloon.

Cost: $20.00 adults, $15.00 children

5. Canoes

Adult guests can rent canoes to paddle around the inlets and lagoons of Fort Wilderness.

Cost: $11.00

4. Movies Under the Stars

Each resort offers an outdoor movie at night. Ask the concierge for times and locations.

Cost: free

3. Campfires

The Deluxe, Moderate, and the campsites offer nightly campfires for guests (weather permitting). Ask the concierge for times and locations.

Cost: free

2. Wagon Rides

A horse-drawn wagon takes guests on a scenic tour through Fort Wilderness Resort. The wagon ride lasts 25 minutes.

Cost: $8.00 adults, $5.00 children.

1. Electrical Water Pageant

The Pageant originated to celebrate Polynesian Resort’s debut, and has been around ever since. See the lights float past on Seven Seas Lagoon from any Magic Kingdom area Resort or from Ticket and Transportation Center.

Cost: free

What are you favorite Disney experiences?

About Robin Swanson

Robin’s Disney journey began with Beauty and the Beast bedsheets, a Jasmine dress up set, and a purring Nala plush. As a child in the 1990s, the renaissance and classic animations alike captivated her imagination. In 2008, Robin visited Walt Disney World for the first time, and the obsession really took hold. Since then, Robin has enjoyed visiting the Happiest Place on Earth many more times. She lives in the Chicago suburbs where she is wrapping up a Masters in writing. When not at Disney World, Robin enjoys researching fairytales, eating ice cream, Netflix binging, reading and, of course, planning the next Walt Disney World vacation!