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.
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.
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
Each World Showcase pavilion has a little spot just for kids wear they can decorate a cardboard Duffy.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Adult guests can rent canoes to paddle around the inlets and lagoons of Fort Wilderness.
4. Movies Under the Stars
Each resort offers an outdoor movie at night. Ask the concierge for times and locations.
The Deluxe, Moderate, and the campsites offer nightly campfires for guests (weather permitting). Ask the concierge for times and locations.
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.
What are you favorite Disney experiences?