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25 things at Disneyworld that are completely free
When you think of a Disney World vacation, the first word that comes to mind might be: expensive. It’s true! Disney is the most magical place on earth, and it’s also pricey. There are so many wonderful things about a Disney vacation, and some of them can be free. Yes, free!
Here are 25 free things at Disney World. We’ll talk about entirely free things at Disney World and things that are free to Walt Disney World Resort guests.
1. Celebration Buttons
Let’s start with the one you might already know about: celebration buttons. Make sure to pick up a celebration button if you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon, or another special event. You may get additional freebies by having a celebration button and you may not. Don’t ask Cast Members for magical extras, because you won’t get them. That’s what makes them magical!
If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I love Universal Studios. However, Universal and many other parks charges for FastPasses, and Disney does not! You can sign up for three Fast Passes per day, and then continue to sign up for more in the app until they are gone.
Resort hotel guests can sign up for a FastPass up to 60 days in advance, and all Disney World guests can sign up in the My Disney Experience App 30 days in advance. Make sure to book those FastPasses in advance as the popular rides do fill up quickly.
3. Kids Under 3
Children under 3 are free at Disney World. You don’t have to pay for a ticket for any children under 3, which is helpful if you have a 2-year-old who can ride the rides and enjoy themselves.
4. Dining for Kids under 3
Children under three years of age can also dine for free at Disney World. They can eat off their parent’s plates, and many restaurants also give them a drink – completely free! This is a massive advantage at a buffet.
Wifi is free throughout Disney World parks and the Disney World resorts. It isn’t always fantastic in the parks, but it is free.
6. Meeting Characters*
Meeting characters at Disney world is entirely free in some scenarios. Yes, there are some times when you need a dining reservation, etc. to meet a character, but many characters meet-and-greets are free.
7. Character Autographs
8. Visting Disney World Resorts
You can use Disney transportation to visit resorts, even if you aren’t staying there. Some of the high-end resorts may not allow you to park without a dining reservation, but you can take Disney Transporation or another form of transportation to those resorts.
Disney wants you to stay on property, so they want you to check out the resorts. There are even activities at resorts that are often available to anyone but check at the front desk to make sure.
9. Viewing Animals at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Seeing animals at Animal Kingdom Lodge is one example of something you can do at a resort without being a resort guest. You can head over to the Animal Kingdom to take a look at the animals from one of the many viewing locations. Checking out the animals is a great thing to do if you plan a day away from the parks.
10. Fireworks, Parades, and Shows
While there are some separately ticketed events, the fireworks and shows at Disney World are absolutely free. Fireworks and parades are some of the favorites of the free things to do at Disney World. Make sure to check out which shows are available during your stay. You can check the times of fireworks, parades, and shows in the My Disney Experience app.
11. Transportation Trading Cards
This is one of those free things at Disney World that’s a little lesser-known. Disney has trading cards for the various types of transportation, make sure to ask for one.
12. Sorcerers at the Magic Kingdom
Visit the Firehouse on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom to sign up and receive free key cards.
13. Drawing Lessons
The Art of Animation Resort and the Conservation Station in the Animal Kingdom both offer free art lessons daily. You do not have to be staying at either resort to participate, and it’s a lot of fun for the whole family.
14. Disney Play App
The Disney Play App has a lot of interactive games that you can play around the park. There’s a lot to discover, and it’s a great way to kill time while waiting in line.
I’ve talked about this in my Disney World hacks, but remember that water is always free at Disney World. There’s no need to spend $4-$5 on bottled water. You can request a cup of water at any counter service restaurant. If you bring a reusable bottle, they are not allowed to fill it but will give you enough cups water to fill it yourself.
Using all those cups does seem wasteful, but thankfully Disney World is adding more water refill stations every day. Make sure to fill up if you see one.
16. PhotoPass photos from cast members
Yes, you can sign up for a PhotoPass (and probably should), but did you know that the cast member or helper will take a photo with your phone? All you have to do is ask.
17. Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long
The campfire sing-a-long and classic movie are one of the free things at Disney World that I can’t believe is free! The Movie and Campfire Singalong at Fort Wilderness is entirely free, and you get to meet Chip and Dale!
If you’re lucky, you might score some free stickers at Disney World. You can often find stickers at the Disney Vacation Club kiosks. Many Cast Members also have stickers and might offer them to younger guests.
19. Disney Springs
You don’t have to have a park ticket to visit Disney Springs, so I had to include it on the free things at Disney World list.
20. Hidden Mickey Scavenger Hunts
There are two free Hidden Mickey Scavenger Hunts at Wilderness Lodge. You do not have to be a guest to participate in the scavenger hunts.
Free things at Disney World for Disney Resort Guests
While there are plenty of free things at Disney World for everyone, there are even more for resort guests.
Disney World Resort guests can enjoy complimentary transportation to and from the airports and throughout the parks. Don’t forget to get your free transportation trading cards too (#11.)
MagicBands are available for everyone, but Disney Resort guests get them for free. There is a small charge for personalized bands, but the basic MagicBands are complimentary for resort guests.
23. Resort Activities
Make sure to check the activity calendar when you check into your resort. Disney Resorts are regularly adding activities for resort guests, which is perfect for a resort day away from the theme parks.
The Caribbean Beach Resort offers free yoga. It is first come first serve, but check it out if you love yoga.
25. Luggage Storage
I am like a broken record when I tell you DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR RENTAL CAR, I know. However, if you’re a Disney World resort guest, you don’t have to worry about it! Disney resorts will hold your luggage for you even after you check out, which is excellent for those who have flights that don’t leave until the evening. While you’re planning your vacation, check out all the cute Disney luggage for your trip!
More Disney Travel Tips
Booking your Disney Vacation
Now that you know all of the free things at Disney World, it’s time to start planning your vacation. Planning a Disney vacation is a lot harder than it sounds! In my opinion, it’s one of the hardest vacations to plan. Between dining reservations, Fast Passes, figuring out where to stay, whether or not you need a car, it’s a lot!
One of the best Disney World Tips that I can give you is to book with a Disney Certified Travel Agent – like me! Booking with a Disney Travel Agent will save a lot of time and money. Here are the types of things that I do as a Disney Travel Agent:
- Itinerary Planning
- Helping figure out which dining plan is best for you (if any!)
- Helping with Advanced Dining Reservations
- Fast Pass Recommendations
- Tips on how to make the best use of the My Disney Experience App
- Making sure that you get the most current promotions to save you money!
If booking with a Disney Travel Agent sounds like the right thing for your family, make sure to contact me! Better yet, go ahead and fill out my custom travel request form and let’s start planning your epic Disney World vacation.
DIY your Disney Planning
If you plan to DIY your vacation, I understand that too! I highly recommend buying your tickets through Undercover Tourist if you choose not to use a Travel Agent. There are a lot of really scammy sites out there, so make sure you’re booking through an approved partner (like Undercover Tourist,) or an approved Travel Agent!
If you plan to stay off property, I recommend checking out Expedia to see what is available in the Orlando area outside of the Disney Resorts.
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