A lot of people have the misconception that if you plan or book a trip to Walt Disney World, there’s a very good chance that you might need to take a second mortgage out to pay for it. That’s not always the case, though. While the ticket prices might seem steep for many families (along with the cost of food, souvenirs, and resorts and transportation), there are a lot of things you can do at Disney for free.
If it seems too good to be true, don’t worry. We’ve got ten different things you can do at Disney without having to reach too deep in your pockets. Some of these are full-blown activities in their own right!
10 Ride The Monorail
This might seem like a very simple thing to do, but believe it or not, a lot of families love riding the monorail at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. As a matter of fact, it’s even become a tradition for some!
Not only is it a great way to get from one park to another, but you also get to see all of the parks from above (including a quick jaunt around Epcot). It’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s a special treat that you can’t experience anywhere else. Plus, you can spend an entire afternoon on the monorail without having to pay a dime for it, too.
9 Free Concerts
Have you ever wanted to see Boyz II Men in concert but can’t justify paying the ticket price for it? Well, if you happen to be at Epcot during the Food and Wine festival, you can walk around the park, eat whatever your heart desires and catch a concert at the same time!
The America Gardens Theater offers a range of different concerts, which are free to attend. They tend to be held in honor of holidays. Needless to say. the quality of every aspect of the performance is as high as Disney guests would expect.
8 Free Activities For Kids At Epcot
Don’t think that Epcot or the country showcase is just for adults. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of things that the smallest members of your family can do, including the Kid Stops in each pavilion.
While parents get to shop and dine, kids have many different free activities they can choose from. The best part is that it keeps them occupied while you check out the countries! That's what Disney is all about: catering to and effortlessly entertaining all ages!
7 Free Desserts
Did someone say free desserts at Disney? Believe it or not, they do exist! One of the best things about visiting Walt Disney World is checking out all of the unique and creative desserts that are available at all the different parks.
If you just happen to be visiting during a very special occasion, all you need to do is tell a cast member and you’ll (probably) be presented with a very special treat! A free birthday/anniversary dessert? How could you turn that offer down?
6 The BoardWalk
Walt Disney World is not just the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. There’s so much more going beyond the four parks.
In fact, guests can also check out The BoardWalk, which is home to many different hotels, shops, and restaurants. Located near Epcot, it’s a great way to spend a nice evening, too. You can park for free for up to three hours, whichi is plenty of time to explore all of the magic on offer.
5 Disney Springs
In addition to The BoardWalk, there’s also the newly-renovated Disney Springs, which is the ultimate place for Disney lovers to shop and dine during the after hours. There’s even a Starbucks, Coca Cola World, a Lego store and a movie theater!
If all of that isn't tempting enough, there are food trucks available during certain hours as well. While the food may cost you, the trip itself may not (if you're staying at the resort, of course).
4 Check Out The Resorts
If you’re getting a little fatigued from all of the park hopping, you can check out the different resorts at Walt Disney World, too. Believe it or not, some are just as fun as the parks, minus the different attractions, of course.
Naturally, certain aspects of each resort will be strictly just for the guests, but each one is so beautiful and unique that they're tourist attractions in their own right!
3 Free Electrical Water Parade
Sure, Walt Disney World provides some of the best and most memorable parades that we’ve ever seen at a theme park. Did you know, though, that there’s a parade outside of the parks that is free for the public as well?
It’s one of Disney’s best kept secrets! There’s a free electrical water parade that is just as fun as the parades in the Magic Kingdom. It's not a half-hearted affair because it's free, either: the whole show lasts around an hour and it's stunning from beginning to end!
2 Animal Kingdom Lodge
Here’s another little secret that many people don’t know about. You can check out all different kinds of exotic animals at the Animal Kingdom Lodge without having to pay for a room or better yet, the admission of your local zoo.
Kids absolutely love getting as up close and personal as they can to the many different giraffes and other animals that roam around the resort. In case you were concerned, it's absolutely safe, too!
1 Check Out A Free Movie
Did you know that most resorts at Disney offer free movies at night by their pool areas? This is a great way to wind down after a long day at the parks.
Rather than pay for a movie inside your hotel room, just grab a pool chair, relax, and enjoy a little popcorn while watching your favorite movie! The order of the day? Disney movies, of course!