Disney can be very expensive between tickets, lodging, flights, car rides, snacks, meals, and everything in between. It can add up very quickly. But alas, I’ve compiled a list of free things to explore, do, visit at Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal King and Hollywood Studios.
- Disney Springs is free to enter, park, explore and window shop outdoor mall on Disney property. There are loads of restaurants, shops and fun activities (most of these are more than free, but its nice to know they are there).
- There is a LEGO store at Disney Springs where kids can play and create for a while. There’s also a LEGO smoke breathing dragon in the lake which is pretty cool.
- Free LEGOs. If you’re a kid ages 6 – 14 you can go to the LEGO store on the first Tuesday of every months to learn how to build a really neat mini model. And you get to keep it!
- The Marketplace Stage which is an open-aired venue where there are daily live performances you can watch for free.
- The Basin offers free sample hand lotions and hand scrubs you can try in store.
- Photo ops in Disney Springs. There are lots of Disney characters (not live ones but plastic ones). There are princesses, lego dragons, Buzz Lightyear, and so many more.
- Disney Springs has a splash pad which is amazing for cooling off. Have the kiddos run around, burn some energy and have some fun.
- You can watch the makings of some sweet treats at Goofy’s Candy Co.
- Go explore the rain forest at the Rain forest Cafe. There are tons of animistic animals. Oh and the gorgeous fish tank that I can literally watch for hours.
- Dig for some bones at the Paleo Zone at the T-Rex Cafe.
- Spend some time searching for hidden Mickeys around Disney Springs.
- Chocolate. Ghiradelli’s offers free chocolate samples.
- Movie Props. Planet Hollywood offers a huge collection of movie props. It’s so cool to just take a walk around, ooooo-ing and awwwww-ing over the kind of stuff you’ll find in there.
- Boat Ride. Disney Springs has a boat shuttle from Port Orleans that travels around Sassagoula River.
- Watch an Artist. There are artists making siloette cut outs, drawing guests, making glass figures, there is so much to see!
Disney’s Magic Kingdom
- Pirate Coins. These are plastic coins which cast members pass out to guests.
- Hair Confetti. The Harmony Barber Ship, found on Main Street USA, will sprinkle confetti or fairy dust on your child’s head for free.
- Fireworks Show. Each night (weather permitting) Magic Kingdom offers a firework show at the end of the night.
- Parade. The Magic Kingdom has several parades during the day with lots of music, dancing, jumping and tons of fun. Check times on their website or map.
- KidCot stops which are activities around the different pavilions for kids to participate in if they are bored or want to collect during their trip.
- Concerts. Epcot offers free concert series during the holidays in the American pavilion.
- Club Cool. Club Cool offers a variety of soda samples from around the world. Have as many free samples as possible.
- Go on a secret mission. Phineas and Ferb need your help. They need you to go on Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. It’s really fun. As you walk through the different pavilions around the world, you get to solve clues while doing it.
- Project Tomorrow Photo. You can email a photo of you to whoever you’d like after you get off Spaceship Earth.
- Jedi Trained. Hollywood Studios offers Jedi Training for those children aged 4 – 12 in the audience for about 20 minutes. This is an on going adventure that happens often.
- Pixie Dust Pouch. According to Sand and or Snow blog (click the link for the blog posting where they talk about the Pixie Dust), there is a gentleman cast member that is usually around the are of the Center Stage where he passes out little pouches of pixie dust. They suggest to strike up friendly small talk with cast members as they are usually have the low down.
- Wilderness Explorer Program. There are over 30 badges/stickers to collect. Ask a cast members for details.
- Wifi. All parks offer free wifi for all guests.
- Birthday, Anniversary and First Visit pins. These are fun because cast members may have the ability to give those who wear a special button a magical moment.
- Water and ice. All counter service locations offer free water and ice if you ask for it.
- Disney World Experience App. This is free to download and to use. This will be your guide for all things Disney vacation. You can get your fast passes, times, your reservations, tickets, and so much more.
- Package Deliveries (if you stay on premise). If you’re staying on Disney property, you can buy something and have it shipped to your hotel for free. It’s neat. You get to buy more and carry less.
- Souvenir Pick Up. When purchasing at Disney World parks you can buy now and pick up at a designated location later (before you leave the park for the day).
- Pin Trading. Pin trading is free. And you can trade with any cast member who has pins on display. It’s fun.
- Hidden Mickeys. The hunt for hidden Mickeys has becomes a phenomenon.
- Disney Photographers. Disney Photographers take free group photos if asked. Yes, they take photos for PhotoPass but if you ask them they will take photos with your devise.