It’s no secret that Walt Disney World can be expensive, especially for families. Everything at this magical place costs something, and when you find simple items that are overpriced, you may end up feeling a little sticker shock. The way to get a little balance for your bank account is to find some of the free things at Disney. Believe it or not, there are plenty. Take a look at our list of the top five things you can get for free at Walt Disney World.
Top Five Things you can Get Free at Disney World
Fort Wilderness: There are so many fun things to do at Fort Wilderness, most of which won’t cost you a dime. Whether you take in Chip and Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long (bring your own marshmallows!), enjoy an outdoor movie on the big screen, visit the petting zoo, or wander the nature trails, there’s a whole lot of free happening at Fort Wilderness. And don’t forget that from the beaches here you can view the Electrical Water Pageant and the fireworks from the Wishes show over the Magic Kingdom. And because you’re a Disney guest, all of the fun amenities – boat transportation to Fort Wilderness, swimming in the local pools, and touring the grounds – are free, free, free.
Resort pools: If you decide to take a break from the park, why not spend the day poolside? Each resort is home to unique and totally fun waterslides and pools. We’re not talking about your run of the mill, hole in the ground pools with dinky plastic waterslides. This is still Disney World, after all. The resorts have pools with cascading waterfalls, lava rocks, huge clamshells, and enormous animal-themed waterslides with more twists and turns than Space Mountain. Our favorites include the Polynesian’s volcano pool and the Colorado Springs Maya-themed pool with its 120-foot slide. If you’re in the mood for a “beachier” experience, try the sandy pool at the Yacht Club Resort or the white sand beaches at the Polynesian. The pools are free to anyone staying at a Walt Disney World resort, so be sure to plan on visiting more than one!
Memorabilia: For the thrifty traveler celebrating any event at Walt Disney World – an anniversary, a wedding, a birthday – be sure and ask for a free pin at Town Hall in the Magic Kingdom. You’ll get your very own pin autographed by the cast member who gives it to you. Sure, it’s just a little metal badge commemorating your event, but it’s a sweet and kid-friendly souvenir. Sporting your free pin will get you attention from well-wishers all day long, especially from cast members. It may even land you a free drink or dessert here and there. So pick up your pin, wear it proudly, and see what other precious swag you can snag throughout the day.
Robot Souvenir: If you just don’t feel like shelling out more cash for a Disney plush, head over to Plastic Works at Innoventions in Epcot for a free souvenir that will have much more meaning that a stuffed Mickey Mouse toy. Plastic Works allows you to design robots with a computer and play around with your digital model. Then you have to opportunity to make your own robot from bits of plastic. Your handmade, one-of-a-kind robot is yours to keep . . . for a grand total of $0.00.
Drinks at Epcot: As long as you’re at Epcot, you’ve got to try the abundance of free drinks at Club Cool near the Innoventions pavilion. There’s bottomless Coca-Cola from around the world, as well as samples of free drinks from several nations. There’s a Coca-Cola and orange mixture from Germany called Mezzo, a non-alcoholic apertivo from Italy, a carbonated watermelon concoction from China, and much more. And if you’re worried about having the young ones hopped up on the world’s biggest sugar high, drop your apprehensions at the door: caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks are clearly labeled, so you can still retain some control over your tykes.
There are plenty more things to be found for free at Disney World, from boat trips and monorail rides to simply touring the resorts. Just remember that no matter what you choose to do, you can still have a ton of fun at Walt Disney World without breaking the bank.