Disney World is the dream holiday for many but it can also be super expensive. That is why we are sharing these free things to do at Disney World, so you can fill your trip with fun things to do without spending a fortune.
Visit Disney Springs
This one is an obvious choice. Disney Springs offers unique shopping and fantastic dining options but it is also a great place to hang out. With interactive shops that offer free samples, live music each night outside the amphitheatre and street entertainers too, Disney Springs should be visited on any trip to Disney World.
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See animals in the Savanna
Visit the Animal Kingdom Lodge to check out some of the wonderful animals around the resort. Pick up an Animal viewing guide from the concierge to find out more information about the inhabitants and where to find them. Tip – head up to the second floor for a great view.
The Lego Store – Disney Springs
If you or your kids love Lego, you have to visit the Lego Store in Disney Springs. There are interactive play areas and impressive lego creations around the store, making this a great addition to your Disney World day.
This scenic boardwalk is an ideal place to spend an evening. With free samples from the Ample Hills Creamery, live entertainers, gorgeous views across the water and plenty of outdoor seating areas, unwinding here at night is the perfect way to spend a romantic evening.
Movie Under the Stars
Head to Fort Wilderness to enjoy a Movie Under the Stars. Many Disney hotels offer this if you are staying on-site (check with the concierge) but Fort Wilderness is open to everyone, even if you are not staying at a Disney hotel. Watch a Disney movie just after sundown – the perfect way to relax after a long day at the parks.
Watch the fireworks
You don’t have to be in the Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks. Head to the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge or the concourse at The Contemporary to catch the Electrical Water Pageant and the fireworks from here.
The Disney resorts are unique, themed and stunning. It is worth taking time out of your busy itineraries to simply explore these resorts; you can explore by yourself or speak with the hotel concierge to see if they are one of the resorts that offer tours.
Enjoy the boat rides
There are a few different boat rides to enjoy around Disney World. Take the ferry boat at Magic Kingdom or take the cruise between Disney Springs and Port Orleans. Better still, jump on the Friendship Boats between Hollywood Studios and Epcot, stopping at Boardwalk, the Yacht and Beach Club and the Swan and Dolphin too.
Head to the Wilderness Lodge and pick up a free ‘Hidden Mickey Hunt’ guide at the front desk. This will give you hints as to where to find Mickeys around the resort. Many are inside so this is a great activity on a rainy day.
Grand Floridian Live music
Stop by the Grand Floridian Resort for daily musical performances by the Society Orchestra. They play throughout the day, next to the lobby so you can’t miss them. You can also catch a solo pianist playing classic Disney music between the full shows.
Jump on Walt Disney World’s latest form of transportation – the Skyliner. This gondola ride carries you between Epcot, Hollywood Studios and a handful of resorts for free.
Head over to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort to enjoy some free drawing classes, open to any Walt Disney World resort guests. These lessons begin at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm. Hollywood Studios Animation Academy also offers classes but these are less frequent.
Every evening, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground holds the Chip ‘n’ Dales Campfire Sing-Along; a chance to sing alongside some Disney characters. Alternatively, both Animal Kingdom Lodge and Port Orleans Riverside offer campfires with storytelling.
Head to the America Gardens Theatre near Epcot’s American Pavilion, to enjoy concerts throughout the year. During winter, this becomes a candlelight processional Christmas story but a full calendar is available here.
Well, those are the free things to do at Disney World – we hope you have a great trip and make the most out of the cheaper attractions in WDW. Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below.