Free Things to Do at Disney World Part 1

Free Things to Do at Disney WorldIs Disney World expensive?

You bet your butt it is! But there are so many things you can do that don’t cost a penny once you are actually there. So, don’t go and try to get your unwilling kid to climb aboard that pony for $8 quite yet…because this is Part 1 of a much longer series that will include tons of things you can enjoy at absolutely no cost once you arrive at Disney World.

1. Performances

This one is great because you don’t even have to set foot in the parks to enjoy the live performances at Disney’s BoardWalk. Very often, you can see jugglers, comedians, jazz ensembles, or even fire-eaters!

2. Watch Animals

Head over to Animal Kingdom Lodge, and you can walk around outside and watch the amazing animals! There aren’t as many as there are at Animal Kingdom itself, but it is still very enjoyable and there are Cast Members nearby who are ready and willing to tell you all about the animals. If you happen to be a guest at Animal Kingdom Lodge, you have access to a special evening viewing.

3. Create a Journal

A fun activity for any age can be creating a journal as a keepsake of your trip! Write down specific memories you don’t ever want to forget – a special meal, your favorite attraction, a magical moment with a character, etc. Even just a single sheet of paper can be trimmed and added to a scrapbook for years of future enjoyment!

4. Search for Hidden Mickeys

A lot of people are aware of Hidden Mickeys. But, did you know that there are books and websites dedicated solely to these fun little finds? Take a picture and jot down where you spotted one and search online to see if you found one not mentioned on the popular sites. Pictures are another nice addition to your Journal, too!

5. Free Snack Samples

The Main Street Confectionery hands out free samples every day! Cotton candy is a common sample.

6. Create a Family Tradition

Find a lovely spot that isn’t a “typical” photo op place (like in front of Cinderella’s Castle) and have fun coming up with a not-so-common or silly pose for a picture. You can duplicate the pose on future family outings and vacations and even duplicate it in other Disney parks!

7. Watch a Movie

Some of the resorts on Disney property offer movies under the stars for free!

8. Roast Marshmallows

Some resorts even offer campfires at night with marshmallow roasting!

9. Play with Legos

There are bins full of Legos in front of the Lego Store at DownTown Disney – play away!

10. Take a Guided Tour

Select resorts at Walt Disney World offer complementary guided tours! Wonders of the Lodge is a 1-hour tour of Wilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom Lodge has three different tours.


That’s all for now, but be sure to keep checking back because this will be an ongoing series featuring free (or close to free) activities you can enjoy with your family.