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It’s no secret Walt Disney World can be expensive. Check out these things you can get for FREE at Disney World. Bet you didn’t know there are FREE Disney World Souvenirs. And they are excellent ones too! Enjoy your Disney vacation even more.
Top Free Things to Do at Disney World
It’s no secret that Walt Disney World can be expensive, especially for families. Planning your trip ahead of time can save you time and money. Everything from your activities, rides (fast pass), and meals can be a bit overwhelming. After visiting Disney World with my favorite crew we have spotted some fun things that are NO COST.
There are so many things to love about a Disney vacation. And Yes, some of them are absolutely free.
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.
Everything at this magical place costs something, and when you find simple items that are overpriced, you may end up feeling a little sticker shocked.
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 lot of free happening at Fort Wilderness.
And don’t forget that from the beaches where 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 the fun amenities – boat transportation to Fort Wilderness, swimming in the local pools, and touring the grounds – are free, free, free.
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 water slides and pools. We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill hole in the ground pools with dinky plastic water slides.
This is still Disney World, after all. The resorts have pools with cascading waterfalls, lava rocks, huge clamshells, and enormous animal-themed water slides 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 for anyone staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, so be sure to plan on visiting more than one!
Celebration PINS! 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 or your on resort hotel. 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.
There are so many characters meet and greets throughout the Disney Parks and they’re all FREE! Many will show up randomly as well. So keep your eyes peeled. My family prior to our vacation created our own autograph books. Purchasing cheap, but very cool journals. My kids then decorated them.
Your kids will have fun collecting all of the autographs from their favorite Disney characters. Don’t forget to visit Olaf in Disney’s Hollywood Studios; you know how much he loves warm hugs!
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 is 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.
Stay Hydrated – ALWAYS – FREE Ice Water
Walking around Disney world can really work up a thirst. Make sure you and your family are staying well hydrated.
Ice water or a cup of ice is completely FREE at Disney World. Inside the Disney Parks at most counter service and snack stations, you can ask for ice water. Please note that if you have a refillable bottle, they are not allowed to fill it for you, but they will give you as many cups of water as you need to fill it up.