We are continuing on with our free series of blogs, because lets be real, Disney can be expensive. Everyone is looking for a way to experience the magic without breaking the bank. We have previously blogged about 10 Awesome FREE things at Disney World and Disney on a Budget: 8 Money Saving Tips. Now we want to talk about free activities at Disney World, fun things to do and you don’t need a park ticket.
So let’s say you are visiting Disney World for 7 magical nights, but you only have a park ticket for 4-days. What do you do your remaining time? Well, we have some fun ideas to keep you busy, that do not require a park ticket.
1. Enjoy Disney Springs Shopping: This is one of the best places to go Disney Shopping, I have found that the stores in the parks can get very crowded, especially in the evenings before closing. Disney Springs has most of the same options, but in a different setting. If you are looking for official Disney merchandise check out: World of Disney, Ever After Jewelry, The Art of Disney, The Disney Corner, Disney’s Days of Christmas, Disney’s Pin Traders, Goofy’s Candy Company, Marketplace Co-Op, Mickey’s Pantry, and Tren-D.
2. Go Resort Hopping: Disney resorts are all themed, it does not matter if you want to visit a Deluxe grand lobby, Like Animal Kingdom Lodge, or the Grand Floridian or if you want to take pictures in Cars Land at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. There is something fun to see and do at every Disney Resort.
3. A day at the Resort Pool: Disney’s Resort pools are among the best that I have visited. They are all themed and super kid friendly. If you happen to be staying at a Deluxe resort, then you even have a fun slide to play on. Moderate resorts also have smaller slides, and value resorts have their own fun themes to them. If you are staying at Art of Animation, you can even hear special music under the water.
4. Movie under the Stars: Most Walt Disney World resorts have movie under the stars nights, where you and the family can relax outside and watch a fun Disney movie. This is a great fun free way to have some downtime at your resort. Bonus: They also do this at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii, and Disneyland Resorts.
5. Ride the Monorail or the new Skyliner Transportation: Believe it or not, you do not need a ticket to Ride the Monorail or the Skyliner. You can take a ride all through the Magic Kingdom Resorts, stop and enjoy the resort, or just go for a ride. You can even ride through Epcot and get a great view of a large part of the park. No park ticket needed. Just hop on, and enjoy the views.
6. Boat Rides to the parks or Disney Springs: same at the monorail, no ticket needed to enjoy a boat ride. You, of course, cannot enter the park, but you certainly can go for a leisurely ride.
7. Take a Walk: One of my favorite walks is around Wilderness Lodge. At Wilderness Lodge, a geyser (kind of a mini version of Old Faithful) spouts water into the sky hourly from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. The geyser is located past the pool, towards the lake. There is a nice little boardwalk that you can use as you check out the views.
8. Catch a band or dance crew: Disney Springs has live music and entertainment throughout the area. I have taken an even walk through there and have caught 4-6 different bands playing on the various stages. On the main stage, there is often a dance crew or singing act entertaining the crowds. In the evenings, you can even catch wandering acts. I have seen things like the living statue, the wandering piano, and even juggling and fire acts. Its so much fun, and certainly you can kill a few hours enjoying the free entertainment there.
9. Arts and Crafts: Many of Disney’s resorts have free daily activities. If you check out the resort daily information, available at check-in or even on your TV’s default channel in your resort room, you can find all the fun activities available for the day.
10. Camp Fire Sing-a-Longs: Guests at any WDW resort can participate in this fun tradition. Nightly at Ft. Wilderness Campground you can roast marshmallows, sing songs and share hugs with Chip ‘n’ Dale! You have the option to bring your own marshmallows and sticks, or purchase a s’mores kit from the Chuckwagon Snack Bar. After you enjoy your delicious treats, sing along to old-time favorites led by a guitar-playing cowboy, as Chip ‘n Dale visit for photos, autographs, smiles and fun.
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