There is no such thing as a cheap Walt Disney World vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find things to do for free when you’re not in the Parks. Check out the ideas below for more and leave your own tips in the comments!
- Check out the free entertainment frequently offered throughout the shopping and dining complex. There are often musicians, DJs, and more. Sometimes, the dancers from Raglan Road can even be found outside of the restaurant, doing a quick show for the passerby.
- If you have kids, or are a kid-at-heart, go check out all of the fountains. Some are right in the walkway, available to run through and cool down in the heat.
- Take a ride on the Carousel. For just $3 per person, it’s an inexpensive entertainment option that everyone in the family can enjoy. If you have a child under 42 inches, they require an adult to ride with them, who gets to ride for free.
- Head over to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop for a free sample of chocolate or a sundae or shake for under $10.
- You can access the Resort Loop near the Magic Kingdom (Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, and Contemporary) using the boat system and monorails. All of these resorts have beautiful theming and are fun to walk through. The gift shops always have items you won’t see in the Parks and the restaurants are great, even if you’re looking for a light lunch or dinner.
- Over at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can view animals out on the Savannah for free, with binoculars provided by the Cast Members there. Many of the Cast Members are from different African Nations and are often available in the lobby to talk about the culture of their homeland.
- At Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, little ones can enjoy a pony ride for $5. You can take also take a tour of the stables and meet the horses who work throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Wagon rides and carriage rides are also available for a cost.
Take a ride on free transportation
- What’s more fun than riding the monorail or boats around the Resort property? It’s free and gives you a great viewpoint for sightseeing and photos. It’s also a great way to spend some time waiting for a reservation or check in time later in the day. My family made a point of riding the monorail for a bit prior to going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It’s such a nice, air conditioned ride, and a good spot to nap for a little one who’s run down from all the heat and walking.