There aren’t many free things in today’s world and especially when it comes to vacation where it seems like everything is an additional charge.

Although a Disney World vacation can be very expensive between hotel charges, airfare, park tickets, and must-have souvenirs, there are many things at Disney World that you can experience for free!

Disney is far from an all-inclusive resort, but some of the things that are included will save you some dollar bills.

14. Holiday Decorations

Disney does a great job decorating for each holiday.  With their Fall and Halloween décor, amazing Christmas decorations, and Festival décor, Disney really knows how to put guests in the spirit.

What’s more, guests can experience Christmas at any time of the year at the many Christmas shops on property. Need a Christmas ornament in July? No problem!

13. Fireworks

Walt Disney World is largest consumer of fireworks in the world. That can only mean that they have the best fireworks shows in the world!

Disney World has some of the best fireworks anywhere in the world!
Disney World has some of the best fireworks anywhere in the world!

If you want to see them in the park, you’ll have to pay admission, but Magic Kingdom’s Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, Hollywood Studio’s Fantasmic, and Epcot’s Illuminations are completely free for viewing. Disney’s Animal Kingdom also promises to bring an amazing nighttime performance in the near future.

You can also view the fireworks from many hotels. For example, Wishes can easily be seen from the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, and the Contemporary.

12. Electric Water Pageant

Many people overlook the Electric Water Pageant on the Seven Seas Lagoon because they are too busy in the parks, but this is an experience in itself. According to Disney’s website, guests will see “charming sea creatures both mythical and natural.”

See the parade on the following schedule give or take a few minutes:

  • 9:00 PM Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • 9:15 PM Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • 9:30 PM Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • 9:45 PM Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
  • 10:10 PM Disney’s Contemporary Resort (appears shortly after Wishes when Wishes shows at 10pm)
  • 10:35 PM Outside Entrance of Magic Kingdom (during extended park hours only)

11. Celebration Buttons

Guests can get free celebration buttons from the hotel front desk or any Guest Relations location. Show everyone what you’re celebrating including Birthdays, Honeymoons, Engagements, First Visits, Graduations, or just about anything else you can dream up!

Cast Members will often notice these buttons and congratulate you. They are a great way to have fun throughout your vacation, and they make a great free souvenir.

10. Kidcot Stops at Epcot

Kidcot is a great activity for kids to learn about other countries.
Kidcot is a great activity for kids to learn about other countries.

Kids can pick up a cardboard Duffy or Perry the Platypus, color it, and carry it around the World Showcase getting stamps and other drawings from Cast Members at each nation’s pavilion. Some international cast members might even write your name in their native language!

9. Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

Help Agent P stop Dr. Doofenschmirtz and his evil plots in Mexico, Norway, China, Japan, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

Pick up your mission instructions and a smart phone to aid you at the Recruitment Centers on the Odyssey Bridge, Norway Pavilion, Italy Pavilion, or near the International Gateway.

8. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Sorcerers’ Cards make a great free souvenir! Help Merlin fight Hades as Hades tries to take over the Magic Kingdom. Get your cards at the Main Street Firehouse or at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.

Shield the Land from danger and get free, collectible cards as a souvenir!
Shield the Land from danger and get free, collectible cards as a souvenir!

7. Character Autographs

Although you will have to spend some money on an autograph book, standing in line to meet any of the Disney characters is free with park admission or restaurant reservations.

Are you a little crafty? Try making your own autograph book.

Do you want a wearable souvenir? Bring a t-shirt or hat from home for characters to sign.

6. Tomorrowland Speedway Driver’s License

After driving around the Tomorrowland Speedway, be sure to get your Speedway Driver’s License. This is a fun souvenir especially for kids who aren’t old enough to drive in the real world.

5. Club Cool

Club Cool, sponsored by Coca-Cola, provides guests with free samples of Coca-Cola products from around the world including Japan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Peru. Don’t miss this spot in Epcot’s Future World, but be warned that your shoes will get a little sticky!

4. Ghirardelli

Free Chocolate. Those two words are like music to the ears!

Stop by Ghirardelli in Disney Springs for a free chocolate sample!
Stop by Ghirardelli in Disney Springs for a free chocolate sample!

That’s right! Just walk into Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop, and they will give you a free sample. Don’t forget to try one of their decadent treats, which are not free but are totally worth the money!

3. Movies under the Stars

Every Disney World Resort Hotel shows a movie under the stars (weather permitting) every night. Some hotels have a campfire and even marshmallows for roasting! All of these activities are completely free! The schedule changes monthly, so be sure to check the most updated schedule before your vacation.

2. Culinary tours at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Did you know that you can tour the restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge without a dining reservation? Tour Boma and Jiko daily at 3:45pm and Sanaa daily at 4pm.

1. Transportation

Whether by water, land, or air, Disney offers several kinds of transportation to Walt Disney World Resort guests.

The Disney bus system is often criticized, but it can save guests a lot of money! Rather than taking a taxi to and from every location, you can hop on a Disney bus and go anywhere on property. Busses run every fifteen minutes or so, and busses can be deployed based on demand for a specific location and information from the drivers.

Boats travel between many locations on property including Port Orleans, Disney Springs, the Polynesian Resort Village, the Grand Floridian, the Contemporary, and Magic Kingdom. Many guests don’t know about this form of transportation, so they are often less crowded than busses.

The Disney Monorail is a unique form of transportation... and it's free!
The Disney Monorail is a unique form of transportation… and it’s free!

The famous Disney monorail is more than just transportation; it’s a lot of fun! Travel between the Contemporary, the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and the Transportation and Ticketing Center.

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