People use many words to describe Disney World: magical, beautiful, friendly, organized, and entertaining are just a few.
However, there is one word you rarely hear used to describe Disney World: free.
The best things in life might be free, but most things at Disney World are expensive. You might be surprised to hear that there are a few things at Disney World that are free.
Let’s take a look at some free options all around Disney World. I’ve also suggested some low cost options in each location, in case you are hungry or can scrape up a few bucks to spend.
1 – Take In Entertainment on the Boardwalk
I think that Disney’s Boardwalk is one of the most overlooked entertainment options on all of the Walt Disney World property. The Boardwalk is located within walking distance of Epcot’s World Showcase.
The Free Stuff: You will find plenty of fun and free entertainment during the evenings. You will often find jugglers, magicians, and the like performing along the Boardwalk. Small groups gather to watch the fun.
If You Can Spend Some Cash: You can find some inexpensive entertainment options such as renting a surrey bike and playing carnival games. You will also find inexpensive food options like pizza by the slice, candy from the candy shop, and pastries form the pastry shop.
2 – Ride the Monorail
Few images of Disney World are more iconic that the monorail. It is sleek, modern (in a bit of a retro kind of way), and efficient. It’s also free.
The Free Stuff: You might be surprised to learn that there is absolutely no cost to ride the monorail. You can take the resort loop and make stops at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Get out to stretch your legs and walk around. You can also take the monorail to Epcot. During all but the busiest days of the year you can temporarily park at one of the monorail resorts for free if you have some business there, such as visiting the shops or eating.
If You Can Spend Some Cash: There are plenty of shops and quick service restaurants at the monorail resorts. Purchase a delicious flatbread or cupcake at the Contempo Café at the Contemporary Resort or enjoy an ice cream treat at 24/7 Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian.
3 – Watch the Electrical Water Pageant
The Electrical Water Pageant is a wonderful show that tools around the Seven Seas Lagoon, accompanied with a fun musical score.
The Free Stuff: Enjoy the pageant from the shore of any monorail hotel. Most spots pipe in the music. Check with the resort staff to determine the time the show will pass your viewing location.
If You Can Spend Some Cash: Grab a drink from one of the resort’s quick service locations.
4 – Watch Wishes
The Free Stuff: Since Wishes is a fireworks show that takes place high in the sky, you can see if from many points outside of the Magic Kingdom. There are prime viewing locations along the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. As a bonus, Disney pipes in the music here so you can both see the show and hear the soundtrack. Not only will you get a great view of the fireworks but you will skip the crush of people existing the Magic Kingdom as soon as the show is over.
If You Can Spend Some Cash: Grab a drink from one of the resort’s quick service locations. Yes, that is a direct repeat of the previous item, but it’s still applicable here.
5 – Play with Legos
The Lego Imagination Center, aka the Lego Store, in Disney Springs is huge and fun.
The Free Stuff: Lego has set up many bins of Legos in a covered area connected to the store. You can play with the Legos for free! If you build something with wheels, you can see how well it travels on a ramp in the area. You won’t be able to gather up enough Legos to build a replica of a city, but you will be able to put together a small item or two.
If You Can Spend Some Cash: Check out the unique Logos you can purchase in the store and take home.
6 – Watch a Live Performance
Disney Springs is a fun place to just walk around, but often you can find free entertainment there too, especially in the early evenings.
The Free Stuff: Many different youth groups play at the stage near the huge World of Disney store, ranging from dancers to musicians. You can enjoy a show and take in the parents who are beaming with pride. The House Of Blues also has an outdoor stage where performers often play.
If You Can Spend Some Cash: When you are at Disney Springs the sky is the limit when it comes to merchandise and food.
What is your favorite free activity at Disney World?