Hi guys, today I wanted to talk about free stuff (who doesn’t love free stuff) at Disney. As the trip gets closer and closer, I can’t help exploring every possible site, email, pinterest page or travel brochure I can find on Disney. I want to absorb every bit of information and prepare the most magical trip I can for hubby’s first trip.
While I have been learning and researching, I have found some pretty neat free things to do, see and taste. So Here is some of the Free Stuff I have discovered to get and do offered by Disney
Magical Express- Free transportation to and from the Airport to your Walt Disney Resort (also includes your packages being loaded onto the bus and delivered to your room)
Bus Services – Disney offers free buses from your hotel to any location on Disney Property (you may have to take more than one bus to get to your destination)
Parking- If you are staying on property and chose to drive yourself, the $14 a day in park parking is waived
More free perks for Guest staying on Property
Package Delivery- If you find that must have gift first minute in the park, you don’t have to worry about carrying it around all day, you can have it delivered to your Hotel (May take a day to get there)
Misc Free Stuff at Parks
Wi-Fi – All resorts have free Wi-Fi and now all Four Parks are offering free Wi-Fi as well
First Aid- Each Park has a first aid area and you can get band-aids or other needs for free.
Boat rides- you can take a boat from Parking at Magic Kingdom into park or take a boat to fort Wilderness or the Polynesian resort and if timed just right you can watch the Fireworks while you are on the water.
Free stuff to do
Character Meet n Greets (May require admission or Dining reservations) – You can meet anyone from on of the newest Disney Characters, Vanellope von Schweetz to the mouse who started it all, Mickey. It is a great experience, free photo opp and if you made your autograph book, a free autograph from your favorites 🙂
Photos- While Photopass is not free, while you are posing for a Disney photographer they will take a picture for you for free with your own camera
Jedi training academy (ages 4-12, darn!) – At Hollywood Studios (requires admission), learn how to use The Force and wield a lightsaber, as well as wear the famous brown robe while pledging the Jedi Oath under the tutelage of a Jedi Master.
Campfire movies/singalongs and toasted Marshmallows (OH MY!)- There is a free Campfire Sing-Along with Chip & Dale at the WDW Fort Wilderness Campground. It is held near the Meadow Trading Post in the campfire area. The program begins with a sing-along led by a Disney cast member along with marshmallow roast around two campfire rings. While this is going on, Chip and Dale make an appearance to visit with guests and sign autographs. The sing-along lasts about 40 minutes. After this there is a movie played on the large outdoor screen.
Fireworks – Anywhere near the Magic Kingdom area you can enjoy the fireworks, make your way to one of the resort beaches to enjoy them over the Seven Seas Lagoon
Electrical Water Pageant –a nightly aquatic parade set to Disney music around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake for the Magic Kingdom area resorts. The pageant consists of two strings of seven barges, each carrying a 25-foot-tall screen of lights. You can watch from Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian,Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, Contemporary Resort, and Magic Kingdom
Disney Lego Imagination store – At Downtown Disney, kids can play and build for free at this giant Lego store. Outfitted with amazing displays of Lego art, this is a great place to spend an afternoon. Plus children can join the Lego club and build a free mini model to keep once a month, check out the Lego website here for dates on the free models.
Downtown Disney- Parking is free at Downtown Disney whether or not you are staying on site. Spend a day window shopping and relaxing at Downtown Disney
Free Stuff to Get
Water- Probably not the first thing on most people’s list at Disney, but you can get ice water for free at any of the Disney restaurants. Save those Sodas for meals on your Dining Plan. Plus it gets very hot at Disney and a free drink is always good
Chocolate and Ice cream (now you’re talking!) – Ghiradelli Downtown Disney offers yummy free samples, stop by and enjoy!
Soda- Club Cool- the place to go to cool down and sip a free beverage or two. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, offers free samples of soft drinks from around the world, features everything from China’s Smart Watermelon to the infamous Beverly from Italy.
Maps- Great for getting around but can make awesome souvenirs, you can even get them in different languages and can create great Disney themed projects with them as well.
Crafts – KidCot Craft stations at Epcot, each of the World Showcase Country Pavilions is where your children can create a personalized souvenir relating to the country at each stop.
Stickers- Sometimes you can get free stickers for various reasons (we got some for helping with a survey, was a cute Mickey head)
Celebration Buttons (One of my Favorites)-
If you’re trip involves a celebration s be sure to mention it to hotel cast member or stop by the park guest relations offices (sometimes the stores will have them too) and request a “celebration button.” Not only is the button free, but throughout the day (or trip) you’ll have cast members and fellow guests alike commenting on your birthday, anniversary, family reunion, 1st visit or whatever the event may be (You may also get free stuff for just wearing the button. Hubby and I got free Dessert at Kona Cafe on our one year dating anniversary and we got fast passes and soda during my birthday. Plus, when we got engaged everyone congratulated us.)
There are also honorary citizen buttons which may be given out, they are pretty cute (We got ones for answering trivia at Downtown Disney in Disney land) There may be others, these are the ones we have seen so far.
I am sure there is some stuff I am missing, if you know some more secrets, I would love to know. I hope you can take advantage of these tips, I know we will be trying them 🙂