We’re heading back to Walt Disney World in November, so I’ve already begun to think about what we’ll do while we’re there. We’ll hit all the major parks, but we’re also looking forward to checking out a lot of free activities. Take a look at 10 free must do’s for your next trip to Walt Disney World.
Free Things to Do at Walt Disney World
1. Sing & Dance at Chip ‘n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-Long: Every evening at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, you and your kids can listen to a cowboy sing songs and play his guitar, pose for pictures with Chip ‘n Dale and watch a movie at the campground cinema. Bring your own marshmallows to make smores or purchase a smores kit at the Chuckwagon Snack Bar.
2. Watch the Electric Water Pageant: Stake out a spot at one of the several hotels, including Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Wilderness Lodge, to watch this 15-minute water parade. The water pageant takes place multiple times each night.
3. Splash in the Fountains at Downtown Disney: Bring along bathing suits for your kids and some Crocs for them to wear as they splash around in the interactive fountains. You may also want to bring along some towels and a change of clothes for each of your kids so they can dry off before leaving Downtown Disney.
4. Watch the Wishes Fireworks: Head to the Grand Floridian to watch the nightly fireworks show for one of the best outside-the-park seats in the house. If you camp out near Narcoossee’s restaurant, you should be able to hear the music that goes along with the show, though there may be a slight audio delay.
5. See the Fire Rock Geyser Erupt: Every hour, on the hour, between 7 am and 10 pm, see a miniature version of Old Faithful erupt at Wilderness Lodge. Head to the back of the resort, just past the pool, to see the geyser shoot water 120 feet in the air.
6. Explore a Butterfly Garden: Head to Contemporary Resort and look for the Butterfly Life Cycle house between the main Tower and Bay Lake to see cocoons and hatching butterflies. Or, head to Fort Wilderness where you’ll find beautiful landscapes and a butterfly garden just outside the Outpost.
7. Get a Free Soda at Club Cool: Head over to Innoventions West in Epcot and pop in Club Cool to try out eight different Coca-Cola brand drinks from around the world. This is an ideal place to stop when you’re starting to slow down and can use a cool drink to get you and the kids moving again.
8. Have Your Hair Sprinkled with “Pixie Dust:” Stop in the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and ask to have your child’s hair sprinkled with confetti (aka “pixie dust). Or, head to Castle Couture in Fantasyland for a quick sprinkling as well.
9. Enjoy a Free Sample of Cotton Candy: Head to the Main Street Confectionery at the Magic Kingdom and look in the store window for the password of the day. Say the password to the cashier for a free, generous sample of cotton candy.
10. Take a Boat Ride Around Crescent Lake: If you’ve had your fill of parks and just want to relax for a few minutes, take a cruise around Crescent Lake, which make stops at Epcot, the Boardwalk, the Swan, the Dolphin and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Do you have any favorite free things to do at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments section below.
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