Free Activities at Disney

Have you read our page about how to take a Disney vacation for free?  If you haven’t, I suggest that you go back and read it to find out how to go to Disney for free!  I also give you tips on how to take your family to Disney on a relatively inexpensive budget.  Just because it’s Disney does not mean that you have to empty your bank account by taking your family on vacation there.  Sure, you can spend a lot of money at Disney if you want to, but there are activities that you can also partake in that will not cost you a single dime.  In the following paragraphs, I will tell you some of the activities that you can partake in at Disney that are FREE!

1.  The first FREE activity is to take a stroll around the Disney Boardwalk

Now, some people might find taking a stroll just for the sake of it unpleasant, but for others, taking a stroll can be a lot of fun because it costs nothing and they view it as activity.  You can also people watch as you take a stroll through the Disney Boardwalk.  The Boardwalk is built around a lake and it’s made to remind you of Cape May or Coney Island in the 1940’s.  Yes there are ways that Disney tries to get you to spend money on the Boardwalk by offering snacks being sold by vendors and carnival style games, but you can also be thrifty with your money and not spend a cent by watching the jugglers, comedians and other street performers.

2.  The second FREE activity is to take a trip to Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney features many stores to shop in, so if you like to shop, then this is the place for you.  If you would like to not spend any money while you are at Downtown Disney, then you can window shop for FREE while still seeing all the nice designer clothes.  Just as in taking a stroll, some people find it interesting to window shop while others think it is a complete waste of time.  Downtown Disney also has a ton of restaurants that you can stop by in and get an inexpensive meal, or of course if you want to save money, you can forgo a meal at Downtown Disney.  Restaurants are not the only way that Disney tries to make money off of you in their Downtown.  another way that they try to make money off of you is by trying to get you to visit the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop and buy one of their sundaes or a shake.  However, other than window shopping, a free activity that you can do while at Downtown Disney is to visit the House of Blues and watch the live music that they offer at the Front Porch Bar.  You can also go to Raglan Road on the weekends and watch the live music that they offer there.  Furthermore, you can go to LEGO Imagination Center with your children.  It has a 3,000 square foot outdoor play area with thousands of LEGO blocks.  Furthermore, it has some great Lego sculptures for you to admire.

3.  The third FREE activity is to visit some of the Disney Resort Hotels

Even if you are not staying at one of the Disney Resort’s, visiting one (or more than one) is a must.  Each one of the Disney hotels is themed, and the pools at each are great.  However, the pool’s are only for hotel guests.  Even though the pool’s are only for guests, a few of the resort’s sometimes have pianists performing in the lobby.   At holiday times, from some of the Disney resorts, you might be able to see some of the fireworks that are set off at the Disney theme parks.

4.  The fourth FREE activity is to visit the town of Celebration

Celebration is a master-planned community located near Walt Disney World Resort and originally developed by the Walt Disney Company.  There are more than five hundred registered companies listed as doing business in the shopping plazas, small office complexes, and the Disney World office building park.  Some of these companies are placed there by the Disney Company to entice you to spend money, but there are some ways that you do not have to spend any money.  You can window shop in an old-fashioned downtown area called Market Street which has wonderful specialty stores, boutiques and galleries.  You can also explore the Lakeside Promenade or the miles of walking paths and nature trails.

5.  The fourth FREE activity is to visit the Disney Wilderness Preserve or take a boat ride

The Disney Wilderness preserve, which is part of the northernmost Headwaters of the Everglades, is a great way to observe natural wildlife by hiking a two and a half mile trail.  If you love the idea of hiking on a trail, then you will love this activity.  From November through March, the Wilderness Preserve is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  However, from March through October, the Preserve is open from 9:00 to 5:00 PM during the week and closed on the weekends.

Another FREE activity is to take a boat ride as I have previously mentioned.  You can cruise the loop around Crescent Lake, which visits Epcot, Boardwalk, Yacht/Beach Club, Swan/Dolphin, and Disney Hollywood Studios without going into the parks.  You can also take a boat ride that visits the Disney Resort’s.  One boat visits the Magic Kingdom, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge and Ft. Wilderness, and another boat visits the Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom.  Furthermore, you can cruise from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney and back, along the Sassagoula River.  Again all of these boat rides are FREE!

Now, at least you have some ideas about FREE things to do when you take your trip to Disney.  There are many other FREE things to do, but these should get you started.