Check out these 10 things you can do or get for FREE during your next visit to Walt Disney World Resort!
Friends hoping to visit Walt Disney World Resort often ask me for tips. I’m quick to offer low crowd calendar dates, Disney Dining Plan explanations, and other planning suggestions, but since I know it’s not exactly a cheap travel destination, I also like to let them know about things they can do or get for FREE!
- Celebration buttons: Is it your birthday? Anniversary? First visit to Walt Disney World? Celebrate it! Stop by Guest Relations or a merchandise cashier at any store in the Parks and ask them for a button. Then pin it on and wear it! Throughout the day, you’ll be pleasantly greeted by Cast Members and fellow Guests alike with cheerful, “Happy birthday!” (or other) greetings. You may also be surprised with free goodies or other magical moments.
- Photo opps: Didn’t purchase a Disney PhotoPass Memory Maker package? No worries! Visit one of the Disney PhotoPass photographers and ask them to take your photo with your own camera, smartphone, or device. They’re happy to do so, and it’s free to you.
- Cups of ice water: This sounds lame, but trust me, you’ll be glad to know when you’re in the parks. They say you walk on average 8-10 miles per day getting to, from, in, and through the parks and resorts during a Walt Disney World vacation. Even in the cooler winter months, that much physical exertion requires hydration. Don’t pay $3 for bottled water! Just walk up to any quick service counter and ask for a cup of water.
- Ghiradelli chocolate: The Ghiradelli Store beside World of Disney at Disney Springs hands out one free chocolate per Guest all day every day. Flavors vary, and they bring out seasonal ones around the holidays. Yum!
- Epcot Kidcot Fun Stops: Each of the 11 World Showcase Pavilions at Epcot has a small area designated for kids. There, they can color a craft, either a Duffy Bear or Perry the Platypus, and have it “passport” stamped at each pavilion. Kids can also chat with Cast Members who are native to each country and have them write their name or other word or phrase in their language on the back of the craft.
- Walt Disney World Transportation System trading cards: Well, first of all, as a Walt Disney World Guest, use of the transportation system to get to and from parks and back and forth to your resort hotel, the water parks, and Disney Springs is free. Did you know that each mode of transportation offers collectible trading cards? Ask any bus driver, monorail pilot/audience controller, or ferry boat captain for one, and see if you can collect them all. By the way, bus drivers also hand out little wooden coins!
- Resort hotels freebie goodies: Resort hotels sometimes give away small items too. The Port Orleans Resorts (Riverside and French Quarter) hand out Mardi Gras bead necklaces and coins. In the bottom right corner of the photo above you’ll see a wooden coin they used to flip, toss, or roll across the floor to entertain kids. These days, they hand out colorful plastic coins you can throw into the fountain to make a wish.
- Pixie dust: Whether or not you’ve got a reservation to be princess-ified, swing by the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs or at Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park for a sprinkling of pixie dust. It will make your day magical (and probably stay in your hair a few days, lol).
- Interactive game/scavenger hunt: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (start at Main Street USA Fire Station), A Pirate’s Adventure–Treasure of the Seven Seas at Magic Kingdom Park (start by Pirates of the Caribbean), Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot (start at Odyssey Bridge between the UK and France Pavilions), and Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (start at Discovery Island Bridge) are interactive games kids and their parents can play together as they perform scavenger hunt-style activities on a quest to solve a mystery and/or learn new things. Upon completion of the games, you get to keep the Sorcerer cards, you get a signed Jack Sparrow card from the Pirate’s Adventure, and you get a Senior Wilderness Explorer sticker badge (and you keep the guide book), but there’s no tangible reward for the Agent P game.
- Refreshing drinks: Club Cool at Epcot is a fun place to cool off from the Florida heat and quench your thirst. It hosts several drink-dispensing kiosks with samples of various Coca-Cola products from around the world. Be sure to try Beverly! It’s everyone’s favorite, wink-wink!
Do you have any Disney freebies tips to add? Be sure to let us know about them in the comments below!
Walt Disney World Cast Members do a lot to make sure Guests have a magical visit and take home positive, happy memories. Today, prepare a freebie to give to them. Download and print off this sample thank-you card or create your own. In fact, make several. Take them with you on your next visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth, and whenever a Cast Member does something to make your day brighter, hand them a souvenir from you!
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