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7 Inexpensive and Free Things to Do at Walt Disney World Resort

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Want to have fun but need to stay within the budget? Here are cheap and free things to do at Walt Disney World that don’t cost a lot of money but are super fun!

At Walt Disney World Resort, there is always something to do that will keep you entertained. Although there are plenty of experiences that cost a bit more to add to your itinerary, some worthwhile experiences are very cheap. You can even go days in Disney World without spending any additional money for transportation, or entertainment. That’s because there is so much free live entertainment, scenic surroundings, and complimentary transportation to take you around the resort.

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Whatever you decide to spend while eating and shopping, the rest is pretty much taken care of. You can even go around collecting free samples. However, let’s say you wanted an extra experience, for something you may not have done before in Disney World.

Here are some free and cheap things to do at Walt Disney World you can have that don’t cost a lot more money to do. If you have a favorite cheap Disney World experience, please share it in the comments!

Cheap and Free Things to Do at Walt Disney World

1. A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas

This Magic Kingdom experience is actually free. It’s also very easy to overlook. However, it is a great way to dive deeper into the fun of Adventureland and discover secrets during a series of interactive quests for treasure. In order to participate in A Pirate’s Adventure, you just need to sign up in the back of Adventureland across from the seating for Tortuga Tavern and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.

The playtime for these challenges is approximately 20 minutes, but there is no pressure to do it within that time. You are perfectly welcome to enjoy other attractions and come back to the challenge. It’s just like a side quest in a video game. When ye finish each of the six challenges you get a collectible commemorative card!

2. Take a Stroll Along Disney’s Boardwalk

Disney’s BoardWalk is built around a lake, themed to be reminiscent of Cape May or Coney Island in the 1940s.

There you can watch the Friendship Boats in the lake, see Street Performers, play carnival-style games, and rent Surrey bikes.

3. Free Movie Under the Stars

Movie Under the Stars is a complimentary movie screening available to Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Cozy up for a favorite Disney film shown outside in the fresh evening air. Head to the front desk for the schedule for the week. or call (407) 939-2273.

4. Miniature Golf

While not free, miniature golf is a one of the cheap things to do at Walt Disney World, perfect for a budget Disney Trip.

For less than $15 you can play 18 holes of Miniature golf in fun Disney-themed interactive environments.

There are two golf courses to choose from – Fantasia Gardens, which is located near Hollywood Studios, and Winter Summerland that is located near Blizzard Beach. This is a really inexpensive way to have some family fun in Disney World if you Don’t want to go to any of the parks.

5. Drawing Class From A Disney Artist

At the Animation Experience at Conservation Station in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can uncover the secret of how Disney animators bring your favorite characters to life—using real-life animals as inspiration!

Let your creativity shine—no matter your skill level—as a talented Disney animator gives you step-by-step instructions on how to illustrate your own version of a popular Disney character in each 25 minute class.

6. Live Jazz at Disney’s Port Orleans

Check the schedule, but last I saw, Scat Cat’s Club at Disney’s Port Orleans is open on the weekends! Eat some beignets, have a drink and listen to live Jazz while pretending you’ve traveled to New Orleans.

7. Caring for Giants Tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

During this 60-minute experience, you’ll meet with a knowledgeable guide who will provide insight into the inner workings of our African elephant herd. Your guide will provide a glimpse into the day-to-day care of these amazing animals and share stories of Disney’s conservation efforts dedicated to the preservation of wild populations throughout the world.

The cost is $35 per person (tax not included) and they must be 4 years of age or older to participate.

What are your favorite free things to do at Walt Disney World when you’re on vacation? 

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