34 of the Ultimate Disney Free Stuff
Disney vacations can really get so expensive. In order to do Disney on a budget, we have to cut costs where we can. Below you will find 34 actionable and helpful freebies at Disney World. Let’s start saving money and talking Disney free stuff.
My Favorite Disney Vacation Must-Haves
Celebration pins are free pins that Disney gives you for a specific celebration. This can be a birthday, anniversary, just married, etc. There are a few free options, which you can pick up at places like Guest Services, stores in the park, and your hotel concierge. Along with that, there are newer, more specific sets that you can purchase in the stores, such as holiday options. Here is the one I got for my birthday. Again this is “Disney free.”
There are so many informational brochures at Disney World like the park maps. Use this for your scrapbook or shadow box. You can do a lot with the park maps and can collect quite a few, and they change periodically with events and additions to the parks.
You can buy a nice Disney autograph book or bring a simple notebook and pen, but at every meet and greet, the characters will sign your books! They each have a very unique signature, and it’s a great extra souvenir to have along with your pictures, and another great thing to put in your scrapbook!
Disney Pilot’s License
Head on over to Storybook Circus to take a ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Afterwards, you can get yourself a Pilot’s License, and they are available to everyone, not just kids! If you don’t get one automatically, just ask a Cast Member!
Transportation Trading Card
For each type of transportation at Disney World, like the monorail, bus, or even a tram, there is a transportation card. How do you get them? Ask the owner/operator for a card and if they have any left because they are limited, they will give you one! The cards are numbered so you can try to collect them all, and they have fun facts and Hidden Mickey hints on them. Make sure to be polite and say thank you if you get one!
Free Epcot Crafts
Ever heard of Kidcot? These are free craft or coloring stations in each of the 11 countries of Epcot, where kids can join in some fun and take a free souvenir home with them. A few of these stops are in the Mexico Pavilion, the Japan Pavilion, and the United Kingdom Pavilion.
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If you’re anything like me, then you can’t wait to go to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. Even better? There’s a free passport you can get stamped every time you visit a booth to keep track. This year, there was a section on cheese where you had to get the stamp from a Cast Member at each stand, while the rest were stamps in the passport that you placed on each stop yourself. And all free!
Jedi Training Academy Certificate
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple is a show put on at Hollywood Studios where kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can participate, be trained in the Force, and fight well-known Star Wars villains! The show is no extra charge. If you have a child that wants to participate, just sign them up at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost close by at the beginning of the day. After the experience, your child will get a certificate at the end of their Jedi training, making them officially one with the Force!
Disney Springs is one of my favorite places. It’s entertaining, fun and free. At Disney Springs is Ghirardelli’s and if you go into the store portion you can get free chocolate samples! What could be better? Come here more than once through your trip, as they change the sample flavors daily!
At the Confectionery on Main Street (Magic Kingdom), you can see Cast Members making different sweets, but you can also get free samples. Ask any Cast Member and they’ll help you out. I would love some of that fudge right now!
Every penny really does count at Disney World. If you find yourself in a place without groceries, and you really don’t want to drink fountain water at the parks, ask for free ice water at any Quick Service location with fountain drinks! It really doesn’t get better than this on a hot summer day.
In addition, you can bring a canteen like me and just refill at the fountains. Brita even sells the ones with a built in filter.
Ok, maybe it does get better…..
If you take the Disney Vacation Club tour, you will be given free ice cream at the end of the tour. Just be strong enough to not to buy into DVC! The ice cream parlor is very cute and nice to be in.
Free Disney Tickets
Disney World tickets for children under 3 years old are free! It’s great to not have to worry about paying extra for young children. I have a niece that I plan on taking right before she hits the point of paid tickets. It’s a huge saving!
Just like with park tickets, at any Disney restaurants where the setup is a buffet, kids under 3 years old are complimentary!
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There are a few places at Disney World that will allow you to refill your drink as you enjoy your meal. Most of these places have the soda machines accessible.
Be Our Guest (During Breakfast and Lunch Quick Service Only)
Wolfgang Puck Express
Earl of Sandwich
Cookes of Dublin
If you visit Art of Animation you can take free art classes! The coolest part is that these classes are taught by a Disney Animator. You have to be staying at a Walt Disney World resort to participate, and classes are held at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM daily.
Another place to find art classes: Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Animal Kingdom! The classes are 25-minutes long, and are also taught by a Disney Animator. The Featured Characters change periodically so you can always come back again, and they even have FastPass+!
At Fort Wilderness Resort you can go to a Chip ‘n’ Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long for free! It’s fun for everyone, and you get a special meet and greet outside of the parks! I haven’t been, but I’m dying to go.
Movies Under the Stars
Every night at Disney resorts, around 8pm, a movie is played outdoors. It’s prescheduled, so you can look online or ask at the front desk of your resort. It’s always a Disney movie and a great time, and a wonderful way to get your kids to settle down after a tiring day!
Watch a special show
To me, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams, which ended in 2017, will always be the best show at Disney World, but they are constantly improving and changing their shows at all the parks, so it’s worth it to check out the shows each time you visit.
There are also special shows for different seasons of the year or special events. Right now at the Magic Kingdom they have Happily Ever After. You don’t even have to be at the park to see it. You can watch the show from the beach at the Polynesian Resort, the Grand Floridian, or the Contemporary Resort! It really is a fantastic freebie.
Wonders of the Wilderness Lodge
This is a free, 1 hour long tour of the Wilderness Lodge at Disney World. The resort is inspired by national parks and is quite beautiful, and the tour allows you to learn more about its architecture and backstory. Since many people are unaware of these tours, you might even get a private tour with just your party and the Tour Guide!
The Port Orleans resorts are part of the moderate group, but they are amazing resorts and great to tour. At Port Orleans Riverside, you can visit Yehaa Bob Jackson at the River Roost for some entertainment. It’s an interactive, music and comedy show, and very kid-friendly. Definitely a great time.
Disney’s Boardwalk is one of my favorite places, especially at night. What’s more, there is free entertainment all over the Boardwalk. You will see crowds of people surrounding magicians, comedians, and more!
Free Monorail Rides
My favorite monorail loop is the one that goes through the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian. It really is a great experience, and I do it almost every time I’m there. When you aren’t stressing about getting places, you can see so much through your position in the Monorail, and it’s beautiful!
The boat rides are fantastic with Orlando weather. I love the breeze you get and how relaxing it can be. There are so many boat routes, like the one that goes from Old Key West to Disney Springs.
Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth every minute it takes to get there. The animal viewing is the best, and so much fun. It’s a mini Animal Kingdom, and offers a lot to see without paying to go to the park. From giraffes to flamingos, there are always animals out, and the resort has signs posted with information about all the animals you can see!
How about some pixie dust? Head over to Harmony Barber Shop at Magic Kingdom to request to get sprinkled with some pixie dust. Sometimes they are too busy, but it’s always worth asking, and I’ve heard that they also spread pixie dust at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
A lot of people don’t know that Disney photographers will take a photo of you with your camera. It’s a free memento! Make sure to be ready with your camera in line, so you don’t hold up the people behind you.
I didn’t know the value free Disney wifi until I was at Disneyland Paris without a cell phone plan! All the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs have free wifi, so don’t worry about losing service right when you need it. This is an amazing thing to have if you are an international visitor!
Wake Up Calls
If you are staying at a Disney resort you can be called by Mickey or Stitch in the morning! It’s easy to arrange, as the phones in the resorts have a Wake-Up Call button, and the phone will guide you through setting up when you want the call to come.
Making our way back to Disney Springs, the Lego store has a free play area that will definitely entertain your children for some time. A lot of the time, Cast Members will be outside interacting with the kids, and sometimes have competitions with building and racing Lego cars. It’s also a great store to walk through and look around.
I stumbled upon this one time when I took my grandparents to Disney World. House of Blues and Raglan Road have free live bands. The outdoor seating is awesome. Disney Springs always has some live music offerings throughout the day, and especially at night. Take a walk around and you’re sure to stumble upon some great performances!
There are great photo opportunities at the All-Star Resorts and Pop Century. The huge icons make for great pictures, so why not dress your family up and plan a little photoshoot?
Disney Wilderness Preserve
Visit and get a great taste of the outdoors. The preserve is 11,500-acres of land, and is protected by The Nature Conservancy. It isn’t well-known so it won’t be crowded, and serves as a beautiful and relaxing break from the parks.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
This is a newer addition to the Magic Kingdom, but is a wonderful and engaging activity for kids that encourages them to explore the whole park in a new way. To play, just head over to the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. to sign up and get your Sorcerer Key Card, Merlin’s mystical map and spell cards, which are all souvenirs you can take home with you. You are now an apprentice recruited by Merlin to fight off the Disney Villains! Also remember to check for limited time cards at special events.
Epcot has a similar activity with Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, though you need the Play Disney Parks app to participate. This will soon be replaced by a Ducktales version!