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Top 10 Free Things for Kids to Do at Walt Disney World

Top 10 Free Things for Kids at Walt Disney World

°o° There are so many fun things for kids to do at Walt Disney World that don’t cost anything.  From unique transportation to building unique things there is just so much to enjoy while on a budget.  °o°

  1. Grab a Monorail!  It’s free to ride the Monorail, and it provides an opportunity for some down time.   If you can ride the loop around the “Monorail Resorts” of Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, you can get off and explore any of the three resorts.  Take the Monorail route between the Ticket & Transportation Center and Epcot to enjoy a longer ride.

Disney's Monorail

  1. Take a boat ride.  You can cruise around the Epcot resorts, the Magic Kingdom resorts, and from the Port Orleans resorts to Downtown Disney and back.  There are actually two loops to choose from around the Magic Kingdom resorts.

Disney Resort Boat Transportation

  1. Watch Magic Kingdom fireworks from outside the park.  You can get a nice view of the fireworks from the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Firworks from Polynesian Beach

  1. Watch the Electrical Water Pageant from one of the following five resorts:  Disney’s Polynesian Resort (9:00 pm), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (9:15 pm), Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort (9:35 pm), Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (9:45 pm), and Disney Contemporary Resort (10:10 pm).  Times listed are approximate, and the Electrical Water Pageant is weather permitting.  It is always a good idea to ask at the concierge desk for an updated schedule.

Electrical Water Pagent from the beach of Polynesian Resort

  1. Make time for a movie.  Several resorts have a free “Movie under the Stars” in the evening (weather permitting).  The best bang for your “no” buck is probably Chip’n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long because you get a visit and sing-a-long with Chip’n Dale before the movie is shown.

Movies Under the Stars

  1. Take time for a swim.  No matter where you are staying, there is likely a swimming pool.  Many of the onsite resorts have extremely nice swimming pools, so take advantage of this “free” resource that you have technically already paid for.

Disney Resort Swimming

  1. Look at the animals.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort has public viewing areas from which to watch the animals on the savannah.   Note:  There may not be many animals out during the heat of the day.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Animals

  1. Take time out to build.  Head over to the Lego Imagination Center at Downtown Disney to build with Legos.  Note:  There are lots of things to buy here and at other stores in Downtown Disney.  Be prepared for your child asking for something...

Lego Store Downtown Disney

  1. Say, “Hi!” to the horses and the ponies.  Take a trip to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and campground to visit the horses and ponies at Tri-Circle-D Ranch and Farm.

Tri-Circle-D Ranch

  1. Resort hop.  It’s fun to see all the unique things the different resorts of Walt Disney World have to offer.  Special points of interest include the larger-than-life icons at Disney’s All-Star Resorts and at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Resort Hopping at Walt Disney World