Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top 10 FREE Things To Do At Disney

Top 10 FREE Things To Do!

We have covered eating at Disney on a budget and choosing your accomodations. This week we are going to discuss the FREE things to do on your Disney vacation! There are so many great free things to do and many people do not even realize they exist.

1.   Take a FREE boat ride from Downtown Disney-this can be fun in the evenings.

2.    Check out Celebration Florida-Located just 10 minutes from Disney World this small town is the perfect place to relax. Celebration was originally created by the Walt Disney Company. There is a farmers market with fresh produc open every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. What a beautiful little town complete with restaurants and shops to check out. There is also a really nice interactive water fountain area for children of all ages. There are many nice playgrounds located throughout the town. My favorite playground is in the Commons area along with picnic tables and volleyball courts.

3.   Explore Downtown Disney-Let your children spalsh at the water fountain located near Once Upon A Toy. The Lego imagination center is a great place to let your children take a break and get creative with Lego's. You can get a FREE piece of chocolate at Ghiradelli. And don't forget the huge Disney store. My children love to spends hours exploring the store.

4.   Walk the Boardwalk-in the evenings there are street performers, fire eaters, jugglers and jazz music not to mention lots of yummy snacks to try.

5.   Campfire with ChipN'Dale at the Fort Wilderness Lodge. This FREE campfire begins at 7:30 pm and you can purchase a marshmallow roasting kit for less than $10 which will feed about 4 people. There is a singalong followed by a Disney movie under the stars.

6.   Visit the butterfly garden located at the Contemporary Resort.

7.   Visit Tricircle D Ranch at the Fort Wilderness Lodge. There is not free, I must add, but it is only $5. There are pony rides for children ages 2-8 years old (must weigh less than 80 lbs). Children must wear closed toe shoes to ride the ponies. There is also a petting farm at the Ranch.

8.   Ride the monorail and check out the resorts-I really enjoy visiting the beautiful Grand Floridian. The lobby is so beautiful and there are also many nice shops located throughout the resorts. Splurge and purchase a few yummy cupcakes at the Contempo Cafe in the Contemporary Resort or have a Dole Whip at Captain Cook's located in the Polynesian Resort.

9.   Enjoy the pools! If your hotel has an outdoor pool then I highly recommend that you plan to take a day to just relax enjoy the pool! Children need a break from the sensory overload of the theme parks and with the Florida heat you cant beat a pool day.

10.   Take lots of pictures. This is a great way to remember your vacation. Spend time looking for the perfect photo spot. I recommend the beach at the Polynesian Resort with the Magic Kingdom in the background.

Each week we have covered ways to save money on food, snacks and accommodations at Disney. This week I am going to share with you the top 10 FREE things to do at or nearby to Disney.

  1. Take a free boat ride from Downtown Disney For schedules visit the guest services page. Most run on 15-30 minute intervals.

     2.   Visit Celebration Florida located just ten minutes from Disney. This cute town is a great           escape from the hustle and bustle of Disney. There is a great farmers market that is open every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. There is also a great interactive water fountain play area for children of all ages.

      3.   Explore Downtown Disney-listen to live music, let your kids play at the Lego store or simply relax by the water. You can also sample chocolate at Ghiradelli. My children's favorite thing to do at Downtown Disney is explore the largest Disney Store in the world!

     4.   Walk the Boardwalk-The evenings are a great time to walk along the Boardwalk. There are street performers, jugglers, fire eater's, etc. Be sure to grab a yummy snack at the Boardwalk Bakery.

     5.   Campfire with ChipnDale at Wilderness Lodge. This FREE campfire event begins at 7:30 pm and you can purchase a smores kit for less than $10. There is a singalong and a movie under the stars afterwards.

     6.   Ride the monorail and visit each resort on the monorail. Hop off at the Grand Floridian and explore the beautiful lobby. Be sure to look for the Teddy Bear lady. Grab a dole whip at the Polynesian Resort at Captain Cooks. Window shop at the Polynesian's fun tropical themed shops. Have a cupcake at the Contempo CafĂ© at the Contemporary Resort.

    7.   Take lots of pictures! There are so many wonderful photo opportunities at Disney World. You don't even have to enter the theme parks to get great photo's. Visit the beach at the Polynesian Resort and take some pictures with the Magic Kingdom in the background.

    8.  Visit Tri-Circle-D Ranch at the Fort Wilderness Resort. It is free to visit the ranch and see the horses. They offer pony rides, trail rides and wagon and carriage rides. Guests age 9 and up can enjoy a 45 minute horseback trail ride for $45 each. A historic 45 minute wagon ride will only cost you $8 each. Wagon rides depart daily at 6 and 8:30 pm in front of Pioneer Hall.

   9.   Enjoy your resort pool! Take a day off from the theme parks and just relax. Sleep in and relax by the pool. Your children will be happy and you will get a nice break.

10.  Watch the Electrical Water Pageant. A great viewing spot is on the beach at the Polynesian Resort. The water pageant begins every night at 9 pm.

*Tip--visit the various Disney resorts during the day when most people are at the theme parks, you can enjoy the lobby, shops and grab a snack. You never know who you might run into.

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