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More of Our Favorite FREE Things to Do at Walt Disney World

by Mommy Frog on March 14, 2013

Who doesn't love free? Certainly not the Frog Family! A few months ago we brought you a list of some of our favorite FREE things to do at Walt Disney World® Resort, but we're always on the hunt for more free things to do at the theme parks. Why stop at 10? Without further ado, here are even more of our favorite FREE things to do ...

Hit the Boardwalk

Disney Boardwalk via Disney Parks BlogStroll along Crescent Lake and take in the sights and sounds along Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District, reminiscent of beachside turn-of-the-century East Coast. Numerous shops line the Boardwalk, offering plenty of window shopping opportunities. Watch the game or catch a live interview at the ESPN Club, which often hosts live radio sports shows. Or take in the marine-themed fine art at Wyland Galleries.

Surrey BikesIt's not free, but one of the most fun things the Frog Family ever did at Disney World was rent one of the multiple-seating surrey bikes for the hour and traveled around the boardwalk and Disney’s Yacht (&|&|and) Beach Club Resorts pathways. Beware! Getting up the bridge connecting the Beach Club and Boardwalk can be quite a challenge.

Take in the Electrical Water Pageant

Electrical Water Pageant via Disney Parks BlogOne of the few original opening shows at Walt Disney World that continues to this day, the pageant takes place nightly (weather permitting) on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake, and features floating sea creatures lit by hundreds of bulbs! You can see it outside the entrance to Magic Kingdom® Park or from the beaches and docks alongside Disney's Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness and Contemporary resorts.

Hunt for hidden Mickeys

Hidden Mickey via Disney Parks BlogOne of our very favorite things to do is to keep an eye out for the famous mouse ears that are interspersed throughout the park. Believe me when I tell you there is nothing quite like the thrill of being the first one in your group to announce "I spy a hidden Mickey ..." that no one else has seen before!

Strike up a conversation with a stranger

Waiters at Tutto Gusto at Epcot®Sometimes the introverts among us need a little bit of nudging, but one of the best ways to pass the time while waiting in line is to strike up a conversation with a stranger. After all, people come to the parks from all over the world! It's always interesting to hear where people are from and what they've enjoyed about their trip.

And don't forget about cast members! It should come as no surprise that they love talking to guests. Even better, cast members have tons of insider knowledge about the parks and can offer suggestions to make your trip much more memorable.

Call the pay phones in Epcot®'s World Showcase

Epcot® Pay Phone via Disney Parks BlogUpdate: We called Disney World to confirm that the numbers were still working, and a representative confirmed that they were. However, we have not been able to get through.

Canada and the United Kingdom have working pay phones that have served as the backdrop to many a picturesque photo. While you can give the numbers a call anytime ("How's the weather there in sunny Florida?"), it might be more fun to sit nearby in Epcot® and ring the phones as someone stops by.

Here are the numbers (for calls outside of the U.S., dial 001 before the number):

  • For the UK: 407-827-9862 (left booth); 407-827-9863 (center); 407-827-9861 (right)
  • For Canada: 407-827-9884

Catch a fireworks show from outside of the park

Fireworks at DisneyAs we learned in our recent post on romantic things to do at the theme parks, the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a popular location for watching the fireworks show outside of Magic Kingdom® Park. The beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is another fireworks-viewing destination, although it is hampered right now by construction. Another popular place to catch the fireworks is from the boat launch at the Ticketing and Transportation Center. Like at the Polynesian, the show's music is piped in for full effect.

Pay the animals a visit at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge via Disney Parks BlogDisney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge plays host to more than 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos. You don't have to be a resort guest to see the magnificent animals, which can be observed from the elevated 'kopje,' or rock cropping, which allows guests to view the animals from yards away.

Pin Trading via Disney Parks BlogTrade Your Disney Pins

The initial Disney Pin investment isn’t free, but trading them with Cast Members at the Disney parks and resorts certainly is. Click here for more information about getting started on this fun Disney tradition.

Wear a Celebration Button

There’s always a reason to celebrate when you’re at Walt Disney World, so don’t forget to stop by Guest Relations to pick up your FREE Celebration Button. Wear it proudly during your trip and you’re sure to get lots of special attention!

What are your favorite FREE things to do at the parks? Share in comments below!

Until next time…

Happy Planning!

Related: FREE Stuff at Disney? Yep ... Some of the Frog Family's Favorite Activities

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Mar 19, 2018 at 8:09 p.m.
Jen Says...

Hi. Does the Water pageant take place every day? On WDW I read it’s only for EMH but there’s no EMH on April 17 and the Water pageant is scheduled.

Mar 19, 2018 at 11:27 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

The water pageant does take place nightly, weather permitting. You can always check the schedule on Disney's site.

Keep hopping!


Aug 1, 2015 at 7:49 p.m.
Lysandra Says...

Do you know if the Chip N Dale campfire at the Fort Wilderness Resort is free only to resort guests or can non-resort guests attend?

Aug 2, 2015 at 8:50 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lysandra,

It is free to all!

Mommy Frog

Mar 17, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Beth Corwin Says...

The last time we asked to sit in the front of the monorail, we were told they no longer allow it. We even tried it different times (we went with my parents and my sister's family) and we were all told the same thing. :( It was my favorite thing to do (for free) too!

Mar 18, 2013 at 1:07 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

You are correct! Guests are no longer allowed to ride in the conductor's car of the monorail.

-- Mommy Frog

Mar 16, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.
Jennifer Morales Says...

We love Chip n Dale's bonfire sing a long and outdoor movie at camp wilderness! free!!!

Mar 15, 2013 at 3:11 p.m.
Andrea Bartholomew Says...

Great list! One of my favorite Disney World freebies is sampling FREE Coca Cola beverages from around the world at Club Cool in Epcot. Have your camera ready so you can snap a photo of an unsuspecting member of your group taking a sip of "Beverly"! The pic will be priceless!!

Mar 16, 2013 at 12:25 a.m.
Sam Says...

Ohhhh. I had read about the Beverly and I warned my family, but I really thought my husband was going to vomit when he tried it!


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