I know what you are thinking! Free and Disney do not go in the same sentence! But there are some really fun sights and activities at Disney World that in fact do not cost a thing (are very inexpensive)
1. Visit Disney's Boardwalk
Located behind Epcot, and accessible through the International Gateway, is Disney Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is a quarter-mile wood, walking path that is designed as a throw back to the great Boardwalks of the Mid-Atlantic coast in the early 1900s. The Boardwalk is made for strolling along and partaking in the atmosphere. There are great restaurants, a dance hall, ice cream shops, midway games, and street performers. The Boardwalk, itself, is free, while food and drink are extra. I am a huge fan of Ample Hills Creamery!
2. Disney Springs
Disney Springs, the transformed Downtown Disney, is now one of Disney World's greatest attractions itself. A mix of boutiques, entertainment, and more eateries than even I have tried, Disney Springs is a great spot to visit for dinner, dessert, or just to walk around and enjoy the outdoor shopping and sights. There are more than 50 shops located at Disney Springs, some selling Disney Merchandise and some more national and international brands. There are 56 restaurants and that doesn't include the delicious food stands and food trucks! My kids would recommend T-Rex Cafe, while I have to say Homecomin' is my favorite spot!
3. Picking A Pearl inside Japan Pavilion at Epcot
While this experience is not "free" and you do have to have a ticket for entrance into Epcot, the Picking a Pearl inside the Japan Pavilion still ranks as one of my top favorite experiences in Disney World and it costs $18. Thats it and you walk away with a beautiful pearl. If you have never done this, check out our recent review of the experience here: pick-a-pearl-at-japan-pavilion-at-epcot.html. The short version is that for $18, you get to search the tanks for the oyster that speaks to you. Once chosen the cast members perform a short ceremony for you pearl as they open it and measure it. **TIP** Go for the ugliest, slimiest, oldest looking oyster. They usually contain the larger or more exotic pearls!
4. Free Soda at Club Cool in Epcot
5. Free Duffy Cut Out at Epcot
Staying in Epcot for one more freebie is a fun activity for the younger kids in your family. Around the World Showcase, there are areas in each Pavilion labeled "KidCOT". These stations have markers and paper cut out of Duffy on stocks. The kids can color them at each country and also get them stamped. My kids love to collect all the stamps around the World!
What are your thoughts?
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Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!