5 Things to do around the Walt Disney World resort that will cost you nothing.
1. Downtown Disney – Downtown Disney is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex located at the Walt Disney World Resort. Downtown Disney is open to the public, requires no admission fee and offers entirely free parking and transportation to all Disney resorts. Divided into 3 sections—Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island—Downtown Disney area is an ever-changing destination committed to keeping the experiences exciting and new. You can walk around this huge shopping, dining and entertainment complex at Disney World. There is free entertainment at the Downtown Disney Marketplace that includes getting your picture taken with statutes of Buzz Lightyear and a pirate from the crew of the Flying Duchess, watching the boats, sprites, and ferries travel across the bay, pin trading at the pin pavilion, dig for dinosaurs at T-Rex, and the kids can play at the LegoLand playground and Legos area. To stay cool, the kids can bring their swimsuits and play in the water jet areas.
2. Hidden Mickey Hunt – Take a Hidden Mickey Hunt around any of the Disney resorts. Many of the resort front desks will have a Hidden Mickey guide for that resort, such as the Hidden Mickey Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Hidden Mickey Hunt at the Wilderness Lodge. Find out more Hidden Mickey information through D23Magic.
3. Ride the Walt Disney World Transportation – Water Taxi/Ferry Ride – Enjoy a leisure boat ride from Downtown Disney to Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Saratoga Springs or Old Key West Resort. You can explore all these wonderful resorts and then ride the water taxi back to Downtown Disney.
Additionally, you can take a ride on one of the ferries that takes resort guests to the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These include the ferry from the Wilderness Lodge that goes to Magic Kingdom, then Fort Wilderness, and finally back to Wilderness Lodge. This ferry gives riders great views of both Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon, including seeing long forgotten Disney attractions like River Country and Treasure Island.
Also, this ride will take you over one of the engineering feats on Disney property, the water “bridge.” This canal passes over a road as cars pass “under” the water. Disney’s Boardwalk, Yacht & Beach Clubs, and the Swan and Dolphin have a ferry that travels from these resorts to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and back providing amazing views of the Florida landscape and the Tower of Terror ride.
Ride the Monorail – You can take a ride on the monorail loop to see some of the Walt Disney World Resort. This is always a fun ride for the whole family.
The main loop goes from the Magic Kingdom front entrance to the Ticketing and Transportation Center to EPCOT and back. At night you can take the “inner” loop that will take you from the front entrance of Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Grand Floridian, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort then you can watch the Wishes Fireworks at Magic Kingdom from any of these resorts.
4. Campfire Sing along – Enjoy a fun evening at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Chip and Dale will greet you for this fun campfire sing-along. You can roast marshmallows and then sing some fun songs around the campfire. After the sing-along, enjoy a classic Disney movie on the big screen for FREE!
5. Disney’s Boardwalk – Enjoy evening activities on Disney’s Boardwalk including games and live entertainment. On any given night, strolling along the BoardWalk from 6:30-10:30 p.m. you may see a sword swallower, jugglers, a tarot card reader, a New Orleans style jazz trio… you just never know. Walk over to Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort and enjoy a campfire and movie under the stars. You can even see some of the IllumiNations Show at Epcot along the Disney’s Boardwalk.