We all know that planning a Disney trip is very expensive, and I know a lot of people have been hit financially by the COVID pandemic (myself included) so budgeting for your next vacation may be a little harder than you are used to.
To learn How to Save for Travel, check out my blog post where I discuss how to budget for your vacation.
Are you planning a Disney Vacation but are afraid of going over your daily spending limit? No need to fear. I have reached out to some of the best Disney Travel Bloggers and had them share their FAVORITE free activities to do in the parks, so you and your wallet don’t have to worry.
Movie Under the Stars | Kim of @stuffedsuitcase
One of our family’s favorite free activities at Walt Disney World takes place at the Disney Resort hotels. Families can head to the pool in the evening to watch a classic Disney movie on a big screen. Kids will love getting to play in the pool, meet new friends, and watch their favorite characters. For parents, Movies Under the Stars is a great time to kick back and relax after a busy day in the parks. Movies Under the Stars is free, but you’ll need to check with your resort to find out the movie schedule.
Hidden Mickey Scavenger Hunt | Kelly of @Mickeybarmama
One of my favorite free activities at Walt Disney World is the hidden Mickey scavenger hunt at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This scavenger hunt map can be picked up at the front desk in the main lobby. This hunt will take you all around the resort so it is the perfect way to explore all the sights and have some fun! And the best part, this is perfect for the entire family! (I highly recommend the whole family participates because some of the Mickey’s are challenging and a team effort is always best!)
Club Cool | Suzanne of @suzthedisneydreamer
Need a super fun way to cool off from that relentless Florida heat?
One of the most unique things to do in Epcot is to drop into the soon to be reopened Club cool, where you get your experience flavors from all around the world – and the best part is that the sodas are free! So go ahead and try them all to see which one is your favorite. This experience has been a family favorite of ours for years, and it will soon be returning sometime in late 2021! Be sure to stop in when you’re shopping for Merch in the new Creations shop (Soon to be replacing Mouse Gear)
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to try the Beverly, the interesting soda from Italy – this one is only for the adventurous Disney fans out there though…
The Seas with Nemo & Friends | Katie of @pixie.dust.mom.
My favorite free thing to do in the parks is the aquarium in Epcot!! The Finding Nemo ride ends in the aquarium where you can see lots of animals including dolphins, turtles, manatees and more! There are tons of fun play areas for kids (my daughter loves Bruce the shark) and there’s a Finding Dory scavenger hunt for kids to work on while they are in the aquarium. Not only is it fun, but it’s educational too!
Resort Hopping | Melanie of @polkadots_and_pixiedust
One of my favorite free things to do at Walt Disney World is resort hop! My daughter and I love visiting the monorail resorts especially, but we are big fans of a lot of the other resorts as well. It can be easy to miss a lot of the details when you’re in a hurry and it’s nice to be able to slow down and take it all in. It also gives us a chance to see resorts that we haven’t stayed at and is a great way to get away from the crowds and the heat mid day. We love window shopping at some of the unique gift shops, exploring the grounds and relaxing at the resort beaches. It’s a great way to spend some down time at Walt Disney World and I love that it’s free.
Kidcot Stations | Christina of @Showcasetheworldtravel
Now for my favorite! One of my favorite activities to do in the parks that just happens to be free as well is the Kidcot stations in Epcot. Kids get to Participate in a fun discovery experience collecting activity cards at each country throughout the World Showcase and pick up a memorable memento with facts and activities featuring the culture and traditions of each country. You’ll find a Kidcot Fun Stop in every international pavilion at Epcot and this helps you experience all of the countries in more depth! Anabelle loved going around and collecting the mini stamps in every country we went to.
FUNFACT: Doing the Kidcot stations while I was a kid is what inspired me to want to travel the world, and start a business named Showcase The World Travel! Seeing each country is what made me want to explore the globe and immerse my self into all of the different cultures!
I understand how you’re feeling, I know all too well how easy it can be at the beginning to start researching online, just to find yourself 3 hours down the line more confused than when you started. But don’t panic! I can help you plan your dream Disney vacation without any of the stress of hassle – starting with the ‘A Disney Trip without Overwhelm, 5 Easy Steps’ Guide. These 5 steps will help keep you focused on organizing the best trip ever, while giving you peace of mind that everything will be done, and nothing will be left out.
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