Best free activities in Disney World?

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Best free activities in Disney World?

I'd like to get a little list going of some of the best free or really inexpensive activities in Disney World. I know there's tons of stuff at the resorts and downtown disney to do that's free (tours, games, etc.).

Even in the parks, if you've already paid for your ticket, there are interesting things that aren't "on the map" that are fun to do, and free.

What are your favorites?

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They haven't changed that silly barge show on the lagoon one bit in 30 years, but I STILL stop and watch it every single chance I get.

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They haven't changed that silly barge show on the lagoon one bit in 30 years, but I STILL stop and watch it every single chance I get.


You mean the Electric Light Water Parade? We love watching that. mickey

My favorite 'free' stuff:
1. Off Kilter
2. Wandering on the Boardwalk at night
3. Exploring the resorts
4. Poly torch-lighting ceremony
5. Flag ceremony at Magic Kingdom
6. Nature paths at Wilderness Lodge

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3. Exploring the resorts


I always found it interesting to explore the resorts around Christmas time. They're so pretty and decked out. Also, Downtown Disney is a great place to look around at Christmas time.

Something I enjoy doing "for free" at Disney is talking to cast members. They have such interesting stories and info about my favorite place.

And the concerts at Epcot are fun as well--Candlelight Processional is free if you don't get the dinner package, and Flower Power and Eat to the Beat

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You can fill your time with a lot of shows that are included in your ticket. There not as "replayable" as many of the rides, but there are still some shows I haven't seen despite how many times I've been to WDW.

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And the concerts at Epcot are fun as well--Candlelight Processional is free if you don't get the dinner package, and Flower Power and Eat to the Beat

WOOHOO! Epcot admission is free now?!? clapping

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And the concerts at Epcot are fun as well--Candlelight Processional is free if you don't get the dinner package, and Flower Power and Eat to the Beat

WOOHOO! Epcot admission is free now?!? clapping

To be fair, the question did say "assuming you have a park ticket!"

I think the boat rides can be a lot of fun, particularly on the smaller boats. And I'm definitely checking out the duck race at Wilderness Lodge next time!

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And the concerts at Epcot are fun as well--Candlelight Processional is free if you don't get the dinner package, and Flower Power and Eat to the Beat

WOOHOO! Epcot admission is free now?!? clapping



Cheeky! sarcastic

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I think the boat rides can be a lot of fun, particularly on the smaller boats. And I'm definitely checking out the duck race at Wilderness Lodge next time!


Yeah! You could just ride the boats throughout disney world all day long biggrin

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Even in the parks, if you've already paid for your ticket, there are interesting things that aren't "on the map" that are fun to do, and free.

Woops, my bad. biggrin But that makes me ask, other than food, what activities do they charge you additional for once you are in the parks?

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bali wrote:


Even in the parks, if you've already paid for your ticket, there are interesting things that aren't "on the map" that are fun to do, and free.

Woops, my bad. biggrin But that makes me ask, other than food, what activities do they charge you additional for once you are in the parks?

I interpret it as: What non-ride things are out there that most people are missing?

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I interpret it as: What non-ride things are out there that most people are missing?

That don't have additional costs.

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I interpret it as: What non-ride things are out there that most people are missing?

That don't have additional costs.

Thats what I was thinking. Once you are in any of the parks, there are no additional costs except for what you eat or buy for souvenirs. Or at least, I can't think of any either.

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I would definitely say that in my experience, the two Lodges, AKL and WL have the most to do and much of it is free.

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Brad wrote:

I interpret it as: What non-ride things are out there that most people are missing?

That don't have additional costs.

Thats what I was thinking. Once you are in any of the parks, there are no additional costs except for what you eat or buy for souvenirs. Or at least, I can't think of any either.



Nope--there probably aren't many extra things in the parks you actually have to pay for. But I was definitely thinking of all those little things in the parks (like Miyuke the candy-maker, Off-Kilter, street shows in DHS and the World Showcase, etc.) that nobody really knows about. They're not "on the park map" as an attraction, but would still be an interesting way to fill your day.

Confusing? Probably. laugh

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Here's one you've got to pay for.

On my dad's 81st birthday last summer, we took him to the Main Street Barber shop for a haircut. Now THAT was worth the extra price!!!

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Here's one you've got to pay for.

On my dad's 81st birthday last summer, we took him to the Main Street Barber shop for a haircut. Now THAT was worth the extra price!!!



I love that place mickey Do you have any pics of your dad there?!?

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Here's one you've got to pay for.

On my dad's 81st birthday last summer, we took him to the Main Street Barber shop for a haircut. Now THAT was worth the extra price!!!



I love that place mickey Do you have any pics of your dad there?!?

I do. I'll try and post some tonight.

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Is it hard to get in there?

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Is it hard to get in there?

If you're talking about the barber shop, it wasn't the day we went. Both chairs were filled when we went in about 10:30 that morning, but my dad was the next in line.

It is really cool for kids, coz they'll cut their hair and put colored spray all over it, if you like. Even "Big Ed" ended up with a bunch of Mickey Mouse glitter in his hair. (I'll get those pics up tonight.)

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Is it hard to get in there?

If you're talking about the barber shop, it wasn't the day we went. Both chairs were filled when we went in about 10:30 that morning, but my dad was the next in line.

It is really cool for kids, coz they'll cut their hair and put colored spray all over it, if you like. Even "Big Ed" ended up with a bunch of Mickey Mouse glitter in his hair. (I'll get those pics up tonight.)

I usually get a cut right before I go, maybe next time I'll wait until I get there!

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I'm hatching a plan regarding the barber shop. I get my head shaved every couple of months and just let it "grow out" (at least the parts that still grow) until it looks ridiculous then shave it all again. That sounds like my new Disney World schedule to me!

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I'm hatching a plan regarding the barber shop. I get my head shaved every couple of months and just let it "grow out" (at least the parts that still grow) until it looks ridiculous then shave it all again. That sounds like my new Disney World schedule to me!


Great idea!

BTW, regarding it being full, I've seen quite a line outside, myself. I'd suggest you get there bright and early while everyone else is hitting the mountains.

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Here are a few pics of Big Ed's (my dad) birthday haircut on his birthday last summer!

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Here are a few pics of Big Ed's (my dad) birthday haircut on his birthday last summer!

Thanks for the pictures, MT! I think that's the fella I had cut my hair! He's been there for quite some time and seems to know everything. If I remember correctly, he used to have some mega-job in show biz.

You're dad looks great!

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Here are a few pics of Big Ed's (my dad) birthday haircut on his birthday last summer!

Thanks for the pictures, MT! I think that's the fella I had cut my hair! He's been there for quite some time and seems to know everything. If I remember correctly, he used to have some mega-job in show biz.

You're dad looks great!

Thanks! He got a lot YOUNGER looking suddenly when he got a girlfriend my WIFE'S age! laugh

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Here are a few pics of Big Ed's (my dad) birthday haircut on his birthday last summer!

Thanks for the pictures, MT! I think that's the fella I had cut my hair! He's been there for quite some time and seems to know everything. If I remember correctly, he used to have some mega-job in show biz.

You're dad looks great!

Thanks! He got a lot YOUNGER looking suddenly when he got a girlfriend my WIFE'S age! laugh



rolling Who wouldn't?!?

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What a handsome man your dad is, MT! That looks so fun!

Thanks for posting the pictures!