How can you save a bundle on your next Disney vacation? By knowing how to get free stuff at Disney World! For example, you could buy the Memory Maker Photo Package. Or you can take home the same great shots taken by the same great professional photographers for free. That’s just a couple of the absolutely free things you can do or get at WDW- keep reading for more.
- Water and Ice
- Club Cool Coca-Cola Samples
- Fastpass+ Selections
- Transportation and Collector’s Cards
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game
- Duffy the Bear Cutout
- Medical Supplies
- Professional Photos
- Celebration Buttons and Stickers
- Campfire Sing-a-Longs
- Balloons at Resort Front Desks
I’m a lucky gal: my family loves Disney World as much as I do. That adoration has turned into twice-a-year visits that can rack up some serious cash. So, after my first few trips I realized I needed to be on the lookout for free things at Disney World and, man, there are plenty. It seems as though everywhere you look you can find free stuff. Here’s the ones we take advantage of most.
1. Glasses of Water and Ice
If I were to give only one freebie in this list it would be this: There’s no need to spend upwards of $4 for a bottle of water at the Walt Disney World parks when you can mosey up to a counter or restaurant that sells fountain drinks and simply ask for a free cup of ice water. This is especially true on those hot and humid Florida days when you need to stay hydrated. We ask for a cup of ice water for each family member and always receive them with a smile.
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2. Club Cool Coca-Cola Samples
This is a super fun freebie! Club Cool in Future World at Epcot is the spot to visit for unlimited free samples of Coca Cola products from around the world. We’ve sampled flavors from Mexico and Europe. If you’re up for a challenge, try the Beverly.
3. Fastpass+ Selections
It doesn’t cost a dime to make Fastpass+ selections at a Walt Disney World park. These priority queue selections give you a front-of-the-line advantage and are free with paid park admission. You’re entitled to select three ahead of time, but once you’ve used them all up you can head to a Fastpass+ kiosk and make additional ones.
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4. Transportation and Collectors Cards
Whether you’re flying or driving in, once you’re on Disney property you never have to worry about transportation to and from the parks and resorts. And while you’re on Disney transportation don’t forget to ask the bus, monorail, and boat drivers for free transportation cards. We’ve just recently begun collecting them and my daughter loves the card style and selections.
5. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game
This is another great freebie! With daily park admission, head to the Main Street Fire station to collect a free package of Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards and get ready to have some fun. The game is not only a great way to find your way around the Magic Kingdom, but it’s a blast trying to thwart Disney Villians. We make it a point to play the game at least once a day so we can collect a new pack of cards on every new visit.
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6. Duffy the Bear Cutout
Throughout World Showcase in Epcot, there are Kidcot Fun Centers filled with activities and art. My family’s favorite is getting a free Duffy the Bear cutout to color. Then, by making our way around each of the 11 countries that make up the World Showcase, my daughter gets her Duffy cutout personalized by the cast members. They draw their country’s flag or write her name in their native language on the back.
7. Common Medical Supplies
Have blisters from walking miles a day in the Walt Disney World parks? Each of the four Disney World parks (and Disney Springs) has a medical center where you can receive bandages for free. They also have the ability to take care of common ailments, so feel free to stop in a take a rest.
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If you and the kiddos are fans of Disney characters, waiting in line for an autograph or photo is a no-brainer. The characters will interact with you and I love their autographs, not only as a memento but for remembering the fun my family had while we had a moment to catch up with our favorites.
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9. Professional Photos
We love purchasing Disney Memory Maker photo packages when we visit. If you choose not to buy the photos, you still have the option of professional Disney photographers taking your pictures when you visit the theme parks. All you have to do is hand them your phone or camera.
10. Stickers and Celebration Buttons
If your kiddos love to collect stickers, or even if they’re casual sticker lovers, many non-character Disney cast members carry a roll of stickers in their pocket to pass out to young kids. And older kids. And adults. Hey, I’ve gotten my fair share of free stickers at the parks. Also, free celebration buttons can be found at every resort check-in desk and most theme park stores. Ask for yours to be personalized and cast members will happily oblige.
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11. Campfire Sing-a-Longs
If you’re a Walt Disney World Resort guest, every night you can head on over to Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground and make s’mores, catch a movie, and have a good, old-fashioned sing-along- Disney style, of course! Fee free to take your own s’mores ingredients or kits can be purchased at the site near the Meadow Trading Post. Bonus: Fort Wilderness is also the best place to meet Chip and Dale.
12. Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
Fans of the cartoon Phineas and Ferb? Head to World Showcase in Epcot for a free and fun interactive adventure. The game is quest-style and the goal is to beat the evil Dr. Doofenschmirtz and his plots to ruin the world.
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13. Balloons at Resort Front Desks
After an exhausting day in the parks or even when we first check in to an on-property resort, it’s always fun to stop at the front desk on the way to our room and ask for a balloon or two. We place them all over our room, but families with younger kids happily tie them to their strollers and wheelchairs. If they’re out of balloons, ask what other goodies they have to give away.
Don’t go looking for balloons at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort, though: they purposely don’t have them to keep the animals safe!
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