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FREE Things at Disney: Your Ultimate Guide to Freebies at Disney Parks!

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There are free things at Disney World? Who knew? With prices forever on the rise, Disney vacations/holidays are getting more and more expensive.

However, Disney offers its guests plenty of freebies—if you know where to find them.

FREE Things at Disney: Your Ultimate Guide to Freebies at Disney Parks!

Having visited Disney countless times over the years, and over 6 times in the last year, I’ve done my fair share of freebie hunting. And if you’re planning your next Disney trip then here are some of my favourite Disney freebies that you won’t want to miss. 

1st visit Walt Disney World badge button

Buttons/Badges, Stickers, and Other Small Freebies

Some of the first freebies you can pick up around the parks and resorts come in the form of buttons/badges, stickers, maps and other small items. 

Proudly wearing my Birthday Badge Button before heading to Magic Kingdom from the Disney Dolphin Hotel

Celebration Buttons/Badges

Whether you’re celebrating your anniversary, honeymoon, or birthday, or if it’s your first time ever visiting the parks, you can pick up a free celebration button from your Disney hotel, a Disney gift shop, or at any of the park’s guest relation services including Disney Springs. The wonderful cast members can personalize the badges to suit any occasion.


Kidcot stickers, fact card and bag

Kidcot Suitcase

Over in Epcot, guests can collect a Kidcot Suitcase, which you take around the 11 World Showcase pavilions. At each country pavilion, you’ll be given a sticker and a fun card.

And once you’ve collected all 11, you can pick up a postcard stating how you went around the world. 


Wilderness-explorer-activity-book-at-animal-kingdom
Wilderness Explorers hand book

Animal Kingdom Wilderness Explorers

The Wilderness Explorers game in Animal Kingdom encourages you to collect 25 badges through tasks like animal observation and learning important wilderness skills. 

To begin, you can pick up your Wilderness Explorer handbook from headquarters on the bridge between Oasis and Discovery Island or from Wilderness Explorer Troop Leader locations in Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia, Dinoland U.S.A., and Pandora.


Tomorrowland Speedway License and Dumbo the Flying Elephant License

On both the Tomorrowland Speedway and Dumbo, the Flying Elephant rides in Magic Kingdom, guests can pick up a driver’s license prior to riding the ride. Just ask a cast member if they have any available, and they’ll be happy to give one to you—even if you aren’t a child


Free Enchanted Tales with Belle Bookmark
Free Enchanted Tales with Belle Bookmark

Belle Bookmark

If you pay a visit to Belle at the Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction in Fantasyland, you’ll not only get to hear her fairytale story, but you’ll also leave with an autographed bookmark.


Park Maps

The Disney Park maps make great souvenirs of your trip and are useful if you don’t want to be on your phone the entire time.

Other Freebies

  • Wild About Safety Cards: To help kids understand how to remain safe in the parks, you can collect Wild About Safety Cards from guest services around the Walt Disney World resort. 
Nemo sticker book from Epcot, Disney
Nemo Sticker and scavenger hunt book
  • Nemo Sticker Book: At the Nemo attraction in Epcot, guests can pick up a free Nemo sticker book. The sticker book contains nine stickers—including some beloved Nemo characters—and includes the species of each underwater creature. 
  • Luggage Tags: When checking into your resort, ask at the front desk for a Disney luggage tag. Not everyone is eligible for a luggage tag. However, it never hurts to ask!
  • Postcards from Character Meals – although you pay for the meal, every table is given a keepsake postcard to take home.
cinderella sword, wand and wishing star from breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table, Magic Kingdom
The wand, sword and wishing star given to guests of Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Free wishing star, wand and sword if you are dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table

Experiences

Although you do have to pay for a lot of extras in Disney (if you want to, that is), there are a couple of free experiences which you should definitely look into. 

  • Animation Experience: A really cool experience for guests in both Animal Kingdom and the Art of Animation Resort is a free drawing class. If you’ve ever wanted to be a Disney animator, then it’s an experience you won’t want to miss as a cast member will walk you through how to draw a beloved Disney character!

  • Barber Shop: At the Harmony Barber Shop you can receive a free sprinkling of fairy dust—if availability allows. You can also get a sprinkling of pixie dust at Sir Mickey’s Gift Shop and Bonjour Village Gifts!

Refreshments

I do want to mention that you can take your own drinks to Disney to cut down on costs. But there are also some free alternatives in the parks in case you run out or forget. 

  • Water and Ice: Although bottles of water in Disney are around $3.50, you can get free cups of water and ice from the park’s drinks kiosks. There are also water bottle refill stations around the parks, where you can fill your water bottles up for free. 
  • Coke Soda Fountain: In Club Cool in Epcot, you can even get free samples of Coca-Cola products from around the world. Taste them all and see which one is your favourite! For a conversation starter (or finisher) try the bitter Beverly flavor!

power socket charging point at petes silly slide show magic kingdom disney

Charging Stations

If your phone is running out of battery and you forgot to pack a portable charger (I personally love my power bank from INIU), then Disney does have a couple of free charging stations in Magic Kingdom. 

You can find the charging stations in several locations including:

  • The courtyard near “It’s a Small World” and Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Near Pete’s Silly Sideshow, in the tent (pictured bellow)
  • Located in the tree stumps next to the barrels by the seating area near the Tangled themed restrooms.

If you aren’t in Magic Kingdom, however, then you can instead charge your phone in Hollywood Studios at the charging ports in Docking Bay 7 by the drink machines and at Star Wars Launch Bay.

In Epcot, charging ports are available at the Land Pavillion outside of Soarin and in American Adventure. Also in Connections Eatery in EPCOT, the booths have charging ports with USB ports and the large white oval tables which seat 8 have a wireless icon on them.

Alternatively, you can charge your phone on most buses and at guest services—just remember to bring along a charging cable and a US plug. (There are also Fuel Rod dispensers at various places in each park. You pay the the initial $30 and then exchange for free when you need to replace it.)


First Aid

Accidents happen, headaches occur, and you can get the odd bug bite from time to time. But don’t worry; Disney has free painkillers, band-aids, and sting and bite relief in all of their park medical centres. 


Map from Pirates Scavenger Hunt with text Pirates Adventures

Scavenger Hunts

My family absolutely loves a Disney scavenger hunt. And there really is no better place to do them than at Disney.

There are a few different scavenger hunts throughout the resorts, so it’s best to ask at the front desk upon checking in. However, two that I know of are at the Wilderness Lodge and Magic Kingdom’s Adventure Land.

  • Wilderness Lodge Scavenger Hunt: At Wilderness Lodge, you can set off on a hidden Mickey scavenger hunt. The hunt will take you around 20 minutes, and you’ll get to see so many hidden Mickeys that you otherwise would have walked straight past.
Free Scavenger Maps
  • Pirate’s Adventure Scavenger Hunt in Magic Kingdom: In Magic Kingdom, guests can choose from four maps that take you on a quest around Adventureland. And after completing your quest, you’ll then receive a free card. If you have the time, then you can even complete the other three maps. But it’s completely up to you! You can take the maps home as a free souvenir too.
  • Search for the Hidden Pascal’s near the Tangled Bathrooms in Magic Kingdom. This one is just for fun with no keepsake card or map.

For more information on the Pirate’s Adventure Scavenger Hunt, head over to Magic Kingdom Scavenger Hunt.


Other Free Things to Do Around the Parks and Resorts

Fireworks

Luckily, you don’t actually need to be in the parks to see the Disney fireworks, as there are a few locations that give you incredible views of the nighttime spectacular.

One of the best places to see the fireworks is from the bridge by The Cake Bake Shop on the Disney Boardwalk. However, the Ticket and Transportation Center, the Grand Floridian Resort, and the California Grill Restaurant at the Contemporary Resort are also great options. 

Evening activities - see the fireworks from your Disney hotel or the ticket and transportation center
Evening activities – see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the ticket and transportation center

We also like the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) for watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks for free.

If you’re in Magic Kingdom, then check out the Best Places to Watch the Fireworks in Magic Kingdom for more information.


hidden mickey
Spot the hidden Mickey on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Train at Hollywood studios Disney world

Hidden Mickeys

There are so many hidden Mickeys around the theme parks and resorts that it would probably be impossible to spot them all.

We love looking out for hidden Mickeys as we stroll around Disney property. And you can really turn it into a fun, free game to see who can spot the most. 


See the Animals at Animal Kingdom Lodge

One of the best places to see the animals in Animal Kingdom is, of course, on the Kilimanjaro Safari. However, even if you don’t have a park ticket, you can make your way to the Animal Kingdom Lodge and see the animals from one of the resort’s common areas. 

If you’ve never been to Animal Kingdom Lodge, then I highly suggest you do so, as it really is one of the most beautiful resorts, in my opinion.


Christmas Decorations

It’s no secret that Disney is the most magical at Christmas. And a free activity that everyone can get involved with is seeing the Christmas decorations at all of the Disney Resorts.

Each resort typically has a giant, beautifully decorated Christmas Tree. However, if you can only make your way to one resort, then choose the Grand Floridian, as every year, a giant gingerbread house takes centre stage in the hotel’s lobby. 

And Don’t Miss Out On

  • Erupting Geyser at Fort Wilderness Lodge: Every hour, on the hour from 7 am to 10 pm, you can watch the geyser erupt at the Fort Wilderness Lodge. 
  • Contemporary Resort Butterfly Garden: Did you know that the Contemporary Resort has its very own butterfly garden? Well, now you do. And the best part is it’s completely free! 
  • Stroll Disney’s Boardwalk: Disney’s BoardWalk has shops, restaurants, and activities. However, one of the best—and free—things to do is simply stroll along the promenade, taking in the beautiful lights and the Florida sunset.
  • Lei at the Polynesian Resort: Even if you aren’t a hotel guest, once you arrive at the Polynesian Resort, you can receive a free lei! 

Disney Springs

There are even free things to do over at Disney Springs—an area where even non-park guests can get a taste of the Disney magic. 

  • Splash Pad: We all know how hot Florida gets, and what better way to cool off than in Disney Spring’s free splash pad? You can find the splash pad in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs—right next to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
  • Sprinkles Perks: If you sign up for the Sprinkles Perks, you’ll be eligible to get a free cupcake for your birthday—valid at the Disney Springs location. You can also sign up for the Sprinkles Birthday Club and get a free cupcake on your birthday month.
  • Earl of Sandwich Birthday Brownie: If you sign up for Earl of Sandwich’s loyalty program, you can receive a free brownie on your birthday!

Disney movie under the stars at Boardwalk

Movies Under the Stars

And the final free thing to do at Disney is watch a movie at one of the Disney Resorts. Every evening (weather permitting), guests can take a seat to enjoy a Disney movie in the fresh evening air. Just ask at reception for the movie schedule!


Transportation

Disney does a fantastic job at ensuring their guests can get to and from the parks in a fun, convenient, and free way! For Disney hotel guests, parking is free at the hotels and standard parking is free at the parks.

From the ferryboat that takes you over to Magic Kingdom to the new Disney Skyliner, here are some free transportation options for guests to make use of. 

Parking Lots to the Parks 

If you’re travelling to Disney with your own car—or a rental—then you’ll inevitably end up in one of the park’s car parks.

Unless you’re one of the first cars into the car park, you’ll likely have to travel a short distance to the park’s entrance. However, Disney has a frequent tram service that will take you over to the park gates, regardless of where your car is located.

Child looking at Skyliner transportation at Disney

Monorail, Ferryboat, Buses, and the Skyliner 

Disney has a few different free transportation options. And I suggest you check them all out at least once during your trip. 

  • Monorail: The Disney monorail runs from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Polynesian resort, the Grand Floridian resort, the Magic Kingdom, and the Contemporary resort.
  • Ferryboat: The Disney ferryboat connects the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center.
  • Skyliner: Disney’s new skyliner transports guests from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
  • Buses: Disney’s buses run from all Disney resorts to the theme parks, waterparks, and Disney Springs. 

There are also smaller boats to transport guests from the following resorts to the following parks. 

Boat rides to Magic Kingdom from:

Free boat rides to Hollywood Studios and Epcot from:

Free boat rides to Disney Springs from:


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