The Top 5 Things You Can Do at Walt Disney World for Free

Sure, Disney prices are increasing, and it may seem like there is nothing to do at Walt Disney World that does not require opening your wallet — but that isn’t true! We found five activities that you can do in Disney that won’t cost a penny.

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Come along on a frugal trip to Walt Disney World with us!

Fly in the Sky on Disney Skyliner

Talk about a free show! Disney Skyliner is the newest form of transportation at Disney World. These gondolas can hold up to ten guests and sail on their their lines at up to 11MPH.

But for many guests, it’s all about the views! You can catch a bird’s eye view of Epcot, enjoy soar over the rooftops of Caribbean Beach Resort, fly over Hourglass Lake between Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts, check out the almost-finished Riviera Resort (opening December 16), and finally, buzz by Hollywood Studios to see the Tower of Terror from a new perspective.

Disney Skyliner near Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts

Take a Break and Enjoy the Music

Take a break in a comfy chair in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa‘s lobby, and enjoy the music of The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra or the Resort’s pianist. Coupling the atmosphere of the Grand Floridian and the classical sounds of orchestral music, you might just find yourself forgetting all your worries (for free!)!

The Grand Floridian Lobby

Spend a Day on the Boardwalk

Hop off the Skyliner at Epcot’s International Gateway station, and walk to the BoardWalk for some fun! You’ve got the BoardWalk Bakery tempting you with freshly baked goodness, Ample Hills Creamery with creative ice cream flavors on a hot day, midway games, a funnel cake stand, and some great dining options as well. And if you’re looking not to spend a dime, in the evenings you’ll find free live entertainment on the Boardwalk.


Relax for a Spell on the Sassagoula River

Park (for free) at Disney Springs, and take a ride on the Sassagoula River on one of Sassagoula Riverboat Co.’s boats. You can boat to either Port Orleans — Riverside or Port Orleans — French Quarter. Hop out, take a walk around the Resorts, maybe enjoy a beignet (those aren’t free), and then hop back on to Disney Springs. This relaxing activity will also get you some new peeks at the sights around the Sassagoula River, including the Saratoga Springs Treehouses!

Sassagoula River

Spend Some Time at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Check out the animals on the Savannah, tour the lobby, learn about the decor, speak with cultural representatives, and even relax a bit. There are so many options at Animal Kingdom Lodge — let’s start with the over 800 artifacts on display at Jambo House and Kidani Village. That may rival some museums! Then there are cultural representatives on hand to share information and stories about their homes. And, oh yeah: there are over 11 acres of savanna that giraffes, impalas, gazelles, blue cranes, zebras, and more call home — and you can watch them all for free!

Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah

There you have it: some of our favorite things to do at Walt Disney World that won’t cost a penny! What are some of your favorite free things to do in Disney? Share your tips in the comments!

Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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2 Replies to “The Top 5 Things You Can Do at Walt Disney World for Free”

  1. Parking my car at Disney Springs and then going over to the Grand Floridian and look at the Christmas Tree and gingerbread house.

  2. We’ve always used the monorail loop as a free way to get some Disney magic. Can stop at each resort or just cruise around and look out the window or just people watch. Please stand clear if the doors!