Eight Things at Walt Disney World That Are Still Free

With the announcement of the soon-to-be-released Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Attractions Selections services, the harsh reality is clear: the days of free FastPasses are no more.


While many bemoan this change, there are still several services that remain free at Disney World, and we’re counting them down today.

Here are eight things at Walt Disney World that are still free now that FastPass isn’t!


First off, you can still get around Disney World for free! Services like the Skyliner, buses, and boats are still complimentary at Disney World for all guests.

Disney Skyliner

Transportation can be a life-saver, especially when you need to cool off with A/C and get back to the resort!


Live entertainment is still free of charge at the Disney World parks! Parades, cavalcades, live music, characters, and shows are all still included with your park admission.

Gaston in a Character Cavalcade

Live entertainment is just one of those extra bits of magic at the Disney parks. Although some entertainment is not yet back, those that have returned remain complimentary.


Apps like My Disney Experience, the free version of Disney Genie, and Play Disney Parks are all still free. These apps, especially My Disney Experience, are major in keeping your Disney World trip on track.


Things like Mobile Orders, wait times, and more are reliant on having these apps, so it’s a good thing they’re still free. Of course, the new Disney Genie service will have two paid aspects within My Disney Experience, but many important features remain free in the app.

Scavenger Hunts and Games

The Disney Parks and Resorts have even more to offer than just rides, dining, amenities, and entertainment! You can also take part in a range of activities and games, including fun scavenger hunts.

The Wilderness Explorer Activity in Animal Kingdom!

Whether it’s the Wilderness Explorers activity in Animal Kingdom, the Finding Dory’s Friends Scavenger Hunt in EPCOT, or a game at your Resort, these are a great way to have fun with the whole family at the Parks and Resorts for free!


It might seem like a small thing, but free maps can be a big help! Sure, you can use the map on your phone, but there’s something about having that physical map to fold and refold all day.

New EPCOT Park Map

Paper maps are also really helpful if you’re trying to conserve your phone’s battery life. Plus, there’s a nice nostalgic feel to them, and they make priceless (free!) souvenirs.

Celebration Buttons

This is another one that might seem small, but it can end being a big deal! Celebration buttons are a way to show what special occasion you’re celebrating at Disney World!

Celebration Button

Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, or you just want to celebrate being in the World, these buttons will help you show off your special occasion!

First Aid

Free first aid at the parks is a major help, especially when an emergency happens! Whether you need some free aspirin or have a cut or a scrape, First Aid Centers are a great free service at the parks.

Signage for First Aid and Baby Care Centers in Epcot

First Aid is usually located toward the front of each park near guest services and are always found near the Baby Care Centers (another awesome free service)!

Resort Events

The fun doesn’t stop at the parks; there’s plenty to do at the resorts as well! Disney World hotels host a wide range of events all day long that are sure to keep the whole family entertained.


One of the most popular resort events is Movies Under the Stars! At many Disney World hotels, they’ll set up a big screen outside so everyone can sit and enjoy a Disney movie!

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12 Replies to “Eight Things at Walt Disney World That Are Still Free”

  1. As much as I hate the idea of paying extra to skip a line (who would pay $7 to ride Expedition Everest?) I think this is Disney’s attempt to make up a little more post-pandemic $$ while saying “look, we only charge $15 per person while Universal charges $100” (or whatever it actually is). Just my not-so-humble opinion.

  2. As someone else pointed out, you pay a lot of money to get any of these supposed free things. We are going to Walt Disney World next spring. As of now, I am sorry I made the reservations and bought tickets because of all the added expenses. This will be our last visit.

  3. I’ve loved Disneyland (I’m in California) all my life, but these “pay to wait less” “solutions” are really giving me pause about wanting to revisit the parks / resorts. I understand the need to keep investors happy, and that the pandemic has not been kind to attendance, but it just seems SOOOO GREEDY.

  4. Free , really ………. Bit of a stretch .
    These things are figured into the prices and in many ways necessary .
    Nothing is free in Disney . I love Disney , but free is not in their vocabulary .
    Quick story . Concerns Universal when they first opened . There was a Cantina restaurant . We walked in and they had a guy playing guitar on the patio . They also had a sign over the bar for 2.00 margaritas . The mind blower was it came with free salsa and chips ( very good ones at that ) . We couldn’t believe something was free and ended up there for at least 3 hours … We just let the kids run all over the park .
    I was standing in front of the chip display refilling and this guy walks up and says ” no way ” . Turns to his wife and says the same thing we did . Honey , these chips are free we’re staying here . We had a blast !

    1. Three hours, taking up two places and eating free chips! Must have been nice. I wonder how many other families didn’t get a chance at all because you two hogged everything for hours.
      You are why we can’t have nice things.

  5. This list is a joke. With the elimination of just about every decent complimentary (i.e. free) perk, the rest of these are almost totally irrelevant. Buttons cost the company nothing to produce. The “events” at resorts are nothing compared to the entertainment they used to have (GF orchestra any one?), and things involving people/characters have little cost to them. The new App is just another way to guide you to spend more money. Finally the only reason they can’t charge for First Aid is because by law they have to provide it at no cost, as it’s a safety and liability issue. Pretty soon there’ll be a charge to ride the monorail or use a toilet! Disney is now hell-bent on extracting every single cent out of you they can.