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Discover These Free and Cheap Experiences at Disney Parks

A trip to Walt Disney World is expensive. This isn’t surprising to any of us that have been to Disney or are planning a trip to Disney. Luckily, Disney still provides some great experiences that are cheap or even free for Guests. 

If you are looking for ways to enjoy magic that doesn’t cost much money, try some of these experiences during your next Walt Disney World vacation. Each of the four Disney Parks has additional free or cheap experiences to bring some extra magic to the Park experience for Guests. Look at these and determine which would be the best for you.


EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
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Two free options at EPCOT can be fun for the whole family. Ducktales World Showcase Adventure is a new free experience available throughout EPCOT. This fun scavenger hunt takes Guests around the Pavilions using the Play Disney app. 

Join Scrooge McDuck and his nephews as you travel around World Showcase on different quests to find seven Lost Magic Treasures.

Kidcot Fun Stop
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The other free experience that is fun for kids is the KidCot Fun Stops found around World Showcase. You get a baggie with traveler cards, stickers, and a coloring sheet here. This is a great way to explore the World Showcase while having fun activities to complete. 

Take time to talk to the fantastic Cast Members working in these areas. They are often from the country and can provide important information about their home country.

Finally, try out the EPCOT festivals scavenger hunts. Each festival in EPCOT has a unique scavenger hunt for Guests to enjoy throughout their visit. Even though there is a small fee for the scavenger hunts (typically under $10), the price will be well worth the fun everyone gets.

Once you have purchased the map, each scavenger hunt has Guests searching for items around the World Showcase. You might be looking for Spike or Figment hiding around in the countries, or even Olaf and Remy have participated by hiding around the countries.

Place stickers on your map, and then you can turn it in for a prize once it is completed. The scavenger hunts are a fun way for the whole family to search and discover parts of the World Showcase they might not otherwise see.

Those are three fun, cheap activities to enjoy at EPCOT during your visit.

Related: Why Adults are Taking Trips to EPCOT

Wilderness Explorers
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Not only does Disney’s Animal Kingdom have fantastic trails to enjoy, they also have a few hidden gems that are all included in your ticket.

Little ones will love having free time to play and explore the Boneyard in DinoLand USA. This large play area has slides, climbing areas, and a vast fossil area for kids to dig and discover. The site is secure and safe, making it easy for kids to play while parents relax.

An extremely fun activity that is free at Disney’s Animal Kingdom but many might not know about is Wilderness Explorers. Guests pick up a free Field Guide and map and begin their adventures throughout the Park.

This combines a scavenger hunt with fun activities that teach along the way. Guests will learn about nature, animals, and even conservation as they explore this beautiful Disney Park.

This whole experience is self-guided, so you can do as much or as little as your kids are willing to participate. With over thirty different challenges throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom, be aware that this isn’t something you’ll probably finish in one day.

Rafiki's Planet Watch
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If you want a free experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, head back to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Here you not only can hang out with amazing animals that make Disney’s Animal Kingdom home, but you can also participate in an animation class.

The Animation Experience gives Guests a chance to learn from a Disney animator. Learn to draw one of your favorite Disney characters, such as Mickey, Simba, Stitch, and more. Although the experience is free, it does have limited seats, so plan accordingly if this is something you want to participate in during the day.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great Park for exploration.

Related: Hidden Details in Disney’s Animal Kingdom 

Batuu at Night
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars fans want to take advantage of this free adventure in Batuu. Using the Play Disney Parks App, guests can transform their phones into a datapad. Using this through Star Wars: Galaxy Edge, Guests can dive deeper into the galaxy.

Use the datapad to translate language throughout the land, scan codes to find precious cargo, and interact with droids and others. Guests can hack, translate, transport, and so much more using their datapad.

This is a fantastic way to explore this amazing land.


Magic Kingdom

Finally, in Magic Kingdom, go on an epic treasure hunt around Adventureland. A Pirate’s Adventure Treasures of the Seven Seas is a treasure hunt with Guests finding five secret treasures. 

Guests use their Magicbands at the Crows Nest to begin their adventure. Find all the treasures and receive a unique token from Captain Jack Sparrow himself. This scavenger hunt takes around twenty minutes, making it a great option when exploring Magic Kingdom.

Related: How to Visit Magic Kingdom with Little Ones

A trip to Walt Disney World isn’t cheap. It is nice to do some additional magic while in the Parks for free or cheap. Consider what experiences you will add to your day during your next Disney vacation. They are a fun way to discover more about the Park and enjoy the magic. Even though we love rushing to rides and shows, these experiences are just as magical. 

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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