Top 10 Free, or Low Cost Disney World Ideas

First evening or last day ideas for Walt Disney World

Most likely you've spent most of the day getting to Walt Disney World. You might feel that using a whole day of theme park tickets for just a few hours would be a waste. Or you've used up your park tickets during your stay and will be leaving for home in the afternoon. Here are some free or low cost things you can do to pass an evening or morning at Disney World.

Free Low Cost Activities at Disney World1. Chill at your Resort Pool - Having just spent all day getting to Walt Disney World or getting ready for a full day going home can drain you. Perhaps you'd just like to spend some time relaxing at your own hotel. Take a dip in the pool or a soak in the hot tub.

2. Have a great meal - You've got to eat anyway so have a meal at one of Disney's great restaurants. In one of the resorts, at Downtown Disney, or the Boardwalk.

Adults: $12.52; children (ages 3-9) $10.39 - There are two mini golf courses: Fantasia Gardens, near Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Winter Summerland, near Blizzard Beach Water Park. Cost: $12.52 adults, $10.39 children (tax included)/ Military Discounted Tickets at Shades of Green: $10.00 adult, $9.00 children.

3. Go to Downtown Disney - Explore the Shops and wonderful dining options located there.

4. Rent a boat - Most of Disney's Moderate, Deluxe and Disney Vacation Club resorts have a marina where you can rent various types of watercraft. A kayak, canoe or pedal boat will set you back less than $7.00 for a half-hour rental. A two person sailboat is about $20.00 an hour.

5. Visit Disney's Boardwalk - The Boardwalk is a fabulous entertainment area with lots of dining and entertainment options located out the back door of the Boardwalk Resort. Park at the Boardwalk Resort, tell the Security Host at the gate you're there to walk on the Boardwalk. There are several restaurants along the Boardwalk and roaming street performers (jugglers, comedians, fire-eaters, jazz ensembles, etc.). Located within walking distance are the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts as well as the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. There is a bridge near the Swan and Dolphin that offers a decent view over the trees of the Illuminations show at EPCOT.

6. Fort Wilderness campfire program - Sing around the campfire and watch a free Disney movie. It's open to everyone. Held every evening, at about 7:00 PM in fall and winter and about 8:00 PM in spring and summer, near the Meadow Trading Post. The program starts with a sing-a-long and marshmallow roast. You can bring your own food or buy it from the Chuck Wagon, which sells S'more kits, pizza and hot dogs. Chip and Dale meet the guests and sign autographs. Then a Disney movie is shown on a large outdoor screen. There is some seating on bleachers and benches, or you can lay out a blanket. No reservations necessary.

7. Take a tour of the Disney Resorts - The resorts are so beautiful especially at Christmas. We love to check them out and see which one we'd like to stay at next. While touring you could have a drink in one of their lounges or grab a snack. Be sure to be on the look out for Hidden Mickey's.

8. Tour Disney World's Monorail/Magic Kingdom Resorts (the Contemporary, Polynesian, or Grand Floridian). Park at one of the resorts, just tell the Security Host at the parking lot entrance that you're there to have a drink in their lounge. You can then ride the monorail between the resorts. Here are some ideas for these resorts:

9. View the animals at the Animal Kingdom Lodge - During the day or at night with night vision goggles

10. Catch the "Ye Haa" Bob show, late evenings at the River Roost Lounge at Port Orleans Riverside Resort. "Ye Haa" Bob Jackson performs a very popular piano sing-along comedy show with lots of audience participation.



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