For many people, visiting Disney World is a dream vacation. However, nowadays it is becoming increasingly expensive to take your family to all of the parks.

We can no longer use our annual passes to get into Disney World because they expired which is such a bummer. And we just found out that we might be going to Orlando for the New Year for the fly-by for the Capital One Bowl game. Because of this, I have begun looking for fun things to do with our kids that won’t break the bank! It turns out there are a lot of free things to do at Disney World or nearby. Here is what I have found so far.

Free Things to do at Disney World

*You can park for free at any Disney resort, you just have to ask for the 3-hour parking pass! You can also park at Disney Springs for free. When they are running at high capacity this can become more difficult and they may not give you a pass. You can always park for free at Disney Springs and catch a bus over to the resort you want to go to.

Electrical Water Pageant

Every night, beginning at 9 pm, the Electrical Water Pageant makes its way around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. It can be seen from 5 of the resorts. You could go to the Grand Floridian and then walk down to the beach and see the Pageant and the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. Obviously, remember that there is wildlife all over the place and be careful. Do NOT get close to the water at night.

Disney’s Boardwalk 

The Disney World Boardwalk is located right outside Epcot and is modeled after Atlantic City’s boardwalk. Every night they play a Disney movie and have a campfire on the beachside. The kids can play in the sand while they watch the movie. If you are around when they do Illuminations at Epcot, you can see a lot of the fireworks and hear the music. You can also see some of the fireworks from Disney Studies as well. Sometimes there is a magician or juggler there. You can also take a boat ride.

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Update – We went here for NYE and it was so much fun! We had to park at Disney Springs and take a bus over, but it was no big deal. There was a live DJ, a juggler, and more.

Chip N Dale Sing along at Fort WildernessFort Wilderness Campground Bonfire

Fort Wilderness Campground has a bonfire every night (around 8 pm) for free. It starts with a sing-a-long. Chip and Dale come for a meet and greet and then they play a Disney movie for free. You can bring items to make your own s’mores or you can buy the stuff there. We just bought S’more stuff and paid an obscene amount of money for a marshmallow! They also have a free petting zoo and you can visit the barn where they house the horses they use on Main Street. Small children can enjoy pony rides.

See Animals at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge has over 100 grazing animals on the property. You can view them for free. There is a place set up for kids to play musical instruments from Africa inside the gift shop. I found that going to the smaller lodge instead of the larger lodge sometimes has more animals. We ate at Sanaa once in the evening and there were tons of animals!

Lego Store at Disney Springs