100+ Disney Freebies for you Disney Vacation

  

Disney only becomes expensive when you stay off properties. 

Here you will discover many of Disney® Freebies. The free perks here are in relation to Walt Disney world® Resort.

there are so many more Disney® perks that are not mentioned such as Disney® free dining promotion,(when available) free cell phone charging station at the guest service in all the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks. Free advice At Walt Disney world® resort Hollywood studios Theme park.

The magical Disney® Freebies are just another Free way to add magic to your Walt Disney World® Resort Vacation. 

  

100+ Disney Freebies

Disney only becomes expensive when you stay off properties. Here you will discover many of Disney Freebies that our travel agency has shared with you for your Disney vacation. The free perks here are in relation to Walt Disney world Resort.there are so many more Disney perks that are not mentioned. such as Disney free dining, free cell phone charging station at the guest service in all the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.The magical Disney Freebies are just another disney free way to Disney.
 

 Drink Refills – Free refills are available at certain restaurants in the Disney parks:


1. FREE Drink Refills – Free refills are available at certain restaurants in the Disney parks:

· Epcot: Sunshine Seasons, Electric Umbrella

· Hollywood Studios: Backlot Express

· Animal Kingdom: Restaurantosaurus

· Magic Kingdom: Be Our Guest Restaurant (for breakfast and lunch only)

· As things change at Disney always check with a cast member


2.  Free Fast pass+ are free and can be covenant. Great to help eliminate long wait times. 


3. Transportation Trading Cards – Cast Members on the various forms of Disney transportation should have transportation trading cards available if you ask. Sometimes they are out of stock, so if you strike out with one Cast Member, just ask another.


4. Free Wifi – Enjoy free WIFI offered at all the resorts and parks throughout the Walt Disney world® Resorts


5. Package Deliveries – You can have any purchases you buy at the parks delivered to your resort for free. Now you don’t have to worry about buying those large toys or heavy glass figures, but you still must find a safe way to get them home. (A lot of times guest send them to their home address.) However, remember not to have purchases sent to your room if you are leaving the very next day.


6. Souvenir Pick-Up – Theme park merchandise purchased during the day can be delivered to a designated location near the front entrance for convenient pick-up as you exit the park. To utilize this service, simply let the retail clerk know during your time of purchase.


7. Baby Care Centers at all Four Parks – 

· Open during regular park hours, each full-service Baby Care facility is complimentary to use and includes the following:

· Private nursing room with rocking chairs

· Changing room with tables and a unisex bathroom

· Feeding area with highchairs

· Kitchen with microwave, oven and sink

· Main room with television, table, chairs and sofa


8.  Trading Pins –Disney Pin Trading is an interactive experience where guests can trade Disney pins with Cast Members and other guests. It’s fun for the whole family and creates fun “pin pals.”  Start a new collection or exchange pins for the ones you want. While Disney trading pins are not free, trading them is. There are Trading Pin boards you can find around the resorts and gift shops, are a great place and Cast Members wear lanyards for trading. Guests can make up to two pin trades per Cast Member per day.


9. Search for Hidden Mickeys; Disney’s Imagineers have a fun tradition of incorporating “hidden” Mickey Mouse head silhouettes into their designs and construction, and lots of people enjoy hunting for them. Entire books are dedicated to finding them. To search for the Hidden Mickeys all around the parks and even the resorts, look for the three circles that make up the Mickey logo. They are everywhere.


10.  Keep a Map – There are time schedules and park maps found at the resort front desks and park front gates. These are great to put in scrap books later. The maps are colorful and kids love to look at them when they get home. These are also great to put in picture frames. 


11. Free Stickers – There are Cast Members running all over who will hand, you free stickers. Not only are these great for t-shirt decorations, but stickers are also great mementos for scrap your books. I spilled a Disney snack on my shirt once, and guess what I covered it up with? You guessed it…a free sticker.


12. Free Water – And I’m not talking about the water fountain water here, although obviously that is free. Visit any counter service restaurant or refreshment stand that serves drinks and ask for a cup of ice water. If they don’t give you water, they will give you a free cup of ice. We let the ice melt, which doesn’t take long on a hot Orlando summer day. Most always they will give you water.


13.  Kids Under 3 Eat Free – Disney is Toddler friendly that’s why children under the age of three eat for free at Disney’s buffets and family style table service restaurants.

 

14. Get a Button– Special occasion buttons are given to celebrate a Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, 1st Visit, and Just Married occasions. So, go ahead and celebrate with a button or two, three… Many people turn these into refrigerator magnets when they get home. 


15. Memory Maker – While the Memory Maker service itself is not free, Disney Photographer take your

 

16. Memory Maker photos for free, and you can view & download your Memory Maker photos online for free.  


17. “Ears to the World” Disney Show Translators – Attraction Translation Devices are wireless headphone units that Guests can wear during select attractions. Featuring performances by professional character actors, the devices provide non-English-speaking Guests translation for over 30 attractions and shows throughout the four Disney World theme parks. State-of-the-art technology synchronizes the translation with the attraction, providing a truly magical experience from start to finish.

(Attraction Translation Devices are complementary and available at Guest Relations in each of the four theme parks. A refundable $100 deposit is required. Please note that the device must be returned on the same day at the same location before park closing for the refund to be returned. Languages include:

French

German

Japanese

Portuguese

Spanish)

18. MagicBands and Cards – MagicBands and cards are all-in-one devices that can serve as your ticket, room key, payment method, identification, and lots more. For more information, use this link: 


19. Parking – To save yourself a parking, you just need to be a Disney Resort hotel guest with a valid Key to the World Card/MagicBand® or Resort Parking Permit. Annual and Premium Pass Holders, in addition to Disney Premier Passport holders, can also park at no additional charge. 


Magic Kingdom

20. Trading Cards – The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game gives you five collectible trading cards per day for each ticket that has been activated that day. If dad stays back at the resort, sorry, you can’t pick up his cards. You can get your cards each day at the Fire Station on Main Street and over in Liberty Square by the Christmas Shop.


21. Boat Ride –  There are boats that cross back and forth from the Magic Kingdom to the Transpiration station, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge and Ft. Wilderness, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian Resorts. From the Magic Kingdom, you can take a boat ride to any of these locations or even hop on the monorail.


22.  Resort Monorails – Ride the free monorail around to resort near Magic Kingdom as well as to Epcot. A huge part of Disney “history,” kids and kids at heart all love riding the monorails. The middle of the day might possibly be a less busy time, as they can be quite congested first thing in the morning and at closing.


23.  Longer Monorail Rides – How often can you ride a monorail at home? For a longer monorail journey, ride over to EPCOT. This trip takes about 20 minutes round trip, not including time to wait for a monorail to arrive. You catch the Epcot monorail at the TTC (Ticket & Transportation Center.)


24. Free Bus Transportation – Most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort, including theme parks, water parks, resort hotels and the Disney Springs area, are accessible by complimentary bus transportation. This is old news unless you are planning a first visit


25. Hair Confetti – The Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A., will sprinkle confetti and “pixie dust” on your child’s hair for free.  Castle Couture in Fantasyland also has “pixie dust.”


26. Get a Picture Made with Santa – During the Christmas holidays, Santa sets up shop on Main Street, U.S.A., so have your Memory Maker Disney Photographer Take your photo.


27. Grab Some Cracker Jacks – At Casey’s Corner at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., arrive just before opening time. Cast Members do an opening pitch and sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” While they sing, they pass out free big bags of Cracker Jacks to the guests listening to the song.


Epcot


28. Get a Drink – Club Cool in Epcot’s Future World, sponsored by Coca-Cola, offers weary Epcot (You know what EPCOT stands for, right? Every Person Comes Out Tired) walkers eight drinks from around the world (all of which are types of Coca-Cola brands). Taste as much of the beverage samples as you want for as long as you want.


29. Try the Beverly – We just mentioned Club Cool. Now The “Beverly challenge” is so famous among Disney fans. This is the challenge you and a friend see how Many Beverly’s you can drink the one to drink 16 or more wins. 


30. Kids Crafts – See the Cast Member at any Kid Cot Fun Stop to get a complimentary cardboard Duffy the Disney Bear for your child to decorate and personalize with the free supplies at each station. Cast Members will share insights about their native lands, such as how to say “hello,” and they will give your child a stamp of Duffy in each country.


Kidcot Fun Stops Location

· Mexico Pavilion (near Animales Fantasticos)

· Norway Pavilion (at The Puffin’s Roost)

· China Pavilion (near the exit of Reflections of China)

· Germany Pavilion (at Volkunst)

· Italy Pavilion (outside, near La Bottega Italiana)

· American Adventure Pavilion (outside, near Heritage Manor Gifts)

· Japan Pavilion (in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery)

· Morocco Pavilion (at the Marketplace in the Medina)

· France Pavilion (at Souvenirs de France)

· United Kingdom Pavilion (at The Toy Soldier)

· Canada Pavilion (at the exit of O Canada!)

Go on a Secret Mission – Solve clues with Agent P to thwart some of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s most daringly evil plots. Visit a recruitment center at Odyssey Bridge, Norway Pavilion, Italy Pavilion or near the International Gateway to receive your assignment. Here you will pick up an interactive handheld device that will guide you on your mission. Each mission lasts anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, and because each pavilion hosts a different mission, you can go back again and again. Now scour for clues throughout the World Showcase and visit such destinations as:

· Mexico Pavilion

· Norway Pavilion

· China Pavilion

· Germany Pavilion

· Japan Pavilion

· France Pavilion

· United Kingdom Pavilion.

31. Christmas Holiday Gingerbread Creations – Celebrate the amazing work of the Disney Pastry Chefs at The Land Pavilion at Epcot. You’ll enjoy their tantalizing takes on popular icons from Disney Parks and Resorts around the world.


32. See Independence Hall, 1776 – Let freedom ring in the Christmas holiday season with this miniature replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, showing off the artistic talents of Disney Pastry Chefs. 


33. Christmas around the world Christmas time Travel around the world showcase and discover how people around the world celebrate Christmas.


34. Character Photo – You must have a Disney Chase Visa Card, but if you do, enjoy a private character meet and greet at Epcot that also includes a FREE 5×7 photo.


35. E-mail a Video to Your friends – Once you ride Spaceship Earth, you are deposited at Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future. Here you can send an e-mail of yourself to your friends

 not lucky enough to be on vacation or to family members.


36. Take a Boat Ride – We’re almost at our list for Hollywood Studios, so this is a good place to discuss how both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are accessible by boat. Most routes run on 15- to 30-minute intervals. This means you can take a free boat ride to the following resorts for some resort hopping if you need a break mid-day or early evening:

· Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

· Disney’s Boardwalk Villas

· Disney’s Beach Club Resort

· Disney’s Beach Club Villas

· Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

· Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

· Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel


37. Get Passports – During the Food & Wine Festival, passports are available.  Each kiosk has a stamp, which makes for a fun activity, starting a collection or gathering for a scrap-book.

Hollywood Studios


38. Get a Jedi Training Tales of the temple Certificate – At the Jedi Training tails of the temple Academy, Junior Jedi Knights learn to use the Force in a 20-minute training academy as they prepare to meet the Dark Side. To sign up, potential Padawan’s should report to the queue outside the ABC Sound Studio at park opening. Twelve guests between the ages of 4 and 12 years of age will be selected for each show. Participating kids will get a certificate at the end of Jedi training. Hint Get there early go right to the Jedi training tails of the temple. Disney photo pas will be taking photos. You will receive a photo card. There may be two different cards get one of each. And take a picture of the numbers on both cards in case you lose them.


39.  Ride to the Boardwalk – Take a free boat ride to Boardwalk Resort, which is especially beautiful in the evenings. Entertainment here is listed below.


40. Early Dining Certificate – Be the first person to arrive for breakfast at Hollywood and Vine, and you get a certificate for being the first family of the day.


41.  Get a Disney Junior Dance Party Balloon – Put your hands in the air and follow the DJ as you groove to hot hits at this ultra-fun, high-energy dance party. Kids can cut loose with Characters from Disney Junior like Handy Manny, as well as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and more. New characters fill the floor throughout the night. You never know when someone special like Jake and the Never Land Pirates or Bones & Sharkey might appear. This event is only offered during Evening Extra Magic Hours. Music videos play on the big screen above the stage. A balloon artist adds to the fun by creating animals with a twist. Take one away as a party favor!


42. Take Home a Free Drawing – At the Animation Academy, with help from a Disney artist, you will enjoy a unique hands-on opportunity to draw your very own Disney character sketch. you can take your drawing home for free.


Animal Kingdom


46. Explore the Wilderness 

Follow in the footsteps of Russell and his faithful dog, Dug, from the Disney•Pixar film Up!  as you jaunt across jungles, furrow into forests and make way through the woods in a a series of fact-finding challenges. Think you know the wilderness? Well, now you can prove it. Dozens of self-guided activities await your arrival, with missions ranging from animal observation to learning all-too-important nature skills.

Collect over 30 badges and earn the right to echo the Wilderness Explorer call— “Caw! Caw! Roar!” Each challenge is totally different from the next, and with each one you complete, you can collect a new sticker badge to place in your official Wilderness Explorer field guide, examples;


Veterinary Badge – Help diagnose a sea turtle’s      health issue

Dinosaur Badge – Join in the exploration for      dinosaur fossils

Animal Find Badge – Check off each of the animals      you see

Music Badge – Learn how to play an African drum      pattern

Yeti Badge – Find Yeti artifacts and hear about      the folklore

With so many activities at hand, completing them all may take you more than just a single visit.


47. Disney Baby care center- Great place to care to your little ones. 

Open during regular park hours, each full-service Baby Care facility is complimentary to use and includes the following:

• Private nursing room with rocking chairs

• Changing room with tables and a unisex bathroom

• Feeding area with highchairs

• Kitchen with microwave, oven and sink

• Main room with television, table, chairs and sofa


48. Conservation aria- see and learn how Disney takes care of their animals. Here if you get in early around 9am you may be able to see procedures being done on the animals that Disney has on their property.


49. Free African dancers-in front of the Tusker house you can watch and join in traditional Africa dancing.

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Disney Springs


50. Splash Around – In the section with Goofy’s Candy Co., in full sight of the Rainforest Cafe, is a splash

pad type fountain. If you don’t stop to let your kids get wet, you can always hang around and watch other people let their kids get soaked. This is fabulous for children on a hot day, 


51. Play with Legos –  Head into the Lego Imagination Center over by the World of Disney Store for some free interactive Lego fun. Outside is a 3,000-square-foot play area filled with Legos. Inside and out are larger-than-life Lego models just waiting to be photographed.


52. Get Free Legos – Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. A new model will be available every month and will be specially themed to that month – ask a Store Associate for details. These models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. This event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only.


53. Free Chocolate! –  Cast Members at Ghiradelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop hand out free chocolate samples throughout the day. While these samples are free, the hard part is not buying anything while you’re there. 


54. Check out the Movie Props – Pop into Planet Hollywood and look at all of the movie props.


55. Goofy’s Glaciers Free Samples – This isn’t an all you care to drink buffet of samples like at Epcot’s Club Cool, but rather it is a small slushy sample to wet your whistle.


56. Wash your Hands – I know, I know, how much fun can hand washing be? Sugar and Salt Scrubs make your hands feel soft and smooth. Right next door to Arriba’s Brothers, next to the free chocolate samples at Ghirardelli’s, is a store called Basin. You can wash your hands with their scrubs for free, leaving your hands silky smooth. This is one of my favorite haunts at Disney Springs. 


57. Hydrate Your Skin – Basin also has an assortment of lotions samples you can try for free. 


58. Ship It from Ariba’s Brothers – If you purchase $50 worth of merchandise and prefer it shipped home, shipping from Ariba’s Brothers is free. This would be a great idea since most of their store is cut glass, blown glass, glass figurines, and all sorts of breakable glass items.


59. Free Drink Refills – If you eat at Earl of Sandwich, Wolfgang Puck Express, or Cooke’s of Dublin, you can get free drink refills with the purchase of a drink.


60. Take a Boat Trip – Cruise from Port Orleans to Disney Springs and back along the  River. Take a Disney water shuttle over to Port Orleans, Saratoga Springs, and Old Key West Resorts. Not only is the boat ride fun, but you can go look around the property. You might decide one of these locations is where you want to stay on your next vacation. Stop by the check-in desk for some pricing info. This may be all the incentive you need to keep your wallet tucked away to save money for future trips. Most routes run on 15- to 30-minute intervals.


61. Enjoy Some Live Music – With restaurants like House of Blues, Paradiso

 37, Raglan Road, there is no shortage of Disney Springs music floating over the crowds. Even the new bowling alley, called splitVille Luxury Lanes, frequently has outdoor musicians.


62. Festival of the Masters (presented by Michaels) The downtown festival is held each fall, This is an art lovers paradise, a vibrant, open-air art festival featuring beautiful displays of work by award-winning artists. This world-renowned show is a highly anticipated annual event for Disney guests, artists, collectors and art lovers alike, and there is fun for the entire family, including: Hands-on activities for Guests of all ages and interests, Live musical performances, Unique shopping opportunities—from fine art to Disney collectibles, One-of-a-kind and limited-edition painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more


63. Festival of the Seasons – Enjoy Disney Springs holiday entertainment plus holiday sights and sounds. Live Christmas entertainment includes carolers, Latin, jazz and pop performances of cherished holiday songs, costumed stilt walkers, street performers, and a lively holiday dance party with deejay.


64. Visit with Santa – During the Disney Springs Festival of the Seasons, you can visit with Santa and have your picture taken.


65. The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – During two weekends of music and merriment in March, slip on your finest green duds and head to Disney Springs, ready to lock arms for some Irish dancing and live music.


66. See a Show– There is an outdoor stage across from The World of Disney store. You will find a large amount of seating, which can be a great place to rest weary feet. This stage is used as a performance area for middle through high school and college bands playing everything from jazz to pop. You’ll see ballet dancers, dance teams, and hear choirs singing and dancing their way through every genre of music imaginable. Disney has very high standards for acceptance as guest performers, so sit back and enjoy the free show. Or contact us to have your team perform.


67. Live Entertainment –  Speaking of free live shows, Disney has performers walking around showing off everything from acrobatics and magic to theater. Live mini-concerts pop up in various places throughout the Disney Springs area. Often there are street performers like jugglers, comedians, fire-eaters, and jazz ensembles in the evenings. Find a spot with a good view and enjoy the show.


68. Some Photos – WDW is certainly not lacking for places to take photos, but certain areas offer more opportunities than others to pose with Disney characters without standing in long lines. At Disney Springs, take photos with all the different Disney-themed signs and statues. Children and adults alike love these, and remember those Lego statues are really cool to be photographed with.


69. Sit on a Hog – Stop by the Orlando Harley-Davidson shop and have your photo taken on a hog, I mean, a Harley. There are riding videos to watch, and check out the custom gas tank wall and unique tail pipe sculpture. For some interesting non-cheapskate fun, check out the prices!


70. Watch a Glass Demonstration – Once you enter Arriba’s Brothers, it will take you some time to look over the vast selection of fine collectibles, glass, and crystal products from around the world, many of which can be personalized. There is a glass blower and a glass cutter on staff doing demonstrations throughout the day, and my family has literally stood around for half an hour just watching the guys show off their craft. There are not a lot of places I know where you can still see glass blowing in action these days, except maybe at Crystal Arts on Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom, because they are also run by Arriba’s Brothers. These artisans are fantastic.


71. Watch an Artist –  As far as window shopping, one of my favorite spots is the Art of Disney. I could stand around forever looking at the Disney paintings and statues. Quite often there is an artist drawing in the store, and you can watch his or her work in action, being displayed up on a big screen.


72.  Play Some Games – Once Upon a Toy has the largest assortment of toys and games in all of the Walt Disney World Resort. If you haven’t built a Mr. Potato Head in ages, this is your chance. There are also hands-on activities at interactive play stations adults and kids alike will enjoy.


73. Window Shop –  Disney Springs is located on 120 acres along the southern shore of Buena Vista Lagoon, so you could spend half a day just trying to have a look in each of the shops. The World of Disney Store, the largest merchandise location, is 50,000 square feet and the largest character store at WDW. You’ll be lucky to get out of here in under an hour. Clothing for toddlers to adults, collectibles, toys, trading pins, watches and jewelry, arts and crafts, and food and candy provide an endless buffet of window shopping. But you’ll need to be strong to walk out without spending any money.


74. Park for Free – Unlike Universal Studios City Walk, you can park for free at Disney Springs. Parking has changed dramatically with the addition of the two new above ground parking garages. To save yourself some walking, you can take the free shuttle boat from the House of Blues area over to the area 


75. Dance the Night Away – When the sun sets, the sounds and lights come to life at the Atlantic Dance Hall in the elegant surroundings of a stunning Art Deco ballroom. Stars twinkle from the celestial ceiling over the expansive dance floor. Between tunes, take a break on one of the balconies with a romantic view Crescent Lake, which stretches from the edge of the Dance Hall to the BoardWalk and beyond. Atlantic Dance Hall is for Guests who are 21 years of age and older.


76. Dance Some More –  On Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights at the Atlantic Dance Hall, request your favorite music videos and dance along with Video VJs. Whether your favorites are Duran or the Black-Eyed Peas, shake it to the music and images of popular bands on the big screen above. On Thursday and Friday nights, get caught up in the musical crosshairs as dueling DJs trade fire across the dance floor.


77. Take a Boat Trip – Cruise the loop on a boat around Crescent Lake, which visits Epcot, Boardwalk, Yacht/Beach Club, Swan/Dolphin, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios without going into the parks.


78. Hear a Radio Show – ESPN has a live radio show on Disney’s Boardwalk at the ESPN Club. Sometimes you can catch a live interview with a celebrity athlete at one of these high-spirited sports-radio talk shows. 


  

In the Theme parks


FREE Drink Refills – Free refills are available at certain restaurants in the

Walt Disney World® theme parks:

· Epcot: Sunshine Seasons, Electric Um

· Hollywood Studios: Back-lot Express

· Animal Kingdom: Restaurantosaurus

· Magic Kingdom: Be Our Guest Restaurant (for breakfast and lunch only)

· As things change at Disney always check with a cast member


Free Fast pass+ are free and can be covenant. Great to help eliminate long wait times. 


Transportation Trading Cards – Cast Members on the various forms of 

Walt Disney World® transportation should have transportation trading cards available if you ask. Sometimes they are out of stock, so if you strike out with one Cast Member, just ask another.


Free Wifi – Enjoy free WIFI offered at all the resorts and parks throughout the

Walt Disney world® Resorts


Package Deliveries – You can have any purchases you buy at the Walt Disney World® theme parks delivered to your resort for free. Now you don’t have to worry about buying those large toys or heavy glass figures, but you still must find a safe way to get them home. (A lot of times guest send them to their home address.) However, remember not to have purchases sent to your room if you are leaving the very next day.


Souvenir Pick-Up – Theme park merchandise purchased during the day can be delivered to a designated location near the front entrance for convenient pick-up as you exit the Walt Disney World® Theme park. To utilize this service, simply let the retail clerk know during your time of purchase.


Baby Care Centers at all Four  Walt Disney World® Theme Parks – 

· Open during regular park hours, each full-service Baby Care facility is complimentary to use and includes the following:

· Private nursing room with rocking chairs

· Changing room with tables and a unisex bathroom

· Feeding area with highchairs

· Kitchen with microwave, oven and sink

· Main room with television, table, chairs and sofa


Trading Pins –Disney® Pin Trading is an interactive experience where guests can trade Disney® pins with Cast Members and other guests. It’s fun for the whole family and creates fun “pin pals.”  Start a new collection or exchange pins for the ones you want. While Disney®  trading pins are not free, trading them is. There are Trading Pin boards you can find around the Walt Disney World® resorts and gift shops, are a great place and Cast Members wear lanyards for trading. Guests can make up to two pin trades per Cast Member per day.


Search for Hidden Mickeys; Disney’s® Imagineers have a fun tradition of incorporating “hidden” Mickey Mouse head silhouettes into their designs and construction, and lots of people enjoy hunting for them. Entire books are dedicated to finding them. To search for the Hidden Mickeys all around the parks and even the resorts, look for the three circles that make up the Mickey logo. They are everywhere.


Keep a Map – There are time schedules and alt Disney World® park maps found at the resort front desks and park front gates. These are great to put in scrap books later. The maps are colorful and kids love to look at them when they get home. These are also great to put in picture frames. 


Free Stickers – There are Cast Members running all over who will hand you free stickers. Not only are these great for t-shirt decorations, but stickers are also great mementos for scrap your books. I spilled a Disney® snack on my shirt once, and guess what I covered it up with? You guessed it…a free sticker.


Free Water – And I’m not talking about the water fountain water here, although obviously that is free. Visit any Walt Disney World® counter service restaurant or refreshment stand that serves drinks and ask for a cup of ice water. If they don’t give you water, they will give you a free cup of ice. We let the ice melt, which doesn’t take long on a hot Orlando summer day. Most always they will give you water. Have a large container to fill ask for enough water to fill it (example 64oz 4 M. size waters and 1 cup of ice you will have some water left over in the cup).


Kids Under 3 Eat Free – Disney® is Toddler friendly that’s why children under the age of three eat for free at Walt Disney world® resort  buffets and family style table service restaurants.


2 in 1 Get a Button freebie – Special occasion buttons are given to celebrate a Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, 1st Visit, and Just Married occasions. So, go ahead and celebrate with a button or two, three… Many people turn these into refrigerator magnets when they get home. This turns this freebie into a 2 in 1.


Memory Maker – While the Disney® Memory Maker service itself is not free, Disney® Photographer take your


Memory Maker- photos for free, and you can view & download your Disney® Memory Maker photos online for free. No matter how many 1 to infinity. 


Ears to the World” Walt Disney World® Show Translators – Attraction Translation Devices are wireless headphone units that Guests can wear during select attractions. Featuring performances by professional character actors, the devices provide non-English-speaking Guests translation for over 30 attractions and shows throughout the four Walt Disney World® theme parks. State-of-the-art technology synchronizes the translation with the attraction, providing a truly magical experience from start to finish.

(Attraction Translation Devices are complementary and available at Guest Relations in each of the four theme parks. A refundable $100 deposit is required. Please note that the device must be returned on the same day at the same location before park closing for the refund to be returned. Languages include:

French

German

Japanese

Portuguese

Spanish)


Magic Bands and Cards – MagicBands®  and cards are all-in-one devices that can serve as your ticket, room key, payment method, identification, and lots more. For more information, use this link: 


Parking – To save yourself on parking, you just need to be a Walt Disney World® Resort hotel guest with a valid Key to the World Card/MagicBand® or Resort Parking Permit. Annual and Premium Pass Holders, in addition to Disney Premier Passport holders, can also park at no additional charge. 


Walt Disney World® Magic Kingdom

Trading Cards – The Sorcerers of the Walt Disney World® Magic Kingdom Theme park game gives you five collectible trading cards per day for each ticket that has been activated that day. If dad stays back at the resort, sorry, you can’t pick up his cards. You can get your cards each day at the Fire Station on Main Street and over in Liberty Square by the Christmas Shop.


Boat Ride –  There are boats that cross back and forth from the Walt Disney World® Magic Kingdom Theme poark to the Transpiration station, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge and Ft. Wilderness, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian Resorts. From the Walt Disney World® Magic Kingdom Theme Parks, you can take a boat ride to any of these locations or even hop on the monorail.


Resort Monorails – Ride the free monorail around to resort near Walt Disney World® Magic Kingdom Theme Park as well as to Epcot. A huge part of the Walt Disney World® “history,” kids and kids at heart all love riding the monorails. The middle of the day might possibly be a less busy time, as they can be quite congested first thing in the morning and at closing.


Longer Monorail Rides –For a longer monorail journey, ride over to EPCOT. This trip takes about 20 minutes round trip, not including time to wait for a monorail to arrive. You catch the Epcot monorail at the Ticket & Transportation Center. (TTC)


Free Bus Transportation – Most areas throughout Walt Disney World® Resort, including Walt Disney World® theme parks, Walt Disney World® water parks, Walt Disney World® resort and the Disney Springs area, are accessible by complimentary bus transportation.


Hair Confetti – The Harmony Barber Shop on Walt Disney World® Magic Kingdom Main Street, U.S.A., will sprinkle confetti and “pixie dust” on your child’s hair for free.  Castle Couture in Fantasyland also has “pixie dust.”


Get a Picture Made with Santa – During the Christmas holidays, Santa sets up shop on Main Street, U.S.A., so have your Memory Maker Disney Photographer Take your photo.


Grab Some Cracker Jacks – At Casey’s Corner at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., arrive just before opening time. Cast Members do an opening pitch and sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” While they sing, they pass out free big bags of Cracker Jacks to the guests listening to the song.


Walt Disney World® Theme Park Epcot


Get a Drink – Club Cool in Epcot’s 

Future World, sponsored by Coca-Cola, eight drinks from around the world (all of which are types of Coca-Cola brands). Taste as much of the beverage samples as you want for as long as you want.


Try the Beverly – We just mentioned Club Cool. Now The “Beverly challenge” is so famous among Disne® fans. This is the challenge you and a friend see how Many Beverly’s you can drink the one to drink 16 or more wins. 


Kids Crafts – See the Cast Member at any Kid Cot Fun Stop to get a complimentary cardboard Duffy the Disney® Bear for your child to decorate and personalize with the free supplies at each station. Cast Members will share insights about their native lands, such as how to say “hello,” and they will give your child a stamp of Duffy in each country.

Kid-Cot Fun Stops Location

· Mexico Pavilion (near Animales Fantasticos)

· Norway Pavilion (at The Puffin’s Roost)

· China Pavilion (near the exit of Reflections of China)

· Germany Pavilion (at Volkunst)

· Italy Pavilion (outside, near La Bottega Italiana)

· American Adventure Pavilion (outside, near Heritage Manor Gifts)

· Japan Pavilion (in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery)

· Morocco Pavilion (at the Marketplace in the Medina)

· France Pavilion (at Souvenirs de France)

· United Kingdom Pavilion (at The Toy Soldier)

· Canada Pavilion (at the exit of O Canada!)


Go on a Secret Mission – Solve clues with Agent P to thwart some of 

Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s most daringly evil plots. Visit a recruitment center at Odyssey Bridge, Norway Pavilion, Italy Pavilion or near the International Gateway to receive your assignment. Here you will pick up an interactive handheld device that will guide you on your mission. Each mission lasts anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, and because each pavilion hosts a different mission, you can go back again and again. Now scour for clues throughout the World Showcase and visit such destinations as:

· Mexico Pavilion

· Norway Pavilion

· China Pavilion

· Germany Pavilion

· Japan Pavilion

· France Pavilion

· United Kingdom Pavilion.


Christmas Holiday Gingerbread Creations – Celebrate the amazing work of the Walt Disney World® Pastry Chefs at The Land Pavilion at Epcot. You’ll enjoy their tantalizing takes on popular icons from Parks and Resorts around the world.


See Independence Hall, 1776 – Let freedom ring in the Christmas holiday season with this miniature replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, showing off the artistic talents of Disney® Pastry Chefs. 


Christmas around the world Christmas time Travel around the world showcase and discover how people around the world celebrate Christmas.


Character Photo – With your Disney® Chase Visa Card, enjoy a private character meet and greet at Epcot that also includes a FREE 5×7 photo.


E-mail a Video to Your friends – Once you ride Spaceship Earth, you return at Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future. Here you can send an e-mail of yourself to your friends & family members.


Take a Boat Ride – We’re almost at our list for Walt Disney World® Hollywood Studios, so this is a good place to discuss how both Walt Disney World® Epcot & Walt Disney World® Hollywood Studios can be easily accessible with the connecting Boat ride. The same boat can also reach the following  Walt Disney World® Resorts may be nice  for some resort hopping if you need a break mid-day or early evening:

· Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

· Disney’s Boardwalk Villas

· Disney’s Beach Club Resort

· Disney’s Beach Club Villas

· Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

· Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

· Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel


Get Walt Disney World® Passports –  Walt Disney World® passports cost BUT the learning adventure or the world show case is free. Each Country in the world show case will teach you fun things of their country which makes for a fun activity, starting a collection or gathering for a scrap-book. And stamp your passport.


Star Wars Jedi Training “Tales of the temple Certificate” –  At the Jedi Training tails of the temple Academy, Junior Jedi learn to use the Force in a 20-minute training academy as they prepare to meet the Dark Side. To sign up, potential Padawan’s should report to the queue outside the ABC Sound Studio at park opening. (Location can change without notice) Twelve guests between the ages of 4 and 12 years of age will be selected for each show. Participating kids will get a certificate at the end of Jedi training. Hint Go to Walt Disney World® Hollywood studios. Early 7 or 8 am and wait or book a dining reservation @ character Breakfast at Disney’s® Hollywood and vine restraint would be ideal from there go to the Tails of the temple meeting place.) Disney® photo pass will be taking photos. You will receive a photo card. There may be two different cards get one of each. And take a picture of the numbers on both cards in case you lose them.


Ride to the Boardwalk – Take a free boat ride to Boardwalk Resort, which is especially beautiful in the evenings. Entertainment here is listed below.


Early Dining Certificate – Be the first person to arrive for breakfast at Hollywood and Vine, and you get a certificate for being the first family of the day.


Disney Junior Dance Party Balloon – Put your hands in the air and follow the DJ as you groove to hot hits at this ultra-fun, high-energy dance party. Kids can cut loose with Characters from Disney Junior like Handy Manny, as well as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and more. New characters fill the floor throughout the night. You never know when someone special like Jake and the Never Land Pirates or Bones & Sharkey might appear. This event is only offered during Evening Extra Magic Hours. Music videos play on the big screen above the stage. A balloon artist adds to the fun by creating animals with a twist. Take one away as a party favor!


Take Home a Free Drawing – At the Animation Academy, with help from a Disney artist, you will enjoy a unique hands-on opportunity to draw your very own Disney character sketch. you can take your drawing home for free.


Walt Disney World® Resort Animal Kingdom

Explore the Wilderness 

After entering Walt Disney World® Animal Kingdom theme Park and over the bridge and on your right you will be able to pick up your Wilderness explorer guide Follow in the footsteps of Russell and his faithful dog, Dug, from the Disney•Pixar film Up!  as you explore across jungles, forests and make way through the woods in a series of fact-finding challenges. Think you know the wilderness? Well, now you can prove it. Dozens of self-guided activities await your arrival, with missions ranging from animal observation to learning all-too-important nature skills.

Collect over 30 badges and earn the right to echo the Wilderness Explorer call— “Caw! Caw! Roar!”


Disney® Baby care center- Great place to care to your little ones. 

Open during regular park hours, each full-service Baby Care facility is complimentary to use and includes the following:

• Private nursing room for moms only with rocking chairs

• Changing room with tables and a unisex bathroom

• Feeding area with highchairs

• Kitchen with microwave, oven and sink

• Main room with television, table, chairs and sofa activities 


Conservation aria- see and learn how Disney® takes care of their animals. Here if you get in early around 9am you may be able to see medical procedures being done on the animals that Disney® has on their property. Disney® Petting aria is also a great place to relax.


Free African dancers-in front of the Tusker house you can watch and join in traditional Africa dancing.


Disney® Springs

Splash Around – In the section with Goofy’s Candy Co., in full sight of the Rainforest Cafe, is a splash

pad type fountain. This is fabulous for children on a hot day, 


Play with Legos –  Head into the Lego Imagination Center over by the World of Disney® Store for some free interactive Lego fun. Outside is a 3,000-square-foot play area filled with Legos. Inside and out are larger-than-life Lego models just waiting to be photographed.


Get Free Legos – Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. A new model will be available every month and will be specially themed to that month – ask a Store Associate for details. These models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. This event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only.


Free Chocolate! –  Cast Members at Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop hand out free chocolate samples throughout the day. While these samples are free, the hard part is not buying anything while you’re there. 


Check out the Movie Props – Pop into Planet Hollywood and look at all of the movie props.


Goofy’s Glaciers Free Samples – This isn’t an all you care to drink buffet of samples like at Epcot’s Club Cool, but rather it is a small slushy sample to wet your whistle.


Wash your Hands – I know, I know, how much fun can hand washing be? Sugar and Salt Scrubs make your hands feel soft and smooth. Right next door to Arriba’s Brothers, next to the free chocolate samples at Ghirardelli’s, is a store called Basin. You can wash your hands with their scrubs for free, leaving your hands silky smooth. 


Hydrate Your Skin – Basin also has an assortment of lotions samples you can try for free. 


Ship It from Ariba’s Brothers – If you purchase $50 worth of merchandise and prefer it shipped home, shipping from Ariba’s Brothers is free. This would be a great idea since most of their store is cut glass, blown glass, glass figurines, and all sorts of breakable glass items.


Free Drink Refills – If you eat at Earl of Sandwich, Wolfgang Puck Express, or Cooke’s of Dublin, you can get free drink refills with the purchase of a drink.


Take a Boat Trip – Cruise from Disney’s® Port Orleans to Disney Springs and back along the River. Take a Disney® water shuttle over to Disney’s® Port Orleans, Saratoga Springs, and Old Key West Resorts. Not only is the boat ride fun, but you can go look around the property. You might decide one of these locations is where you want to stay on your next vacation. 

Enjoy Some Live Music – With restaurants like House of Blues, Paradiso

Raglan Road, there is no shortage of Disney Springs music floating over the crowds. Even the new bowling alley, called splitVille Luxury Lanes, frequently has outdoor musicians.


Festival of the Masters (presented by Michaels) The downtown festival is held each fall, this is an art lover’s paradise, a vibrant, open-air art festival featuring beautiful displays of work by award-winning artists. This world-renowned show is a highly anticipated annual event for Disney® guests, artists, collectors and art lovers alike, and there is fun for the entire family, including: Hands-on activities for Guests of all ages and interests, Live musical performances, Unique shopping opportunities—from fine art to Disney® collectibles, One-of-a-kind and limited-edition painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more


Festival of the Seasons – Enjoy Disney Springs holiday entertainment plus holiday sights and sounds. Live Christmas entertainment includes carolers, Latin, jazz and pop performances of cherished holiday songs, costumed stilt walkers, street performers, and a lively holiday dance party with deejay.


Visit with Santa – During the Disney Springs Festival of the Seasons, you can visit with Santa and have your picture taken.


The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – During two weekends of music and merriment in March, slip on your finest green duds and head to Disney Springs, ready to lock arms for some Irish dancing and live music.


See a Show– There is an outdoor stage across from The World of Disney store. You will find a large amount of seating, which can be a great place to rest weary feet. This stage is used as a performance area for middle through high school and college bands playing everything from jazz to pop. You’ll see ballet dancers, dance teams, and hear choirs singing and dancing their way through every genre of music imaginable. Disney has very high standards for acceptance as guest performers, so sit back and enjoy the free show. Or contact us to have your team perform.


Live Entertainment –  Speaking of free live shows, Disney has performers walking around showing off everything from acrobatics and magic to theater. Live mini-concerts pop up in various places throughout the Disney Springs area. Often there are street performers like jugglers, comedians, fire-eaters, and jazz ensembles in the evenings. Find a spot with a good view and enjoy the show.


Some Photos – Walt Disney World® Resort is certainly not lacking for places to take photos, but certain areas offer more opportunities than others to pose with Disney® characters without standing in long lines. At Disney Springs, take photos with all the different Disney-themed signs and statues. Children and adults alike love these, and remember those Lego statues are fun to be photographed with.


Sit on a Hog – Stop by the Orlando Harley-Davidson shop and have your photo taken on a hog, I mean, a Harley. There are riding videos to watch, and check out the custom gas tank wall and unique tail pipe sculpture. For some interesting non-cheapskate fun, check out the prices!


Watch a Glass Demonstration – Once you enter Arriba’s Brothers, it will take you some time to look over the vast selection of fine collectibles, glass, and crystal products from around the world, many of which can be personalized. There is a glass blower and a glass cutter on staff doing demonstrations throughout the day, and my family has literally stood around for half an hour just watching the guys show off their craft. There are not a lot of places I know where you can still see glass blowing in action these days, except maybe at Crystal Arts on Walt Disney World® Magic Kingdom® Main Street, U.S.A., are also run by Arriba’s Brothers. These artisans are fantastic.


Watch an Artist –  As far as window shopping, one of my favorite spots is the Art of Disney. I could stand around forever looking at the Disney paintings and statues. Quite often there is an artist drawing in the store, and you can watch his or her work in action, being displayed up on a big screen.


Play Some Games – Once Upon a Toy has the largest assortment of toys and games in all the Walt Disney World® Resort. If you haven’t built a Mr. Potato Head in ages, this is your chance. There are also hands-on activities at interactive play stations adults and kids alike will enjoy. You can also porches a huge potato head storage and fill it with all your Disney favored potato head parts.


Window Shop –  Disney Springs is located on 120 acres along the southern shore of Buena Vista Lagoon, so you could spend half a day just trying to have a look in each of the shops. The World of Disney Store, the largest merchandise location, is 50,000 square feet and the largest character store at WDW. You’ll be lucky to get out of here in under an hour. Clothing for toddlers to adults, collectibles, toys, trading pins, watches and jewelry, arts and crafts, and food and candy provide an endless buffet of window shopping. But you’ll need to be strong to walk out without spending any money.


Park for Free – You can park for free at Disney® Springs. Parking has changed dramatically with the addition of the two-new above ground parking garages. To save yourself some walking, you can take the free shuttle boat from the Bus drop off spot to the House of Blues.


Dance the Night Away – When the sun sets, the sounds and lights come to life at the Atlantic Dance Hall in the elegant surroundings of a stunning Art Deco ballroom. Stars twinkle from the celestial ceiling over the expansive dance floor. Between tunes, take a break on one of the balconies with a romantic view Crescent Lake, which stretches from the edge of the Dance Hall to the BoardWalk and beyond. Atlantic Dance Hall is for Guests who are 21 years of age and older.


Dance Some More –  On Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights at the Atlantic Dance Hall, request your favorite music videos and dance along with Video VJs. Whether your favorites are Duran or the Black-Eyed Peas, shake it to the music and images of popular bands on the big screen above. On Thursday and Friday nights, get caught up in the musical crosshairs as dueling DJs trade fire across the dance floor.


Take a Boat Trip – Cruise the loop on a boat around Crescent Lake, which visits Epcot, Boardwalk, Yacht/Beach Club, Swan/Dolphin, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios without going into the parks.


Hear a Radio Show – ESPN has a live radio show on Disney’s Boardwalk at the ESPN Club. Sometimes you can catch a live interview with a celebrity athlete at one of these high-spirited sports-radio talk shows. 



   

At the Resorts

  

Go Visit –  Disney has an “open resort policy” where you don’t have to be staying at the resort to go visit, which is also called “resort hopping.” This would be a great time to determine what section of the property you might like to make reservations for on your next trip or inquire at the front desk about rates and current discounts. Parking is also free while you visit the resorts.


  Fireworks Viewing –  Watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks show, Happily Ever After which replaces Wishes, from one of the many Disney resorts on the monorail circle. My favorite resort for this view is the Polynesian Village, with the fireworks directly across the Seven Seas Lagoon. Music is piped in, so while you might not be at the Magic Kingdom for Wishes, it’s the next best thing.

  

Night Time Water Parade –  Visit the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Ft. Wilderness, or the Contemporary Resort to catch a glimpse of the nightly water show, The Electrical Water Pageant. This water-light parade was created in 1971 for the dedication of Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Scheduled to run just that one time only, popularity keeps it playing each night. Check with the customer service in the magic kingdom park.


Fireside Marshmallows – Camp fires at resorts offer free marshmallows and roasting sticks. Complimentary campfire activities can be found at these locations at Walt Disney World Resort. Locations include location can change without notice. 


  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani      Village
  • Beach Club Resort
  • Boardwalk Inn
  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • Old Key West Resort
  • Polynesian Village Resort
  • Port Orleans Resort – French      Quarter
  • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Saratoga Springs Resort &      Spa
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Cabins at Disney’s Fort      Wilderness Resort
  • Campsites at Disney’s Fort      Wilderness Resort

Campfire Chip & dale sing along – fort wilderness camp Stories, & songs and more keep the kids entertained and provide a memorable way to cap off your day. Gather ’round the campfire for lively storytelling, spirited sing-alongs and tasty treats. S’mores kits and other refreshments are available for purchase at most locations, or for the cheaper route, you can bring your own. Blankets or something to sit on are welcome so that you can get comfy and cozy. After See a movie 


See a Movie – Come for the campfire, and then stay for a movie. Take in one of the many free “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor movies at WDW resorts following the campfires. Huge screens are blown up for nightly movies outside the resorts. This can depend on weather.  At some resorts, you will need to bring a towel or blanket to sit on, and at others, they provide chairs. Call the resort desk for specific information. Movies and entertainment are subject to cancellation or change without notice. For movie schedules, please check with the Front Desk at your Walt Disney World Resort. 


Hear a Holiday Performance – During the Christmas holidays, choirs, from elementary and middle school through retirement ages, are frequent presences in the resort lobbies signing holiday tunes. Don’t rush off to the theme parks; stop and sing along to a few songs.


Playgrounds – Enjoy the playgrounds found at the resorts. There seems to be no need to list all the resorts individually that have playgrounds, because there are playgrounds at almost all of them. These are great for a free day or when the parks close early for holiday parties. Coronado Springs has an amazing kid’s playground next to the Aztec-themed pool. Also the playground at the fort wilderness camp ground ( you can only use the pools at your resort.


Resort Tours – Several of the resorts, including Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, Grand Floridian, and Yacht Club, offer FREE Tours that are open to any Disney resort guests. Some of the tours require a reservation, so call the resort for specific information in advance.


Free Snack Samples – Many resorts are now offering cupcakes and assorted sugary goodies in their gift shops, kept in refrigerated cases for freshness. One excellent gift shop that comes to mind is Bay View Gifts (BVG) at the Contemporary Resort. Check the top of the snack case for occasional free snack samples like cookies and fudge. Theme park souvenirs can be delivered right to this Resort hotel at no extra charge, letting you keep your hands free while enjoying the parks.


Character Greeting Call – When you check into your resort, ask a Cast Member to set up a “Welcome Call” from a Disney Character. Like Disney magic, Mickey or one of his Goofy friends will leave a message on your room phone.


Character Wake Up Call – Just like the greeting we mentioned above, schedule a wake-up call to your resort room and a Disney character, usually Mickey, will call to wake you up.


Lobby Cartoons – Resort lobbies have TVs set up playing older Disney cartoons. If your kids are tired of walking while you resort and need a break, tell them to have a seat.


Pool Side Games – Lots of WDW resort activities include a free, but most Disney resorts now offer games lead by Cast Members poolside for the kids. By the way, swimming at resorts where you are not a registered guest is not allowed as stated before (unless you are a DVC member, and this only applies to certain resorts.)


Online Check-In – As a free service to make your vacation less stressful, Disney allows you to start your check-in online beginning 60 days before your stay at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Then when you arrive, head to the Online Check-In Desk. Pick up your Welcome Folder and Magic Band/Key to the World card. Provide a valid photo I.D., complete your check-in, and you are on your way to fun.


Shampoos and Soaps – Shampoos and soaps at the resorts are lovely, created by a company called H2O just for Disney. We stopped bringing our own toiletries with us on vacation, and instead use the H2O soaps, conditioners, and shampoos. If you run out, call the front desk and ask for extras to be delivered to your room.


Freshen Up – For registered resort guests, there are towels available that can be used in the pool side showers located in the bathrooms. Take a swim on check-out day. Want to speed up the showering process at night after a long day at the parks?  Send family to the showers near the pool. They are clean and smell lovely.


Hear a Story – Just outside the main lobby, Animal Kingdom Lodge has a campfire with a storyteller each night. If you miss the story, pull up a seat and enjoy the fire. You might want to stand further back in the summer.


Meet Mickey & Minnie – During the Christmas holidays, a HUGE Christmas tree is erected in the middle of the lobby. Mickey and Minnie, all decked out in Christmas attire, appear by the tree for photos. Lines are not that long, so bring your camera and ask a Cast Member to snap a shot of the whole family.


Check Out the Indian Artifacts – Artifacts from a variety of Native American tribes, including the Cheyenne, Crow, Sioux and Blackfoot, have been collected, re-created, and displayed throughout Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Authentic reproductions of headdresses, painted robes and drums, as well as work from artists noted for their reverence for nature, can be seen in the lobby’s secluded alcoves and throughout the Resort’s restaurants and sitting rooms.


The Holiday Gazebo – Gaze up at this merry gazebo in the lobby at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort and examine a scene made entirely out of gingerbread and chocolate. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for Hidden Mickeys just waiting to be discovered.


Holiday Decorations – During the Christmas holidays, you can see the “Holiday Village” in the yacht club resort lobby. Created by Cast Members, there’s a miniature train that makes its way through a quaint village over to a sugar rock mountain.