Three Free Things to Do and See at Walt Disney World
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Three Free Things to Do and See at Walt Disney World

Families on vacation want to get the best deal possible. This list of free things to do and see at Walt Disney World can help families stretch their vacation dollars. The free things to see and do help make Walt Disney World a more affordable vacation destination.

The words 'free' and 'Walt Disney World' are not usually found in the same sentence. The truth is that there really are free things to do and see at Walt Disney World. All guests need is to know where to look. This guide can help with that.


One of the free things to do at Walt Disney World is also one of the most recognized attraction out of all the theme parks. Guests do not need a park admission ticket to ride the monorail. This is good news for guests who arrive a day early or who decide to stay for an extra day.

Another bit of good news is that the monorail stops at the Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts. Guests can stop at any or all of these locations, do some shopping and hop back on for the next stop.

Staying on the park grounds makes it easy to ride the monorail. Guests need only pick up the shuttle from the resort and go to the Ticket and Transportation Center. From there, go up the walkway and get in line. A monorail departs every few minutes.

Disney Boardwalk   

This is a village on the water around Crescent Lake. It is serviced by Disney Transportation. In addition to walking along the lake, guests are drawn by the number of shops and uniqueness. Restaurants include everything from bakeries and a sports bar to upscale dining. Guests can enjoy live street performers, carnival styled games, music and other entertainment.

The Disney Boardwalk is designed to resemble other boardwalk communities like Coney Island or Atlantic City. It is not a theme park so admission tickets are not required.

Downtown Disney

This area is divided into the three sections of Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney West Side and the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Each one holds its own special flavor. It is serviced by Disney transportation.

As you might have guessed, ofthe marketplace is filled with all kinds of shops. Guests can purchase everything from budget to high end merchandise. Speciality merchandise includes clothing for children and adults, holiday items and unique pieces that are not found anywhere else.

The Downtown Disney West Side has a gigantic 24 screen AMC movie theater and Cirque du Soleil La Nouba show. About two dozen restaurants call this portion of Downtown Disney home. Guests will find everything from high-end famous eateries to a sandwich shop.

Pleasure Island is just as the name describes. When the sun sets, this area in Downtown Disney provides good atmosphere for couples who want a night on the town. There are pubs, bars, restaurants and shops.

This guide of free things to do helps make Walt Disney World a more affordable vacation destination. The locations provide added value that can help families stretch their vacation dollars.

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Comments (5)

Walt Disney World is one of my stepson's favorite places to visit. Nice presentation!

@Jerry, Your stepson has good taste. We use these tips and others to extend our vacation every time we go. On one of our trips we stayed four nights and only had a one day, one park ticket. It was nice.

good tips

Well presented Gayle, a blessed new year to you and yours.

Great job, Gayle, haven't been there in many moons!!! Voted up!