Top Five Cheap Things to Do at Disney Parks

To start, obviously there are a lot more than five things to do at a Disney park or resort. Duh! So why this list?

I’m going to share five CHEAP things to do that don’t involve waiting in long lines, and in most cases, don’t require a theme park admission. Interested? Then let’s begin:

Number Five

Sit & Relax

WDW & DL

Sit & Relax

Yup, I’m starting with this. No matter where you are at Disney, there is always something of interest going on. So while you rest your tired feet, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, people watch or interact with Cast Members, or… eat a Mickey Bar!

OK, now let’s get more serious:

Number Four

Take a Boat Ride

WDW only

Boat Ride

This is only possible at Walt Disney World as it has many waterways to offer. The main system is the Seven Seas Lagoon in front of The Magic Kingdom. You can get from the parking areas to The Magic Kingdom using the Ferry, or board a smaller craft and access many of the resorts that dot the shores.

World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot is also a good place to ply the waters. You can get to Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) using the Friendship Taxis found there.

For detailed explanations and maps showing all available routes, please visit the post entitled Disney World Boat Transportation System at exploringwdw.com

Number Three

Rent a Bicycle

WDW only

Bike Ride

Two wheels or four, you can’t go wrong with a little exercise and fun with friends. You can rent the above bikes in two, four or six-passenger versions. These can take you along the banks of the Sassagoula River to Disney’s Boardwalk area and more!

Two-wheeled versions can be rented at many resorts including Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort. For details about this option, visit Disney’s official page entitled, appropriately, Bike Rentals.

And while we have mentioned Fort Wilderness, you can also enjoy a ride in one of these horse-drawn numbers:

Horse & Carriage Ride

Just in case you’d rather trade pedal-power for horsepower! But if you’d rather park your keister in a more modern conveyance, let’s get back to our official list:

Number Two

Ride the Monorail

WDW & DL

Monorail Inside

There are two main monorail lines. Both leave from the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). The Epcot Monorail and the Express Monorail originate at the TTC and offer express round-trip service to Epcot and Magic Kingdom park.

At Walt Disney World, you can travel around Epcot and see the sights before you get off, thus getting a preview of the park and your bearings. The Express Monorail will take you around the resorts closest to The Magic Kingdom.

Again, for a fuller explanation, and a map showing all of the routes, visit Disney’s official page entitled Resort Monorail.

You can also ride the original monorail at Disneyland, which again takes you around the park for an eye-in-the-sky peek at the park. And you can still ride in the front with the Pilot, which you can no longer do at Walt Disney World. Another difference is that you don’t need to pay theme park admission to ride at the World, but you do to ride in the Land.

Number One

Enjoy some Streetmosphere

WDW & DL

Streetmosphere 1

In both parks it’s everywhere! From performance troupes, to bands, to buskers and more, Disney supplies many a distraction to entertain you when you’re on your way from here to there!

What I have pictured above and below is a Dating Game set-up from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Streetmosphere 2          Streetmosphere 3

So there you have it my Disney friends. Five things you can do at Disney without waiting in a long line-up, and mostly without paying theme park admission.

Did I miss something you like to do on the cheap? Let us all know in the comments section below!

Top Five WDW Things We Want Everywhere!

Part of the magic behind a Disney vacation is revisiting those things that you just can’t get anywhere else. When we experience them for the first time at the Parks, we are hooked! During each visit we taste, ride, see, or hear them again and again.

But what if we could experience those things year round in our own backyard, so to speak? In that vein, here is my Top 5 list of WDW things we want everywhere:

Gimmie No. 5

Attention to Detail. No one does this like Disney! Every detail is plussed to the max. The cleanliness stands out, as does the extraordinary theming. And I’m not alone in desiring a little Disney detailing in my everyday life, as the TV show Backyard Disney attests!

Gimmie No. 4

         

Dole Whip. I don’t think you can even get this Island Treat in the real Hawaii! But if you’re one of the people who will stand in line for hours just to get a spoonful, then you know that this confection should be sold worldwide!

Gimmie No. 3

Cast Members. Imagine if all service personnel that you come into contact with during your normal day had that Disney attitude! No more surly grocery store clerks. No more indifferent bank tellers. Just smiling faces everywhere!

And my wife said that what she would like is a Cast Member standing on every corner to help her find her way. On the street. In the mall. Everywhere! Nothing like that two-finger point to clarify your direction in life.

Gimmie No. 2

Monorails. OK, I know these marvels of transportation are found outside WDW. Las Vegas has one (for now), as does most of Asia. But here in North America, a Monorail ride is almost impossible to enjoy outside the berm, as it were!

Imagine again that your child could walk to the end of your driveway and board a Monorail to school. Morning commutes to work on Monorail Teal? Bring it on! And no more light rail trains to block you at every intersection. Now that’s my vision of transportation heaven!

Gimmie No. 1

Mickey Premium Bars. Delish! There really is no need to try to convince anyone that this would be a good idea as I’m sure everyone is on board for this one!

Have I missed your favorite WDW thing that you want everywhere? Let me know in the comments section!