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 Ten Things to Do at WDW to Feel Childish Again

So we’ve all gone to Walt Disney World and done all of the E Ticket rides and attractions. We’ve thrilled to Space Mountain and Soarin. We’ve viewed all of the great Live Shows like Beauty and the Beast and Fantasmic. And we’ve eaten in all of the best places like Fulton’s Crab House and Boma. Yes, we’ve done all of the adult things.

Now it’s time to have some fun!

Here is a list of the Top Ten things that I think we should all do while at Walt Disney World to feel childish, or like a kid, again:

Number 10 – WEAR A FUNNY HAT

Nothing says ‘Hey, I’m a big kid’ like wearing a pair of Mickey ears in public! Or, if a baseball cap is more your thing, get one with a Disney character or saying on it.

Number 9 – HUG A PRINCESS

Guys might want to ask first! But the idea here is to get in on the fun of interacting with the Costumed Characters whenever possible. And don’t forget to get photographs for future blackmail opportunities.

Number 8 – THE FLIGHT OF PETER PAN (MK)

Who never grew up? Peter Pan, of course! So who better to help you find the child within. So climb aboard and learn about faith, trust, and Pixie Dust all over again!

Number 7 – THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH (MK)

During one of our visits to the Magic Kingdom, my wife and I boarded a Hunny Pot and found that we were sharing it with another mature couple. When the Pot started to bounce up and down with Tigger, I yelled out: “Put your hands in the air!” Everyone did and we all laughed and had a great time!

Number 6 – TOMORROWLAND SPEEDWAY (FL)

This is a no-brainer! You board a miniature Sports Car that is impossible to steer well and (accidentally) bump into other cars as you circumnavigate the track. I dare you to do this without an impish smile on your face!

Number 5 – MONSTERS INC. LAUGH FLOOR (TL)

Who doesn’t like to laugh? And if you are one of the lucky few, you may find yourself on the Big Screen up front and on the proverbial spot! Make sure you act as silly as possible if this does happen to you. Remember: You’re a kid again!

Number 4 – IT’S TOUGH TO BE A BUG (AK)

And it’s tough not to have fun as you see, hear, smell, and feel all of those creepy-crawly insects throughout the show! And the best thing of all: You get to scream like a little girl!

Number 3 – PARTICIPATE IN STREETMOSPHERE (DHS / EPCOT)

To really get that youthful feeling, try to get in on the action of any of the Streetmosphere skits. For example, you may end up playing the Dating Game at DHS. Or you may become King Arthur at the UK Pavilion in EPCOT. Either way, you’ll have fun laughing at yourself!

Number 2 – VISIT INNOVENTIONS (EPCOT)

Of course, a lot of the Exhibits and Interactive Games in this section of EPCOT are geared for the kiddies, but that’s the point! Revisiting the time in your life when exploration was King is bound to take off a year or two.

And the Number 1 way to feel like a kid again while visiting Walt Disney World is – YOU TELL ME!

We all remember something different about our childhoods. So what fond memories do you have of the time in your life when your parents did everything for you, and all you had to do was have fun? Chances are that Walt Disney thought of it and included it in some aspect of his Parks!

So lighten up and get out there and make a fool of yourself! I highly recommend it.