5 Free Activities Offered At Disney World

Throughout its parks and resorts, Disney World offers a number of entertaining activities. These can be a great way to further immerse yourself in the magical world of Disney; and best of all, many of them are complimentary! Be sure to check out these five free activities during your next visit to Disney World.

1. Visit the Royal Portrait Studio at Sir Mickey’s

Disney Portrait Studio
Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture picture-perfect poses at the Royal Portrait Studio. Photo by Disney.

Did you know you can get a portrait studio session right inside Magic Kingdom? Simply visit Sir Mickey’s shop in Fantasyland (just behind Cinderella Castle) where you will find the Royal Portrait Studio. Disney PhotoPass photographers are standing by to capture your portrait with a scenic backdrop and fun props–no reservations or photo session fee required. While the photo session is free, please note you’ll need to have a Memory Maker or Annual Pass to download photos taken on the PhotoPass photographer’s camera. 

You can also find portrait studios in Disney Springs and the Grand Floridian for more complimentary photo sessions!

2. Get Pixie Dusted!

Also at Sir Mickey’s shop, you can ask one of the friendly cast members for some pixie dust! If the Fairy Godmother has left any there that day, a cast member will shake a magic wand over your head and sprinkle you with some pixie dust. Just keep in mind, the “pixie dust” is a super fine glitter which may stay on you for some time (a long-lasting reminder of your magical day!).

Disney World Sir Mickey's
Look for magical beanstalk vines growing out of Sir Mickey’s shop in Fantasyland. Photo: Emily Murray.

3. Go On a Disney Resort Scavenger Hunt

Another perk of staying at a Disney resort is that many offer a free resort scavenger hunt activity. During your visit, make sure to stop by the front desk and ask if they offer one (availability may vary). These scavenger hunts provide an entertaining way to explore the resort and find hidden nooks and crannies as you search for clues from your checklist. Some resorts even offer a small prize for completing the scavenger hunt! 

Disney World Scavenger Hunt
The Wilderness Lodge offers a Hidden Mickey scavenger hunt; do you know where this one is located? (Hint – be prepared when you order ketchup here!) Photo by JeffChristiansen via Flickr.

4. Complete “A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas” in Magic Kingdom

This underrated activity in Magic Kingdom provides an interactive exploration of Adventureland and a fun, free keepsake. Stop by The Crow’s Nest (across from Tortuga Tavern) to start your mission; there, you’ll receive a treasure map that will guide you on your quest through Adventureland to find secret pirate treasures. There are five different missions, and after you complete each one you’ll receive a special treasure finder card. If you complete all five you’ll receive a special card that has been signed by Captain Jack Sparrow himself! 

Pirates Adventure
Don’t miss this free, swashbuckling adventure in Magic Kingdom.

5. Get Cozy At Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long

While most Disney resorts offer a nightly campfire activity, only one features an unforgettable character experience–for free! At The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, there is a nightly campfire (weather permitting) where you can sing along with a live guitar player, get hugs and pictures with Chip and Dale, and watch a classic Disney movie under the stars on an outdoor screen. This complimentary activity is perfect for all ages, but is especially enjoyed by little ones. 

Chip and Dale Campfire
Chip and Dale meet with guests nightly during this entertaining campfire activity. Photo by Disney.

What do you think is the most underrated free activity at Disney World? Tell us in the comments!

Written by

Leia Cullen

Leia is a proud mom of two boys. She has been in love with Disneyland and Disney World since her first visit to the parks many years ago, and she continues to relive the magic now with her family. She is passionate about creating helpful content that shares news or information about all things Disney, in the hopes it helps others create their own magical moments.

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