You don’t need to spend a single penny for your kids to have a fun-packed time at Walt Disney World! There are plenty of great free activities available, but many people don’t even know that they exist.
All of the four Disney parks have free activities daily, just some of which you’ll find below:
Join Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure (Epcot)
Kids can join forces with Perry The Platypus’ alter ego to foil Dr Doofenshmirtz’s evil plan!
To begin your adventure you need to sign up and receive your interactive handheld device. You can sign up at Norway, Italy or near the International Gateway in the World Showcase. The Cast Member will explain how to complete your mission and give you a choice of countries to carry out your adventure.
When you have completed your mission you can opt to visit another country and complete another mission, or you can end your adventure and deposit your handheld device at the ‘secret’ drop-off area within the country that you are currently in.
Each mission lasts about 30 minutes, plus it gives you an opportunity to see parts of the World Showcase that you might ordinarily miss!
Learn about new places at the Kidcot Fun Stops (Epcot)
Another fun freebie in the World Showcase. Stop at a Kidcot station at the first country you visit and collect either a cardboard Perry The Platypus or a Duffy Bear, for the children to colour in on their way around the world. There is a station located in each of the 11 countries around the World Showcase.
At each stop the Cast Members will stamp your Perry or Duffy and they will write something in their native language on the back too. This is a great way to learn a little about each of the countries and the Cast Members are always happy to teach you how to say something in their language.
The Kidcot Stations can be a little hard to spot as some of them are quite a way into each country, but there is definitely one station in each country so they’re worth looking for!
Magical Missions at Sorcerers of The Magic Kingdom
This free interactive game has you helping Merlin to stop Hades from taking over the Magic Kingdom. To join in the fun, visit the Firehouse on Main St. USA or behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square.
Kids can use their Sorcerer’s Card to unlock Magic Portals located in Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Main St. USA and Liberty Square. Merlin’s map and your spell cards will help you to stop Hades and the Disney villains at each location, plus your Disney pals will pop up on screen to help guide you! There are several missions and you can join in with as many as you wish.
Learn to Draw Disney Characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
The Animation Academy is great for older children and adults alike! Join Disney Artists at the Animation Station (located in the Animation Courtyard) who will show you how to draw a Disney character.
The class lasts about 20 minutes and there is no limit as to how many classes you attend. This is a very popular activity so get there early and be prepared to wait. If you aren’t lucky enough to get on the first class you want, it is worth waiting in line as sometimes extra spaces become available.
Become a Wilderness Explorer at Animal Kingdom
Be just like Russell from Up and become a Wilderness Explorer! Pick up a field guide from the Wilderness Explorer HQ, located on the bridge between the Oasis and Discovery Island. The guides can be also be picked up at Wilderness Explorer stops located around Animal Kingdom.
To become a Wilderness Explorer, first complete the tasks in the field guide for the area that you are in, then locate the Cast Member to get your sticker badge. There are over 30 badges to collect!
This is a great activity for kids because they are learning about nature without even realising it. Some of the stations are easily missed, so keep your eyes peeled as you enjoy your day in Animal Kingdom!
Can you recommend any other free activities for kids at Walt Disney World? Please share them in the comments box!