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There’s no way around it; a Walt Disney World vacation is gonna cost you. But how much does it cost you? That all depends on how you play it. We’ll teach you about value days, how to order food cheaply, what not to spend money on, the best Disney hacks, and what kind of freebies you can get at the park.

If you’re looking for more ways to do a Disney vacation on a budget, we have a mega list of tips and hacks that applies to all Disney vacations. Check out our favorite Disney deals for discounts on Disney clothing, park tickets. toys, and more.

Note: All ticket sales are final, nontransferable and nonrefundable. No price adjustments. If needed, you may be able to change the date of your unused ticket. The exception to the refund policy is severe or inclement weather, such as a hurricane within seven days of your arrival (you may be able to get a refund or change your ticket date). Each situation is handled as a singular event and may or may not follow the procedures in previous hurricane events. Please see the Disney World Hurricane policy for more details.

Limited-Time Disney World (Florida) Ticket Deals:

Special 3-Day 3-Park Ticket from $89/Day

Right now, you can buy a 3-Day, 3-Park Ticket to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park for $89+ per day (reg $109+). Using Sept 9, 2024 as the arrival date, with tax, your total 3-day ticket price is $284.36. Tickets for children 3 - 9 are the same price $284.36.

  • Valid dates are April 2 - Sept. 24, 2024. You must use the ticket within 5 days of selected start date.

  • Limit one admission per theme park, and one theme park per day (so you're allowed 3 admissions, 3 separate days).

  • You can not use tickets to enter the same theme park more than once.

  • This offer is not valid for admission to Magic Kingdom park.

Disney World Tickets
As low as$89.00$109.00(18% off)

4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket from $99/Day

You can buy a 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket to Magic Kingdom park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park starting at $99 per day (reg $109+). Again, using Sept. 9 as the arrival date, with tax, your total 4-day ticket price is $421.74. Tickets for children 3 - 9 are $79 per day. For a child's 4-day ticket with tax would cost $336.54.

  • Valid dates are April 2 - Sept. 22, 2024. You must use the ticket within 7 days of selected start date.

  • Limit one admission per theme park, and one theme park per day (so you're allowed 4 admissions, on 4 separate days).

  • You can not use tickets to enter the same theme park more than once.

As low as$99.00$109.00(9% off)

New Disney Deal: Disney Resort (in Florida) hotel stays in 2025 come with FREE water park admission.


Guests who book a stay at a Disney Resort hotel (in Florida) for dates Jan. 1 to Oct. 24, 2025, get free admission to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park on the day you arrive.

This offer is valid only on your check-in day, and all guests must be on your room reservation. Admission to the water parks is based on per room, so all guests on your reservations get free water park admission.

The regular price for a 1-Day Water Park ticket is $74 person (ages 10+) and $68 per person (ages 3 - 9). For a family of four (all over the age of 10) this promo can save you $284!

You can book your 2025 stay online or by calling (407) 939-5277.

Disney World Ticket Prices 2025

If you're planning on visiting Disney World in 2025, expect higher prices. Here's what the calendar looks like for next year:

Prices went up every month from $5 - $16 per ticket, with the exception of Jan. and Feb. which remain unchanged. We based the following prices on a one-day ticket for one person (age 10+). All prices are starting prices.

  • January: $139 - $164 (Jan. 2024, $134 - $159)

  • February: $154 - $169 (Feb. 2024, $134 - $164)

  • March: $154 - $169 (Mar. 2024, $154 - $164)

  • April: $144 - $169 (April 2024, $149 - $164)

  • May: $149- $159 (May 2024, $139 - $159)

  • June: $149 - $159 (June 2024, $139 - $154)

  • July: $154 - $164 (July 2024, $139 - $154)

  • August: $119 - $154 (Aug. 2024, $109 - $149)

  • September: $119 - $144 (Sept. 2024, $109 - $149)

  • October: $149 - $164 (last month available) (Oct. 2024, $144 - $154)

Note: Disney World can change these prices at any time.

Disney World Park Reservation Requirements

Before we get to the fun part, a note about park reservation requirements. Disney World guests no longer need a park reservation for any date-based ticket (1-day or multi-day ticket, even a vacation package with date-based ticket). However, a park reservation is still required for the following:

  • Student group tickets

  • Sport and Convention ticket

  • Annual Pass

  • Florida Resident Disney Thrills Ticket

  • Disney Military Salute Ticket

  • All other ticket types not mentioned above

Before buying your tickets check reservation availability for up-to-date theme park reservation requirements.

Annual Passholders can visit the theme parks without a park reservation after 2:00 p.m. (local time), except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom.

1. Disney World Ticket Prices 2024

two people standing in front of a lion king backdrop at disney world

Here are the ticket prices (per person) you can expect this year for Disney World (tax is not included):

  • Single-day tickets (on the least expensive days): $109+

  • Single-day tickets (on the most expensive days): $164+

  • Two-day tickets: $239+

  • Three-day tickets: $370+

  • Four-day tickets: $461+

  • Five-day tickets: $498+

Together, these new multi-day ticket prices average out to $112 per day.

Here are the prices for annual passes in 2024 (tax is not included):

  • Pixie Dust Pass: $439

  • Pirate Pass: $799

  • Sorcerer Pass: $999

  • Incredi Pass: $1,449

Standard parking Disney World is $30 a day.

Before you go! Our ultimate list of Disney hacks

1. Get to know the four parks so you know where you want to go.

Disney photo

Listen, when people say “We’re going to Disney World!” I always ask, “Which one?” because that’s like saying you’re going to New York. Cool, but you’re gonna have to be more specific.

Truth is, the Walt Disney World Resort is made up of FOUR theme parks (and two water parks, and a ton of hotels, but we’ll just focus on the theme parks for now). At the start of your Disney World journey, you’re gonna need to know about each of the parks and figure out where you want to go:

  • Magic Kingdom: The flagship theme park with all the Mountains (Space, Splash, and Thunder) and classics like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, It’s A Small World, and Peter Pan’s Flight. Good for all ages.

  • Epcot: Has a handful of decent rides around the big silver ball (known as “Spaceship Earth”), but is known for the World Showcase — 11 pavilions representing countries around the world. Good for adults and younger kids.

  • Hollywood Studios: The reason you go to this theme park is Star Wars Land. All the new rides (and incredible architecture) are here, including Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Star Tours, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Good for all ages, but best for teens/young adults.

  • Animal Kingdom: They’ve got the high-speed Everest ride and the popular ride based on the movie Avatar, but this theme park also has 2,000 animals representing 300 species, with plenty of chances to experience animals in a wide-open habitat. Good for all ages.

2. Check Disney World crowd calendars before you buy your tickets — one of our favorite Disney hacks.


Crowd calendars are amazing. They take into account a number of things — from school calendars to conferences to holidays — to give a forecast for how busy various parks will be. There are several online, but here are a few of our favorites:

  • WDW Prep School: Provides an explanation for each season and why certain dates are optimal for your Walt Disney World vacation.

  • Is It Packed: Let’s you know the day-by-day estimate of the number of people in the park. It also gives you recommendations for the best times to go into the park.

  • Undercover Tourist: Not only gives you the best days to go into the park, but it also lets you know the events that are going on in each park.

3. If you can, plan your Disney World visit for August, or September.

Crowded Main Street at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

While crowd calendars are handy for specific days, if you’re generally looking for the least-crowded days of the year, you’ll want to plan your Disney parks trip for August and September (except for Labor Day weekend).

Plus, ticket prices fluctuate throughout the year, and the cheapest prices are January, February, August, and September (with the exception of holiday weekends). During “Value Season” you’ll easily save up to $20 per ticket over the peak season prices.

Here are the cheapest months for tickets:

  • Single-Day tickets: Aug. and Sept. $109

  • 2-day tickets: Sept. $238.89 ($119.44 x two days)

  • 3-day tickets: Aug. 21-28 $370.39 ($123.46 x two days)

  • 4-day tickets: Aug. $461.15 ($115.82 x four days)

  • 5-day tickets: Aug. $498.09 ($99.62 x five days)

4. Check Disney’s Park Pass calendar to make sure they have capacity for you during your preferred dates.

You can’t just buy tickets and show up whenever you want, because Disney parks limit the number of people that can visit on a given day. You’ll need to reserve a Disney Park Pass through the Walt Disney World website.

Before you even buy tickets, you should check availability for the dates you want to visit. If they haven’t hit capacity, buy your tickets, and then link your newly purchased tickets to a Park Pass using your My Disney Experience account.

5. Third-party sellers have the best prices on multi-day Disney World tickets.

Disney allows certain companies to sell tickets at a discount, and if you’re looking at three or more days at the park, third-party sellers are the way to go.

Now, you might think your per-day cost would go down the longer you stay, but that’s not always true. While a 5-day Park Hopper pass is 8% off Disney’s price, the 6-day base ticket is only 6% off. We found a 3-day, one-park base ticket was 6% off.

Here’s a list of some Disney ticket sellers — keep in mind that some sites may actually be MORE expensive than Disney! (Make sure to check as many sites as possible, since prices fluctuate based on the season.)

TIP: Never buy tickets on Craigslist or eBay. They can’t be verified for their authenticity, and you do not want to travel all the way to a Disney park only to find out your tickets aren’t legit.

6. If you’re planning only one day at a park look for cheaper prices midweek.


If you’re going to go for just one day, look for midweek (Tuesday - Thursday) savings, up to $20. In general, regular 1-Day ticket prices for Disney World Magic Kingdom start at $148+. Go on select weekends (Friday - Monday) prices in Nov. and Dec. go up to $168.

Value Tickets aren’t available in the peak season, though. So plan ahead and go when they’re available.

7. Disney Resort guests and annual passholders get a discount on MagicBands+.


Instead of having to get out your ticket every time you park hop consider a Lightning Lane or buy a MagicBand+ (offers haptic vibrations and gesture recognition, and customizable light patterns) that will just let you scan its computer chip.

Disney Resort guests may get a discount offer on MagicBand+ pre-arrival (6 more days before resort reservation). Annual passholders can purchase a MagicBand+(reg $34.99+) at a discount, one per passholder.

You can also find MagicBands for sale on sites like eBay for $26 and up. However, be sure they are new, because once a MagicBand is linked to someone's account it can not be transferred to another.

8. If you’re a Costco member, look into their current Disney World vacation packages; they have perks and freebies.

Costco travel program for Disney.

Costco Travel offers specials and all-inclusive Disney Resort vacations that you can book online.

Costco deals for Disney World include a variety of discounted multi-day vacation packages. Some extras you may receive include early theme park entry, transportation to the four parks and Disney Springs, plus standard parking at the four parks, Disney Springs, and standard overnight self-park at the hotel.

Plus, Costco Executive members get 2% back on all travel purchases up to $1,000.

9. If you live in Florida, you can get discounted Disney World tickets.

It’s called the Disney World Florida Resident Ticket. All you have to do is fill out your Florida information when you check out with your tickets. Current ticket prices for Florida residents:

  • 3-day ticket for $219 ($73/day)

  • 4-day date based ticket $235 or $59/day (up to 40% compared to non-Florida resident ticket prices), valid from April 2 - Sept. 28, 2024

If you’re a teacher or a college student in the Orlando area, check with your student union or teacher’s union; you might be eligible for a discount.

10. Get up to 35% off park tickets with a military discount.

American flag printed Mickey Mouse ears on a woman in a Disney park.

Disney World’s military discount includes offers 4-, 5-, and 6-Day tickets. You’ll need to purchase tickets on Base or at participating military sales outlets. There are plenty of other military discounts happening all year long — check out our list.

2024 Military Discount Tickets

  • 6-Day Disney Military Salute Ticket (buy through Dec. 15, 2024)

    • With Park Hopper: $409 (reg $615.31), 34% discount

    • With Park Hopper Plus: $439 (reg $635.31), 31% discount

  • 5-Day Disney Military Salute Ticket (buy through Dec. 16, 2024)

    • With Park Hopper: $389 (reg $600.35), 35% discount

    • With Park Hopper Plus: $419 (reg $620.35), 32% discount

  • 4-Day Disney Military Salute Ticket (buy through Dec. 17, 2024)

    • With Park Hopper: $369 (reg $564.72), 35% discount

    • With Park Hopper Plus: $399 (reg $584.76), 32% discount

2024 Blockout Dates

  • Mar. 24 - Apr. 6

  • Nov. 24 - 30

Note: Park reservations and valid theme park tickets are required for guests in your party that are 3 years and older.

When you get to Orlando. . .

11. Before you get into the park, download the Disney World app — it’ll help plan your day and avoid lines.

Joanie using the Disney World app at park entrance

The My Disney Experience app is essential to maximizing your time at Disney World. With the Disney Genie feature, you can add your can’t-miss experiences to the app before you get into the park, and it will come up with the best itinerary for your trip. You can buy your food in advance for any counter-service restaurant.

The Genie+ (is a paid feature $25+ per ticket) keeps track of all your Lightning Lane reservations and lets you use the Lightning Lane to bypass visitors in line. It also gives you PhotoPass Lenses, Audio Tales (the scoop behind park features and attractions), and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads.

12. Get into the parks early by staying at a Disney hotel or by making a breakfast reservation.


If you make a breakfast reservation before the parks open, you’ll be able to get in 30 minutes earlier than anyone else. You’ll have to make the reservation months before you get into the park, so make sure to book it as soon as possible.

But if you’re staying at a Disney resort hotel, you’ll often be able to get into the park 30 minutes early as part of Disney World’s Early Theme Park Entry program.

13. Pay attention to Extra Magic Hours — and plan accordingly!

If you are staying at a Disney hotel on-property, you can take part in Extra Magic Hours, which gives resort guests an extra hour at the beginning or end of the day. In fact, when my family went in January, we changed our Magic Kingdom day to a day later in the week when we could stay late for the Extra Magic Hours. That means we basically got the park to ourselves from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.! By 10 p.m., the rides were completely empty and we rode everything again and again. However, my young kids only lasted until 11 p.m. By midnight, there was literally no one there riding anything, and my sisters got to ride Splash Mountain multiple times before it closed a week later!

For the extra hour in the morning, it worked well for us at Hollywood Studios, where we rushed over to Toy Story Land to ride Slinky Dog before there was a big line. We only waited 20 minutes, and did Lightning Lane for that ride later in the day.

To find out when Magic Hours are happening, check the Disney park calendar, and it’ll let you know which parks are offering them on which days.

14. Disney hotel guests can go to the ‘Rope Drop’ an hour before opening.

the entrance to the Animal Kingdom park at disney world

Disney parks open at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., depending on the month you can get to the park early and work your way through the crowd of other early-risers when the park opens (called the Rope Drop). It’s great to have a plan for the rides you want to hit that early!

And these are just a few of the ways you can avoid crowds at Disney.

15. Don’t rent a stroller! Bring your own cheap stroller even if you have to ship it to your hotel.

a mom and kids standing next to characters from Cars

Stroller rentals inside Disney World will run you about $15 per day ($13 for multi-day stays). You'll have to make a $100 credit card deposit if you rent from Disney Springs. Instead, consider buying a cheap umbrella stroller on Amazon and use it for the length of your trip.

If you don’t want to pack it on a flight, look into shipping it to your hotel. Most hotels will hold on to packages if you mail them to yourself; you can pick them up when you check in.

Note: Disney parks have a limit on the size of your stroller, so make sure it’s no bigger than 31×52. Wagons are not allowed at the parks.

If you’re not sure what to bring to Disney World, check out our ultimate Disney packing list that’ll save you big on your Disney vacation.

When you’re getting hungry. . .

16. If you’re staying at Disney Hotel, get the refillable mug.


Once you pay the $21.99 for Disney’s reusable rapid-fill mugs, you can refill them with water, soda, coffee, or tea as much as you want at your hotel. Individual drinks start at $3.99 each, so as long as you’re planning to refill at least five times, it’s totally worth it.

There’s an RFID chip inside the cups that tells the soda machine to pour, up to 14 days after you bought the cup, it’ll no longer work. So yeah, you can’t cut corners by purchasing one of these cups on eBay.

17. Four important words: Bring your own food.

children wearing mouse ears looking at snacks in a bag at disney world

The best way to save money on food at Disney parks is to just pack your own food.

You could find a grocery store in the Orlando-Kissimmee area, or you could just stay put at your hotel and get groceries delivered by Amazon Fresh ($6.95 for orders of $50 - $100, $9.95 for orders under $50), Instacart ($3.99 delivery for orders of $35+), or Walmart Grocery Delivery ($7.95-$9.95 delivery fee).

If you schedule your food delivery for 6 – 8 a.m., you will be able to get your food before you enter the park. Plus, there are several ways to save some serious cash with Amazon Grocery.

18. Never buy water at Disney World — you can get it for free.


Did you know that you can get a free cup of water at any counter-service restaurant? This way you can save $4 – $6 on a bottle of water.

All you have to do is request a cup of water, and the Cast Member will hand you a small cupful. (If you want a larger cup, just ask.) Or bring in an empty bottle into the park and refill at stations scattered around the park (typically in dining areas).

19. Order your food ahead of time with the My Disney Experience app.


One of the best features of the My Disney Experience app is the ability to skip the food lines. With the app, you can browse menus, order food, select a pickup time, and keep moving.

This way, you can get your Dole Whip or turkey leg without having to wait in a long line.

20. You can get food freebies at a few different places.

Ghirardelli chocolate shop at Disney Springs

There are a few places where you can get a free snack. Here are a few that we found:

  • Free chocolate sample at Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs

  • Free samples at some kiosks (such as a Raspberry Dole Whip at Aloha Isle. It all depends on the Cast Member)

  • Free soda from around the world at Club Cool in Walt Disney World’s Epcot

21. Ordering a kids’ meal at Disney World can save you about 40%.

children eating food at Disney world

A typical meal at Disney will cost you around $19 (Quick Service) to $42 (Table Service) for adults, so you can save by ordering a kids’ meal for only $11(Quick Service) to $25 (Table Service). Quick Service meals for kids typically come with some fruit and a small drink as well, so it’s a better deal than ordering an adult item a la carte (which only saves you around $2).

22. The cheapest snack you can buy at Disney World is the Popcorn Bucket.

a child with mouse ears holding a popcorn bucket at Disney World

The Popcorn Bucket is a standard plastic container that costs $13 (a regular box of popcorn is $5.50), but after that first purchase, you get popcorn refills for $2.25 throughout your time at the park — the cheapest snack available.

If you want one of the collectible Premium Souvenir Popcorn Buckets, it'll cost you $18 - $30, with $2.25 refills.

We know of even more ways for you to beat Disney dining prices.

When you get in the park. . .

23. Pick up a free button if you’re celebrating a birthday, first Disney visit, or another special occasion.

someone holding up a special pin at disney world

You can get a button for your first visit, birthday, anniversary, or really anything else special, and Cast Members will acknowledge your celebration. They also offer blank buttons that say “I’m Celebrating ______” and you can fill in your own reason.

Most of the merchandise shops have these at the counter, so just ask! (Disney hotels have them, too.)

24. Budget at least $10 - $25/day per person for the Lightning Lane.

two children walking down an empty lane next to a long line at disney world

Look, we get it. You already spent a pretty penny just getting to Disney and into the park. Why spend more for Genie+ Lightning Lane access?

The photo above says it all; on the left is the standby line for Space Mountain. On the right — the Lightning Lane. You made it this far, what’s another $25 per person, per day (varies between parks) so you don’t spend your Disney vacation waiting in lines?

You can add Genie+ when you buy your tickets, or once you arrive at the park. Then, when parks open (or 7 a.m. if you’re staying at a Disney resort hotel), use the Disneyland or Disney World app to reserve your Lightning Lane time slot.

Some things to know:

  • You can only book a Lightning Lane reservation once per ride, per day

  • High-demand rides book up fastest; make your reservation as soon as possible for rides like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the Seven Dwarves Mine Train, and Test Track.

  • Not all rides offer Lightning Lane; the app will tell you which ones have it

  • Some rides offer Individual Lightning Lane tickets, which cost $10-$25 per person, per ride, depending on the season. For example, the TRON Lightcycle Run Individual Lightning Lane costs an additional $20 per person, on top of the Genie+ service.

25. Keep an eye on ride wait times using the park’s app.

One of the best parts of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World apps is the map feature, which lets you keep tabs on current wait times. If you’re waiting for your next Lightning Lane — or not doing one at all — this will help you figure out where to go for the shortest wait.

Tip: If you put your must-see attractions into Disney Genie — the free planning tool within the Disney apps — they’ll tell you the best times to get in the standby line.

26. As soon as you check into your Lightning Lane reservation, book a new one.

Joanie checking into Lightning Lane using ticket card

Lightning Lane is just like FastPass was, in that you can only schedule one Lightning Lane at a time. But as soon as you check in — using your phone, MagicBand, MagicBand+, or ticket card — open the app and reserve your next Lightning Lane ride.

The sooner you do it, the better because Lightning Lane windows get booked quickly — and supply is limited. You’ve also got to use some strategy: Do you want to book the most popular ride later in the day? Or bounce from Lightning Lane to Lightning Lane, knowing you might miss out on your favorite ride’s Lightning Lane.

27. You can hold a spot in line for your group — IF you tell a Cast Member.


OK, story time: While we were riding Star Tours, a member of our group got in line for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. When we met up, we sheepishly slid into line with the other member of our party.

A Cast Member promptly found us and said that our party could reunite in line, but in the future, we’d need to tell a Cast Member so we could be properly escorted to our spot.

It’s generally frowned upon to do this, so use it sparingly — but we were blown away that this was actually the policy!

28. Got young kids? Use Rider Switch so both parents can ride.


Although kids under 3 years old don’t have to pay admission to Disney World, there are a lot of rides they can’t go on. Thankfully, there’s Rider Switch.

How does Rider Switch work at Disney World? One parent gets in line to ride, while the other sits with the kid. After the ride, the first parent sits with the kid, while the other bypasses the regular standby line.

To use Rider Switch, simply check with a Cast Member at the ride’s entrance to see if that particular attraction offers it. Then, the Cast Member will help you do the Rider Switch.

29. Don’t park hop until at least 3 p.m. to reduce wait times.

Walt Disney World Disney Skyliner gondola with Tower of Terror in the background

If you have a Park Hopper ticket, you’re able to switch parks anytime. However, if you're visiting the Magic Kingdom (where it can get very busy during the day) we suggest park hopping around 3 p.m. — to a park with lower crowds. At this time, you can expect commutes between parks to take around an hour.

Before hopping, call Walt Disney World’s Park Hopping phone line at (407) 560-5000 to check how busy it is at the other parks!

Tip: If you are going from Epcot to Hollywood Studios (or vice versa), take the Skyliner gondola! It’s way more fun than a bus.

30. Single-rider lines can help you spend less time in some ride lines.

Crowds of people waiting in a long ride line at Disneyland.

If you’re at least 7 years old, you can stand in the single-rider line, which typically gets you through lines faster. Here’s a list of rides at Walt Disney World where you can use single-rider lines:

  • Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom

  • Rock n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Hollywood Studios

  • Test Track at EPCOT

31. Save time in larger gift shops by using mobile checkout.


When you’re at one of the bigger gift shops at Walt Disney World, keep an eye out for signage that allows you to check out using the Disney World app.

The app lets you scan the items you’re buying, and then you can pay using the payment card associated with your account. Then, you show your checkout screen to a Cast Member waiting near the exit doors. Save the waiting in line for things that matter — like rides!

32. Ride when people typically eat or are watching fireworks — the lines are much shorter.


This really works! We’d always have really strange eating times — like a 10 a.m. breakfast, a 3 p.m. lunch, and a late dinner (if necessary). When regular mealtimes would hit (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and like 5-7 p.m.), people would be stuck in long lines for dinner, while we’d be blazing through the standby line on rides.

This tip is even stronger during the nightly fireworks shows; a two-hour wait for It’s A Small World turned into a walk-on ride (see photo above).

33. Need a break at Epcot? There’s a free play area for kids 5 and under.


Reward your young kids (I’m talking 5 and under) for being good sports at the Epcot World Showcase by letting them blow off some steam at Epcot’s large playground. It’s just beside the Creation Shop, near the Test Track ride, tucked up against the lagoon.

There’s plenty of seating for parents, and plenty of things to climb on for the kiddos.

34. Get your Disney merch at the Disney Character Warehouses.

four friends hugging each other in front of the magic kingdom castle at disney world

The absolute best place to get your Disney merch is the Disney Character Warehouses located at the Orlando International Premium Outlet and the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlet.

Every item that isn’t sold in a Disney Store gets shipped to these warehouses, so all the merch is at a discounted price (around 20% off).

35. Trade pins with any Disney Cast Member who’s wearing a lanyard or has a pinboard.

Pins are traded at Disneyland.

There are a few rules to this memorable (and totally free) activity — like, it must be a Disney pin with "©Disney" on the back, it must represent an official Disney place, event, character, location, or icon, and the pins must be in good condition.

Cast Members don’t own their pins; they’re given to them specifically for trading with guests, so don’t be shy about asking!

36. Bring ponchos to the park to keep the magic going when it rains.


Listen, I knew about this tip before going to Disney World, and I ignored it. And then, we got caught in a cinematic downpour.

Instead of getting Amazon ponchos for less than $1 apiece, or even for $0.99 at Walgreens in Orlando, I paid $42 for four ponchos in the park two years ago. In 2024, you can still expect to pay $10 for kids and $12 for adult ponchos. Don’t be me.

37. Take a selfie with characters at the parks for free.

two people posing with some disney cast members dressed as rapunzel and flynn rider

The best way to locate your favorite Disney characters in the park for meet-and-greets (and selfies) is with the Disney World app, under Disney Genie Service Tips Board. you can see the standby time and estimated wait time for the rest of the day.

Disney World also has character cavalcades to replace their usual parades during park hours. So you’ll get to see your favorite character walk or ride by as they make their way through the parks.

38. Get free rides on monorails, boats, and the Skyliner gondola.

a child riding the disney skyliner at disney world

The Disney World Monorail, ferry boats, and buses also connect the Magic Kingdom with Animal Kingdom, the other parks, and hotels.

The Disney Skyliner is a gondola (think ski-lift) system that connects Disney hotels with Disney Hollywood Studios and Epcot. With all of these options, anybody can ride for free. Just walk up to the station and get in!

39. Get a free autographed postcard from your favorite Disney character in the mail.

Disney postcards with Mickey and MInnie on them

The magic doesn’t start at the parks. If you write to your favorite Disney character via mail you might receive an autographed postcard within 4 – 8 weeks.

Here’s a list of the characters that you’re more likely to get a reply from:

  • Mickey Mouse

  • Minnie Mouse

  • Donald Duck

  • Goofy

  • Pluto

  • Ariel

  • Sleeping Beauty (Aurora)

  • Belle

  • Cinderella

  • Jasmine

  • Rapunzel

  • Snow White

  • Tiana

You can send your letter to this address:

{Character's Name} c/o Walt Disney World Communications P.O. Box 10040 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

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