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best free things to do at disney world?

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    disney1sttimer Earning my ears

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    we wont have much to spend when we get there and although all the things on here look wonderful we wont be able to afford them all

    im trying to build up a list of free or cheap things to do like watching illuminations at epcot with something to eat and drink

    looking around the monorail resorts

    what else could we do?
     
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    There are lots of performers on the Boardwalk in the evenings.

    Piano Bob plays in the lounge at PO Riverside. He is a HOOT!

    Walking around Downtown Disney.

    Checking out all the resorts.

    There is a campfire/singalong thing at Ft Wilderness in the evenings. I *think* that is free but I am not sure.

    You can watch the Electrical Water Pageant from the Poly, Grand Floridian and Contemporary every evening. It's usually around 9pm
     
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    Explore the EPCOT resorts--including the Boardwalk. Ties nicely into Johnie's suggestion! :lol: You can walk or take the Friendship launches.

    Explore Fort Wilderness. Check into the time/days for the evening campfire and movie. You can purchase kits to make S'mores, or just enjoy the evening without purchasing anything.

    Explore AKL. That is something I haven't managed to do yet.

    Wilderness Lodge is another good resort to explore. If time isn't an issue and the weather is nice, take the ferry from the TTC to MK, then nip over to the dock and take the boat to WL. You also can take the monorail from TTC to MK entrance, then boat to WL, if you prefer.

    Take the ferry from DTD to SSR/OKW or POR/POFQ and explore those resorts.

    Watch MK fireworks from the beach at the Poly or at the GF. Someone--probably Keith or Slowhand--has posted where to go at the GF for the best view. It's escaping me at the moment!
     
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    The campfire is free

    The campfire program has no admission fee and is open to all WDW resort guests. It generally begins around 7 p.m. during the fall/winter season and 8 p.m. after the time changes in April through the summer. It is held near the Meadow Trading Post in the campfire area. The program begins with a sing-along led by a Disney CM and a marshmallow roast around two campfire rings. You may bring your own marshmallows or buy them at the Chuckwagon (roasting sticks and marshmallows are $2). You may also buy pizza, hot dogs, candy, nachos, juice, popcorn, sodas, coffee, beer and other refreshments at the Chuckwagon. While this is going on, Chip and Dale make an appearance to visit with guests and sign autographs. The sing-along lasts about 40 minutes. Next, one or two Disney animated features, depending upon the season, are shown on a large outdoor screen. Seating is available in bleachers or on benches. There is also plenty of room to lay out a quilt or blanket. The movie schedule is posted at all comfort stations. In the event of rain, the sing-along is still held on the porch of the Meadow Trading Post.
     
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    Very nice, Johnie!

    I think the campfire/sing-along would be fun. Never would be able to talk Leu into it, though. And she actually used to enjoy camping! :lol:
     
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    Remember you can take the monorails for free. Taking the resort monorail is fun, but so is taking the MK and EPCOT run too. It's a nice ride and if you watch carefully quite often you'll see deer below. :yes:

    There are live acts on the West Side of DTD. :yes:

    You can see Illuminations from the boardwalk area. The best place to see it is on the dock at the YC. :yes:

    Try looking in the DVC "food" shops. There is one on the boardwalk, The Screen Door. You may be able to find food items in there that will be less expensive than elsewhere. Bread and sandwich makings, snacks, gallons of water, ice cream. Can't hurt to have a try.

    You can take the ferry from DTD to OKW.

    There is a lovely walkway along the canal from DTD (West Side) to OKW. YOu can walk in one direction and take the ferry in the other direction (or the bus).

    Visiting the many WDW resorts is one great way to spend some time doing "free" things. Exploring the many resorts is a great way to see a lot of what WDW has to offer.

    There is a ferry from DTD to SSR and PO too. :yes:

    There are boats from MK to GF, Poly, WL, and FW. :yes:

    There is a walking trail at FW, but I have yet to "find" it. I know it's there though! :D

    There are free movies on the beaches of some of the resorts. You can get a list of them from your front desk (if you are on WDW property).

    There are some nice beaches that you can enjoy too. Swings to relax in, lounges to use, and some have cabanas. Just be CERTAIN to stay out of the water. The lake water at WDW is NOT for swimming or wading. There are amoebas in still waters of Florida during the summer, bacteria, and yes, 'gators.
     
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    The Magic Store in DTD is a neat place to spend a bit of time...

    The beaches, as others have mentioned, are brilliant...the hammocks, the sand, the views...wonderful times.
     
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    If you have children, the Lego store at DTD has a very nice free play area. They can build things with legos, among other activities. :yes:
     
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    To Disney free is a 4 letter word
     
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    All good suggestions from all.
    You would get the best view of the fireworks at MK from the boat landing adjacent to Narcoosee`s at the GF. You get an uninterrupted vantage point over the lake looking towards Cinderella`s Castle from there.
     
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    Two of our favorite things involve checking out the other resorts. Mostly we go near the Christmas holiday season, so we love going to the GF as they have live music in the commons. Grab a tea or coffee and sit in the grand foyer. Stunning. Also at AK there seems to be some activities that the kids and young at heart were doing, singing dancing and acting. Looked like fun. Of course the rocking chairs and comfy chairs were also a welcome free activity (or lack of activity)
     

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