Free Stuff at Disney World sounds like a misnomer, but I can assure you that there are quite a few free things at Disney World.
These freebie options can be found inside the parks and outside (so you don’t always need a ticket for them! booyah!)
To get these freebies at Disney World, you do not have to be staying on property or have a park ticket for all of them, but several freebies first require the paid entrance. You can get these Free Disney World Items by speaking with Cast Members or Heading to Guest Relations.
So let’s talk about buttons, stickers, cards, real life pixie dust, and my favorite… Disney World Holiday Freebies. (plus a bunch of other ones!) If you want a list of things to do, head over to this post about Free Things to Do at Disney World.
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Disney World Freebies
Where Can you Find This?: Guest Service at every park, Guest Service at Disney Springs, and Resort Concierge
The Buttons you can get at Guest Services for celebrating things like Honeymoons, Birthdays and your first visit.
You WANT these buttons as it leads to some extra pixie dust. Sometimes it’s just a cast member saying “congrats” but other times it could lead to other free things or upgrades!
Where can you find charging ports? In Magic Kingdom go to the gift shop by TomorrowLand Speedway or the charging garden by Rapunzel’s Tower.
Obviously this is something we take for granted, until your in a theme park and your phone is about to die and you have all your plans on there with no paper back up (might be speaking from experience there!)
Thankful, Disney World has several charging areas where you can stop and plug your charger in. No charger? no prob, they sell them in most of their stores for Disney World markup prices!
You read that right! And not the proverbial kind. This is REAL pixie dust.
Head to the princess store on the backside of Cinderella’s castle and find your own personal wish maker. She will sprinkle you with REAL pixie dust as she says a wish over you.
Its SO cute!
Side note: It’s certainly a souvenir that comes home with you! 😉 It took forever to wash out!
Disney Springs Necklace and a Bonus on your Birthday!
Run over to Disney Springs and enjoy all the free activities listed above, but also- get a FREE necklace!
Yep, International Diamonds Store in Disney Springs will give you a free Disney Heart Necklace (no coupon required like it was a few years ago!)
You can also sign up for Sprinkles Birthday Club and get a free cupcake on your birthday month. They are located in Disney Springs and have some good options (gluten free too- supposedly made in a gf facility. You can see all the gluten free options I’ve eaten at so far)
Not all resorts have them, but many have coloring books for the little ones (or the big kids- doesnt hurt to ask) the latest offerings are these wild about safety coloring books.
Brainwash em while their young is what I always say!
Free use of Photo Props
While you don’t get to take the actually prop home with you, you’ll find photoprops throughout the resorts and parks! These are particularly common when something new opens up (like a ride) or at the entrances of most resorts. You can always ask to take a picture with one- you don’t need to have photopass or being staying at the resort!
Water (Iced and Filtered)
Disney has been playing around with their ice water options… and it had a lot to do with the Pandemic.
Before the shut down, Disney Starbucks moved to a water refill canister. And Disney installed many water fountains with a filter on them!
Now, you can get ice water at any of the quick serve and table service restaurants, for free. You can also get filtered water at any of the numerous locations throughout the parks. It is recommended to have your own refillable cup or bottle for both of these options.
Holiday and Birthday Freebies
When we’ve gone to the resorts and parks on Holidays, particullary Christmas, the cast members almost always had something to give out to the guests. In the image below we got a rubber duckie and a bracelet at Typhoon Lagoon on Christmas Day in 2019. We also got to meet Rapunzel at The Coronado Resort Valentines Day 2020 and they had free stickers and books for the kids.
On Birthdays, at restaurants, specifically Character Meals, we’ve gotten signed cards!
In Epcot they normally have paid scavenger hunts and food crawls during the festivals, but all around the world showcase, at all times of year, they have the kidcot stations.
These little areas give you a traveling suitcase, a card and some stickers. It is TOTALLY adorable for the kiddos, and anyone (i highly recommend this for the adults) can buy a passport to have it stamped.
This is one of my kids favorite things to do- plus it’s free! So why not ?!
These fun areas are for kids in the World Showcase. Each of them has their own unique activity depending on which country you stop in.
Most of the time it’s coloring related. Plus, the cast members there will interact with the kids and teach them some of their native languages- it’s a really fun way to entertain kids around the World Showcase.
There’s 11 spots around the world showcase. most of the kidcot spots are pretty obvious, but if you’re like me, you want to stop after the first 5!
They do take you into each land and it is a fun way to learn more about the culture.
Characters Signatures (outside of the parks!)
I actually get asked this question quite a bit- and it is possible to meet characters for free and get their signatures!
But I think it requires some good planning and a little serendipity. For instance, in December I got to meet Stitch in the lobby of the Polynesian. Sure, I have a platinum pass with no blockouts and I could see him anytime I want- but that fact that I wasn’t staying at the Poly and still got to meet Stitch?! Awesome!
Other characters have been known to float around the resorts, especially the deluxe ones, and especially if there is a severe weather warning. Other times, they are just out and about and you can greet them because you can!
If you’re looking for some more options- you can meet the characters outside of the parks for a little $$$
Plus Character Photographs
Most people don’t realize that these are all FREE!
Autographs are given out by Characters at the Character meet and greets. You do need a ticket for those (but not for all Character meals!)
Scavenger Hunt Booklets and Prizes
There are several free scavenger hunt type adventures at Disney.
Outside the park, we have a hidden mickey scavenger hunt at Fort Wilderness (most resorts have hidden mickeys, just FYI!! Always be on the lookout!)
Inside Magic Kingdom there are two! These are more “adventures” than scavenger hunts, and are more appropriate for ages 6 and up.
A Pirate’s Adventure- is in Adventure land- and takes approximately 20 mins to complete. You are running around trying to find clues and then using your card or magic band to activate the experience once you’ve found it!
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is another scavenger type hunt that goes along Main Street USA (this option has been canceled!)
Then over at Animal Kingdom you have the wilderness explorer progam- which is kind of like scavenger hunt meets educational time.
You have a booklet and you have to find things inside the book while talking to the Wilderness Explorer Guides- you also get free stickers! This is something I recommend for the kids AND the adults because the guides can change what they tell you based on the age group.
Free digital memories
The only downside to this is waiting in line, and during the busy seasons the lines can get really long!
All you need to do is ask! Yes, they normally take pictures for the photopass, but they will also take one for you too. Plus, there are several “wandering” photographers that can walk with you to get the shot of your dreams!
Magic Bands (ARE NO LONGER FREE in 2021- they are averaging between 5-30 dollars)
Magic bands used to be free for resort guests and annual passholders- now they are pushing the new MagicMobile Digital Service.
When you book through Disney, these bad boys are free! Well, if you get the plain colored ones, which we normally do.
You can order the ones that have characters too- those run around 30 dollars. Personally, I like to head over to the secret clearance store and scoop up some on serious discount. Highly recommend you check it out!
Since we’re passholders, we also got free little magic band holder on things, and we get free magnets! We get one each year upon renewal, then one at each of the festivals (or whenever Disney decides to be frisky and offer a passholder magnet!)
Stickers and Transportation Cards
Do you have kids that are obsessed with stickers? Or maybe they love everything that moves?
Cast members have been known to give out stickers, we’ve gotten several Mickey Mouse stickers on our last few visits in 2019.
They’ve also started doing transportation cards for the Monorail, bus, boats and trams. My son is very excited to ask for them now! It’s a fun way to make travel (which is long and boring) more fun and exciting for the little ones!
I mean… when I said a complete list I meant a complete list.
So if you head over to First Aid, you’ll get free bandaids. And possibly other things like an ace wrap or an ice pack.
One Last Free thing- Pixie Dust!
This is what they call a cast member who has gone above and beyond- they have given you some Pixie Dust for your vacation!
We’ve had this before when my son spilled his ice cream, and they replaced it free of charge. Wonderful right? We’ve had so many other pixie dust moments that I can’t even begin to list them all- but Disney is wonderful about making things right.