5 FREE things at Disney World

After spending your savings to vacation at Disney, LEARN about 5 things that are FREE.

Dear Nina, we are SO excited about our trip. Thanks again for all of your help and spot-on advice. I am wondering what else I need to save for, outside of our Disney Resort Package. Anything that is FREE, lol? Anything we can enjoy without an extra cost? Thanks again – Tim.

Hi Tim, I am SO excited for your family!! So based on your package, you are ALL set with the Resort, Park Tickets and Food, so all you need to save for are tips (Waitress, Housekeeping, Bell Service, Bus Driver, etc) and Souvenirs. PS – I think everyone NEEDS Mouse Ears 🙂

As far as FREE, not sure if this is what you are talking about, but many people don’t realize the following things (see my list). Not to mention I get asked often if the shows, parades, etc are FREE – they are!! My family LOVES the Shows, they are so well put together and the acting/singing is top-notch, think Broadway. Keep following my page for more tips & tricks and enjoy my LIST of FREE items at Disney:

#1 – Celebration Pins:

So, this might not seem like a HUGE perk, but all Disney Visitors can get a Celebration Button. So if you are celebrating a Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, Engagement, Milestone or like that one time I celebrated a “Trip SANS Kids”…I got a button for FREE. Ask at your resort or Guest Services in the Parks.

#2 – ICE WATER:

Again, might not seem like a HUGE win, but when you take into the cost of bottled water at the parks, FREE is sure a deal. You can ask for FREE Ice Water at ANY Quick Service Dining Location. TIP: Pack a refillable water bottle or sippy cup and pour that water in – no need to hunt down straws or lids.

#3 – KIDCOT FUN SPOT:

SEE my EPCOT post on this one, but WOW what fun. Your kids can explore all the countries in the World Showcase and collect Cards from ALL the countries, not to mention learn a few NEW words from around the world. Take the time to talk to the Cast Members, they always make our trip special and very magical.

#4 – WILDERNESS EXPLORES:

Head over to Animal Kingdom for this FUN Activity. I get so many people who think Animal Kingdom won’t be a FULL day park, well once your kids fall in love with collecting “badges” from this activity, you will find yourself exploring Animal Kingdom ALL DAY. You can’t miss these zones, look for the Wilderness Explores Signs or Cast Members dressed like Russel from UP.

#5 – CARDS:

Did you know there are 2 types of cards you can collect on property? One being from the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Scavenger Game and the other comes from Transportation (Wild About Safety) posts around property. Who else loves the Timon & Pumbaa Safety Spot Cartoons that play in your Disney Resort Room, well now you can collect cards 🙂 The Sorcerers game is SO much fun, especially if you have time to kill in the parks or are living with a gamer.

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Disney Rides that make me go, Blah

I just might lose followers over this, but there are a few Rides & Attractions that I always skip and pretty much give me zero feels.

Hey guys, after posting a few times about the rides I love, I thought I would post rides that give me the opposite feeling. These aren’t rides that I can’t do anymore, these are attractions that just don’t entertain me, like at all. WARNING: Some of these are popular, lol…and I just might upset a few people. Just remember its all in good fun, after-all many people dislike my favorites. Disney Rides that make me go Blah…

Epcot:

Don’t kill me, but Journey into the Imagination with Figment. I am so not interested in this ride. Of course, my kids love it. I like the concept and Figment but could do without the rest. Perhaps I am over stinky humor but I find the ride boring and annoying. Perhaps if there was more to it or if the audience was more involved I would think different. I feel like I am on some lame slow ride witnessing an old 1970’s science experiment. Its just not for me, sorry.

Animal Kingdom:

I think, I think at least a few people would agree with me on this one, but Its Tough to be a Bug. First, I don’t like the queue area. I can’t tell you how many times I felt stuck in an underground hole FILLED with too many people. We were practically on top of each other waiting in line to enter the show. All I kept thinking was A – don’t lose any kids and B – what if there was a fire or an emergency. The whole thing gave me the heebie-jeebies. And of course some kid knocked their fathers RED Slurpee like drink on the floor and it splashed up ALL over me. I had no where to go, with no way to clean up. Joy, sticky fingers! Then the show starts…always with a screaming kid. Then more screaming and crying once the bugs start crawling on you. I, of course, love this part, but its just odd and seems kinda like shock value verses real entertainment. Just not my jam, sorry folks.

At least the outside line gives you Up-Close views of the Tree of Life.
Hollywood Studios:

Another attraction I might get dinged for, Voyage of the Little Mermaid with Lightning McQueen being a super close second. But for discussion, Voyage of the Little Mermaid was cute and simple but so not worth getting in line, sitting and waiting for a show to start. I guess I would be willing to do it again if it was raining or if my kids begged…but it was a HUGE bust for this Mermaid loving gal. The puppets were cute and the acting was good, but I was BORED. I guess compared to the Frozen Sing a Long Show, its doesn’t even come close to to the same level of entertainment. Anyone else??

Magic Kingdom:

Saving the best for last or saving the one people would hate me over for last. Eek. Ok, here it goes – Enchanted Tales with Belle. Ok I said it. Its hard to put my finger on a real reason for this show, but I assume its because I have better rides to enjoy at Magic Kingdom. With Magic Kingdom being my FAVORITE park, I could ride and ride all day. So to stop for this show just didn’t hit the mark for me…and I LOVE shows. I find this show only entertaining if one of my family or friends is asked to participate. If this makes me evil, then I am. I can see the excitement for kids, wondering if they will be picked and they get to see Belle…but I think I would prefer a bigger, better theater production show over what it is today. Again…just my opinion.

How about you? What is your list? I am sure some of you would list one of my favorites. Like my Gramma, she hated Its a Small World, a ride I ALWAYS go on, lol.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Animal Kingdom; If I could only RIDE 3 rides

What if you could only RIDE 3 rides at Animal Kingdom, which 3 would they be? READ on for my list…

Hey Fans, this post was very popular last week, so thought I would continue the theme. What if you could only ride 3 attractions at a park, any 3 that you want, but just those 3? Would you go for the popular rides, rides that you remember from childhood or would you go rouge? I tend to do a mix of childhood and rides I have developed a new love for since being a parent. How about you? Read on for my Animal Kingdom List.

The Safari:

100% Kilimanjaro Safari!! In fact, if I could make this number 2 and 3 as well, I would. We LOVE this ride. Why? I love the concept, I love that the animals appear to be free-roaming and happy. I love that you see a variety of animals and that if you ride it a few times, it’s different each time. Once we saw a Lion resting on pride rock. Another time we saw a baby elephant almost splashing in the water with his mom. It was like watching a Disney cartoon, but it was REAL. BEWARE however, the jeep like vehicle can be bumpy and you just might lose your camera. Thank goodness for my camera strap, lol.

Kali River Rapids:

This is a NEW love for us as it wasn’t until my kids got older that they could really appreciate this ride. And what do they appreciate? Well me, me getting soaked EACH and EVERY time. No matter who else rides this with us, I always manage to be in the right spot to get soaked. Like soaked down to the undies, lol. For those who don’t know, Kail River Rapids is a larger inner-tube ride where it spins and turns based on weight and where it hits within the ride “track”. Just when you think its gonna be you, you are gonna drop and get soaked, its spins. Not to mention what happens when it splashes against the side of the ride. Best to pack ponchos or a bag for your belongings.

Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King:

If you have seen this show, then you know what I am talking about. Fire, flying, puppets, audience interaction, excellent singing/dancing/acting…this show has it all. And, everytime I cry…you know good Disney tears. This long running show has been a park hit for years. Even people who aren’t into “shows” love it. It’s like a feel good Disney movie, but live and in front of you. I am especially impressed with the singing and don’t get me started about the “Can you feel the love tonight” part – OMG. We almost always fastpass this attraction/show as its a “do not miss” on our list.

What would your list be? I assume most people would add Flights of Passage from Pandora. And many might also add Expedition Everest, but I am not one for thrill.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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