Everyone loves free stuff. Especially free stuff from Walt Disney World. In a place where everything is expensive, it's nice to get a few things you don't have to pay for. The following items won't make or break your vacation, but they will add some extra smiles to your children's faces. That's what Disney is about after all: creating happy new memories.
1. Pixie Dust
How to get it: Stop into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Harmony Barbershop, Castle Couture and ask for your free sprinkle.
Most guests have seen the beautiful mini princesses walking around after they have visited the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Their hair is dripping in bright sparkles. Did you know you don't have to drop a mortgage payment to get some for your little one? There are numerous spots to have your child's hair be drenched in Pixie Dust. I always recommend the Harmony Barbershop on Main Street, U.S.A. because there is rarely a line.
Just be aware that these pretty sparkles have staying power. Everything you own will be covered in this magical substance. I once heard someone say there is a time and a place for glitter.... always and everywhere.
2. Disney Transportation Cards
How to get it: The Ticket and Transportation Center, Bus Drivers, Boat Captains, and assorted transportation cast members.
Disney Transportation cards are given out by transportation cast members. These are free cards that have pictures of the different transportation methods. There are multiple series to be collected.
The fun and the tricky part are you have to ask a lot of cast member to complete the set. For example, you can only get bus cards from the bus drivers. Drivers will only carry certain cards with them. To add to the difficulty, some cast members choose not to carry the cards. It's a real treasure hunt.
It's a great way to help pass the time waiting in the lines. Looking for more information on this? Check out a great in-depth article HERE.
3. Celebration Buttons
How to get it: Guest Relations, city hall, and most indoor stores
Probably the most recognizable freebie in the Disney Parks: the celebration buttons. Stop by any guest relations or most indoor merchandise locations.
There is a button for birthdays, first visit, anniversaries, family reunions, general celebration, engagements, marriage and even a "happily ever after" one. Our favorite is the "I'm celebrating!" because you can fill in whatever reason you want. You could write that you are celebrating your unbirthday, first marathon, or even the fact you don't have to see that annoying person from work for a week. Almost anything you want.
The best part is when you wear the buttons the cast members will give you special attention. They will wish you happy birthday or say congratulations. Other guests will sometimes do it too. It really adds that special touch to your day.
4. Free Stickers
How to get it: Randomly given out by cast members
This is just a little touch, but kids love it. It's a white sticker and usually has a Mickey head on them. You will see cast members walking around with huge rolls of them.
Keep your eyes open for the cast members giving them out. It may not be a huge souvenir, but every little extra touch makes a big difference.
They are simply fun.
5. The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Image (c) Kathy Werling
How to get it: Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. or behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square
You begin by joining Merlin's elite squadron of apprentice sorcerers at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. or Liberty Square behind the Christmas Shoppe. They will give you all the tools you will need.
This freebie is a special activity your family will love. You complete missions by finding locations around the Magic Kingdom park. A different Disney pal will pop up to guide you on each part of your journey.
Have you ever been walking through the theme park and see a child make a picture on the wall come to life, but after they leave you can't make it happen? This is what they are doing.
Image (c) Kathy Werling
The game has different levels of play: easy, medium, and hard. On the easy level, all your child has to do is flash a card in front of a special area to defeat a villain. The harder level will require the child to use a combination of cards to defeat them. The cards are given out at the start. It's a fantastic way to work on your children's problem-solving skills in a fun creative way.
The entire quest should take about 30-60 minutes depending on how busy the crowd is. This is also a great activity to keep smaller children busy while their older siblings go on the larger rides.
What's your favourite Walt Disney World Give-a-way? Is it the Cracker Jacks at Casey's Corner? Free Chocolates at Disney Springs? Let us know in the comments.
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