Born and raised in Florida this list in comprised of all my favorite cheap places to go and cheap things to do with my family.
Some places and ideas listed are just one or two hours of fun and some are all day fun!
(All prices,dates and times should be verified before visiting. Please verify with venue websites where applicable)
Chip 'n Dale's Campfire Sing Along at Disney's Fort Wilderness Lodge
901 Timberline Dr, Bay Lake, FL 32836
Free Chip 'n Dale Character Meet & Greet, Sing Along and Outdoor Movie! Every night weather permitting. We have done this a few times and every time has been full of special memories. A different movie is shown every night of the month. You can view the Movie Schedule here. You can buy food at the concession stand and there are public bathrooms.
Get there about 7 PM to find a seat.
Bring your own smores, hotdogs and drinks.
Bring your own roasting sticks or buy them from the concession for a quarter.
Bring a blanket to spread out for the kids in front of the screen when the movie starts.
Bring Bug Spray
Buses come every 20 mins.
Park at the Fort Wilderness Lodge.
Just tell the gatekeeper you are there to see the campfire movie and they will let you in to park for free!
The Campgrounds Area is very large and has it's own Bus System.
From the Parking lot you will have to take the Yellow Loop Bus to the Camp Loop 1500 which is the Meadow Trading Post.
You will have to cross the street go over the wooden bridge.
As you approach the swimming pool (reserved for hotel guests with arm bands only) you will see a gravel path on the right. Follow that path to the Camp Fire Area. It's a short walk. If you ever feel lost ask a bus driver or cast member for help.
Hours of Operation:
7:30 PM Campfire Lighting and Concession Stand Opens
8:00 PM Chip 'n Dale Campfire Sing Along
8:30 PM Movie Starts
FREE!! Unless you buy food at the concession
Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge
2901 Osceola Parkway Blvd., Orlando, FL 32821
The Animal Kingdom Lodge is a super fun place to visit! It overlooks a wildlife park inhabited by zebras, giraffes and gazelles. Free/Cheap things to do include:
Look for hidden Mickeys everywhere.
Press a penny for cents to create a souvenir.
Go early in the morning or around sunset to view Animals in the Four Savannas. If you go at night Cast Members pass out night vision glasses to view nocturnal animals.
Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village have three restaurants, Jiko, Boma, and Sanaa, offering authentic African and Indian cuisine. Beginning at 4 pm each restaurant offers a free 30-minute pre-dinner tasting tour. Boma and Jiko begin at the Jiko podium. Sanaa begins at the Sanaa podium.
Stop by the veranda to sit around the campfire and listen to the storyteller. It is free for all visitors not just Hotel guests. Then, after the story a nightly movie begins at 8:30 pm. Campfire marshmallow kits and roasting sticks are available for a small fee or you can bring your own. Check the movie schedule here.
2101 N Epcot Resorts Blvd, Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Orlando, FL 32836
Disney’s BoardWalk is built around a lake and is beautifully themed to be reminiscent of Cape May or Coney Island in the 1940s. It’s fun just walking around and enjoying the atmosphere! You can rent a bike for 2 or 4 and tour the pier, Disney's Yacht Club and the Swan and Dolphin Hotels. Over by the Beach and Yacht Club they play Disney Movies nightly for Free on the sandy beach.
After Sunset the boardwalk comes to life. There are carnival style games for small fees and street performers that offer live free entertainment.
3 Hour Parking at the Boardwalk is Free just tell the parking lot attendant you are there to visit the boardwalk and they will give you a pass.
Be sure to notice all the picture ops and take lots of pictures
Dip your toes in the water right off shore. There are small wave pools in the rocks you can cool off in as well.
Stay for the Movie on the beach see the schedule here
Look for hidden Mickeys
Parking is Free
Entrance is Free
Bike rental is usually $21-$24 an hour.
Carnival Games are small fees
1486 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830
Disney Springs formerly known as Downtown Disney is the best Disney Themed place for your buck! A visit here makes you feel like you have ALMOST gone to a theme park but for free! There are tons of shops some with interactive things to do. We love the World of Disney store. There is so much to see. Our favorite Disney characters are everywhere we look! We always stop at Goofy's Candy Company and get an ice cold Glacier slushee! There are always school chorus and band groups playing at the amphitheater. My daughter Natty Bear performed there too!
We like to visit Disney Springs multiple times a year. My kids and I have been here so many times we decided we would put together a Scavenger Hunt of things to find and Do. Please click the link below to visit our Scavenger Hunt Page.
Go to my Scavenger Hunt Page for all the fun details
Get there early.
Bring your own food and drinks.
Kids can wear their bathing suits to play in the splash pad.
Bring a towel or 2 to dry off.
Hours of Operation:
365 Days a year
10:00 AM- 12:00 AM
Disney Wilderness Preserve
2700 Scrub Jay Trail Kissimmee, FL 34759
I bet when you think of Disney World you think of a Pants wearing Mouse and His Bowtastic girlfriend holding hands and skipping towards the Gigantic Cinderella castle in the middle of Disney World. Bet you didn't know that Disney also owns land that is labeled conservation. Here you can hike one of three trails and take in the wildlife that calls Disney property their home. You can see alligators, turtles, gophers and tons of birds.
Go in the morning to avoid the heat
Wear comfy shoes and clothes and SPF
Bring your own food and drinks.
There are restrooms on the trail.
Hours of Operation: (Weather Permitting)
9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Call ahead before visiting just in case there is limited access due to flooding or restoration activities
Free although donations are appreciated