5 Fun Disney Experiences You Don’t Need a Park Ticket To Enjoy

by Vickie Louise

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So, you want the Disney experience, but your wallet isn’t too happy about it. We’ve all been there.

While Disney is a beautiful place to visit, it’s also extremely costly. Everyone wants an excellent Disney experience for you and the kids, but what if you can’t afford to have one?

Don’t worry! Today, I’m discussing some fun Disney experiences you can take part in without even having to buy park tickets! I’d love to hear from you if I’ve left anything off my list.

These are some incredible experiences that are full of Disney spirit that you don’t actually need a park ticket for!



If you want to take in the Firework shows, but can’t afford to watch them from Main street USA, head on over to the fourth floor at the Contemporary resort.

They play the music through the hotel’s speakers so you won’t be missing out of the magic. You also won’t be crammed together watching them with a bunch of people. If you get to the hotel early enough, you might even catch the Electric Water Pageant!


Take in the Disney Cuisine

Did you know that many of the Disney retardants are like a show themselves?

In fact, some of the best-rated dining at Disney is outside of the parks.

How does pulled pork and pineapple-coconut bread sound? You can get all this and a show when you visit the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian Village Resort!

I also highly recommend the Hoop-De-Doo review. The Hoop-De-Doo is a fun, and hilarious show served up with some delicious fried chicken!


Go shopping in Disney Springs

Disney Springs is one of the best places you’ll want to go when you don’t want to buy a theme park ticket. The Springs has a ton of delicious restaurants and shops for you to visit.

Also, if you’re cutting costs, there are some Disney outlets nearby. You’ll get the whole Disney shopping experience but at a fraction of the cost! What could be better?


Pin Trading

You don’t have to be inside a Disney park to get some major pin trading accomplished.

In fact, each cast member that works for Disney will generally have a lot of pins you can pick from. All you have to do is tell them you want to trade one of your pins for theirs and then you’ll get to choose which one you want.

This is a fun activity that the kids are going to love! And the cast members definitely embody the Disney spirit!


Enjoy a Sweet Treat

Have you ever seen those Minnie and Mickey-shaped ice cream bars and sandwiches? Those aren’t just sold in the parks.

They are also available at many of the quick service options and restaurants outside of the parks. Make sure to check out Goofy’s candy company and the Candy Cauldron for treats like chocolate covered apples and marshmallow Krispies!

Your kids won’t be able to resist!


There are so many things you can take part in when you’re looking to save money with a Disney experience! Disney really created a world that you can walk through, but you don’t always have to pay to get everything out of your trip.

All you have to do is get a little creative and enjoy parts of Disney that most people overlook every day. You’ll likely be able to avoid crowds while saving yourself a ton of money in the process!

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