Recently I spoke with someone who had to scrap their plans for a first time, three day trip to Disney world and turn it into a single day at Magic Kingdom, with the other days just at their hotels since they didn't have the budget for park days.
This person seemed a little sad, but quickly my thoughts turned to how can a person still experience some of the Magic, and fun of Disney, without a park ticket?
As I gave suggestions, I realized, that for no money at all, you really could make a day or two of Disney magic, without a park ticket. Here are some of the things I suggested. Pick a few to round out a day, or try and do them all to make a day of it!
Check out Resorts
Every resort has something unique about it, and you could spend quite a while exploring the resort grounds! Pop Century has a free scavenger hunt you can do, you could take walking trails, check out the large statues at any of the value resorts, as well as the amazing interiors! Many resorts have free activities throughout the day, like drawing lessons, games for kids, or even movies. Chip and Dale even come out at one resort, and join in on roasting marshmallows!
Ride the Monorail
While at one of the monorail Resorts, hop aboard the Monorail, and ride around! You'll get to experience an iconic attraction and get quite the view! Ride to Magic Kingdom, and you can...
Jump on the Ferry
Take a relaxing trip to and from on the Ferry Boat. You'll get to see the Castle, and take some amazing pictures! Time it right, you may even see...
There are several places to see the fireworks at Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios when not at the park. You might not hear all of the music, but you can snuggle into a blanket, munch on a snack, and enjoy the show!
Disney Springs is great, because there you will find so many fun, and free Disney things! Pin trade with Cast Members, stop in the candy store to get some samples, stop in the massive World of Disney store, and you'll definitely experience magic as Tinkerbell flies around! There are loads of other things there too, Disney backdrops are scattered around, the Lego Store has a massive covered Lego play area out front, and the shops are filled with Disney, Disney, and more Disney!
There's a lot more to explore and find!! Easily a few days worth! Do you have a favorite outside the parks thing I missed?