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Old 01-01-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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Free things to do at resorts? Cheap eats?

I live two hours away from WDW and am bringing my daughter and her friend over for 2 days this week. The girls are 12. We aren't going to go to the parks, but plan on popping around the resorts to check out decorations, walkign around Downtown Disney, etc.

Any suggestions for cheap or free things to do? How about inexpensive food? Thanks!
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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At Downtown Disney they usually have entertainment, bands, etc. for free. You could also ride the monorail for free if you jump on it at one of the monorail resorts. The lobby of the Grand Floridian is so pretty.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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Earl of Sandwich at DTD is a lot of food for your money. My kids thought the big Virgin store was cool when they were pre-teens. Is that still at DTD? There's the fun Christmas shop at DTD, too.

You could also take a bus from DTD to Animal Kingdom Lodge to see the animals, and maybe stay for the storytelling out by the fire. The Mara (AKL food court) has great food options, too.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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If you're in DTD, you can take the boat to POR. Their Make Your Own Pasta bar in the food court is great. Portions are large enough to share. They also have evening entertainment some nights. If you have your own car it would be easy to get back to your hotel.
And the boat ride is scenic!
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:10 PM   #5
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I buy CS kid meals for myself. I usually get the salad and it comes with two sides and a drink....last time I went I think it was under $6. Don't know what it costs now. But it was relatively healthy as you can get grapes and carrot sticks as your sides.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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Earl of sandwich had the best subs for cheap. I would recommend taking a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge too. To see the giraffes and zebra's and such is almost like going to a zoo.At night you can take a bus to the Contemporary Resort and go to the 4th floor? and sit out on the balcony and watch the fireworks at the magic Kingdom's castle- the music is wired in up there too.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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Earl of Sandwich at DTD is a lot of food for your money. My kids thought the big Virgin store was cool when they were pre-teens. Is that still at DTD? There's the fun Christmas shop at DTD, too.

You could also take a bus from DTD to Animal Kingdom Lodge to see the animals, and maybe stay for the storytelling out by the fire. The Mara (AKL food court) has great food options, too.
my dh and kids loved the virgin store, but sadly it's no longer there.
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No Virgin Store? Oh well! DTD was just beginning to go through an upheaval last time we were at WDW. I'll have to check it out to see what's new there. They better not have done anything to Raglan Road!!!!
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Splitsville bowling occupies the location that once housed the Virgin Megastore. It's around $15 per person per hour if you're interested in that. It's a bit pricey.

Fortunately, Raglan Road is still going strong!
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:47 PM   #10
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You could also take a bus from DTD to Animal Kingdom Lodge to see the animals, and maybe stay for the storytelling out by the fire. The Mara (AKL food court) has great food options, too.
I was going to suggest this. I've heard there are several good spots to view the animals that anyone can use.

Also, many of the resorts have a campfire at night for roasting marshmallows (free). I know that POFQ and POR do. I know that Fort Wilderness campground also has it, and that you can see Chip & Dale there as well. Then maybe go by the beach area where I heard you can see wishes.
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Earl of Sandwich is quite reasonable! And sharing an ice cream at Ghirardeli's would be yummy too.
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Earl of Sandwich is quite reasonable! And sharing an ice cream at Ghirardeli's would be yummy too.
Your making me hungry! I LOVE earl of sandwich!!!! - wish I could eat there right now.

Free things:
-checking out other resorts
-Boardwalk (entertainment, shopping, food)
-DTD(entertainment, shows, bowling, movies, shopping, food)
-swimming
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Ditto. I am sure I will be dining at both places when I visit this spring. You have to get ice cream on a vacation!
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:03 PM   #14
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If you go by the Epcot resorts in the evening, you have the entertainers on the boardwalk. They do juggling, magic, etc. There are also several counter service food options in that area, to include the boardwalk, YC/BC resorts and the Swan/Dolphin. You can take your pick of several places where fireworks can be seen in the evenings around the MK resorts, the Epcot resorts, and , I believe, DTD, depending on how late you plan to be out.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:29 AM   #15
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I intend to take some free boat rides and walks during any busy times. The boat from MK to Fort Wilderness is lovely, and so are the trails there,, and I want to show hubby where I stayed 25 yrs ago and Discovery Island that used to be a rescued bird preserve 25 yrs ago. We will also take nice walk from Pop to AofA and take taxi to contemporary to walk over to MK for our early steam train tour. It's about the only way to get there at 7 am!
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