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Old 02-01-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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Free Disney Things to Do in Orlando

This may be the wrong board to post this, and if so I apologize but here goes. We will be in Orlando before our cruise for two nights and are looking for some free "Magic". We were thinking maybe the floating barge parade or riding the monorail, but we will not be staying on property. Any suggestions?

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:11 AM   #2
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It's not free or Disney-related, but head over to the Titanic exhibit. That's always fun to see before a cruise.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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Downtown Disney is free to walk around. Beware the shops if you have kids, it will quickly stop being free.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:21 AM   #4
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Downtown Disney is free to walk around. Beware shops when you have kids, it will quickly stop being free.
Downtown Disney is always a must . You could also head over to the Boardwalk later in the evening & catch the fireworks from EPCOT for free. Well maybe not totally free you may want to get an ice cream.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:22 AM   #5
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DTD, watch fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian resort, check out Art of Animation Resort, ride the ferry.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:46 AM   #6
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not sure if its of interest to you but you cold always head to downtown Disney, take a walk around, then hop any of the resort buses and walk through the resort. I know of people who wonder about staying at a certain property who do this just to get an idea. we have done this if we are going to be at a restaurant at a certain resort and its interesting to see what each has to offer.
again, not for everyone but some of the resorts are amazing to see.
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We like to resort hop and just look around.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:02 PM   #8
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Parking at Downtown Disney is free, and gives you access to all the WDW bus transportation.

From there, you can go to any resort and take in the "attractions" there. For instance, there is great animal viewing with educators in the public viewing areas of Animal Kingdom Lodge at dusk. Best animal times are dawn and dusk although they may be seen at other times. The deluxe resorts frequently have entertainment in their lobbies.

Other possibilities--take a bus to any Epcot area resort to see the air portion of the Epcot fireworks (MK fireworks can be seen from they Poly beach) and walk around the boardwalk at night. A bus to any MK area resort can become a monorail ride and view of the electric light parade on the water.
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This may be the wrong board to post this, and if so I apologize but here goes. We will be in Orlando before our cruise for two nights and are looking for some free "Magic". We were thinking maybe the floating barge parade or riding the monorail, but we will not be staying on property. Any suggestions?

If you want to ride the monorail, head for the Contemporary, Grand Floridian or Polynesian. Most of the time they have free parking for 3 hour time limits unless their parking lots are already almost full, then you might be turned away. This way, you can take the monorail around Bay Lake then transfer at TTC and take the round trip to Epcot and back. As others have said, you can check out the fireworks from some of the hotels of either Epcot or MK.

Below has the information on the Electrical Water Pageant that can be seen at night. I do enjoy this old school water parade. I usually watch from the dock/beach at Fort Wilderness when we would stay in the cabins there.
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If you are interested there is also Chip & Dale Campfire and sing-a-long at FW. The below information is found in theFAQ from the Campground board. There are also other post amongs the Disboards with this information.

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The Fort Wilderness campfire program happens year round in the "theater under the stars" located in the Meadows recreation area. It is free of charge.
The program consists of a sing along with a very talented Disney cast members leading the fun. After a brief introduction, our friends Chip and Dale will make their way through the crowd for pictures, autographs and general harassment of the guests. The sing along starts at 8 during the summer followed by a movie (the list is always posted at the top of the thread list) at approximately 8:40. During the winter (after daylight savings time ends, this year on Nov 4th) the sing along starts at 7 and the movie around 7:40.

There are 2 fire pits that are lit just before the sing along begins. These are for roasting marshmallows, hot dogs and whatever else you may wish to roast.

You can bring your own snacks and drinks with you or purchase what you need.
popcorn, candy, drinks and S'more kits are available at the chuckwagon, individual wooden roasting sticks are available.

Wooden benches are provided along with bleachers at the back of the theater. A blanket or cushion is always a good idea. The area is covered in pea gravel to prevent it from being muddy.
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Agree with DTD and resort hopping. You can get great pictures that way. If you have time, stop by AKL where you can view the animals in the public areas. Also might give you ideas about which resort if you decide to stay on sight. We also enjoy taking the boats from DTD to the neighboring resorts.

If you'll be around at night, check out the light parade in bay lake. And you can watch MK fireworks from the contemporary or Polynesian resorts.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:30 PM   #11
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Epcot lake is a good place to visit. There are some 'street performers' frequently, and it's a nice stroll. You can do this while resort hopping (Beach/Yacht club, boardwak, swan, dolphin)

You can catch a glimpse of Epcot's fireworks from there as well.

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This may be the wrong board to post this, and if so I apologize but here goes. We will be in Orlando before our cruise for two nights and are looking for some free "Magic". We were thinking maybe the floating barge parade or riding the monorail, but we will not be staying on property. Any suggestions?

Head to the Poly and get a dole whip. Sit on the beach and watch the boat parade.

You can also go over to Boardwalk. Lots of great things to see there.

Go to Fort Wilderness for the Campfire Sing a long!
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:11 PM   #13
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These are great suggestions! I was worried that we may be questioned when trying to park at the Poly.
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These are great suggestions! I was worried that we may be questioned when trying to park at the Poly.
Nope it's a pretty popular thing to do.

Tour all of the monorail resorts!
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:19 PM   #15
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These are great suggestions! I was worried that we may be questioned when trying to park at the Poly.
Well this is a good point. You might not get let in if its a holiday weekend or if its extremely busy, especially at the Contemporary.

If you are eating at a restaurant though, have your ADR printed out and you should be fine. But you should really be eating at the restaurant. We did an Ohana's ressie after our cruise so that we could do a half day at Disney w/o spending a day at the park. So Ohana in the morning, then dole whip on the beach. Was super fun before our late flight out.
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