A Fun Inexpensive & Free Things to Experience at Disney

I am totally excited to have my amazing friend Courtney guest posting on the blog today as I recover from surgery. You may remember Courtney from Isn’t She Just Darling, the profile I did on her awhile back. She is a huge Disney fan and wants to share her experiences with you. Today is the first part in a two part series of fun and expensive things to experience at Disney.

Fort Wilderness Campgrounds host a campfire sing along. It is held every evening, at about 7:00 pm in fall and winter and about 8:00 pm in spring and summer, near the Meadow Trading Post. The program starts with a sing-a-long and marshmallow roast. You can bring your own food or buy it from the Chuck wagon, which sells S’more kits for about $9 (makes enough for about 4 people) and also offers other food such as pizza and hot dogs. Chip and Dale meet the guests and sign autographs. Tip don’t sit in the very front if you actually want to meet them they seem to skip over that crowd and greet everyone in the seats or bleachers it can also be a good way to avoid meeting them if your little ones are skittish . After the campfire if anyone is up for it they do a movie under the stars. There is some seating on bleachers and benches, or you can lay out a blanket.

Fort Wilderness also offers Hayrides for$8/adult, $5/child (ages 3-9). The rides are offered nightly at 7:00 and 9:30 pm and depart from in front of Pioneer Hall. No reservations taken — just show up and pay cash, and if you time it right you can catch Magic Kingdoms Fireworks.

Disney’s Boardwalk- love love it! It is built around a lake and is beautifully themed to be reminiscent of Coney Island in the 1940s.They have nightly street performers that are so much fun to watch jugglers, comedians, and even fire-eaters. They even get the kids involved . There is a great sweet shop and lots of vendors selling inexpensive food. You can use your meal plan snacks for ice cream, fudge, and lots of yummy treats. This is great place to watch fireworks. If you are staying on Disney property, you can use Disney transportation to get to the Boardwalk. If you drive to the Boardwalk, you can get a FREE 3-hour parking permit. You can walk to Epcot or Hollywood Studios though Hollywood is a bit of a hike from the Boardwalk.

Watch the Electrical Water Pageant. This floating parade is visible nightly, usually starting at 9:00, from Disney’s Magic Kingdom-area resort hotel docks and beaches. The pageant takes about an hour to move slowly around the lake, stopping at each resort in order: Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Ft. Wilderness and Contemporary. Cost: FREE.

Frugal Mom Note: I will have to admit that I always thought Disney was expensive I never thought there would so many free and inexpensive things to do but wait there is more check back tomorrow to see what else you can do at Disney on a budget.

AFM Courtney

Courtney Churakos is amazing person. My words cannot do her justice so I will let her words do the talking.  “My search for balance between being a mom, having a career & a wife has been crazy at times, rewarding & certainly has its ups & downs! I started Coco Darlings in 2008 because I was looking for an interesting new business and planning parties has been a passion of mine for years. My daughter being the guinea pig of course! I inspired by my then six year old princess, I wanted to bring this same passion, fun, and magic to all the princesses of Goldsboro, NC… I have recently decided to return to my corporate job and devote myself to Coco Darlings. I feel empowered by my decision and want to take part, even if it’s just for a day, in sharing this empowerment with young girls in our community as well as the wonderful high school & college girls that work for me. Inspired by the time I spend with the children here at Coco’s and my love for all things Disney, I must visit Disney at least 3 times pr year and am excited to share years of travel tips and advice to anyone who is ready to travel to the most Magical Place on Earth!”




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