Low-Cost at Walt Disney World

In a past post, I showed you how to add some magic to your vacation for free! There are also some great low-cost enhancements you can add to your Walt Disney World vacation! Some of these experiences allow your group to get competitive, while others will make you feel like a VIP. All of them can be added onto your vacation, without busting your budget!

Book a Walt Disney World Tour

A great way to learn more about your favorite parks is to do a Walt Disney World tour! These behind-the-scenes adventures are limited to small groups, making all attendees feel like VIPs. And thankfully, not all Walt Disney World tours are expensive.

The Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour is $49 per person and allows guests into some pretty cool backstage areas. The Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot is $25 per person and allows guests special access to the greenhouses on Living with the Land. To see which other tours fit in your budget, check out the Events & Tours page on Walt Disney World’s website!

Resort Hopping

A fun way to check out other Walt Disney World resorts, and add some fun to your vacation, is resort hopping. Use Walt Disney World transportation (free) or get an Uber/Lyft to some resorts that you would like to see. You can really get a feel for each resort by making Advanced Dining Reservations at one of their restaurants or hanging out in a lounge. My favorite lounge is Trader Sam’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. I always stop by for a drink, even if I’m not staying at the resort!

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Looking for something romantic for a date night? Or a different way for your family to tour the resort? Book a horse-drawn carriage ride! These are offered at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, and each carriage ride lasts about 25 minutes. Carriages can seat up to four adults or two adults and three small children. The cost is $55 and reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

Miniature Golf

Walt Disney World has some amazing miniature golf courses, offering a challenge and Disney theming. Take a break from the parks and see who is the best golfer in your group! (Secret: This is my favorite low-cost activity at Walt Disney World.)

At the Swan & Dolphin Resorts, you’ll find two courses: Fantasia Gardens and Fantasia Fairways. Fantasia Gardens is a miniature golf course with each hole themed after a certain scene in the classic movie, Fantasia. Fantasia Fairways is a traditional 18-hole golf course, scaled down to miniature. The cost is $14 per adult (age 10+) and $12 per child (ages 3-9).

At Disney’s Blizzard Bech, you’ll find Winter Summerland. This miniature golf course is themed to Christmas, all year round! The cost is $14 per adult (age 10+) and $12 per child (ages 3-9).

Recreation Rentals

Many of the Walt Disney World resorts offer recreational equipment for rent, which is a perfect way to explore! At Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas, families can circle Crescent Lake on two- or four-person surrey bikes for $25 per person (age 3+). Adults and children can also rent traditional bikes at the following resorts for $20 per person:

  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Old Key West Resort
  • Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Wilderness Lodge

Quite a few Walt Disney World resorts also offer watercraft rentals! These vessels range from kayaks to motorboats, and they can hold between two and ten people. Prices vary based on experience.