NEW Desserts, Cinnamon Bun Coffee, and MORE Disney World Menu Changes in December

Well, December was quite a month in Disney World. We ate SO MANY holiday snacks that our tongues will be red and green for at least another month.

‘Olu Mel Dole Whip Float

We also got news on some NEW restaurants, including The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers and Carousel Coffee (which has officially opened!). There were also some changes to menus at Disney World restaurants, so here are ALL of them for the month!

Magic Kingdom

Cheshire Cafe

The Cheshire Cat Tail is back!!!

Cheshire Cat Tail

This tail-shaped twisted pastry, filled with chocolate chips and topped with squiggles of pink and purple icing is available again for $5.79.

Read our review of the Cheshire Cat Tail

Be Our Guest

At Be Our Guest, there are a few changes. First, a new appetizer has been added: Endive and Roquefort Cheese Salad with Pear Gastrique, Toasted Walnuts, and Champagne Vinaigrette. Some Entrees have been swapped out, too:

  • REMOVED: Sustainable Market Fresh Fish
  • ADDED: Trout Amandine — Crab, Smoked Almonds, Haricots Verts, and Lemon-Brown Butter

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Under wine, the Enchanted Rose has replaced Gérard Bertrand Syrah with Jean-Luc Columbo.

Check out our review of brunch at Be Our Guest

Main Street Bakery

Several Starbucks locations at Disney World are seeing some price changes. Here’s what’s happening at Main Street Bakery:

  • Sausage, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich decreased from $5.59 to $5.29
  • Bacon, Gouda & Egg Sandwich decreased from $6.09 to $5.79
  • Spinach, Feta & Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap decreased from $6.09 to $5.79
  • Ham & Swiss Croissant decreased from $5.29 to $4.99

Main Street Bakery

Yes, you read that right, prices decreased for some items in Disney World!

Here’s a recent review of Main Street Bakery

Casey’s Corner

There’s a new hot dog to try at Casey’s Corner:

Casey’s Corner

So if you’re looking to try something new, check it out!

Here’s our most recent Casey’s Corner review

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Fairfax Fare

The hotdogs have been removed from the menu at Fairfax Fare, and new waffle bowls have arrived. Here are the updates:

  • REMOVED: California BLTA Dog, Pretzel Dog, Truffle Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog, and All-Beef Quarter-pound Hot Dog
  • ADDED: Buffalo Chicken Bowl — Chicken Breast Nuggets tossed in Buffalo Sauce and topped with Coleslaw served on Mashed Potatoes in a Waffle Bowl for $13.99
  • ADDED: Korean Barbecued Pork Belly Bowl — Braised Pork Belly tossed in Korean Barbecue Sauce topped with Korean Salad and Green Onions served on Mashed Potatoes in a Waffle Bowl for $13.99

Buffalo Chicken Bowl

  • ADDED: Barbecued Beef Brisket Bowl — Braised Brisket tossed in Barbecue Sauce topped with Pickled Jalapeños, Red Onion, and Corn Chips served on House-made Queso Sauce and Mashed Potatoes in a Waffle Bowl

Read our review of the new items!

Dockside Diner

So there’s good news about those hotdogs that disappeared from Fairfax Fare’s menu. They’re now available at Dockside Diner:

  • ADDED: California BLTA Dog — All-Beef Quarter-pound Hot Dog topped with Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Crispy Applewood Bacon,House-made Black Pepper Mayonnaise, and drizzled with Mustard Aïoli on a Brioche Butter Bun served with House-made Chips for $12.29
  • ADDED: Pretzel Hot Dog — All-Beef Quarter-pound Hot Dog topped with Apple-braised Sauerkraut and Onions, drizzled with Mustard Aïoli on Pretzel Bread, and served with House-made Chips for $12.29
  • ADDED: All-Beef Quarter-pound Hot Dog — All-Beef Quarter-pound Hot Dog on a Brioche Butter Bun served with House-made Chips for $10.29

Hot Dogs

However, the Seaside Brownie has been removed from the menu.

Here are our reviews of these hotdogs!

Trolley Car Cafe

Trolley Car Cafe also had the same price decreases that Magic Kingdom’s Starbucks location had:

  • Sausage, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich decreased from $5.59 to $5.29
  • Bacon, Gouda & Egg Sandwich decreased from $6.09 to $5.79

Trolley Car Cafe

  • Spinach, Feta & Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap decreased from $6.09 to $5.79
  • Ham & Swiss Croissant decreased from $5.29 to $4.99

Read a recent review


Le Cellier

The USDA Prime New York Strip Steak at Le Cellier is now served with Canadian Cheddar Pretzel Bread Pudding, Garlic-Peppercorn Butter, Arugula, and Caramelized Onions.

New York Strip Steak

That’s the only change here, though.

Here’s a recent Le Cellier review here!

Chefs de France

Chefs de France has some changes on their wine menu:

  • Champagne, Malard, Excellence, Brut increased from $18.95 per glass to $21.95 per glass
  • Pouilly Fuissé, Paul Bocuse, 2018 increased from $97.75 to $115 per bottle
  • Pinot Blanc, Alsace, Pierre Sparr, 2019 has been replaced with Pinot Blanc, Alsace, Pierre Sparr, 2021 and price is $13.25 per glass and $59.95 per bottle
  • Riesling, Alsace, Pierre Sparr, 2019 has been replaced with Riesling, Alsace, Pierre Sparr, 2021
    and price is $14.50 per glass and $62.95 per bottle
  • Vouvray, Loire Valley, Sauvion, 2020 has been replaced with Vouvray, Loire Valley, Sauvion, 2021 and price is $12.50 per glass and $58.25 per bottle
  • L’Opale de La Presqu’ile de Saint-Tropez, 2020 replaced with L’Opale de La Presqu’ile de Saint-Tropez, 2021 and price is $15.25 per glass and $71.50 per bottle

Prix Fixe Wine Choices at Chefs de France

  • Malbec, Fleur des Templiers, 2020 increased from $10.50 to $10.95 per glass and from $46.25 to $48.50 per bottle
  • Château Mezain, 2018 increased from $10.95 to $11.25 per glass and from $50.95 to $51.95 per bottle
  • Château Haut Mondain, 2019 replaced with Château Haut Mondain, 2020 and price is $13.25 per glass and $58.75 per bottle
  • Côtes du Rhône, Les Abeilles, J.L. Colombo, 2019 increased from $11.95 to $12.25 per glass and from $54.95 to $55.75 per bottle
  • ADDED:  La Glaciere Blanc, Coteaux du Pont du Guard, Chardonnay  for $11.25 per glass and $51.95 per bottle
  • ADDED: La Glaciere Rouge, Cevennes, Merlot, and Syrah Blend for $11.25 per bottle and $51.95 per glass

Here’s our most recent review

Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room

There were some changes on the beverages menu at Rose and Crown:

  • Assorted Fountain Beverages decreased from $4.59 to $4.29
  • Cider and Fireball is no longer served in a souvenir cup
  • Welsh Dragon is no longer served in a souvenir cup and price decreased from $18.50 to $12.50
  • Leaping Leprechaun is no longer served in a souvenir cup and price decreased from $19.50 to $14.50

Rose and Crown Dining Room

  • ADDED: Single Malt Flight — Glenkinchie, Oban, Lagavulin for $22
  • ADDED: Johnnie Walker Flight — Black, Gold, 18 yr for $19.50
  • ADDED: The Macallan Flight —  12 yr, 15 yr, and 18 yr  for $26

Here’s a recent review!

Fife & Drum Tavern

The Half Note Float has returned to Fife & Drum Tavern.

Half Note Float

It’s made with Fanta Wild Cherry, Minute Maid Lemonade, Fanta Blue Raspberry Slushy with Vanilla Ice Cream and Half Note White Chocolate for $6.50.

Read our review of this float!

Coral Reef Restaurant

We saw one change on the wine menu at Coral Reef.

Coral Reef Restaurant

The La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey increased from $12 to $13 per glass and from $49 to $53 per bottle.

Here’s our most recent review

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

The Rice Cream with Strawberry Sauce is no longer on the menu at Akershus.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

That’s the only change here, though.

Check out a review!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom


The Kid’s Meals at Restaurantosaurus have changed. Instead of getting a choice of three sides, the meals are now served with a choice of two sides and kids get a copy of National Geographic Kids So Cool! Dinos Book.

Kid’s meal at Restaurantosaurus

So keep that in mind if you plan on grabbing a meal for your kids here!

Read Our Review of the Kid’s Meal Here!

Creature Comforts

The same changes that happened at the other Starbucks locations have happened here:

  • Sausage, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich decreased from $5.59 to $5.29
  • Bacon, Gouda & Egg Sandwich decreased from $6.09 to $5.79

Creature Comforts

  • Spinach, Feta & Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap decreased from $6.09 to $5.79
  • Ham & Swiss Croissant decreased from $5.29 to $4.99

Read a recent review!

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery

Here are the changes that have happened at Kusafiri:

  • Marinated Chicken Flatbread increased from $10.49 to $10.79
  • REMOVED: Spiced Potato Hand Pies

Spiced Potato Hand Pies

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

The cocktails menu at Yak and Yeti has had some changes:

  • Yak Attack, Pink Himalayan, Kiwi Coconut Rita, Big Bamboo, Tropical Daiquiri, Kiwi Kimono, Opici Family Red Sangria, South Seas Traveler, and Tibetan Mule increased from $12 to $14

Yak Attack

  • Snap Decision increased from $14 to $15

Read a recent review of Yak and Yeti

Satu’li Canteen

We were excited to learn that some new menu items would be coming to Satu’li Canteen, and now they are here:

  • ADDED: Ocean Moon Bowl — Blue Noodles, Tuna, Watermelon Radish, Pickled Daikon, Rainbow Carrots, Avocado, Cucumbers, and Red Cabbage with Miso and Sweet Soy Drizzle topped with Micro Cilantro for $17.49
  • ADDED: Metkayina Mousse — Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Gelée, Mango Coulis, Boba Pearls, and a Milk and White Chocolate Garnish for $6.29

Ocean Moon Bowl

There’s also a new cocktail: the Ilu Splash made with Corazón Blanco Tequila with Kiwi, Sour Mix, Lime Juice, and a Kiwi Slice for $13.50.

Read our review of these NEW items here! 

Pongu Pongu

The Na’vi-sized Pretzel at Pongu Pongu increased from $11.29 to $11.79.

Na’vi Sized Pretzel

That’s the only change here, though.

Read a review of Pongu Pongu

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


At Sanaa, the cost of a Premium Lemonade decreased from $4.59 to $4.29.


That, however, is the only change we saw here.

Check out a recent review of Sanaa


The Caffè Latte at Boma increased from $4.79 to $5.


However, under the Cocktails menu, the Paloma decreased from $15.50 to $14.50.

Read our most recent Boma review


Here are the changes we saw at Jiko:

Duck Confit and Honey Raisin Flatbread

  • ADDED: Sweet Potato-Groundnut Soup — Spiced Groundnuts, Finger Lime, Pickled Red Chilies, Sorrel for $15.
  • Seafood Tagine increased from $49 to $51.
  • REMOVED: Mozambique Peri Peri Prawns

Read a recent Jiko review

Maji Pool Bar

New food came to Animal Kingdom Lodge, including Maji Pool Bar:

  • ADDED: Shrimp Bakuli — Chilled Shrimp, Edamame, Pickled Carrots, and Berbere Aïoli served on Basmati Rice for $14.99.
  • ADDED: Multigrain Tabbouleh — with Grilled Vegetables and Citrus Dressing (Plant-based) for $11.49

Time to Dig In!

  • ADDED: Spiced Pork Nachos — Tortilla Chips topped with Spiced Pork, Beans, Herbed Crema, and Kachumbari for $10.49
  • ADDED: Short Rib Grilled Cheese — Braised Beef Short Rib, Gouda, and Pickled Onion on Challah Bread served with Seasoned Chips for $12.99.

Read our review of these NEW items here!

The Mara

The Mara also got some new food items:

Oak-Grilled Chicken bowl

  • ADDED: South African Vegetable Bowl — curried vegetable stew, pilau rice, dried fruit achar, and avocado-tahini sauce

Read our reviews of three of these new items!

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Flying Fish Cafe

Here are the changes that happened at Flying Fish Cafe:

Slow-roasted Pork Belly

Those are the only changes here, though.

Read a review of Flying Fish Cafe!

Trattoria al Forno

We’ve got some menu changes on the dinner menu at Trattoria al Forno:

  • Calamari now comes with Pepperoncini, Lemon Aïoli, Parsley
  • Tuscan Salad is now made with Farmer’s Bounty, Almonds, Gorgonzola, and Lemon Vinaigrette
  • REMOVED: Minestrone Soup
  • ADDED: Arancini Stazionale — Marinara Sauce and Parmesan for $14
  • REMOVED: Rosemary-Tuna Carpaccio
  • Pizza Carni now has Salumi Misto, Peppers, and Pecorino
  • REMOVED: Pizze Sicilian
  • ADDED: Pizze Stagionale — Chef’s Seasonal Pizza for $23

Pizza Carni

The breakfast menu has also seen some changes:

  • REMOVED: Traditional Pastries
  • Al Forno Eggs had a description change — Brick Oven-roasted Cage-free Eggs, Polenta, Fennel Sausage, Spiced Tomato Sauce, and Country Bread

Read our most recent Trattoria al Forno review

Carousel Coffee

Carousel Coffee has officially opened and we know the menu! You can pick up a variety of pastries here, including Bagels, Banana Bread, Croissants, Cupcakes, and a NJ Crumb Cake. Plus you can get some Cookies, a Bundle of Raspberry Danishes, and other breakfast items.

NJ Crumb Cake

Joffrey’s Coffee is available, including a Double Espresso, American, Caffè Latte, Cappuccino, Café Mocha, or Caramel Macchiato. The coffee drinks cost between $3 and $6 per cup. Youc an also get Hot Tea, Hot Cocoa, Cold Brew, and Iced Tea. Other drinks available are milk, chocolate milk, soda, water, and juice.

Carousel Coffee

These drinks range in price from $2 to $5. Also, we got to try the Cinnamon Bun Frozen Blended Coffee for $5.99. It is DELICIOUS.

Cinnamon Bun Frozen Blended Coffee

So if you’re looking for a coffee option in the EPCOT hotels area, you’ve got a new place to try!

Read our review of Carousel Coffee

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

California Grill

Here are the menu updates at California Grill:

  • Free-range Plancha-seared Chicken is now served with Sunflower Pea Pesto, Leek Soubise, Maitake Mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts, Australian Black Truffle, and Madeira Sauce

Free-range Plancha-seared Chicken

  • EARidescent Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée is now served with Cranberry Compote, Ginger Cookie Crumble, Whipped White Chocolate Orange Ganache, and Sugared Cranberries

Here’s a review of Disney’s California Grill!

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Sebastian’s Bistro

The drinks menu at Sebastian’s Bistro had a few changes:

  • ADDED: Red Stripe Lager (16-oz Draft) – Jamaica for $8.25
  • REMOVED: Carib Pineapple Cider 
  • REMOVED: Kona Longboard Island Lager
  • Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon increased from $65 to $70 per bottle and $16 to $17 per glass
  • Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon increased from $55 to $59 per bottle and $13 to $14 per glass
  • Benvolio Pinot Grigio, Friuli-Venezia increased from $39 to $42 per bottle and $10 to $11 per glass
  • Conundrum White Blend, California increased from $69 to $75 per bottle and $16 to $17 per glass

Sebastian’s Bistro

  • Benziger Chardonnay, Carneros increased from $11 to $12 per glass
  • Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley increased from $55 to $59 per bottle and $13 to $14 per glass
  • Columbia Crest Merlot H3 ‘Horse Heaven Hills’, Columbia Valley increased from $45 to $49 per bottle and $11 to $12 per glass
  • Seghesio Zinfandel, Sonoma County increased from $65 to $70 per bottle and $15 to $16 per glass
  • Francis Ford Coppola Rosso Shiraz, California increased from $39 to $42 per bottle and $10 to $11 per glass

Read a recent review

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Yachtsman Steakhouse

The desserts changed here in December:

  • Celebrating Layers of Magic is now described as Chocolate Chiffon, Caramel-Espresso Mousse, Caramel Cake, Chocolate Ganache, and Coconut-Cassis Sauce
  • Strawberry Shortcake is now described as Macerated Florida Strawberries, and Strawberry Gelato, Vanilla-Mascarpone Chantilly Crema
  • ADDED: Midnight Kiss — Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Curd, Chocolate Cookie, and Strawberry Sauce for $15.00

Celebrating Layers of Magic

The After-Dinner Flights part of the menu was updated:

  • REMOVED: Fortified Wine Flight
  • ADDED: Bourbon Flight — Larceny, Angel’s Envy, Woodford Reserve (3/4-oz. pour of each selection) for $17.50

The following Coffee Drink was also added: Payoff Martini — Mozart Chocolate Cream Liqueur, Stoli Vanil Vodka, Chambord Liqueur, Espresso, and Strawberry for $16.25

Read our most recent review of Yachtsman Steakhouse

Ale & Compass Restaurant

The Lobster and Corn Chowder has been removed from the menu from Ale & Compass.

Lobster and Corn Chowder at Ale & Compass Restaurant

In its place, the Blue Crab Bisque with Espelette Oil for $13 has been added.

Read a review of Ale & Compass Restaurant

Disney Springs

Raglan Road

The breakfast/brunch menu at Raglan Road has changed:

  • Scrumpet City increased from $22 to $22.50
  • Stars & Scrumpet Breakfast increased from $22 to $22.50

Come on in!

There were some changes on the Lunch and Dinner menus, too. Here’s what happened to Appetizers:

Scallop Forest

For entrees, here’s what was updated:

  • Bangers + Mash = Yum increased from $26 to $26.50
  • OMG Burger increased from $22 to $24
  • Worth The Wait Beef Sandwich increased from $26 to $26.50
  • Risotto Nua increased from $26 to $27 and option to add chicken increased from $7 to $8 and option to add shrimp increased from $9 to $10
  • Shepherd’s to Die for Pie increased from $27 to $27.50
  • Fish & Chips increased from $27 to $27.50

Fish & Chips

  • Gnocchi Sea Gnocchi Do increased from $32 to $33
  • Braised Be Beef increased from $37 to $38
  • Let There Be No Rush Pork increased from $31 to $32
  • Me Ma’s Best Chicken increased from $28 to $28.50
  • This Shepard Went Vegan increased from $25 to $25.50
  • Chicken Pie Do Try increased from $28 to $28.50
  • Raglan Salmon Salad increased from $24 to $24.50
  • That Salad with Chicken increased from $22 to $22.50

Let There Be No Rush Pork

Here’s what changed under Sides:

  • House Salad, Chips, and Mashed Potato increased from $7 to $8
  • Onion Rings increased from $8 to $11
  • Garlic and Parmesan Chips increased from $10 to $11

Read a recent Raglan Road review

The Edison

You’ll find some changes on the drinks menu at The Edison:

  • Electric Mule increased from $15 to $16
  • Samantha Sterling increased from  $18 to $19
  • Time Turner increased from $15 to $17
  • The Edison increased from $17 to $19

Samantha Sterling Cocktail

Here’s a review

Terralina Crafted Italian

Here’s what’s changed with Appetizers and Salads:

  • Antipasti Tower increased from $40 to $44
  • Mussels increased from $16 to $18
  • Meatballs increased from $15 to $16
  • Caprese increased from $14 to $15
  • Half Caesar increased from $8 to $10
  • Full Caesar increased from $12 to $14
  • Terralina Crafted Italian Salad increased from $16 to $18

Terralina Crafted Italian

Some entrees saw changes, too:

  • Chicken Parmesan Sandwich increased from $17 to $21
  • Crafted Burger increased from $21 to $22
  • ADDED: Italian Grinder — Basil Pesto, Spicy Capicola Ham, Pepperoni, Roasted Red Peppers, Mozzarella, Tomato, Arugula, Balsamic Glaze for $20
  • Spaghetti Pomodoro and Meatballs increased from $26 to $27
  • Terralina Penne Alfredo increased from $27 to $29
  • Rigatoni Calabrese increased from $26 to $28
  • Pork Gnocchi increased from $27 to $28

Rigatoni Calabrese at Terralina Crafted Italian

  • Shrimp Scampi Fettucini increased from $32 to $33
  • ADDED: Seasonal Vegetable Rigatoni — Toasted Garlic, Tomato Broth for $26
  • Eggplant Parmesan increased from $26 to $27
  • Chicken Parmesan increased from $28 to $29
  • Parmesan Duo increased from $27 to $28
  • Artichoke Chicken increased from $28 to $30
  • Slow Braised Pork increased from $32 to $34
  • Grilled Salmon increased from $33 to $35
  • Add-on option of Meatball increased from $4 to $5

Terralina Crafted Italian

Here’s what was updated under Desserts:

  • Tiramisu increased from $12 to $13
  • Double Chocolate Cake increased from $13 to $14
  • REMOVED: New York Style Cheesecake
  • Cannoli increased from $11 to $12
  • Bread Pudding increased from $13 to $14
  • ADDED: Seasonal Panna Cotta — Wild Berry Compote for $13

Seasonal panna cotta

Also, all kid’s entrees increased by $2.

Read a review of Terralina Crafted Italian

If you’re planning a trip to Disney World, keep in mind that restaurant menu changes do happen often. Your best bet is to keep an eye on the menus on the Disney World website or My Disney Experience app.

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New Disney’s Riviera Resort Tote, Scarf, and Sun Hat

Disney’s Riviera Resort has a new tote bag, scarf, and sun hat available in La Boutique.

Riviera Resort Tote – $44.99

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This bag has a wicker exterior that’s mostly brown with three blue stripes.

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It has a fabric drawstring interior.

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There are two round handles also with blue stripes.

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The interior fabric is pink and blue paisley with Mickey heads and the Riviera Resort logo.

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The drawstring section has a small pocket inside it.

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Riviera Resort Sun Hat – $29.99

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This hat has a wide brim on the front, attached to a white strap.

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“Disney’s Riviera Resort” is embroidered in gold on the front.

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The back is adjustable.

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A soft fabric cushion is on the forehead.

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Riviera Resort Scarf – $29.99

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This scarf has a light blue border reading “Che bella notte.”

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Mickey and Minnie are pictured in dapper outfits in the center.

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The Riviera Resort is in the background.

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New Trailer for “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” to Debut During the CFB National Championship Game

A new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to drop during the upcoming College Football National Championship Game. What’s Happening: It was revealed today that a new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will debut during the College Football National Championship Game. The CFP National Championship Game airs at 7:30 p.m. ET […]

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Dave Perillo Reveals Space Mountain Artwork for 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Dave Perillo has shared another new piece of artwork that will be available at the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. He previously posted about his new Gran Fiesta Tour poster.

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This week, he posted on Instagram the first look at his retro Space Mountain poster titled “A Race Through the Cosmos.” It depicts three people in a Space Mountain rocket ship flying above the iconic attraction building. Perillo will have four pieces of attraction-inspired art available at the festival.

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Image source: Dave Perillo

He will be doing signings at the Wonderground Gallery in the Odyssey throughout January and February.

  • January 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • January 14: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • January 15: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • January 16: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • January 17: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • February 16: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • February 17: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • February 18: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • February 19: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • February 20: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The 2023 International Festival of the Arts will run from January 13 through February 20. Check out the following articles to see more of the art, entertainment, and food coming to this year’s event:

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50 Free Things to do in Disney World in 2023

There’s no question that a trip to Disney is expensive. When you factor in resort rooms, park tickets, dining costs, and souvenirs, it can all add up (and that’s not even including extras like Genie+, PhotoPass, and special events or tours)! Some families save up for years just so they can afford a Disney vacation.

Disney World is EXPENSIVE!

Let’s jump into our list of the BEST free things in Disney World right now. (Whew! Setting the bar high off the get-go, amiright?)

Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-Long

Campfires around the Disney World resorts are already free — but the BEST campfires happen at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

Campfire Sing-A-Long

The campfires HERE have a BONUS cowboy sing-a-long and big ol’ chipmunk hugs from your pals, Chip n Dale. Then, as you roast a marshmallow over the open fire, you can start settling in for the evening to watch an outdoor movie. (There’s truly NOTHIN’ like the great outdoors to ease your soul…)

And since this NEXT point goes hand-in-hand with what I was just talking about…


The one downside to the Chip ‘n’ Dale campfire sing-a-long is the fact that you’ve gotta bring your OWN marshmallows and sticks — or pay for a whole s’mores kit for around $6. BUT the other resorts that offer campfires around property (which is a GREAT deal of ‘em) DO offer free marshmallows to their hotel guests. So roast away!

Our toasted Marshmallow!

And NOW for a classic freebie (that’s fun AND tasty… mostly).

International sodas at Club Cool

Right next to EPCOT’s Creations Shop is a little area called Club Cool — where you can try EIGHT different international sodas for FREE. Just grab yourself a little Coca-Cola sample cup and sip away on whichever flavors you wanna try. (Just, uh, be careful when it comes to the Beverly soda. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…)

Coca Cola Cup

You think Club Cool is the MAIN free attraction inside EPCOT? Not even close, friends. We’re just getting started.

Kidcot Fun Stops

How oh HOW are you going to keep your kiddos endlessly entertained as you explore ALL of the countries around the World Showcase? Guess it’s Kidcot to the rescue! Each pavilion has a Kidcot Fun Stop where kiddos can collect activity cards — specific to each pavilion’s country — that feature stickers, mini-activities, and fun facts.

Visit all of the Kidcot stops

But the scavenger hunts don’t stop there!

Finding Dory’s Friends

World Showcase can’t have ALL the fun! When you enter the SeaBase building (which is the same place you’ll exit to after you ride aboard The Seas with Nemo and Friends), track down the kiosk on the first floor of the building to grab a Finding Dory’s Friends interactive booklet.

Fish are friends…

This booklet contains a self-guided scavenger hunt, along with riddles, puzzles, and — best of all — STICKERS!

Complimentary Refresher Samples

When you’re strolling around The Tea Caddy shop in the UK pavilion, you MIGHT see a table off to the corner holding small plastic cups. On occasion, UK cast members will be handing out samples of some of the Twinings Tea and refreshers they sell in the store. (Which can be tricky-tricky-TRICKY because we ALWAYS wanna buy a few boxes after gulping down the sample.)

Self-Guided Tea Tour

The UK pavilion is MORE than just its tea and biscuits, though. You could also learn about your family history there.

Learn About Your Family Crest

Across from The Tea Caddy is The Crown and Crest — a shop that celebrates generations of family names with their Coat of Arms merchandise. In fact, you can learn about YOUR Coat of Arms, too! Just ask the cast member behind the register for help tracking down your family’s name (or locate it in the GIANT book of names in front of the counter).

The Crown and Crest in EPCOT

The cast member can look up your family’s name in their database to find your coat of arms. You’re more than welcome to purchase it as a plaque, a picture, or a mug — BUT even if you DON’T purchase anything, you can still see what your family crest looks like for FREE. And, no, you do NOT have to have a name from the British Isles for this to work. There are last names featured from ALL over the world kept in The Crown and Crest database.

What about the EPCOT festivals? Is there anything FREE you can pick up during those? YES.

Festival Passport

At both EPCOT park entrances — as well as the main gift shops — you’ll be able to grab a festival passport. Why is this li’l booklet so important? It’ll not only tell you about all of the offerings the festivals have, but it’ll also include detailed checklists of the different foods that you try at each of the outdoor kitchens. You’ll ALSO be able to check out the food walk challenges on the backside of the booklets (though to participate in these, you WILL need to spend money on each of the snack items listed)

We love collecting festival passports!

BONUS: Though you can always keep track of where you are around the parks via the virtual maps featured on the My Disney Experience App, you can still grab physical copies of the maps at the entrance of each park, too. These maps can be a fun backdrop for your framed park photos, OR can be used to make your own Disney-themed jewelry once you return home.

LOTS of love (and freebies) over in EPCOT — but it’s time for another park’s turn! How about Hollywood Studios?

A Self-Guided Tour Through Walt Disney’s History

There are extravagant VIP tours that take you behind the scenes of the Disney parks, as well as tell you about how Walt Disney himself got his start from humble beginnings. But if you don’t wanna drop the major cash on a VIP Tour experience, you can always check out the Walt Disney Presents self-guided tour.

Walt Disney Presents tells the story of Walt’s childhood, as well as his growing passion for animation AND theme park development during the course of his life through many-many sketches, models, little TV clips from his Wonderful World of Disney days… you name it.

Walt Disney Presents

At the end of the tour, you can also sometimes see glass-case exhibits featuring costumes that’ve appeared in upcoming (or recently released) live-action Disney films. There’s also a theatre where you can watch a short film, Walt Disney’s One Man’s Dream, which goes into even MORE depth about Walt Disney’s budding career. (HOWEVER, if there’s a new Disney film about to be released to a theatre near you, One Man’s Dream MIGHT be replaced to show an EXCLUSIVE 10-15 minute preview of the movie BEFORE it reaches the big screens. And that’s ALSO super neat-o.)

Ready to visit a new imaginary theme park? Let’s just jump right into the next point, then.


It’s the place you’ll see EVERY night. (Every night in your dreams.) (You probably only understood that reference if you’ve seen the newly-animated Mickey Mouse shorts before — specifically, the one where Mickey, Donald, and Goofy visit “Potatoland.”) And now you can visit Potatoland TOO! At the exit of the Mickey Shorts Theater in Hollywood Studios, you’ll walk through a room with a few different photo ops stations. And one of the photo setups happens to be the one, the only, POTATOLAND (with a prop potato on a stool, and all). Dreams really DO come true.

Visit Potatoland

Can Potatoland beat out Magic Kingdom as the most Magical Place on Earth? Uh, no. So let’s jump over to the Magic Kingdom for a bit and check out what free offerings they’ve got in store for us.

Pulling the Sword from the Stone

You can’t pay to be one of the Chosen Ones to pull Excalibur from the Stone in Fantasyland — you just have to be WORTHY of it. Check out the Sword in the Stone close to Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel. Many people have tried to extract the weapon from its rocky domain, but only FEW have proven themselves worthy enough to succeed. (Will YOU be next?)


If the stars don’t align and you DON’T end up getting Excalibur THIS time ‘round, don’t fret. Maybe a little extra “magic” will help cheer ya up! And we know JUST where to find it — for FREE!

Pixie Dust

Pixie dust isn’t just for children — it’s for children-at-heart, too! Over at Sir Mickey’s gift shop, you’ll find fairy godmother cast members holding special magic wands. If you ask these cast members for a little dose of pixie dust, you’ll get JUST what you asked for! (Don’t forget to make a wish!)

Sir Mickey’s

Wanna be part of the shows here in Disney? You very well CAN be — with no prior training necessary!

Become Part of the ACT

There are TWO shows in Disney World that require audience participation to help make them work— and those are Turtle Talk over at EPCOT and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor over at Magic Kingdom. At Turtle Talk, you may be chosen to ask Crush the Turtle any question (within reason, of course) — and he’ll respond in real-time. The same goes for Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. The monsters don’t just need your laughter to power their city — they need your JOKES and ALL-AROUND participation, too.

It’s getting ready to start!

So be ready to be part of the show at any given time! Keep in mind that not EVERYONE will be chosen to participate in these performances (since there’ll be a LOT of guests and only a limited amount of time for each act). So don’t be disappointed if you’re not chosen every single time you pop in for a show!

Some free souvenirs aren’t simply handouts. Some you have to rightfully EARN.

The Galactic Hero Sticker

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin isn’t your average rooty-tooty-point-and-shooty dark ride. It’s SERIOUS business. (You’re defending the galaxy from the evil emperor ZURG, after all.) So if you’re SKILLED enough to achieve a HIGH SCORE that puts you in the Galactic Hero category of this ride, then you JUST might earn a Galactic Hero sticker that you can show off PROUDLY for the rest of your day in Magic Kingdom.

We are Galactic Heroes!

But why stop at JUST being a Galactic Hero? Why not be a pirate marauder, too?

A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas

If ride lines are getting a little TOO long midday, you can head on over to Adventureland and sign up for A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas. This is a 5–part interactive scavenger hunt where you’ll track down treasures, evade antagonistic scallywags, and learn about secrets you never knew were lurking around this particular region of Magic Kingdom. And after you’ve completed all 5 missions, you’ll earn the GRAND PRIZE — a card signed by Captain Jack Sparrow himself. (No waiting in a meet-and-greet line necessary!)

A Pirate’s Adventure

Galactic Hero AND professional marauder?! What ELSE can we add to your resume? How about…

Honorary Jungle Cruise Skipper

Look out, kiddos! You might be fortunate enough to become an honorary skipper on your next Jungle Cruise adventure! Every now and then, your skipper will choose a lucky guest skipper to give a Jungle Cruise license to. (But, uh, don’t be stealing the steering wheel or anything — it’s all for show. However, the little card that you’ll receive DOES make for a nice free keepsake!)

We’ve always wanted to be a skipper!

Can’t leave out Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Let’s head there next! (Because they really do have some of the BEST free offerings around!)

Become a Wilderness Explorer

When your kiddo watched Pixar’s UP for the first time, they were probably inspired by Russel to join the Wilderness Explorers (while you, on the other hand, openly sobbed into your popcorn bowl). Turns out, becoming a Wilderness Explorer is pretty easy! Just head over to the Wilderness Explorers’ headquarters OR one of the Troop Leader locations in Animal Kingdom to get started on collecting badges. There are over 25 badges for kiddos to collect — but each has to be EARNED after completing a Wilderness Challenge. (Needless to say, this activity could lead to HOURS of entertainment)

Calling all Wilderness Explorers!

If this is your first time going to Disney World ever, then we’ve GOTTA fill you in on this free activity. (And if you AREN’T new, stick with us anyways — because this next point will go hand-in-hand with a free SECRET you probably haven’t heard of before.)

Just GO to Disney Springs

The Disney Springs shopping district costs you NOTHING to go and check out, just for the heck of it. You can park in the parking garages for FREE— or grab one of the Disney buses and hitch a ride over— and just window shop the afternoon away. Sure, there are plenty of TEMPTATIONS surrounding you— like food and shops and extra activities— but even just walking around the area and taking in all the sights without spending any cash can still be well worth your time. We could find a seat next to the water and just listen to the Disney Springs techno soundtrack for the rest of the afternoon and be perfectly content.

Disney Springs

Okay, here’s the BIG free souvenir Disney Springs is giving out that’s STILL baffling to me. But it seriously has NO strings attached. (Well, maybe just one little string…)


Whoaaa there. Do our eyes DECEIVE us? Is Disney really giving away FREE necklaces? Kind of. Let us explain. To potentially grab a free necklace, pick up a Disney Springs brochure and find the code for your FREE Luxury of Time necklace from Diamonds International. Then, pop into the store — with code in hand — for your FREE Swarovski crystal necklace (that even comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and EVERYTHING) But here’s where the “kind of” comes into play. Due to high demand, these necklaces aren’t always available. BUT it’s always worth swinging by and checking out, JUST in case they’re in stock during your visit!

Disney Springs

Need a place to wear your new necklace to? Stick around the Springs — they’ve got some options for you.

Catch a Free Concert

When you visit Disney Springs, you’ll more than likely hear live music or see a live performance happening SOMEWHERE around the shopping district. You can catch live entertainment at the Disney Spring AdventHealth Waterside Stage (in front of the LARGE World of Disney store) and the Waterview Park Stage (near The BOATHOUSE) — but, really, musical acts pop up nearly ANYWHERE around the Springs. I’ve seen a rap battle happen outside the AMC theatre, and REALLY AWESOME violinists serenading shoppers across the way from Amorette’s.

Waterside Stage

If live entertainment IS happening while you’re busy window shopping, it shouldn’t take long for you to track it down!

Birthday Freebies

There are quite a few Disney Springs restaurants that have their own Rewards Membership Programs. And when you sign UP for those memberships, you might just get some birthday goodies thrown your way! In the past, we’ve seen City Works Eatery and Pour House give out $10 birthday gifts, Earl of Sandwich give out birthday brownies, Sprinkles Cupcakes give out — well — a free cupcake (duh!), and Wetzel’s Pretzels give out — you guessed it — a birthday pretzel. So it’s always worth checking to see if your favorite Disney Springs restaurants have an app or loyalty programs to sign up for, juuuust to see if they’ve got any special discounts, promotions, or freebies to gift you.

Happy Birthday, Mickey!

And now for a freebie secret where you can enjoy the beeeeeest of both worlds!

Luggage Transfer

Let’s say you really wanna spend the night in a room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. BUT you also DON’T wanna spend money to stay there for an ENTIRE week. (Because, oh my gosh, it’s SO EXPENSIVE.) You can always choose to do a “split stay,” and spend the FIRST half of your vacation at one of the Disney value resorts, then wrap up with a BANG over at a deluxe resort. If you decide to go the split stay route, let the cast members in the lobby of your first resort know what’s up. That way, they can transfer your luggage over to your SECOND Disney World hotel, free of charge.

No need to tip the bell services cast members at the Tower of Terror!

Hm? What’s that, I see? Another FREE resort offer I can take advantage of? Don’t mind if I DO!

Meet Roaming Characters

You don’t always have to pay for a park ticket to meet some of Disney’s HOTTEST characters. If you’re lucky, you just might catch Mickey or his pals hanging out around the resorts— just for funsies. These pop-up character appearances started after the 2020 closures— when Disney World wanted to make sure guests still saw characters, even if they couldn’t meet them face-to-face. And that’s when the Caravannin’ Around the World character caravans were born! If you saw one of these colorful caravans parked outside your resort, then you KNEW Mickey and the gang were poppin’ in to say “hi” for the day.

King Louie

And although we don’t really SEE the colorful caravans out and about like we used to, it seems characters are continuing to show up and hang out with resort guests! Because why not?? So keep your eyes and ears open to figure out WHEN your bestest buddies are gonna be roaming the grounds of the resorts.

Did you CATCH that? There was ANOTHER free activity featured in that point we just mentioned. Have you figured it out yet? Then let’s TALK about it!

Games on the Resort Lawns

Many resorts don’t just have POOLS. They have several OTHER complimentary activities you can participate in, too. Let’s backtrack to the Riviera (since I was already using it as an example before). The courtyard has that Giant Connect Four game, corn hole toss, oversized chess, bocce ball — you name it! You can easily spend an hour or so competing with your group during these outdoor activities.

Find resort lawn games

Some resorts have SPECIFIC complimentary offerings that you can keep forever and ever, amen. Such as…

Polynesian Village Leis

Aloha! When you step through the front doors of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, you JUST might be presented with a fun, floral lei you can wear for the rest of the day.

Polynesian Village Resort

Just keeping up with those tropical vibes! Halfway there!

Joffrey’s Coffee

If you go up to a Joffrey’s kiosk and ask them for free coffee… the cast members are probably gonna give you a weird look. But you CAN make yourself a cup of complimentary Joffrey’s coffee when you stay in a Disney World hotel room. Each room will have its own little coffee maker — complete with sugar, cream, and stirrers (and, of course, Joffrey’s coffee packets). Making yourself a cup of joe before you head out to the parks can help save you money on a morning java.

Coffee maker

Wanna catch a Disney parade without having to pay for a park ticket? The resorts have a rather UNIQUE free alternative for you to keep in mind.

Electrical Water Pageant

The Electrical Water Pageant is a 15 minute performance on the Seven Seas Lagoon — with glowing neon sea creatures and patriotism, all rolled into one nighttime parade.

You’ll be able to catch the show from the shores of any of the Magic Kingdom-area resorts.

New 50th Anniversary scene added to the Electrical Water Pageant

Know what? I’m not done talking about scavenger hunts. (And apparently, neither is Disney World.)

50th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt

In honor of Disney’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the monorail resorts currently have a scavenger hunt for their guests. Unlike some Disney World scavenger hunts, this one doesn’t end with a prize. HOWEVER it will help you learn a lot of fun facts about the attractions around Magic Kingdom. (So maybe the REAL prize is the memories we made along the way.)

Follow the clues to the ride signs

And speaking of learning new things…

Drawing Lessons

You can learn how to draw a popular animated character from an experienced Disney artist in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, over at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, during the Animation Experience. Check the park schedules ahead of time so you know when classes happen!

Learn to draw a Disney character for free!

You, of course, don’t HAVE to know how to draw a Disney character in order to APPRECIATE them. In fact, you can appreciate them FULLY from the comfort of your hotel!

Movie Under the Stars

Every single Disney World resort — whether it be a value, moderate, or deluxe stay — has a complimentary Movie Under the Stars that families can attend each night. The film featured changes evening-by-evening, so you never know what you’ll be watching next!

Be sure to catch a FREE Movie Under the Stars.

Night or day, Disney can help you find SOME way, shape, or form to just relax a little.

Beachside Lounging

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, and Disney’s Polynesian Village… These are just a FEW of the resorts that have warm-and-sandy beachside lounging. Though you won’t be able to get into the water (seriously — don’t even try. It’s illegal and dangerous), you CAN always grab one of the beachside’s lounge chairs, hammocks, or bench swings and just… well… chill out for a little bit. (Or a LOT a bit. It’s YOUR vacation, after all.)

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Little do you know, these beachsides provide MORE than just a midday cat nap.

Watch Fireworks

Fireworks are a must-do!

Disney World is KNOWN for their over-the-top nighttime spectaculars… so how on EARTH will you be able to get away with watching them without a park ticket purchase? If you’re currently lounging on a beachside featured at one of the monorail resorts, just STAY PUT. Because once the sun sets and the Magic Kingdom show begins, you’ll be able to see the fireworks shoot off from the comfort of your lounge chair.

Mm. This is nice. Let’s keep the relaxing vibes going.

Morning Yoga

Let’s become ONE with your Disney World hotel. Several Disney World resorts offer free Sunrise Yoga classes on select days throughout the week. When you’re looking into the specific offerings for YOUR resort on the Disney World website, check the recreation section of the page and see if yoga is listed as one of the many activities.

In some cases, there may be Zumba and Pilates classes offered, too! (Oh, and did we mention mats and towels are also provided?) Classes are first come, first served, and VERY limited — so make sure you get to your yoga session with plenty of time to spare! (Which, unfortunately, means a pretty early wake up call…)

This was obviously the meditation portion of the class!

Ooh — now we’re CHEATING a bit with this next one (but we won’t tell if YOU don’t tell, k? K.)

Animal Spotting Guides

Whether you’re staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge or just swinging on by for a visit (and a nice meal), you can pick up an Animal Spotting Guide at the front desk to help you identify the different animals hanging out on the resort’s personal savanna. If you’re staying in a room at Animal Kingdom Lodge, there should be a spotting guide on the table, ready and waiting for you. (But, again, if you don’t see one, you can always pick one up in the lobby). And even if you DON’T pick one of these spotting guides up, you can STILL watch the African animals out those GIANT windows of the resort.

Wildlife Spotting Guide

Next up on the list — a free activity that your kiddo will talk about for AGES to come.

Pool Parties

Pause that Marco Polo game! Disney’s got some OTHER poolside activities for you — like trivia games, Bingo, water balloon tosses… you name it! Once again, pool activities will vary between resorts AND change up daily — so check your resort’s featured schedule of activities listed inside the lobby (OR ask a cast member at the front desk about the resort’s updated itinerary).

Skip the parks for a pool day!

Here’s one of the BIGGEST freebies Walt Disney World has of them ALL.

Free Entry for Kiddos

If your kiddo is under the age of three, then you do NOT have to pay for their park ticket. That’s right — toddlers and babies get to enjoy the parks for free! The same goes for all-you-care-to-enjoy restaurants around property. You don’t have to worry about paying for your tiny tyke — they can just share from anyone’s plate at the table for a whopping total of $0.

Walt Disney World Theme Park Tickets

Whether you’re a kid, a teen, or an adult — EVERYONE can experience the overwhelming BOREDOM that might strike when you’re waiting in a forever-long line for a Disney ride. Which is why this NEXT point is so important.

Play Disney App

Disney World has two main apps that are totally free to download. The first is the My Disney Experience app — which helps you plan out your park day — and the second is the Play Disney app. Now, the Play Disney App has select games specific for the queue you’re waiting in. So you can answer trivia questions in line for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, help Hondo Ohnaka with missions before you ride Smuggler’s Run, and play multiplayer mini-games as you pass the time before Toy Story Mania.

Play Disney Parks ©Disney

But WAIT. There’s MORE.

Play Disney App (Part Two)

With the hype surrounding the latest MagicBand+ technology, you might be wanting to purchase a new band yourself, just so you can go on immersive missions around Galaxy’s Edge. But the Star Wars Data Pad — which can ALSO be found on the Play Disney App — gives you a similar opportunity to interact with different things around Galaxy’s Edge. With the data pad, you can also go on (different) missions, as well as collect cargo, translate Aurebesh, hack into droid technology, and just cause controlled chaos — in general — around the planet of Bantu.

Star Wars Datapad ©Disney

But if you’re REALLY trying to avoid those super-duper long ride lines, then THIS free strategy might become your trusty steed.

Disney Genie

The free version of Disney Genie can be a SUPER underrated feature (Since Disney Genie+ tends to capture the spotlight). But there’s more to the complimentary planning tool than you may realize. Much like the AccuWeather app can tell you about the hourly weather forecast, the free version of Disney Genie has a forecast, too. But THIS hourly forecast is for ride and attraction wait times throughout the day. Now, much like a REGULAR weather forecast, Disney Genie isn’t always 100% accurate — BUT it does give you a better idea about when rides will be at their lowest and highest wait times throughout the day. And if this is your first ever Disney trip — or even if you just want to add a little more VARIETY to your upcoming vacation — Disney Genie can ALSO create an itinerary for you and your group, featuring your dining, ride, and experience preferences.

You need the My Disney Experience app to use Genie+!

Now, even though this service CAN be super useful, it’s important to still do your research ahead of time and not rely solely on Disney Genie to guide you through each and every park. Because SOMETIMES those choices it adds to the mix are rather… interesting. (No, Disney Genie, I do NOT want to dine at Coral Reef in EPCOT. Stop adding that to my PLANS.)

Ooh — okay — here’s kinda a controversial point! (Let’s see if YOU find it worth the $0 price tag.)

Use Single Rider

Paying for Lightning Lanes through Disney Genie + can add up QUICKLY. If ONLY there were other options out there we could rely on instead! Admittedly, I’m hyping up those Single Rider lines a little too much. After all, they’re limited to only a handful of rides, AND sometimes they can still get rather lengthy. HOWEVER, if you’re at a ride that has that single rider option available, and the queue is looking rather intense, there’s a good chance that you can significantly lower your wait time by choosing the single rider line over the standard line. And it won’t cost you a cent extra.

Single rider lines are a free way to save time!

BONUS: Rider Swap is also a FREE service that you can use to help everybody in your group ride ALL the thrill rides in ALL the parks — even if you’ve got a tiny tyke in your party that someone’s gonna have to look after while everyone else rides the first time ‘round. Just ask a cast member at the front of the attraction about Rider Swap BEFORE you jump in line, and they’ll get you all set up!

Making memories doesn’t always have to be EXPENSIVE. Sometimes, a captured moment can be truly… priceless. (Bleh. That sounded cheesy. Lemme explain that in more human terms.)

Cast Member Photos

If you want a professional photo from your Disney World trip, your best bet is to purchase the PhotoPass Memory Maker add-on (OR to purchase single copies of your favorite PhotoPass photos). HOWEVER, if you just want a PhotoPass photographer to take your picture for FREE, you can ask them to take a picture of your group on your phone. And it’ll cost ya nothing! There may be some cases where PhotoPass photographers won’t be able to do this for you, so be aware that these guidelines could vary depending on the PhotoPass location.

Minnie with some Cast Members!

Cast members really DO make a park day 1000 times better. And, if you’re lucky, they may even put on a free show for you when you LEAST expect it.

Catch an Art Show

There are SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS you can watch talented artists design things around Disney World. You can see glassblowing demonstrations at the Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers shop (in both Disney Springs AND Magic Kingdom), live sketch artists at the Art of Disney store in Disney Springs, painting performances during EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts… and that’s only a FEW of the MANY ways you can be “wow”ed by the endless creativity from cast members. (Seriously, it’s like MAGIC.) And while SOME cast members are hired to keep the parks look spick-and-span, they ALSO like to “WOW” us with art, too. Water art, to be exact! We’ve seen characters like Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale, and Goofy pop up on the Disney World grounds — just out of the blue! But they don’t last long! (This IS water art, after all.) So keep your eyes peeled for the impromptu masterpieces, compliments of Disney’s talented cast members!

Cast Members doing water art

Time for a freebie CLASSIC! (Truly — have you even BEEN to Disney World if you haven’t gotten one of THESE before?)

Celebration Buttons

Birthdays. Anniversaries. Honeymoons. Graduations. ANY special event that you might be traveling for can be emphasized with a good ol’ Disney celebration button for you to display proudly on your clothes all day long. Buttons can be picked up from the front lobby of your resort, or at various Disney theme park locations (like guests relations OR select merchandise shops). Now make sure to keep that button fastened to ya ALL DAY LONG. Because you NEVER know when a little extra “pixie dust” will be thrown your way. (And by “pixie dust” we mean “potentially free desserts at table service restaurants.”)

Don’t forget your free celebration button!

WHEW. All that walking around sure makes you break a sweat. If ONLY there was a way to cool down that didn’t cost anything extra… Oh WAIT. There IS.

Splash Pads

Let’s say you wanna cool down, but you don’t really wanna commit to a full-on pool day. Disney World has SO MANY splash pads scattered around the property!

You can find splash pads outside Earl of Sandwich at Disney Springs, or at the Casey Jr. Splash N Soak Station at Magic Kingdom, or even out on the grounds of SEVERAL Disney World resorts. Splash pads are abundant here — so jump on in, the water’s fine!

Splash pad at Saratoga Springs

This might shock you, but Disney World isn’t always SCORCHING hot. So what free experiences can you expect when the temperatures start to cool?

Select Holiday Activities

You might be excited that the Magic Kingdom holiday parties are back in FULL SWING, but you don’t HAVE to pay for this after-hours event to still get in the holly-jolly spirit on Disney property. There are SO many FREE Christmas activities to explore around the holidays— like admiring the GIANT gingerbread house inside the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort lobby and taking a walk around the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

And if you’re planning on being in EPCOT around the holiday season, you can also experience the Festival of the Holidays — which won’t cost you a full extra park ticket on top of what you’re already paying! You’ll be able to listen to different holiday storytellers describe festive traditions from around the globe, as well as see the Candlelight Processional over at the American Adventure Pavilion — which features a celebrity narrator AND a full-on choir and orchestra to pull the whole thing off. (And BOY do they pull it off.)

Sometimes, the free things at Disney World might actually help you MAKE money.


If you’re someone who works remotely (or if you don’t wanna keep using your data on vacation), there are several places around Disney World with access to free Wi-Fi — and that includes ALL of the resorts, each of the parks, the Disney Springs shopping district, and EVEN the Disney buses. So you don’t have to worry about staying disconnected or not being able to send out an important work email while you’re on vacation (though, it must be said, some WiFi signals around property are WAY stronger than others. We always seem to find better Disney Springs WiFi near Amorette’s Patisserie area)

Catalonia Boardroom

Alright. That’s enough work for ONE vacation. Let’s get back to the FUN.

Disney Transportation

Wait, we said FUN! Is Disney transportation REALLY all that fun?! It CAN be! The Disney Skyliner, Boats, and Monorail aren’t just a nifty way to get around the parks — BUT they can be a nice, easy-going ride with GREAT scenic views. And as far as the Disney buses are concerned? Listen. we know they can be a pain, but we’re still glad that they’re an option to get us from Point A to Point B. (And a FREE option, at that.)

Walt Disney World Skyliner

And THAT’S the perfect segue into our NEXT point…

Transportation Cards

Cast members around Disney’s complimentary transportation services — such as the Monorail, Skyliner, buses, and boats — might have collectible transportation trading cards for you to pick up. All you’ve gotta do is ask about them! (Let’s see if YOU can collect them all!)

Monorail Transportation Cards

There are SOME Disney World collections that are downright IMPOSSIBLE to collect all of. Including…

Tracking Down Hidden Mickeys!

Of COURSE you’ve gotta try out THIS resort-wide activity at least ONCE! It’s, like, the Disney LAW! Disney Imagineers have created the biggest scavenger hunt by adding secret Mickey shapes to the decor, architecture, and greenery around the entire Disney World property. Some are more obvious, and some require you to have a pretty keen eye for detail. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge even has a whole scavenger hunt dedicated to tracking down some of their most POPULAR (and sneaky) Hidden Mickeys around the resort.

Disney’s Riviera Resort Has Hidden Mickeys You Can Search For If You Stay There!

Ask a cast member in the lobby for a Hidden Mickey guide — then get to searching! Be sure to keep track of how many YOU find on your trip — and let us know which hidden Mickey turns out to be your all-time favorite!

Don’t roll your eyes at this next point. It just might be the most important freebie YET.


Do NOT take Disney’s free water for granted. Trust me, you’re gonna NEED it. If you purchase a bottle of water for each of your meals, you’re looking at spending an extra $4-$5 for EACH drink. Every. Single. Day. HOWEVER, many quick services and sit-down restaurants offer free water cups upon request. And if you bring a refillable water bottle with you, there are also designated water refill stations located in several areas around the parks.

Don’t sleep on the free water.

Yay yay YAY! Now you’ve got FIFTY FREE Disney World things that you can tell your friends and family about! (And they’re gonna LOVE you for it.)

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So as we head into a new year, there are plenty of new opportunities to cut costs and save money with these FREEBIES! As always, we’ll continue to share new ideas for ways to save on your future Disney World trips! 

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What the CROWDS Look Like in Disney World on New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year’s Eve from Disney World!

Main Street U.S.A. Christmas Decorations

There is plenty to see and do around the parks on this festive day, like special treats, merch, entertainment, and more — and we’re bringing you along as we check it out. But, we’re not the only ones ringing in the New Year in Disney World, so let’s take a look at the crowds!

We saw some pretty intense crowds over the past few days so we’re expecting some heavy crowds on New Year’s Eve as well! We typically see special events in both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, and because of that park passes have been sold out for theme park ticket and hotel guests since early October.

But, exactly when the crowds will show up is another story, since the most exciting New Year’s festivities take place at night. When we got to Magic Kingdom, we saw that things were already busy mid-afternoon. 

Crowds on Main Street, U.S.A.

We arrived shortly before 3PM and people were gathering along the parade route to watch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. This is the last day that the parade will show before it returns to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party next year.

Guests already lined up.

Once we got away from the parade route, things were less dense…although it’ll likely pick back up again after the parade ends.

Crowds in Tomorrowland

Around the same time in EPCOT, we encountered a LOT of people when walking our way through Creations Shop. Good luck looking for souvenirs today!

So. Many. People.

We’ll continue to update this post as we get later in the evening and closer to fireworks time. Typically, the parks get REALLY packed in the evening so keep following to see what it’s like.

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We’ll be keeping up with all the New Year’s Eve and Day happenings in Disney World, so stay tuned!

Your Complete Guide To New Year’s Eve in Disney World 

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Disneyland’s Iconic Fire Engine to Appear in 2023 Rose Parade

An iconic Disneyland vehicle that frequently travels up and down Main Street U.S.A. will soon be making an appearance in the 2023 Pasadena Rose Parade. What’s Happening: Rolling into the corner onboard Disneyland’s Fire Engine, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will do a live football toss from the Rose Parade route to the Rose Bowl Stadium, […]

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ABC News Announces Two Specials Honoring the Life and Legacy of Barbara Walters

ABC News has announced two specials celebrating legendary broadcast pioneer Barbara Walters, Our Barbara: A Special Edition of 20/20 and The View Honors Barbara Walters, following the death of the television icon who paved a path in journalism unlike any other. What’s Happening: Our Barbara: A Special Edition of 20/20, a two-hour primetime special, honors trailblazer and longtime […]

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DJ Will Host Countdown, No Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for New Year’s Eve

Multiple Cast Members at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have confirmed that there will be no special fireworks or projections at midnight tonight for New Year’s Eve 2022.

dhs nye 2022 dj prep

A DJ in front of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will start performing at 9:15 p.m. and play until midnight. They will host a small countdown to the new year.

Guests at Magic Kingdom can enjoy “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, while EPCOT will have dance parties and a global countdown. Disney’s Animal Kingdom does not remain open until midnight for New Year’s Eve.

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runDisney Needs Volunteers NOW For The Marathon

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