Saturday, March 22, 2014

FREE Resort/Restaurant Tours at WDW

Wilderness Lodge- "Wonders of the Lodge"
*Offered at 9am Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
This tour includes information about the architecture and how the Lodge was built, they also school you on the artwork, totem poles and the paintings located at the Wilderness Lodge. If interested call WL-407-824-3200
The Fort Wilderness Campground- “Campfire Program”
*No admission fee and its open to all WDW resort guests.
*It begins around 7 p.m. during the Fall/Winter season and 8 p.m. after the time   changes in April through the summer.
*Held near the Meadow Trading Post in the campfire area.
*Chip and Dale make an appearance to visit & sign autographs.
The program begins with a sing-along led by a Disney Cast Member and a marshmallow roast around campfire rings. You can bring your own marshmallows or buy them at the Chuck Wagon. They also have available for purchase; pizza, hot dogs, candy, nachos, juice, popcorn, sodas, coffee, beer and other refreshments at the Chuck Wagon.
*The sing-along lasts about 40 minutes. Next, a Disney animated feature or two, depending upon the season, shown on a large outdoor screen.
*In the event of rain, the sing-along is still held on the porch of the Meadow Trading Post.

Tri-Circle-D Ranch & Farm/Stables- located at the Settlement (the marina).
*Guests can also watch a blacksmith attach horseshoes to Cindy’s Ponies.
 *All sorts of animals to enjoy at Fort Wilderness, my kids particularly like the pony    rides for children from 10 am to 5 pm for $5. If interested call FW- 407-824-2900

Polynesian Resort- Island Guides are part of the Lobby Concierge

*Ready & willing to answer your Polynesian and Walt Disney World questions.

*Children’s activities such as; daily lei and bracelet making, and arts and crafts activities.

The Polynesian Resort has a special “Kukui Nut” tree. The tree was brought here from Hawaii. A time capsule is located at the bottom of the tree. If interested in the POLY- 407-824-2000

Animal Kingdom Lodge- Recent programs offered at the resort;

*Flamingo feedings at the Flamingo Pond
*Music of the Savanna in the Sunset Lounge
*Animal viewing with Night Vision
*Adventure Camp- children ages 6-14 that include ostrich egg painting.
*Outside at the Arusha Rock, there is nightly African storytelling next to Ogun's Fire pit. 

At Animal Kingdom Lodge you can also enjoy a Restaurant Tours:

*Learn “The Meaning Behind the Décor” At Jiko Restaurant
*Jiko, Boma, and Sanaa offer culinary tours each day! These tours cover some of the  decor and meaning behind the architecture of the restaurants, and also explain certain menu items. Bread and Dip Tasting at Jiko
Other Freebies to enjoy:
**Sit & enjoy the Bars, located at most the Moderate & Deluxe Disney Resorts- they offer entertainment & light snacks at no extra cost-try POR & watch Sideshow Bob.
**Some other fun freebies- jump on the Disney Transportation: ride the bus, monorail & water taxis. My family enjoys it & it can be relaxing after a long park day.
**Take a stroll at the Boardwalk & enjoy the Street Performers & Jugglers.
**Head towards Downtown Disney & people watch, always a great time. Play in the water play area or play at the LEGO store. Visit the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop & possibly grab a free treat-maybe a few- if you’re really SWEET (get it, ha-ha). Listen outside of House of Blues, Raglan Road & Bongos Cuban Café they always have great LIVE entertainment.
**Resort Hop, not to be confused with pool hopping (that’s a no-no.) My family loves to explore other resorts on off park days.
**Picture Taking is always a blast-so many great spots for that special photo.
**Catch a fireworks show from different locations around the WDW property or the “Electrical Water Pageant” from one of the monorail resorts.
There is so much to see & do for FREE at Walt Disney World. Buy a dole whip or a favorite souvenir with the money you save. Enjoy Saving, Woot!



  1. Great information Dawn! I can't wait to try some of the tours out in May!

  2. I learned a lot from this post! I want to take advantage of these offerings!

  3. Thank you Gayle & Ken, It was meant to help & its always nice to get FREE stuff!