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10 Experiences Under $20 at Walt Disney World

Every Walt Disney World fan knows that you can up your vacation game with specially ticketed events such as holiday parties in Magic Kingdom, backstage tours and even private dinner parties at your favorite Disney attraction.  These extras can come with out-of-this-world prices, of course.  But did you know there are extras you can add to your vacation without blowing the budget?  Here are 10 experiences you can enjoy at Walt Disney World for under $20.

1. Wagon Ride

Put some rustic in your vacation with a relaxing wagon ride through the wilderness.  Your wagon departs from Pioneer Hall at the Cabins and Campsites of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, and you can enjoy the ride for only $8 for children, and $10 for visitors aged 10 and above.  You can even wait until the last minute to decide to ride, because walk-up reservations are welcome on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

2. Miniature Golf

If you’re in the mood for some miniature golf, you have two great options – and both are well under $20!  Check out some Fantasia-themed 18-hole mini-golf at Disney’s Swan Hotel (keep your eyes peeled for water-toting broomsticks who like to soak golfers).  Or head to Blizzard Beach to the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, where you can visit Santa at either the summer golf course, or the winter golf course.  Regardless of where you choose to golf, you’ll only pay $14 for adults and $12 for children.

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3. Carousel Ride

It may not be a theme park, but you can still enjoy a ride at the Marketplace in Disney Springs.  Head to the beautifully crafted, Venetian carousel ride and take your pick of more than a dozen painted steeds.  Looking for a more relaxed ride?  Choose one of the two stationery carriages.  There’s also a whimsical spinning teacup.  You can be any age to ride, and you’ll only pay $3 per person (if your child is under 42 inches tall, an adult will need to accompany him or her, but that adult will ride for free).

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4. Canoe/Kayak Rental

There’s something so magical about getting out on the water in Walt Disney World.  It’s one of the most rejuvenating experiences you can have, and sharing it with your family makes it even better!  We love that enjoying the water doesn’t have to break the bank.  You can, of course take a complimentary ferry ride, or take a stroll along one of Walt Disney World’s many lovely waterways.  Or, you can rent a canoe or a kayak for only $13 at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and explore the water in a whole new way!

5. Pony Ride

If you have a horse lover in your party, you should make time to visit the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, where you can see Cinderella’s ponies and multiples breeds of horses.  You might even be lucky enough to watch a blacksmith hard at work making horseshoes!  Little ones under 48 inches tall can also hop on a pony for a ride, for only $8.

6. Bowling

One of the many entertainment options available in Disney Springs is luxury bowling at Splitsville.  There’s a whole lot of fun (50,000 square feet, in fact) packed into this complex, as well as some excellent food.  If you visit any day from open until noon, adults can bowl for $14, and kids only pay $10.  Visit before 4:00 pm on Monday through Friday, and you’ll still enjoy a discount at $18 per person.  Family fun awaits!

7. Helium Balloon Ride

Did you know that you can ride a helium balloon for next to nothing in Disney Springs?  Brought to you by Aerophile, this is not just any balloon – it’s the world’s biggest hand-painted helium balloon, and you can ride 400 feet up in the air in it to enjoy stunning panoramic views of Walt Disney World.  The cost is normally $20 for adults and $15 for children up to 9 years of age, but if you ride before 10 am, you’ll only pay $10 per person, regardless of age.

8. Haircut on Main Street USA

You may not have even noticed this little-known Disney secret in Town Square in Magic Kingdom, unless you’ve spotted the striped barber pole that marks its location!  Harmony Barber Shop transports you back to a time long gone, where you can experience a haircut right in the most magical place on earth, in the comfortable setting of an old-fashioned barber shop.  Children and adults alike are welcome, and there’s even a My First Haircut package (although it’s slightly over our $20 cut-off!).  Adults pay only $19 for a haircut, and children are $18.

9. Rent a Bike

Cycling is a fantastic way to see more of Walt Disney World with your family, while being active and having fun.  There is some spectacular scenery and impressive wildlife to be viewed, and renting a bike lets you get up close and personal to it.  You can rent a bike from 8 different resorts, and there’s a bike for everyone – including ones with training wheels.  Regardless of where you rent, you’ll enjoy complimentary helmets and child seats, and you’ll only pay $18.

10. Dueling Piano Fun

And now, for some adult fun!  Head to Jellyrolls at Disney Springs for an evening of music, drinks and dancing.  You’ll be serenaded by the resident duo of piano geniuses as they play hits from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s on twin baby grand pianos – you can even sing and dance along to the tunes.  The performers take requests, too!  It’s a show-stopping good time.  You’ll need to be at least 21 years old to enjoy Jellyrolls, and there’s a cover charge of $12 per person.  Tables fill up quickly, and doors open at 7:00 pm, so we recommend coming early to snag a good seat.

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.