Top 9 Disney Experiences For $10 or Under

By Lauren Young

Disney vacations can stretch your wallet. Between the travel, lodging, food, park tickets and souvenirs it can become quite costly. Though it may feel like you will break the bank, not everything at Walt Disney World is over priced and expensive. There are several experiences you can add into your Disney vacation for under $10!


9. The Pressed Penny-

This old fashioned fun will only cost you .51 cents. That’s two quarters and one penny to be exact. Pressed penny machines are located all across Disney parks and resorts. Put your penny in, pick a design and out comes a memorable souvenir. Pressed Penny fans like to turn this into a scavenger hunt experience too. Like the saying goes “find a penny pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck”!

8. Pony Rides At Ft. Wilderness-

Located at the Tri-Circle D Ranch in Disney’s Ft. Wilderness you will find petite pony rides for $8. Old fashioned wagon rides are also available for $8 and under. Horse lovers may even catch a glimpse of Cinderella’s ponies and the Main Street U.S.A horses while visiting the ranch. A fun afternoon for the entire family and a perfect break from the bustle of the theme parks.

7. Holiday Hot Chocolate And Treats-

We love the Holiday treats and drinks served in the parks. Grab a special Gingerbread Hot Chocolate or Spiced Egg Nog in a souvenir mug for less than $6! There is no better holiday experience than strolling through the park with your warm treat!

6. Pedal Boats-

Pedal Boats can be found at many of the resort marinas. These leg powered boats might not keep up with the speed boats but can make for a fun afternoon paddle. Canoes and kayaks are also available, all under $10 per half hour.

5. Ice Cream Sundae from Ghirardelli Soda Fountain-

Downtown Disney boasts the delectable Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. You feel as though you have stepped back into the soda fountain days. Most sundaes are priced just under $10. Enjoy this memorable dessert and browse the shops and sites at Downtown Disney.


4. Disney Autograph Book-

First stop at the Disney gift shop should be for an autograph book. Many books starting at $6.95 you can find an affordable one to fit your budget. Take your book around to all your meet & greets to fill with your beloved character autographs!

3. Dole Whip and Wishes Fireworks-

The frozen dream known as the Dole Whip can be found at both Magic Kingdom and the Polynesian Village Resort. The popular pineapple treat is available at Aloha Isle in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. Grab one and head over to watch the amazing nightly fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle.

2. Casey’s Corner Foot-Long Hot Dog Meal-

Located on Magic Kingdom’s Main Street U.S.A. is Casey’s Corner. Complete with views of Cinderella’s castle and live piano music this quick service restaurant takes you back to the old school ball park days.
Enjoy this foot-long hot dog meal for under $10 complete with apple slices or fries!

1. Mickey Ice Cream Bar and Festival of Fantasy Parade-

Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar can be found at snack stands and ice cream carts across Disney parks. It’s simply just vanilla ice cream with a chocolate coating but it’s magically yummy! My favorite is to grab one just before Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy Parade kicks off at 3pm. Nothing like cooling down with a Mickey bar during the heat of an afternoon parade!


About Lauren Young

My name is Lauren Young.  My first trip to Disney was as a toddler before I could even remember Mickey and Main Street.  We've celebrated family reunions to first dates in the happiest place on earth! Fast forward to today where I enjoy seeing the magic of Disney World through the eyes of my three kids. I'm a proud Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer wife, stay at home mom of three under the age of 5, wannabe domestic goddess, a writer, and a southern Georgia peach thru and thru! Before my kiddos took over my 9 to 5 (or shall I say MY ENTIRE LIFE), I happily worked in the travel industry.  My days were filled with planning corporate retreats & beach weddings at a beautiful resort on the Oregon Coast.  Well I tossed the sand filled high heels and have fully embraced the spit up stained loungers life.  But a girl still has to make time for her other loves, right?  So in those spare minutes of the day you will find me blogging on my travel website, Swoon Me Away (  I also enjoy trying to be crafty, planning fabulous parties and daydreaming about my next Disney vacation!