20 Walt Disney World Experiences For $20 Or Under

A Disney bucket list: a number of experiences one wishes to accomplish during their Walt Disney World vacation. Your Disney bucket list may be full of many types of experiences you want to achieve. Here is a bucket list for you with a price tag of $20 or less!


20. Disney Pin Trading

It’s no wonder Pin Trading is so popular at Disney! Collectible pins and lanyards are available throughout Disney property for under $20, and sometimes even as low as $9.99. Plus, the fun part of experiencing trading a pin with a Cast Member is free!

19. Haircut at Harmony Barber Shop

Head over to the nostalgic barber shop on Main Street U.S.A for a haircut complete with bubbles and pixie dust. For $18 a child (9 and under) can receive a haircut. Adults haircut fee is $19. You may even spot the Dapper Dan’s Barber Shop Quartet!

18. 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.

17. Surrey Bike Rentals on Disney’s Boardwalk

These cute covered bikes can seat up to a family of 6. Rent one at the coney island themed Disney’s Boardwalk and take in the sites. Grab a cotton candy and watch a few street performers while you are at it!

16. Casey’s Corner Barbecue Slaw Dog

Located on Magic Kingdom’s Main Street U.S.A. is Casey’s Corner. Compete 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 jumbo sized hot dog for around $10. It is definitely big enough to share and a fork and plenty of napkins is required.

15. 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.

14. Disney Face Painting

This is no ordinary face painting my friends. This is Disney style! Available in all four theme parks, you will find face painting kiosks offering magical designs for $12-18. My favorite is located in Harambe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You will fit right in after you are transformed into a wild animal!


13. Dole Whip

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. For a unique experience head over to the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Resort, pick up your Dole Whip and watch the Wishes Fireworks on the beach from a distance!

12. Cut Paper Silhouettes

The classic cut paper silhouette is a timeless souvenir you will forever cherish. These hand cut silhouettes can be found in Magic Kingdom on Main Street and Liberty Square. Prices start at $8.

11. Ice Cream Sundae from Ghirardelli Soda Fountain

Disney Springs 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 Disney Springs.

10. Mini Golf Round

Test your golf swing at the fun themed Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland mini golf course. Prices are under $15 per person.

9. Aerophile at Disney Springs

Lift off and experience a birds eye view of Walt Disney World Resort in the world’s largest helium balloon called Aerophile (formerly known at Characters in Flight). Located at Disney Springs, this unique ride costs $15 for children and $20 for adults. Time it right and you may even catch a view of the fireworks.

8. Pick A Pearl at Epcot

An oyster awaits you in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot. For about $16 you can pick an oyster from the water filled tank and take home the pearl beauty hidden inside. The cast members make a fun show of it and it truly is a memorable experience.

7. Create Your Own Snack at Goofy’s Candy Co.

This cool snack experience is located at Disney Springs. Design mouthwatering candy treats and watch them transform before you eyes. From chocolate dipped rice crispy treats to candy apples. If you can dream it, they can build it!

6. Disney Autograph Book

First stop at the Disney gift shop should be for an autograph book. Many books start at $6.95 so 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!

5. Dinner at La Cantina de San Angel and Fireworks

Head over to Epcot World Showcase for a late night dinner under $12-14 per entree. If you time it right you can have a great view of the nightly fireworks too.

4. Lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom

Take some time to explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom and treat yourself to lunch at this popular quick service restaurant. Put this place on the must try list!

3. Big Light up Mickey Balloon and Fireworks

You see these big Mickey balloon bouquets light up Main Street as it turns dusk. Yes, every child will be pointing and begging while every parent will be thinking I want one of those too! These big balloons are filled with a LED flasher that can be turned on and off. A hefty price tag of $15 is a lot, but these guys have been known to last over one month and are hard to pop. Someone should tell my two year old that! Live a little and splurge on one.

2. Fresh Popcorn and Parades

One of my favorite Disney experiences has to be snacking on fresh popcorn and watching a Magic Kingdom Parade. Disney fans go crazy for the park’s freshly popped popcorn and souvenir buckets. Sit down, have a snack, and enjoy one of Magic Kingdom’s amazing Parades.

1. Mickey Ears Souvenir

The must have Disney souvenir is the classic Mickey Ears. They are priced under $20, for a little extra have them personalized with a monogram. Grab a pair and wear them proudly during your vacation. Really when else is it acceptable to wear mouse ears at breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

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!