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The Most Popular FREE Things at Disneyland

Here’s a list of the most popular free things you can do or get while at Disneyland:

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  • Watch the parades and fireworks shows. Good viewing spots are Main Street USA, the esplanade between the parks, and the Mickey & Friends parking structure.
  • See live entertainment like bands, singers, and dancers performing on stages around the park.
  • Ride attractions like It’s a Small World, Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean. While you need a park ticket to enter Disneyland, the attractions themselves are free once inside. This may seem like a no-brainer, but some theme parks actually charge for certain rides once inside.

Dopey and Snow White posing near a fountain

Character Meet and Greets

  • Meet Mickey Mouse and other characters for photos and autographs in Main Street USA, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, and more. Times and locations vary daily.

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Shopping and Dining

  • Browse the themed shops along Main Street USA and in other lands like New Orleans Square and Frontierland.
  • Get free ice water, cups, and condiments at quick service restaurants.
  • Sample free food items like churros, cookies, and sourdough bread at certain locations.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle Behind Walt and Mickey Statue and Cherry Blossom Trees

Interactive Experiences

  • Explore Tom Sawyer Island, a free-roaming adventure playground.
  • Drive boats in the Rivers of America around the island and Mark Twain Riverboat.
  • Play games like shooting galleries for prizes on Main Street USA and in Frontierland.
  • Pose for fun photos in front of landmarks like Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Partners statue, and more.

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  • Pick up free celebration buttons, stickers, and park maps at City Hall and Chamber of Commerce.
  • Get a free Disneyland drawing tutorial and souvenir at the Animation Academy.
  • Collect free pressed pennies from souvenir machines located around the park.

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