Are you visiting Walt Disney World this year and looking for some unique things to do in the Parks while there? Maybe you’re not really a “ride” person, maybe you’re staying for an extended period of time, are a more frequent visitor or maybe you just want to experience a little more of the magic of WDW without your budget falling through the floor.
Whatever the case, WDW has some pretty cool(or nerdy… same thing) free games that you can play within the parks if you’re in search of some down time or just need a break from the lines or crowds or both.
I love these games just as much as G does and every time someone spots us playing, we are asked where they can join in on the fun. While these are probably intended for kids, who cares, you’re at Disney! And if I’m being honest here, I see a lot of single people(and couples) my age playing all the time too, so these are not just for children. Remember when you’re at WDW, you use your Disney age (first digit + second digit) and that’s all that counts 🙂
Ok so here are some of our favorite games to play while in the Parks. And the best part? They’re FREE!
1. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
While this is probably one of the more complicated games, it’s really fun once you get the hang of it. Played in Magic Kingdom (surprise right?), you can head to the firehouse on Main St. to get this game started. There you will be given a mission, along with a pack of cards and the cast member will let you know where you are to begin. This game can get a little complicated, however the general idea is that you will be led to different “portals” throughout the Magic Kingdom and be presented with a villain that ultimately, you must defeat.
Once your mission is complete, you have the choice of beginning a new one or just calling it quits for the day. This one does take some strategy and practice to master it, but it can be a great way to see some parts of MK you might not have noticed before! For our Beginner’s Guide to Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, click here.
This treasure hunt is also found in the Magic Kingdom and you can get this started by visiting the tiny orange building right between Adventureland and Frontierland. This is about a 2 minute walk from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Upon entering the hut, you will be given the choice of which map you’d like to start. The game is activated by your Magic Band, so it will keep track of which maps you’ve already completed just in case you lose them or throw them out. Essentially, you will be given a landmark, somewhere throughout Adventureland and will be given instructions to unlock treasures that have been hidden there. And in the true fashion of a treasure map, you will then be directed to another landmark until you have finally found the treasure. We loved this game; not only does it take you to some more hidden areas of the Kingdom you may not have noticed, but you can also make some pretty awesome stuff happen. Hello, firing a canon? Seriously awesome. Each map takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on the crowds and how easily you are able to find your landmarks. At the end of each map, you return to the hut and will collect a card for finding your treasure. You can then choose to do another or abandon ship. We loved this game and loved that not only was the game free but we thought that the maps and collector cards were cool(and free!) souvenirs. While I can’t make any promises, I will tell you that we actually got two sets of free Fastpasses for the Pirates ride, one after completing 3 maps and another set after completing all 5. They were the good ol’ paper fast passes(ahhhh we miss those days) and were actually good for the entire time we were there, which came in handy on a very busy Saturday!
This game is relatively new and is also relatively easy, in terms of rules. Basically, Pascal (you know that sneaky little chameleon friend of Rapunzel’s) is hidden in 10 different places near the Tangled restrooms in Fantasyland. The goal is to find all 10. Keep in mind, he is a chameleon, which means he generally blends in with his environment, so it’s actually a lot harder than it sounds! We actually were playing the game with a cast member at one point and he said he has yet to find all 10. This is a great game to play with the kids during a recharge break, while staying in the shade and away from the crowds as most of the Pascals are hidden near the actual recharge station right across from the restrooms. Good luck and happy Hunting!
We love this game and have been playing it ever since I started taking G to WDW. While Epcot is usually criticized for not having enough things for kids, this game is actually located within the World Showcase there. Which I think is pretty perfect considering it allows parents to explore the “World” while the kids save it. And that’s what it is, a game to save the world! Alongside Perry the Platypus, from Phineas and Ferb, you can save the world from the diabolical Dr. Doofenshmirtz. This game can be started by visiting any of the Agent P kiosks located throughout the World Showcase. Keep in mind, not all countries can be saved as they do not all have missions within them. Upon signing up to save the world, you can choose to use your own cell phone (this is a new feature) or use one of their F.O.N.E. s. Using your own is a lot more flexible, but we actually had connection issues trying to use ours last time, so we just opted for theirs. You then choose a country to start in and off you go. The F.O.N.E. will give you all the information you need to help you complete a mission, with funny Phineas and Ferb anecdotes along the way. This game is similar to the previously mentioned Pirates game in that you can make pretty cool stuff happen, like make steins sing in Germany or trigger Agent P’s boat to cross the moat in Japan.
5. Wilderness Explorers
The Wilderness must be explored! Remember Russel from Up? Well your kids (or just you) can join in on Russel’s wilderness enthusiasm by signing up in Animal Kingdom to be a Wilderness Explorer. While this game requires a little more effort, its actually completely fascinating. To earn “badges” which are really just stickers for your Wilderness Explorer book, you have to visit the Wilderness Explorer stations to learn about the animals featured at each station. There are also other activities throughout the book that will require some interaction with cast members in different sections of the park, like in Maharajeh Jungle Trek, in order to complete them. This is a great activity for kids who love animals and makes another great, free souvenir!
Hopefully this list has helped you learn about some of the little extras that are available to you at no extra cost within WDW. Next time you see someone summoning a pirate from the water or opening a portal in Liberty Square, you’ll know what they’re doing and how you can start your own game. What did I leave out? What do you love to do in the Parks when you’re not riding rides or meeting Princesses?