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5 Surprisingly Cheap Experiences

October 25, 2019

In a literal “World” where a Mickey Premium bar is now over $5, it can be hard to find unique experiences that are affordable.

I know I am not alone when I say that being at Disney is magical, in itself.

But, if you’re looking for a fun story to tell your friends and family back home, you’re going to want to check these out.

5 Surprisingly Cheap Experiences

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Behind the Seeds Tour

If you’ve ever been on Living with the Land, in Epcot, you may have witnessed this tour without even realizing it.

This surprisingly cheap experience takes you behind the scenes (or rather, right on stage) of one of the only classic Attractions left at Epcot.

Inside of Living With the Land, as seen from inside of the boat

The Behind the Seeds Tour is simple “edutainment.”

You’ll learn all about the plants and how the food you see growing is used in the restaurants of The Land Pavilion.

This Tour is open to all ages. It is fairly short (about 1 hour). But, due to the content and periods of time standing around, small children may get bored easily. So, this is something to consider before deciding to book the entire family.

Cost: $25 per adult and $20 per child. If you’re an annual Passholder, DVC Owner, or simply have a Disney Visa card, you can save yourself 15%.

3 rhinos standing around in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Caring for Giants and Up Close With Rhinos

If you love animals, you’ll love learning about them from about 100 feet away.

During these one hour experiences, Animal Experts talk about taking care of the elephants and rhinos that call Walt Disney World their home.

Guests must be at least 4 years old to participate. And just like other tours, young children may get easily bored if they aren’t interested in learning about the animals.

Cost: $30 for the elephants and $40 for the rhinos

Tinkerbell hanging out on her float in Magic Kingdom

Harmony Barber Shop

Unless you’re my dad, when someone gets a haircut, you probably notice (sorry dad).

But, imagine the look on their face when you come home with a fresh new haircut that you got at the Magic Kingdom.

Sure, you can get a haircut anywhere. But, how many of them come with pixie dust? You can opt to not get the pixie dust, but when at Disney, right?

All Cast Members at the Harmony Barber Shop are state-licensed cosmetologists. Appointments do fill up quickly, so I definitely recommend making a reservation ahead of time.

Cost: Starts at $19 per adult, $18 per child, $25 for Baby’s 1st Haircut

Giraffes freely roaming around in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Dine with an Animal Specialist

Unlike the other experiences we’ve already listed, this one takes place at Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is perfect if you’re looking for something to do on your non-Park day.

Animal Specialists teach you all about the animals and Disney’s role in conservation from your private table at Sanaa.

Your 4-course lunch consists of Indian-style bread service, salads, main courses, and desserts. Just like every Disney restaurant, there is something for every flavor pallet and dietary restriction.

Guests must be 8 years old to participate. Reservations are required.

Cost: $35 – $60 per person (Based on the experience, I would budget on the higher end)

The seven seas lagoon, as seen from the Polynesian Village Resort

Boat Rental

Despite seeing boats all over Walt Disney World, many Guests don’t realize that you can actually rent them.


  • Sea Raycer – seats up to 2 Guests
    • $32 per half-hour
  • Boston Whaler Montauk – seats up to 6 Guests
    • $45 per half-hour
  • Sun Tracker Pontoon boats – seats up to 10 Guests
    • $45 per half-hour
  • Canoes and Kayaks can also be rented for $13 per hour.

If you’re traveling with friends or family, you may also want to consider a specialty cruise. The Day Cruise Around the World is $149, but the boat holds up to 10 Guests.

If you can split the cost with 9 other people, you’re looking at an amazing experience for just $14.90.

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