Are you visiting Walt Disney World this year and looking for some unique things to do in the Parks while there? Need some fun and free games to kill the time in between rides and food and parades? Maybe you’re not really a “ride” person, or maybe you’re staying for an extended period of time. Perhaps you are a more frequent visitor or maybe you just want to experience a little more of the magic of Walt Disney World without your budget falling through the floor.
Whatever the case, Walt Disney World 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.
We play these games often as they’re perfect for kids, adults and the whole family. Every time someone spots us playing, we are asked where they can join in on the fun. Ok so here are some of our favorite games to play while in the Parks.
1. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom at Magic Kingdom Main Street
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, a map and a pack of cards. The cast member will let you know where you are to begin. Once you decide where to start, you find the MK symbol on the ground and touch your magic band to the keyhole lock in front of you. This game can get a little complicated, so see our full guide on how to play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom here. 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. Mainly its just a series of televisions hidden throughout the park you probably hadn’t noticed before.
Once your mission is complete, you have the choice of beginning a new one or just calling it quits for the day. The best part is that overtime you visit you can ask for more cards and take on another game. It’s a great game to play, and you get free collectible cards, and a map overtime you do. Overtime, you build up quite an arsenal of challenge cards to help fight off those villains. Be sure to check it out at the Magic Kingdom fire station when you next visit.
2. A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas at Magic Kingdom
This Pirates of the Caribbean treasure hunt is also found in the Magic Kingdom and you can get started by visiting the tiny orange building right between Adventureland and Frontierland. This is a short walk from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride towards Splash Mountain. 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 love 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. Wee love that this game offers another way to get free souvenirs. And while we can’t make any promises, I will tell you that we actually got two sets of free Fastpasses for the Pirates of the Caribbean 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!
3. Hidden Pascals at Magic Kingdom
This Hidden Pascal game is relatively new and super easy. Basically, Pascal (you know that sneaky little chameleon friend of Rapunzel’s) is hidden in 10 different places ( maybe more?) 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 and there may be more. This is a great game to play with the kids during a recharge your phone break at the recharging stations right across from the restrooms. Check our our post on Hidden Pascals to get more hints! Good luck and happy Hunting!
4. Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot
We love this game and have been playing it ever since we started visiting Walt Disney World. While Epcot is usually criticized for not having enough things for kids, this game is actually located within the World Showcase at Epcot. It’s also now fully accessible from your phone. Which I think is pretty perfect considering it allows parents to explore the “World” while the kids play. This Adventure game is a little like a spy mission. You’re given a mission and 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 this site. http://www.agentpwsa.com/ . Not all countries can be saved as they do not all have missions within them. But the ones that do offer neat little glimpses of magic you wouldn’t see if you weren’t playing the game.
After signing in on the website you then choose a country to start in and off you go. Your phone will load the game and you’ll get to experience 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 at Animal Kingdom
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!
6. BONUS:The Mirror de los Muertos in Epcot Mexico
With the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot World Showcase in Walt Disney World slowly becoming overtaken by all things Coco, it’s no surprise that the newest addition to the amazing Coco Exhibit is an interactive digital game on the wall. The game, Mirror de los Muertos, is perfect for one or several players. You’re given the opportunity to dress up a digital skeleton and make him dance. Towards the end of the game, your skeleton will ask you to dance. As you dance together, the mirror captures the image, and at the end you have a digital picture of yourself and the skeleton projected on the screen. Very cool. While there is no takeaway or free souvenir from this game, it’s a super cute game you can play in the air conditioned Mexico pavilion. Always a treat in Florida.
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?
More Disney Games and Scavenger Hunts
- 5 Fun and Free Games to Play at Walt Disney World
- Disney Games: Free Games on the Disney Dream
- Hidden Mickeys and Where to Find Them
- Hidden Pascal Game at Walt Disney World
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: A Beginners Guide
- Spike’s Pollen Nation Game at The Flower and Garden Festival