Thrifty Thursday: Free Family Fun

I love playing tricks and pranks on my family. It doesn’t matter where we are, be it at home or at Disney World, I get a kick out of playing with them. If we were cartoon characters in Toontown, I would make sure we were armed with an ample supply of cream pies, banana peels, trap doors, seltzer bottles and squirting flowers with which to torment one another. The fact that we are not in Toontown doesn’t mean we have to let that stop us. It also doesn’t matter to me that my baby is now a senior in high school and my oldest is 25. I treat them in the same loving way I always have – I terrorize them!

When we visited Disney World in 2000, it was June so it was very hot. I went to my local discount store before the trip and bought us each a spray water bottle to help keep us cool throughout the day. When we would take a rest break, it never failed that one of us would take out our spray bottle and, once the crowd parted the line of fire, start the attack! We had so much fun and those are great memories.

We always visit during the Fall season now so I don’t take spray bottles even though I think we would still have just as much fun with them. There is one way in particular I can still get my fix when I am at the parks with my family: surprise squirts. There are two opportunities for this free play time that I am particularly fond of: one at the Flying Carpets of Aladdin ride in the Magic Kingdom and one at the bridge over the Kali River Rapids ride at Animal Kingdom.

At the Magic Kingdom, just find the large gold camel that is turned away from the magic carpet ride in Adventureland. He has a bad spitting habit – especially with my kids around (tee hee). I think it’s a shame how my camera only stops working when they pose for a picture right in his path. Then I have to make them pose in front of him again for a retake.  Thankfully, they are good sports and they let me annoy them once in a while.

We also really enjoy the Kali River Rapids at the Animal Kingdom, unless it is 50 degrees outside. When I sacrifice my fun and sit out I always find my favorite spot on the bridge right before the end of the ride. There is a button there that you can press to make the elephant spray water on the riders below.

There are endless opportunities for fun at Disney World, as long as you know where to look. Don’t forget to look for these two spots during your next trip and have a great time!

The cost of a little imagination, free; the value of creating memories together, priceless!

Brenda is a native Texan born and raised on the Gulf Coast. She visited Disney World twice as a teenager and always dreamed of growing her family Disney. She took her first-timer husband and their three children to Disney World in 2000 and they now spend every Thanksgiving there. Brenda writes with a comedic twist on various Disney topics. She will be sharing tips she has learned during her travels and also hopes to enlighten people on little-known freebies that Disney has to offer. She wishes she could have met Walt Disney and considers herself to be a student of Walt. In parallel to his dream it is her wish that everyone would take at least one trip to Disney World in order to share in its magic with their families.

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