Updated! Disneyland Freebies!
The cost of souvenirs can make a trip too expensive. Disneyland gives away free food and mementos but barely anyone knows this.
Don't worry about bottled water. If you ask for a water cup at any quick service restaurant, they will give you one.
Cast Members like my son often will give free stickers for your children. Janitorial will have them. You can ask any customer service Cast Member in a plaid uniform they have them too. Disney vacation Club kiosks have them. Sometimes the bussers at the quick service restaurants carry them.
Disneyland gives away free button for special occasions. There's a first visit button. Anniversaries used to have a button. Sometimes you will get a basic I'm celebrating button that a Cast Member will write Anniversary on. There is a button for Birthdays. The just married button has Cinderella on it. There is even an Honorary Citizen of Disneyland button. These buttons help Cast Members notice guest on their special day. Sometime these buttons can get you a perk. For example a free cupcake on your birthday.
If you eat at a Character Dining location, you can get a free button for that too. If you're there when they are celebrating the release of a DVD, sometimes there is a complimentary button.
Take your children on the Jungle Cruise and ask for a map. The souvenir maps make a great memento.
Autopia has a free drivers license.
Visit The Enchanted Tiki room the Dole Whip stand has free seasonal recipes.
You could try your luck at the Mark Twain riverboat and see if you get selected to pilot the boat. If you do you get a certificate but I believe they select people at random.
During live performances in New Orleans Square performers give out Mardi gras Beads.
Ride Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and claim your free ride photo when you exit the ride. It may be the perfect way to remember getting your high score.
A lot of guides will say you can get a free Lilly Belle Ticket, but is like the Mark Twain Riverboat a random selection and a rarer one at that. I spoke with conductors, and they do not let people into the Lilly Belle car at random anymore. If you want to ride in it, you can ask but don't feel disappointed if you can't.
Autographs from the characters are free. Go to your local dollar store and see if there any themed notebooks take those with you for characters autographs.
Take the Redwood Creek Trail has a challenge. A completion sticker given out when done.
Ghirardelli will give you free chocolate. Boudain Bread Factory hands out free bread samples.
You can go to the Animation Academy and learn to draw a character and get another freebie.
On your birthday if you dine at any of the table service locations, tell them for a free birthday dessert. It is a cupcake at most restaurants.
Go to Downtown Disney and sit through the Disney Vacation Club Presentation. You get free beverages and three fast passes per person for any ride you want. Due to technical issues Disney postponed the Downtown Disney construction and demolition you can still do this for now. Rumor is demolition begins in August 2018.
You can go to the Downtown Disney Sephora and ask for free Samples. That may not be a Disney freebie per se but I don't think you will mind.
If you want to save money here are tips, I tell my family and friends.
I recommend bringing plenty of change and getting pressed pennies as souvenirs. It is not free, but it is cheap.
You can also order a child's meal which is healthier, and you get a fruit and a vegetable. Pizza Port nine out of ten times will give you a banana and carrots with your children's meal. That can fill you up, or you can take the banana with you and eat it later.
Buying fresh Boudain Bread, I prefer the Mickey Mouse and snacking on that all day is cheap. At five to seven dollars per loaf that can save you a lot of money on snacks and can last a day or two. Even with a family of four.
Read my line tips here if you do not want to pay for MaxPass. It's worth it if you're here for a day or two but the price is ten dollars per person per day.
There are plenty of frugal tips out there already. I find food is the most significant expense so filling up at McDonald's or Dennys with a large meal is cheap.
Between the free souvenirs and eating a meal or two out of the park, you can save a lot of money.
Do you have any tips to add?