Playgrounds and Play Spaces at the Walt Disney World Resorts

Playgrounds and Play Spaces at the Walt Disney World ResortsIn the second post about playgrounds and play spaces, we visit the Disney Resorts. If you missed the first part of the post about playgrounds and play spaces at the Disney theme parks, be sure to view it here.

If a playground or play space is a high priority at your resort, here is a list of the resorts with them:

Disney’s All Star Movies, Music, and Sports Resorts: Many larger than life props throughout the resort, perfect for photo taking and exploring. Traditional playground, similar to one located in any suburban neighborhood.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Traditional playground, the thatched roofs on parts of the playground make it blend well with the resort. Tons of slides!

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: Not a traditional playground, play spaces at Art of Animation are oversized props that coordinate with the theme of the area they are located in. Lots of hidden slides and nooks and crannies to explore.

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn: Small, traditional playground.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Large, traditional playground, has unique features like several bridges and a tire style swing. Bonus: There are really comfortable hammocks for mom or dad to relax in while the kids play!

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Well themed playground with swings, a traditional playground area, slides, and a sandbox area. Themed to look like an ancient dig site.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: Large, traditional style playground. Well shaded.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort: Traditional style playground with triangle canopies over it to provide shade. Sand substrate.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort: Many larger than life props throughout the resort, perfect for photo taking and exploring. Traditional playground, similar to one located in any suburban neighborhood. (Be sure to check out Twister Board, great for active toddlers!)

Disney Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside: Traditional style playgrounds. The one at Disney’s Riverside features a large wheel that kids can walk on!

Disney’s Saratoga Springs: Traditional style playground that is well themed to match the exterior of the resort.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Traditional style playground with a sand substrate. Bonus: It is situated along Bay Lake with nice chairs for mom or dad to relax in!

Have fun playing!

Photo above taken at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge playground.

Playgrounds and Play Spaces Inside the Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Playgrounds and Play Spaces Inside the Disney ParksAll that riding in a stroller and waiting in lines leaves my young kids ready to burst with energy! To keep our park days running smoothly, I like to let them run, jump, and explore. While they are playing, I find it is a great time to use my phone to check my email or Facebook. Here’s a list of the playgrounds at each of the Walt Disney World theme parks:

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

  • Toddler play area under Splash Mountain: A small, soft floored playhouse, perfect for toddlers. To find it, walk towards the train station in Frontierland.
  • Interactive queue at Dumbo the Flying Elephant: An indoor play area located in the queue for Dumbo the Flying Elephant. You receive a restaurant style pager to let you know when it is your turn to experience the ride: Has different areas for different age groups and bleacher seating for parents. Located in Storybook Circus.
  • Small interactive queue at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Great while waiting in line; there are toddler friendly interactive stations. Located in Fantasyland.
  • Tom Sawyer Scavage Fort located on Tom Sawyer Island, Frontierland: A playspace designed for children ages 2 to 12. You must take the raft to get to Tom Sawyer Island.

Disney’s Epcot

  • Toddler play area inside The Seas with Nemo and Friends: A small, carpeted playspace, but it is inside and air conditioned. To enter, go through the double doors on the far left side of the building.
  • Indoor tunnel play area inside Mission: Space: A small carpeted playspace, but it is inside and air conditioned. To enter, go through the exit area of Mission: Space.
  • If the Flower & Garden Festival or the Food & Wine Festival is going on, there is a seasonal playground set up near the entrance to the World Showcase. The setup differs slightly each year, and the ground is covered in artificial turf.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure: A soft floored, playspace with larger than life props. Features nets, slides, and tunnels.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • The Boneyard: An extra large (about a half an acre) play area with tunnels, slides, and nets. Be sure to also visiting the digging area (large sandbox style area filled with “Texas grit”, a small pebble), where children can excavate “bones”.

Remember, if your child will be playing at any of the playgrounds or play areas, they will need to wear shoes. View my post about Disney’s shoe policy. Watch for my next post highlighting which Disney Resorts offer playgrounds.

Photo above was taken at the toddler play area under Splash Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.