Going on a Disney World Vacation it might seem like there’s a ton of places for the little ones to play, I mean, it is a theme park after all.
And while there are places for the little one to let of some steam, the focus is definitely on rides and meals and characters and parades.
Less on actual playgrounds and magical themed areas straight out of the movies.
So let’s take a peek at some of the place areas you can let the kids explore for a minute and where you’ll find them! Plus, we’ve got tips for taking a two year old, and a three year old to Disney World when you need the deets on those ages!
it IS kid-friendly
Let’s just clarify this. Even though there aren’t a lot of playgrounds, the parks are still super kid friendly! There really is so much to see and do that you won’t need a play area for more than an hour or so because you’ll be off to your next adventure. You’ve got character breakfasts to enjoy, fun rides for the little ones, and lots of memories to make!
The Resorts are where it’s at
But, the resorts are where you’ll find the majority of the play areas. Not only does Disney World Resorts have some world class pools like a Salt Water Pool at Art of Animation Resort (the Big Blue Pool) and a real sand beach pool at Beach Club Resort with it’s own pirate ship and water slide (Storm Along Bay Pool) but you’ll also find quite a few playgrounds and areas to let the kids run wild before bed time.
Last week we stayed at the All Star Music Resort in the Family Suite and the playground was right outside our door! It was literally amazing!
You can check the map at your resort and see where it’s located- BUT (and this is a big but!) most of the deluxe resorts do not have a typical playground (we learned this the hard way when we took our 3yr old to Disney World) These are generally found at the Moderate and Value resorts.
Not that a playground is a big deal breaker, but when the kids need to be exhausted before bed, you’ll be glad to know what your options are!
At Magic Kingdom you can find a number of play places, but the options for play places while you meet characters aren’t really there.
Our favorite one for all ages is actually inside a Ride Line- Go inside the Dumbo Ride and you have an indoor playground with something for every age!
This is also the area (known as Big Top) where you can find a splash pad area for everyone in the family to cool off!
Animal Kingdom has quite a few kid friendly attractions, but they also have the largest play area out of all the parks.
Tucked inside of DinoLand USA you’ll find a guarded area just for the kids to play- and when you go over the bridge you’ll find a gigantic digsite where the kiddos can hunt for dinosaurs bones. You’ll also find fun things like face painting and carnival games!
Epcot has SO MANY LITTLE AREAS for the kids to play. Seriously, one of my favorite parks when the kids just need to let off some steam and I need to work on the festivals for the blog. They normally have a new addition for each of the epcot festivals (especially flower and garden)
Our favorite is the back entrance to mission space, there is a play area for 2-5 and then 5-12.
Previously, Hollywood Studios used to have a Bug’s Life play area, but that was removed with all the remodels. Now they don’t have a traditional area for the kids to play and we hope they bring one back soon! Peep the full article for taking little ones to Hollywood Studios for your trip to Galaxy’s Edge!
There is this cute area below where the kids can ‘meet’ cruz and she talks to them (one of the only talking character interactions FYI!) and it’s cute for the kids to run around and let off some steam (but it’s not a traditional play area)
The water parks do have some kid friendly rides, but they each have their own kid friendly area! These spots are tucked to the side and come complete with attractions specifically for the younger ones to ride. Typhoon Lagoon is definitely our favorite one for the little kids, BUT blizzard beach has a super cool kid area too! And it’s a bit closer to the front of the park, so that’s a plus!
We can easily make a full day out of the water parks, and in the summer you’ll find Disney Characters there too!
Basically, you’ll have no shortage of places for your kids to play at Disney World, but you might just need to ask where to go. A Cast Member will be happy to show you the way so you can make a pit stop for the kids to play and for you to relax for a minute.