We all know what it is like to have cranky kids on vacation. Long lines, overloaded senses, schedules, tired feet, and hunger are a recipe for disaster with little Mouseketeers. BUT, did you know there are areas where your little guy (or gal) can take a break to play and unwind a bit? Several areas within the Walt Disney World Resort offer breaks to run, jump, slide, and use their imagination. Sure beats a long line in the heat, huh? Check out our list of the top 15 play spaces for littles around the parks!
Dumbo the Flying Elephant line queue – this is a circus-themed play area keeps the little ones entertained while waiting in line. Upon arrival to the play area, you’ll receive a pager that “virtually” holds your place in line. Step inside the big-top tent and enjoy an air-conditioned playground complete with slides, climbing net, and even a toddler section.
Casey Jr. Splash N’ Soak – located close to Dumbo in New Fantasyland; this area is a circus-themed water play zone where children can cool off
Laughing Place – located at Splash Mountain. To find it head towards the exit of the ride. It is under the bridge for the Walt Disney World Railroad. This is another great area to wait with younger children while using rider swap for Splash Mountain or Big Thunder.
Tom Sawyer Island – this large area is a small raft ride away in Frontierland. Kids can run and explore hidden areas, forts, and secret passageways
Swiss Family Treehouse – located in Adventureland. Climb up the treehouse and explore what the Swiss Family has left behind.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh line queue – this space has four areas for play while awaiting your turn to board your honey pot. You can climb through Eeyore’s home, play hide and seek with gophers, draw on honey walls, and much more.
Peter Pan’s Flight queue – release Tinkerbell from a lantern, ring bells, and interact with elements on the walls as you await to board your flying pirate ship.
Space Base – located at the exit to Misson: SPACE in Tomorrowland. This area has climbing structures, slides and more for kids of all ages. This is a great area to hang out if you are utilizing the Rider Swap option.
Splash Pad – located on the bridge entering World Showcase
The Seas Sea Base – in this area you can see dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, fish, and other sea life – aquarium style! If you time it right, you can see feedings and maybe even a diver or two in the tanks. Be sure to check out Bruce’s Sub House. It is an educational and interactive area for children.
Hedge Maze in UK – hidden in the back of the UK pavilion is a traditional hedge maze. Kids can run off some energy navigating the maze.
Imagination Pavilion – found at the exit to Journey Into Imagination. This area has three indoor play areas for kids to create, explore, and use their imagination.
The Boneyard – located in Dinoland, USA. This features slides, lots of interactive play areas, a fossil dig site, and MORE.
Splash Pad – There is a Magical Water Fountain in the Marketplace area near the store, Once Upon a Toy. There is also a smaller splash pad is near The Days of Christmas store.
Sixteen onsite resorts offer playgrounds for kids. For our list we count these as just one general play option at your specific resort. These are:
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Do you have a favorite play spot that didn’t make my list? Share it with us in the comments!