Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Travel Tips Tuesday - Places to Play!

With a toddler touring the parks, the go-go-go method doesn't work for so many reasons, one big one?  Toddlers have a lot of energy to burn, and that doesn't happen sitting in shows or rides.  The trains, monorails, cars, and rides are fun, but still leave my little one trying to get out and run around.  But, with big crowds, it can be scary to let them just run free.  I don't know about other kids, but mine is pretty fast, and I fear looking away and him being gone.

Magic Kingdom

  • The Laughing Place, located near the exit of Splash Mountain is a fun little area to burn off 10-20 minutes of energy.  
  • Donald's Boat was a great splash pad/boat play area in Toon Town, which will now be the Casey Jr. (named after the train from Dumbo) splash play area when the Fantasyland Expansion opens up.


  • During the Flower and Garden Festivals, they have had playgrounds around the parks - Hopefully they'll be back for future F&G Festivals!
  • Splash areas - Futureworld has a great splash pad - water "jumps" from fountain to fountain and I always see little ones enjoying getting soaked
Animal Kingdom
  • Located in Dinoland U.S.A. is the Boneyard, a huge play area for kids to dig in the sand and discover dinosaur bones, and much more!  
  • Rafiki's Planet Watch has a petting zoo, indoor areas to run around, coloring stations, learning stations, animals galore, AND characters.  In January, there were literally no lines to meet Rafiki, Pocahantas, and Jiminy Cricket, but in June, the lines had about 15 people.  Still not bad, plus in air conditioning!
  • Water areas - there are fountains located by the Kali River Rapids that are great to cool off kids of all ages!
Hollywood Studios
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids studio play area may be in desperate need of an overhaul and theme change, this playground kept our 18 month old busy for probably an hour.  Between the slides, water sprays, steps, and climbing areas, he easily could have stayed in there all day.

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  1. Awesome info! Thanks. I would love it if you linked this up over on my new blog carnival Family Time Tuesday. :)
    I am your newest GFC follower.

    Celebrating Family

  2. The playgrounds were available at the 2010 Flower & Garden Festival too.

  3. My toddler is almost 8 years old now, but good info regardless. :) Thanks!

  4. My little guy is a people watcher so he didn't have much trouble hanging out in the stroller between rides. But he definitely loved the Boneyard!

  5. We took our first trip to Disney in early June, and the Boneyard was a welcome retreat in the 103 degree weather. Especially since I hurt my ankle the day before and was told by the Disney Nurse (who was wonderful, fyi) to stay off of it as much as possible. Can not wait to visit Disney again! <3