Disney is pretty remarkable at catering not only to exactly what kids want, but also to what they need. From education that feels like play, to much needed rest, to fun with family, Disney covers it all. Obviously there are lots of activities for kids in Walt Disney World, but these are just ten that we think are worth highlighting:
The Boneyard playground in Animal Kingdom is a brilliant place for kids to get some serious energy out. While Disney isn’t exactly a “be still and well-behaved” kind of place, sometimes kids just need to go crazy without boundaries. The Boneyard is appropriately named and themed for Dinoland. It’s a huge playscape with lots of nooks and crannies, tunnels and slides, props, sandpits, the whole bit. Kids get to have fun, adults get to rest. It’s a win-win.
2. Kidcot Fun Stops
Kidcot has been a tremendous hands-on activity for kids in Epcot for years. Although the physical activity has evolved, the fun and uniqueness remains. There’s a Kitcot booth at each of the Epcot World Showcase Pavilions. Here, kids can hear stories from Cast Members and learn about the various countries. Kids can also collect stickers and create a fun souvenir to take home!
3. Wilderness Explorers
Kids can join Dug and Russell from Up for a totally awesome hands-on activity in Animal Kingdom. In this activity, kids get to join the Wilderness Explorers and earn badges around the park! There are several “Troop Leader” locations around Animal Kingdom where explorers can pick up their handbook. Throughout the day they can explore all over and maybe even run into Kevin!
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4. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
The best kind of hands-on activity comes with candy, am I right kids? Mickey’s Not-So-Scary is fantastic because kids get to dress up in their Halloween costumes and experience the Magic Kingdom at night all while trick-or-treating! It’s just such a fun night. With everyone dressed up, Disney gets even goofier. Cast Members are amazing with the kids and everyone has a good time.
5. Festival Playgrounds
During the major Epcot festivals, like the International Food and Wine and Flower and Garden Festivals, pop-up playgrounds appear for kids! There are usually several around the park, some themed, some just inventive, but all are super fun. This is a great opportunity for kids to get out energy and play safely, while adults can take a breather.
6. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Queue
This adorable ride is a family favorite. It’s perfect for little kids and Winnie the Pooh enthusiasts alike. Turns out even the queue is perfect. The queue for this ride is absolutely hands-on and totally built with little children in mind. There’s a huge space off to the side of the line, but close enough that families can still progress, for restless little ones to take a break and play in Rabbit’s garden and run around a bit. It’s brilliant.
7. Jedi Training
This is a first-come-first-served hands-on activity, so make sure you plan accordingly. Jedi Training in Hollywood Studios is such a cool activity for kids. Here, a handful of kids throughout the day get to be trained with the force and battle Darth Vader! They all get little robes and light sabers and it’s the cutest thing you ever did see.
Innoventions is all about the hands-on! This space in Epcot’s Future World is dedicated to science and learning, and encouraging kids to love these things. I think it does so beautifully. One of its big areas right now is Colortopia. This interactive activity has three color themed zones: the Color Lab, Color Our World Studio and Power of Color Theater. Bonus tip: there’s an accompanying app too!
9. Lego Store
The Lego Store has long been a guest favorite at Disney Springs. The sculptures outside made entirely of Legos are ridiculously impressive. In the store there are hundreds of things to choose from and buy. But the cool part about this store is the play tables outside! At these tables, kids (and adults) can make buildings, cars, whatever of their own! You can’t take these home, but it’s a fun hands-on activity while there.
10. Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party
Sometimes you just have to dance! The Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party in Animal Kingdom is super cute and fun for kids. In this show on the Discovery Island Stage, a full band comes out to play some classic Disney tunes while inviting everyone to dance! Plus, some of the best Disney animal characters come out party too!