Working downtime into your Disney vacation schedule can benefit everyone in the family. When you’re not in the Parks, take time to enjoy the amenities like the pool, resort activities and the playgrounds. Allowing kids time to play lets them burn off extra energy. You might think that visiting Magic Kingdom is enough fun for kids but the long lines, structured activities and constant stimulation can prove too much for little ones. The various themed playgrounds available at many of the Walt Disney World resort hotels let kids do what they do best – Play! Here are a few kid-tested tips to enjoying the Disney World playgrounds.
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Hotels at Walt Disney World Playgrounds
Playground structures are located at many of the resort hotels and are intended for kids aged 2-12. On my last Disney World trip I had my preschooler with me. I made sure we spent time at the resort playground each day. I found that he was much more cooperative about waiting in lines inside the Parks when he’d had the free play time!
Not all of the Disney World Resorts have a playground. Here’s a list of those that do:
- All-Star Movies Resort
- All-Star Music Resort
- All-Star Sports Resort
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
- Art of Animation Resort
- BoardWalk Inn
- BoardWalk Villas
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
- Old Key West Resort
- Pop Century Resort
- Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
- Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
1. What to Expect at Hotel Disney World Playgrounds
Some of the Disney World playgrounds are more elaborate than others. Certain playgrounds are themed to the resort. Other playgrounds look like they’d be at your local park. Most will have some kind of climbing equipment, bars for hanging and slides.
During my visits (late spring) the playgrounds didn’t have a lot of kids. I’d expect that during busier seasons, there might be more activity. If your kids are anything like mine, they prefer when the playground has other children to play with! Check the times posted on when the playground is open (they generally close at dusk).
Some play areas at Disney World are under shade and others are out in the open. Play structure equipment can get really hot in the sunshine. Be sure to check before letting your child play. There seems to be a good number of benches and seating for adults around the playgrounds. But of course, sit where you can supervise your kids!
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2. Just Add Water!
A few of the pool areas at the Resorts also have interactive play structures. Kids can climb, splash, spray and stay cool. Many have height restrictions which limit use to preschool age or young elementary. These play structures are nicely suited for little ones who aren’t comfortable with full swimming pools or can’t yet swim.
3. Other Places to Play
No playground? No problem! Many of the resorts have areas for kids to play or simply run around. Always be considerate of noise (especially if the location is near hotel room windows and/or it’s particularly early in the day). And of course observe all rules, stay out of flower beds and take heed of signs that restrict access. Pre-vacation consider picking up small things to entertain youngsters like mini bottles of bubbles.
Kids can run and do cartwheels on the lawn at Beach Club. There’s a game of corn hole in the bus waiting area at Port Orleans Riverside. Many hotels, like Coronado Springs Resort have sandy beach areas.
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