Tips for Kids to Enjoy Walt Disney World Playgrounds

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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 for enjoying the Disney World playgrounds.

Disney World playgrounds and water play structures at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in Orlando are another way for kids to play!

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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!

Disney World playgrounds and water play structures at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in Orlando are another way for kids to play!
Kids will love The Dig Site at Disney’s Caribbean Beach, with several areas to play.

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
  • Disney 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

Walt Disney World is very large and little legs can get tired quickly! Consider bringing or renting a stroller when taking babies, toddlers or preschoolers to Disney World. I recommend my travel partner Kingdom Strollers as they offer very competitive rates and will deliver for free directly to your resort hotel!


1. What to Expect at Disney World Hotel 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.

Disney World playgrounds and water play structures at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in Orlando are another way for kids to play!
The Disney World playground at Fort Wilderness is under a canopy of trees.

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!

Disney World playgrounds and water play structures at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in Orlando are another way for kids to play!
Coronado Spring’s Disney World playground is Mayan-themed like the resort.

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.

Disney World playgrounds and water play structures at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in Orlando are another way for kids to play!
Elaborate pirate-themed water play structure at Disney’s Caribbean Beach
Swimming in Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

And of course there are always the two Disney World water parks to enjoy with your family. There are designated splash pad areas for babies and toddler, water features and slides for preschoolers and really big water attractions for older kids and adults.

Read more in my Disney World Water Parks guide and what you need to know before bringing the kids.

Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon are the Disney World water parks. Find out all the tips on visiting these water parks in Orlando with information on what to do, what to skip and how to have the best time with everyone in the family (including tips for toddlers)

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.

There are faux grass areas at the Polynesian Resort where kids can run around.
Sandy beach areas at Caribbean Beach have hammocks for resting too!

Kids can run and do cartwheels on the lawn at Beach Club or at the Polynesian. There’s a game of corn hole in the bus waiting area at Port Orleans Riverside. Many hotels, like Coronado Springs Resort and Caribbean Beach have sandy beach areas.

Disney World playgrounds and water play structures at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in Orlando are another way for kids to play!
No playground? Let kids run on the grass (so long as there’s no sign restricting it)
Disney World playgrounds and water play structures at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in Orlando are another way for kids to play!
A game of corn hole at Port Orleans Riverside
Disney World playgrounds and water play structures at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in Orlando are another way for kids to play!
Kids enjoy playing in the sandy beach at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

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3 thoughts on “Tips for Kids to Enjoy Walt Disney World Playgrounds

  1. So many opportunities for play! You are so right about the grassy areas. I have great memories of my kids running around at the resorts. They need time to run and be free, even at WDW.

  2. These are awesome. Pinning specifically for the list of resorts that have playgrounds. Will be important when we finally head to the east coast!

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