While Walt Disney World was built for kids (and those who are kids at heart), it’s not always easy keeping your little one entertained.
Sometimes, kids need a space to burn off steam and do what most children love to do — play.
Well, leave it to Disney to create spaces specifically for kids to do exactly that. You can find these kid-friendly spots at hotels, theme parks, and water parks.
Now allow us show you the best places to let kids run around at Disney World.
Tom Sawyer Island
In order to get to Tom Sawyer Island, you have to board a log raft that will transport you over to the island that’s inspired by the stories of Mark Twain.
Don’t worry, the log raft moves slow and shouldn’t be scary for kids.
Little ones, especially, will love all of the different spots to play and burn off energy.
Playground underneath Frontierland Station
Underneath the Frontierland Walt Disney World Railroad station, there is a small playground that’s perfect for little ones.
Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak
The Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station is the perfect spot for kids to run around and splash around in water.
Even if the water isn’t on, it still makes a great place for little ones to burn off energy.
This is even better on a hot day! There are no lines or waiting. You just come and go at your own leisure.
Keep in mind that select portions of the attraction may close during inclement weather.
You might want to bring an extra change of shoes and clothes with you so that you can let your little run play without having to worry about wet clothes.
Dumbo Interactive Queue
Dumbo is a classic Magic Kingdom attraction that you should try at least once.
But, what makes the ride unique is its interactive play area that’s part of the Standby queue. The larger play area is for kids ages 4 to 8, with the smaller area for kids ages 1 to 3.
On busier days, you may be given a buzzer and directed to wait inside the play area until your buzzer goes off notifying that you can get back in line.
For guests with little ones, you can also choose to get out of line if they want to play for a bit and then pop back in line.
If you or your little one doesn’t want to go on the attraction, you are allowed to just hang in the play area (not all day, of course). But, you will have to wait in line to enter the play space. Make sure you also double check with a Cast Member.
There is a separate exit when you leave the Dumbo playground. It pops you out by Barnstormer.
Main Street U.S.A.
The two Hub grass spaces make the perfect open are for kids, but a nice spot for adults to sit and enjoy Cinderella Castle views.
There isn’t much shading here, so it can get very warm on hotter days. Keep in mind that this area isn’t always open and may close early for private events, like fireworks dessert parties.
Project Tomorrow is located at the exit of Spaceship Earth.
You don’t have to ride Spaceship Earth to enter here, there is a door next to the attraction for guests to enter the interactive area.
Here you can build, create, compete, and play in a series of exhibits that bring innovative ideas and technologies to life.
For example, there’s a driving simulation game!
You can also view the video from the future you made while riding through Spaceship Earth — and email it to family and friends.
This area makes for a great interactive play space for little ones, plus if you need to escape rain or the heat.
Next to Creations Shop (and close to Test Track, you’ll find a playground.
While it has been known to be the “Green Landing Family Play Zone” featuring WALL-E, sometimes the play zone changes themes based on the current festival.
For example, during the 2023 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the play transformed into the “Family-Friendly Garden Presented by OFF!” and featured a camp-themed garden.
Whatever the theming is here, the area was built strictly for kids and it always seems to be packed with little ones.
Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
Near The Seas with Nemo & Friends, you can find Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana.
This self-guided trail is perfect for all ages, but even more so for little ones. Not only is the trail educational as it teaches about the different cycles of water, but there are multiple interactive water features. It’s so fun!
Specifically, there is a splash pad play area, where little ones can run through.
Keep in mind you may want to bring an extra change of clothes and shoes, just in case they do decide to run around and get wet.
Advanced Training Lab
The Advanced Training Lab is next to Mission: SPACE. You’ll exit here after the ride, but you can also access it without getting on the attraction.
It’s an interactive play area featuring space-themed games and activities.
You can also make and send video postcards from the very edge of space. It’s truly a spot for little ones and kids of all ages.
Test Track SIMporium
Next to Test Track is the Test Track SIMporium. Here you can shop for Test Track and other automotive merchandise.
Plus, there is also a showroom with a variety of Chevrolet cars (Test Track is sponsored by Chevy).
There are also interactive activities for guests of all ages to enjoy.
If you ride Test Track, you’ll exit into this area and the store.
Imagination! Pavilion (World Celebration)
The “What If” Labs
The “What If” Labs is found inside ImageWorks in the Imagination! Pavilion.
Not only is this a nice, cool space, but it’s fun and perfectly themed for kids, especially those who love Figment.
This area is great for kids, as it allows them to explore their senses at different interactive stations.
The Seas Pavilion (World Nature)
Bruce’s Shark World
Inside The Seas Pavilion, there is a small kid-friendly area dubbed, “Bruce’s Shark World.”
Inspired by Bruce from Finding Nemo (remember fish are friends, not food), this a small, interactive play area for kids.
You can even pose inside Bruce’s mouth for photos, alongside other shark characters from the film.
Don’t forget to test your undersea expertise with quizzes from Nemo’s teacher, Mr. Ray!
The Boneyard in DinoLand, U.S.A is the play area for kids.
This is an open-air play area designed to look like a dinosaur dig site and is strictly for kids ages 10 and under.
There are rope bridges, caves, and slides. Plus, there is a dig site, where kids can excavate fossils from a Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The Boneyard even has a shaded seating area for adults to relax and watch as their little one plays.
Discovery Island Trails
There a variety of trails nestled throughout Animal Kingdom, but the Discovery Island Trails are the best set of trails for kids to stretch their legs.
There are several ways to enter the trails (as seen below). Along the way, you’ll encounter animals and stunning views of the Tree of Life.
Really, adults shouldn’t miss out on these trails, either.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a land in Animal Kingdom you can only access by hopping on the “Wildlife Express Train.”
A train ride to another part of the park? Yep! Kids will love it.
This area is also where you can learn how to draw your favorite characters at the Animation Experience, meet different animals at Affection Section, and possibly even see a procedure in process at the Veterinary Treatment Room.
As Animal Kingdom’s conservation and veterinary headquarters, Rafiki’s Planet Watch is not only educational, but a fun spot for both kids and adults.
Disney Junior Play and Dance!
In Animation Courtyard, you’ll find Disney Junior Play and Dance! (formerly Disney Junior — Live on Stage!). This is about a 25-minute show featuring Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, and Roadster Mickey.
The indoor show is a great place to cool off, let little ones burn off energy, dance, and listen to some fun tunes.
You can find daily showtimes posted in the My Disney Experience app.
Disney’s Water Parks
Typhoon Lagoon water park has a water area specifically for kids.
Kids under 4 feet tall can play here in these shallow pools that feature whimsical crocodiles, squirting seals, and playful elephants.
There are mini waterslides, a cave with a waterfall, and a water cannon aboard the leaky tugboat S.S. Squirt.
They can even listen to kid-friendly tunes while they play and enjoy a small, sandy beach.
Tike’s Peak is a Frozen fans’ dream come true.
Located at Blizzard Beach, this kid-friendly water area features statuettes of Olaf and his Snowgie pals in the warm wading pool, as well as Anna and Elsa’s igloo castle.
There are wading pools, miniature snow-banked slides, side-by-side downhill slides, a junior inner-tube ride, and snow chutes.
Tike’s Peak is also surrounded by a soft, sandy beach.
Disney World Resort Hotels
Every official Disney World Resort hotel has at least one playground for kids.
Because there are so many, we aren’t going to list the locations of each resort playground. But, you can easily search for “playgrounds” in the My Disney Experience app.
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For more information about traveling to Disney World with a little one, be sure to check out our ultimate guide for visiting Disney World with toddlers.
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