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8 Best Activities Beyond the Attractions for Kids at Disney World

Disney is bursting with fun attractions for kids! But, did you know there is a plethora of excellent activities for kids besides the attractions? Here is a list of what we feel are the 9 best activities for kids – beyond the attractions.





 

1 – Park Exploration

So many times we get caught up in trying to hit all of the attractions, that sometimes we simply forget or don’t even take time to notice the park exploration options available at no extra cost. At Epcot, your kiddos can enjoy Kidcot as they travel from country to country in the World Showcase collecting stamps. Epcot also has Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure for a fun scavenger hunt. Check out Magic Kingdom’s Sorcerers adventure to defeat the Disney Villains. Or become a Wilderness Explorer at Animal Kingdom!

2 – Pirates Adventure Cruise

Prepare to set sail mateys! If your child is between the ages of 4-12, they are invited to climb aboard a boat in search for treasure. X marks the spot, as your young pirate searches for clues that lead up the pirate booty. Four different adventures are available including Disney’s Pirate Adventure (Grand Floridian Resort), Island of the Caribbean Pirate Cruise (Caribbean Resort), Albatross Treasure Cruise (Yacht and Beach Club Resorts), and Bayou Pirate Adventure (Port Orleans Resort – Riverside).

Pirate Cruise

3 – Water Activities

If you are staying on-site at one of Disney’s Resorts, be prepared to enjoy a fantastic pool(s)! We absolutely love that all of Disney’s pools are unique and well… just plain awesome! Check the resort activity calendar for “Pool Party” times – where music and games are played for the everyone to enjoy. Kids love time for swimming so be sure to build this into your plans. Another fun water activity is at Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland called Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station. It’s a great place to cool off and let the kids splash around for a bit.

4 – Fort Wilderness

Disney’s Fort Wilderness has some of the best recreational options out of all of the resorts. Pony rides, wagon rides, boat rentals, bike rentals, hiking trails, playgrounds, and even a campfire with Chip n Dale! Growing up, our family used to spend days having a blast with all of the activities at Fort Wilderness – all without stepping foot in a park.





 

5 – Kid-Friendly Dining

Something about partnering great food with kid-friendly fun makes for some of the most memorable family moments in our book. Dine with the characters at one of Disney’s Character Dining restaurants for great photos and autographs. Visit the jungle at Rainforest Café or roar with the dinosaurs at T-Rex. Have tea with your princess at the Grand Floridian’s Princess Tea Party. Or let your kids ride a wooden stick horse around the dining room at Whispering Canyon. So many fun places to dine – we’re sure you’ll find something your kids will love!

6 – Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League

Sometimes it’s ok to spoil your kids – especially when you are on vacation at Disney World! Your Princess will be in shock if you give her the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience offered at either Magic Kingdom or Disney Springs. Fairy Godmothers in Training will give your sweet thing a make-over to show off their Princess side. Or, maybe you have a scurvy pirate in the family! He or she can join The Pirates League for a matey make-over. Just beware of Captain Jack Sparrow, as he’ll try to recruit your young lass or lad to join his league!

Pirate League-1

7 – Miniature Golf

Did you know Disney has two miniature golf courses right on property? Check out Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf based off of Disney’s film, Fantasia. Or putt around at Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. You may just bump into some scenery with Santa and his elves! Great environment, fun activity, typically nice Florida weather, and together as a family unit – doesn’t get much better than that!

8 – Resort Recreation

We’ve covered resort pools and Children’s Activity Centers, but let’s not forget about resort recreation. As mentioned above, we do feel like Fort Wilderness has some of the best recreation options but that doesn’t rule out what the other resorts have to offer. Sports like basketball, volleyball, and tennis are available at several resorts. We especially love resort arcades – even as adults! Plus, be sure to catch the daily Movie Under the Stars, as a Disney feature is played during the evening outside. Typically, a campfire with s’mores preludes the movie!

What is your favorite activity for kids outside of the attractions? We’d love for you to share!



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About Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.