We tend to think Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an underrated park, especially when it comes to touring with little ones. While there aren’t a lot of attractions for the smaller set at DAK, there is still a ton for them to do. From the animal viewing trails to the train ride to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Conservation Station with the Affection Section petting zoo to great character interactions, DAK is really a great place for younger kids.
One of our favorite spots is at The Boneyard, located in Dinoland, USA.
It’s a gated area with tons of room for kids of all ages to run around, explore, dig, and learn more about dinosaurs. The dig area is great! It’s not real sand, so you don’t need to worry about the kids being a mess when they’re done. It’s a pebble mixture that wipes right off.
There are caves to explore, water to splash in, and huge dinosaur footprints on the ground to stomp on (and you’ll even get a surprise when you do). There are charts and placards all over the area with great info on dinosaurs, too!
The area is huge, too. There are tons of slides and ramps to try out. Bigger kids will love this just as much as the little ones do!
Bunny and Bubba got a real kick out of their “adventure truck” (as named by Bunny). It was hard to tear them away from the Boneyard when it was time to go.
The kids had a blast just goofing around and they really enjoyed being allowed to run free. It’s hard on little ones to always stay in a stroller, stand in lines, sit in shows, and be strapped in on rides all day. They need to run and be kids! We’ve always found that if we give the kids an opportunity to stretch and really play for a while, they are much better behaved the rest of the day (and take better naps!).
We tend to head on over to Restrauntosaurus for lunch after a good run at the Boneyard. The shrimp po’ boy is delicious (I just wish they’d toast the bun) and they serve the Safari Amber Specialty Brew, which my husband and I both enjoy very much.
By the time playtime and lunchime is over, the kids are ready to head back to the resort for a nice nap and we’re ready to hop to another park for nighttime entertainment. We typically combine our DAK days with Fantasmic! nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (stay tuned for some great DHS photos in the coming weeks. It’s my absolute favorite park!)
What’s your favorite place at Walt Disney World for toddlers and preschoolers that you feel gets overlooked?