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The Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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.

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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.
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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!

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 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!
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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.

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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!).

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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.

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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?

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13 Comments

  • Reply Hanan April 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    That looks like a fun place for kids! We’ve never been, but it seems like there is just SO much to see there!

  • Reply Andrea Kruse April 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Leave it to Disney to make even the “dirt” not dirty. Lol. I love the idea.

    My kids would flip for this. Too bad we live on the West Coast. Our big planned vacation will be flying to Disney Land in the near future. My kids have been digging up the side pasture in hopes of finding dinosaur bones lately. It is all consuming to a 5 and 3 year old. 🙂

  • Reply Kristen @ The Smith Summary April 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    When we were at WDW in September we let our then 4 year old play in the Boneyard for a little bit but it was too hot to stay for long – when we go back next October hopefully it will be cooler and her little sister will be old enough to enjoy it too!

    • Reply ashley April 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      It’s a great time-out spot! Animal Kingdom can definitely get HOT, so we made sure to go to the Boneyard in the late morning, before the sun had a chance to beat down too much.

  • Reply Sara @ Disney Mentor Moms April 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I’m SO excited to experience this during our DisneySMMoms trip!!! My boys (6 & under) are huge dinosaur & animal fans. We’ve got a day at AK on our travel plan & we’ll definitely be hitting the Bone Yard. Thanks for the dining tip too! Can’t wait to meet you! 🙂

  • Reply Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell April 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Do they still have the A Bug’s Life play area? Or was that converted to the boneyard?

  • Reply Jackie April 3, 2013 at 1:17 am

    We love that area! There is so much for the little ones to do and they can just run and run… and run!

  • Reply Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired April 3, 2013 at 1:30 am

    This is one of my children’s favorite places! It’s cute how interactive it is and encourages them to dig or run around, climb, and slide. We can’t wait to visit again on our upcoming Disney trip!

  • Reply Megan @mnmspecial April 3, 2013 at 1:48 am

    This is a great post for toddler to do’s I’ve never been to Disney anything and our older two are at the time that it would be perfect to go.

  • Reply deb April 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

    This looks like a great place for little ones to run off some steam.

  • Reply Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom April 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    My boys would be in heaven!!! They love all things dinosaur and would love to do the dino dig!

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