Play Areas and Playgrounds at Magic Kingdom | 2021

by Shannon

All four of the theme parks at Walt Disney World are loaded with fun. Whether it be favorite rides, shows, or character meets, there is something for everyone at the parks. Did you know that you can find a variety of fun play areas at the parks? My kids absolutely love these playgrounds — even more than rides some days!

Let’s take a look at all of the play areas inside Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Playgrounds

Dumbo the Flying Elephant Queue Playground

The Dumbo playground is an all-time favorite for my kids! They ask to play here every time we visit the Magic Kingdom and they never want to leave!

You’ll find this play area inside the actual Dumbo attraction queue. When you pass the entrance to the play area before boarding the ride, you’ll have the choice to stay and play or bypass and go directly to the ride. Just let the cast member know if you’d like to play.

The Dumbo playground is a great spot to hide from the rain too since it’s indoors!

Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak

This splash area at the Magic Kingdom is a lot of fun! The theming is great and my kids really enjoy this in the Summer months. I always bring bathing suits and towels in a wet bag if I know we’re going to spend time here.

You’ll find this spot across from the Barnstormer attraction.

This splash area is currently unavailable but hopefully it will reopen soon!

Splash Mountain Laughing Place Play Area

The Laughing Place play area is a small spot next to the Splash Mountain queue. I think the idea of this one is a fun space to entertain kids who are not yet tall enough to ride Splash Mountain.

This play area is small so keep that in mind; personally I wouldn’t stress going out of your way for this one but if you’re in the area waiting anyways, spend a few minutes there!

Tom Sawyer Island

I feel like so many people skip over Tom Sawyer Island — either because they don’t really know it exists or don’t know what there is to do over there. Don’t skip this!! Especially if you have kids that like to explore!

Tom Sawyer Island is a great break from a stroller and a wonderful opportunity for little kids (and big kids too) to explore caves, an interactive fort, run across a barrel bridge, play on a playground and more! Plus the raft ride to and from the island is fun on its own!

Find the rafts to Tom Sawyer Island right next to Big Thunder Mountain.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Queue

I hesitated to include this one because *technically* it’s not a playground BUT it’s a lot of fun and my kids always ask to do this so I figured I’d rather share it than leave it out!

As you wait in line for Pooh, your kiddos will get to play in a super fun area next to the line! There’s a small house to explore, interactive elements that activate when you step on or touch something, and more!

You’ll miss this if you use a FastPass so keep that in mind.

Swiss Family Treehouse

Again, hesitated to include this one but it’s also a must-do that often is skipped over. The Swiss Family Treehouse is another great opportunity for your little ones to get out of the stroller and explore! You climb up this larger than life treehouse and get to see fun bedrooms, a kitchen with food, a dining space, etc.

While there aren’t as many “play” elements here, it’s a nice little adventure. Definitely give this one a try!

You’ll find Swiss Family Treehouse next to the Jungle Cruise.

I hope this overview of the play areas at Magic Kingdom is helpful! I highly recommend enjoying at least one of these spots on your next trip down Main Street USA.

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Jamie July 7, 2021 - 8:41 pm

This all looks so cute and fun. Excited to try them now that they are open again.

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