Before I had a child, I never thought about having playgrounds or play areas at the Magic Kingdom. With all of the rides and attractions, what more could kids need to keep them entertained? Then, I traveled to the parks with at 1 year old and realized – children just want to run around and sitting on another ride in Fantasyland just won’t cut it.
Luckily, the Imagineers considered this into their plans. Located sporadically around the Magic Kingdom are small play areas created for approximately 2-5 year olds to burn off their extra energy. The one pictures above, the Laughing Place, is located near the exit of Splash Mountain and is simpyl a house and area for children to run around and stay out of the way of the massive crowds, along with being sheltered out of the weather conditions.
The best areas were located in Mickey’s Toon Town Fair, both Donald’s Boat, which was a boat and splash area, and Toon Park, another area with slides and houses to run around were our favorites, but as that area is now gone, I don’t know if they’ll replace it with anything. My son loved running around Toon Park, so I hope they’ll give another play area for the toddlers.
The newest play area for young toddlers to run around is the interactive queue in front of the Winnie the Pooh ride in Fantasyland. Filled with interactive toys, such as musical squash bongos and other interactive toys, toddlers can run around and stay entertained while their parents wait in line. The new Haunted Mansion interactive queue has the large organ for play, but isn’t as much as play area as Winnie the Pooh. Speculation is expecting more interactive queues in Fantasyland, but nothing official has been announced.
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