These activities are included with your park admission, fun, educational, and gives you a glimpse into often overlooked details and areas of Walt Disney World.
I knew about a few of these when we visited last year. The others I found when the kids and I decided to wander around while Daddy and the Uncles went on rides.
My little man was especially excited to do something special since he was just shy of the magical 40inches needed for most rides. The hands on adventures we went on entertained both the kids and it was a lot of fun solving riddles and finding new areas of the parks to explore!
1. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
Join the Sorcerers at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A. Using Merlin’s magical map, complete missions around the Magic Kingdom and unlock Magic Portals using your Sorcerer Key card. Fight off Hades and his henchmen using your Spell Cards. Watch out for those infamous Disney Villains as they try to thwart you and get to the crystal shards before you!
2. Pirate Treasure Map Hunt.
Sign up at the Enlistement Quarters in Adventureland near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. These maps took us around Adventureland and we discovered hidden magic!
3. Kidcot Fun Stops in Epcot.
See a Cast Member at any Kidcot Fun Stops to receive your free Duffy the Disney Bear that your child can decorate at each station. As you travel around the World Showcase Kidcot Fun Stops, each Cast Member will share fun facts about their native country, like how to say hello, and give your kids a stamp for their Duffy. World Showcase Passports are also available for purchase.
4. Wilderness Explorers in Animal Kingdom.
After watching UP we all wanted to be Wilderness Explorers. Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can join the team! Complete each challenge and collect a new sticker to place in your official Wilderness Explorer field guide. Collect all 30 and earn the right the Wilderness Explorers call Caw! Caw! Roar!
5. The Boneyard.
Found inside DinoLand U.S.A. The Boneyard is place where your little archeologists can run, jump, climb, and dig their way around the past! This place saved the day when little man was devastated he could not ride Dinosaur. We also enjoyed cooling off in the shaded seating area.
6. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure.
Because who wouldn’t want to feel as tiny as an ant? The Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure is a playground full of super-sized fun that transports you into the movie. Climb on the back of an ant or try to find your way out of a root maze. The whole family will love it!
7. Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station.
If you are looking for a way to beat the heat, head over to the Storybook Circus inside Fantasyland of Magic Kingdom. The Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station is a brightly colored open area that everyone can enjoy. I may have ran through a few times! There is also seating around the Station where parents can take a load off and the family can regroup before their next Magic Kingdom adventure!
8. The Laughin’ Place Playground.
This was another find when little man didn’t meet a height requirement. Located beside Splash Mountain in a shaded area is this cute little playground. While we waited for Daddy and the Princess, he got to climb, slide, and explore Brer Rabbit’s home. It was also nice to take a break from the sun and sit for a spell.
Bonus: If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, each one has their own playground area for the family to enjoy! We loved the Art of Animation’s playground and pool areas, so much to see and do!
What is your favorite Magic Less Traveled experience at the Disney Parks?
Everyone had so much fun at our Leap Into Gaming Party featuring the brand new LeapTV from LeapFrog! LeapTV is on the top of all the toy lists this year and after having played it, I can definitely see why.
All the kiddos wanted to get the party started with a dance competition.
After the dance competition, they decided on Snowboarding for their LeapTV Olympics!
Once you have setup your LeapTV with your child(ren)’s information, the console self adjusts to their age and abilities. For example the gates the kids had to snowboard through were labeled with stars and low numbers for my 5 year old. For my daughter, her numbers were higher without any stars. I was impressed with how the game knew to switch it up for them and how it made the kids excited to do math. Games > worksheets!
Seriously though, can we talk about how we didn’t have these cool games to play to learn math. I would have enjoyed it more if class included snowboarding!
All that play works up a big appetite; time to refuel!
Cousin Toad’s Cranberry Lemonade Punch, Fruit & Cheese Kabobs, and LeapTV Turkey Roll-Ups
LeapTV is one of the top toys of 2014! I say that is a well deserved title. The kids have a BLAST playing it, no arguments, and they are learning something at the same time. All the parents say hallelujah!
Gaming just got smarter with LeapTVTM active video gaming system. The LeapTVTM system gets kids into the action while teaching core skills across reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Games adapt to each child’s level-starting with age, and then automatically adjusting the learning for just the right challenge.
Three Unique Ways to Play
- Body Motion
- Pointer Play
- Classic Control
There are over 100 LeapFrog educator-approved games and videos, plus 9 cartridge games available for the LeapTV. Each LeapTV system includes: console, motion-sensing camera, camera mount, transforming controller with wrist strap, HDMI cable, 16GB of memory, and built in Wi-Fi for downloads.
Pick up your LeapTV today!
I have received free products in order to host the Leap Into Gaming party. The opinions expressed here are my own.
My kids are Disney Kids. I am a slightly bigger Disney Kid. Yes, I am that mom who sings right along with Sharky and Bones, Sophia, and knows all the character moves to the Hot Dog song.
Hosting a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate was another chance to show our Disney Side with friends. Bringing the magic of Disney and showing that dreams can come true to these kids is a honor. I love nothing more than to share my love for all things Disney!
When I saw all the Jake and the Neverland Pirates decorations I was psyched. We are fans of them all-Mickey, Sophia, Sheriff Callie, you name it. There is just something about pirates, savvy?
Getting the kids involved in the party planning is a part of the fun for me. They offered to share their Jake and the Neverland Pirate toys with me and their friends. Bucky and the Crew were perfect for the centerpiece according to my little Pirate and the Princess arranged everyone on board.
We kicked off our Disney Kids playdate with fun activities and games.
The Kinetic Sand in our party kits meant beach fun in the middle of Fall. It also meant Mommy would allow sand play inside- wow! Build a pirate sand castle, hide yerr treasure, or do whatever it is my Pirate is doing in the picture. No matter what you will be having a blast!
To keep that Sneaky Snook away, Tic Tock Croc joined us for the playdate. He was ready to eat any crayons if they strayed too close to my walls.
“Which Disney Junior Character Are You?” Fortune Teller
This one brought back memories! I use to make these all the time with my friends as a kid. And now I remember how to fold them the right way!
Disney Side Bingo! I had the kiddos yell out DISNEY SIDE instead of Bingo when they landed 5 in a row.
I had to giggle at their serious faces. They were playing to win that’s for sure!
Disney Junior Straw Banners
These turned into a crazy game of run around/freeze dance. I loved watching them come up with dance moves for their favorite Disney Junior friends!
Pirates love to play but they also love to eat. Come into the Galley to get your grub! We had snacks fit for the best pirates that have ever sailed the Never Sea!
- Tic Tock Croc Crunchy Veggies
- Jake Forever Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
- Cupcakes for the Crew
- Crunchmaster Grammy Crisps
- Pirate Princess Punch
Disney Parks sent along cute luggage tags for everyone. My Princess used hers to make a tag for her backpack and dance bag. She helped her brother with his too. All the kids loved personalizing their tags. A few were trying to convince their parents these meant they could go to Walt Disney World soon!
Watching the Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD is always a special moment in any Disney party. It adds just the right amount of Pixie Dust to our day and I love watching the kids’ faces light up when they see their favorite characters.
Grab yerrr treasure mateys before you leave! These bags are filled with a Clif Kid Z Bar, Spyglass, Gold Doubloon Necklace, Bouncy Ball, Coloring Pages, and more! The cute Mickey Mouse chore chart was a favorite with the parents, anything to help encourage good manners and a clean room right?!
From my Disney Kids to yours- Have a magical day!
Who is your favorite Disney Junior character?
*I have received free products in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own.
My kids love the Nordic Berries and Omega-3 Gummy Fish. They do not let me forget that they need their vitamins for the day! It’s a nice switch from the pouts of why do we have to take these? I’m happy they want to take their Nordic Naturals. Omega-3 is essential for their optimal health and most children do not get enough.
Do you want to know a secret? These may look like and be sold with kid vitamins but adults can take them too! That’s right! No more boring, bland, adult vitamins. Go ahead and enjoy your preventative health measures again! Oh and we need Omega-3 too so this is a perfect way to get it, especially if you are not a fan of fish.
Nordic Naturals have a great tart taste without any bitterness. Their fish oil is high quality and the way they make the vitamins prevents that nasty fish oil after taste others have.
We have been fans of Nordic Naturals for awhile. When I heard part of the team would be attending ShiftCon as well I could not wait to meet them. Talking with the group, I was able to hear first hand what makes Nordic Naturals different from other “natural” vitamins out there. We love Nordic Naturals for many reasons and I know you will too.
The entire process that goes into making the Nordic Naturals product line is one that focuses on the health of the consumer and the environment. Nordic Naturals are Non-GMO, taste great, natural, made with freshest fish oil in the world, and they do all this great work using sustainable manufacturing.
You can find Nordic Naturals at Whole Foods, Wegmans, Amazon, and other retailers.
Note: That is not to say we do not ever get sick. When we do, which is typically only 2x a year, it never lasts very long and we are back to 100% the next day. I attribute our bounce back rate to a healthy lifestyle. Taking a daily multivitamin is a crucial part of that lifestyle. I’m not a doctor but I know our results! Most Americans take a supplement of some sort; why not take one that is free of all the processed junk and is 100% good for you?
I received free product for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.
Big Hero 6 is based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada needs to harness his genius and save his world. He couldn’t do it alone though. Hiro, Baymax, Go Go Tamago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred, create their organ story, fights the villains, and learn what it takes to be heroes like the ones they read about in comics.
Big Hero 6 is and epic movie perfect for everyone in the family! It has all the Marvel flair you love made perfect for the younger heroes in your home. The storyline is new, refreshing, and all that other technical adult stuff that makes it great.
Verdict: The husband and I really had a good time and want to see it again. More importantly, the Princess and Little Man loved the movie from start to finish. He runs around pretending to be Baymax “Hello, I am Baymax” “Lowwww battterrrrrryy.” She is all about Baymax because he is sooo cute and how awesome the girls Honey Lemon and Go Go Tamago are in the movie. For the adults in the audience, you will enjoy all the comic book references and humor. Be sure to look carefully, you might see a familiar face.
Parents with little ones asked me if I thought it was too scary or dark. I think the action isn’t that intense that a child would feel uncomfortable. There are sad moments, that may or may not go over your child’s head. It opens the door for parents to discuss grief and coping (think UP). The sadder and more action filled moments are balanced out with comedic relief and good vibes all around.
I wasn’t expecting the depth of the story. Like a lot of people I went into it thinking okay, super smart kid builds robot, fights bad guy, we all laugh, enjoy the action, the end. There is so much more to this movie. Hiro, Baymax, his Aunt, brother, the rest of the team they aren’t just fighting the bad guy. They are becoming a family and learning what it means to be there for one another, loving, forgiving, no matter what. To see how the characters grow from the beginning to the end is heartwarming. Big Hero 6 is about the bonds of family, helping others, changing lives, and learning to be selfless. Go see it this weekend with the ones you love!
Action packed with a lot of heart, Big Hero 6 is a must see!
We all hope to see more from Big Hero 6. Maybe Nick Fury could use their help.
I think if I had Baymax he would say my brain levels indicate I need coffee and then he would deliver Starbucks to me with the occasional cake pop.
Special note: Stay through the credits, it wouldn’t be a superhero movie without a special scene at the end. Adults will especially love it!
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Big Hero 6 is in theaters now!