9 Activities For Kids to Enjoy Around Disney World Resort Hotels

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You’ve planned the perfect Walt Disney World vacation- reserved character meals, obtained FastPasses, and scheduled time to ride all of the kid-friendly rides- and yet somehow, your child still wants to do things “at the hotel.” Sometimes the parks can be overwhelming, and kids express this desire for some down time.   Luckily, there are tons of amazing activities for kids to do at Walt Disney World resorts.  If you’re able to “let it go” and slow down the pace of your trip to check out some of the activities, you’ll probably be glad that you did.  When you check into your resort, grab an activity guide so you know when and where all the fun happens. Here are some of our favorite activities for kids (and parents, too) to enjoy at the resorts. 

Shopping for a friend to take home

Your little one will love bringing a friend home from Disney!   Each resort has at least one delightful shop with fabulous options for a Disney friend plushie.  Or maybe another item like a t-shirt or bath toy.  Whatever your child chooses, it'll bring a smile to their face! 

Enjoying pool time

Perhaps the most obvious on this list is pool time!  It’s a huge motivator for most kiddos. Some kids just love to swim and be in the water; others love the thrill of a water slide.  Many of the resort pools also have excellent splash pad/play areas for children. Check the resort activity guide to find out when there are special events at the pool, like games, dance parties, or craft and tie-dye activities.  

Searching for pressed pennies

Collecting pressed pennies is a fun past-time, and there are certainly loads of machines to search for.  Be sure to get a pressed penny book to hold your growing collection. With approximately 120 pressed penny locations on Walt Disney Property, you’ll find nearly 30 of those located at resorts.  You can use the interactive map on Disney’s website or on My Disney Experience to find exact locations.  

Collecting pins

Is your family into pin collecting? In addition to making trades in the parks with Cast Members, you can also find many opportunities to trade at the resorts.  You may have better luck searching for pins to add to your collection if you check the pin boards where you’re staying. Ask everywhere! Bell Services or the Concierge might even have a pin book that you can flip through.  Of course, if you’d like to purchase a special pin as a reminder of your trip, check the gift shop! You can make an event of this activity and do a “pin crawl”, stopping off at each of the resorts along the monorail to check for pins.  

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