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There’s no need to wait until kids are in elementary school to bring them to Orlando — not when every park has plenty to wow the littlest park goers and their parents, including big, interactive play areas designed just for them.


At Walt Disney World:

  • The Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland doubled the size of Fantasyland with everything from the iconic Dumbo ride, the chance to meet and greet the princesses at A Princess Fairytale Hall, and the Barnstormer coaster that’s the perfect size for preschoolers.
  • The Boneyard at Dinoland U.S.A. at Animal Kingdom lets your little paleontologists dig for “fossils” in a gigantic sandbox, play on a xylophone that looks like dinosaur ribs and head down prehistoric slides.
  • Turtle Talk with Crush is that loveable animated creature’s home at Epcot’s Future World.
  • See “Muppet Vision 3D The Great Movie Ride” and “Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage.”

At Sea World:

  • Shamu’s Happy Harbor at SeaWorld includes a four-story play area of climbing nets, tunnels, water slides and a water maze, a Sea Carousel, Swishy Fishies ride and more.

At Universal Island’s of Adventure:

  • Parents as well as young kids love Seussland, especially The Cat in the Hat attraction where you ride your couch through the pages of the famous book.

At Universal Studios Florida:

  • Curious George Goes to Town offers a water playground with pipes, spray guns, giant roof buckets that dump water on those below, a foam-ball playground with chutes, tubes and more.

At LEGOLAND Florida, about 45 minutes from Orlando:

  • DUPLO Valley, scheduled to open this Spring, is designed so even toddlers can drive a tractor and help farmers plow a field. There’s an adjacent splash area set among larger than life farm animals.

Most important, leave when the kids have had enough. There’s always tomorrow — or next year.

Eileen is the author of the syndicated column Taking the Kids and the Kid’s Guide to Orlando, part of the Kid’s Guide Series from Globe Pequot Press. For a more complete list of what each park has for kids, check out Taking the Kids .


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