The Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Every child needs a place to play at some point on vacation. And the Boneyard at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is one of the best places in all of Disney World for kids to do just that.

In fact, I find myself a bit jealous of the area and wish I’d had such a nice place to enjoy when I was younger. The Boneyard is probably going to be one of those places you are grateful for when the kids are going full force and you are ready for a break. Let me tell you about this special area.

The Boneyard at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Here are the quick reference details for accessing the play area.

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DinoLand U.S.A

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Letting kids play while parents
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The Boneyard

When you cross into DinoLand U.S.A. from Discovery Island you’ll walk underneath a dinosaur skeleton bridge. Just look up, you can’t miss it. This bridge is part of an extension of The Boneyard play area. You’ll find the entrance up ahead on your immediate left.

The Boneyard is a tremendously large play area for children. It might be compared to the size of one of those common indoor play areas that you pay admission to visit with your children.

There are a variety of ropes and climbing apparatuses available. The Boneyard is made up of several different areas and levels. You’ll find a few places for smaller children to play separately on the main level.

My favorite place to take my niece is on the second level over the dinosaur bridge to the dig site. This area is a bit calmer than the playground portion and offers children an opportunity to dig around a bit for fossils. You’ll find a few plastic buckets and shovels to use in the area.

The dig site is a good place to keep your eyes on children as well. When you are in the larger, more open area there are so many nooks and crannies, including caves and slides, that children can easily tend to disappear from sight momentarily. And as you probably know, that can lead to a bit of panic.

One thing I’ve noticed on my visits is that there’s usually a cast member standing at the entrance and they won’t let children in or out of the area unattended. But that’s not to say a child couldn’t easily slip by when someone else was leaving at the same time.

Keep this one in mind for when the children need to burn off a little extra steam.

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As for The Boneyard, I’m always up for a dig in the sand, are you?

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