Hitting the parks last minute? Couldn’t get the fast passes you want? Want to try something new? Here is our list of fun things our kids love that don’t require a FastPass. Just remember, you can have some good quality family fun even if you aren’t riding Splash Mountain.
- Tom Sawyer Island
This attraction is a must for the Drennon boys each visit. They can’t get enough of exploring the caves and fort and bounding across the barrel bridge. Its tons of fun and really feels like a Disney classic. Plus, it is never too crowded. It is also the only location in Magic Kingdom with a playground and picnic tables. It is a great place to bring and eat a picnic lunch. I know what you are thinking – you didn’t come all this way for a playground, right? But, Tom Sawyer Island really is a great spot to let your kids move and have a break from waiting in line.
- A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasure of the Seven Seas
This activity takes you all over Adventureland. This is a free activity. You sign up at the Crows Nest, which is in the walkway from Adventureland to Frontierland. Your MagicBand or ticket will get you signed up for 1 of 5 adventures. You are given a treasure map and sent off to find clues throughout Adventureland. I won’t spoil it for you, but there are fun hidden gems and interactive elements that you would otherwise pass by. Each map takes about 20 minutes. After 2 or 3 maps, you will receive a paper FastPass to ride The Pirates of the Caribbean. As a bonus, your kids get fun treasure maps and cards following this activity (free souvenir).
Pro Tip: At some point your adventure will take you close to Aloha Isle, take this opportunity to excuse yourself to get the dole whip treat of your choice.
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Another free activity that is fun to take advantage of is Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. You can sign up for free at the Fire Station. You will receive a set of cards and a map. You will take your cards and fight various villains across the entire Magic Kingdom. There are hidden portals all over the place. Super fun and, again, you walk away with a free souvenir.
Pro tip: There is one right next to Aloha Isle……
- Phineas and Ferb Agent Ps World Showcase Adventure
This is another free game you can play, this time at EPCOT. You use your smartphone’s location service to activate fun, interactive elements in several countries. You can activate this game via your myDisney experience app or dial in the website http://agentpwsa.com/. It’s fun, the boys love it, and we can grab a snack or drink while we do it!
- Wilderness Explorers
Grab a field guide as you head towards the Tree of Life (or get them in almost any area you see wilderness guides). This is a great way to learn about animals, culture, and about the park in general. This is also a fun way to get involved with some amazing cast member interactions. There are wonderful pieces of information and teaching moments all over this park. I will say my 6-year-old is much more engaged in this activity than my 4-year-old. I think elementary aged kids will benefit the most from this set of activities.
Take your time in the parks. Not everything you do needs to be an A-ticket attraction. Let your kids explore the lesser known areas of the park with you. Also, always grab a dole whip.
Thanks to @mickeys_photographer, @thezipadeedocrew, and @magicalshannonmarie for letting me use their pictures.