We recently spent some time at the Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. It really is a great place that may get overlooked — maybe people just don’t know it exists! As I basked in the glory of shade and fans, drinking my ice cold water, I decided that this amazing playground deserved its own post.
Nicole has written some about the Boneyard in a post here. I know it is a favorite of her son, as well. So, “What is the boneyard and why is it great?” I’m glad you asked!
First, let me start by saying I feel like Animal Kingdom is lacking in some really child friendly rides and activities. (Nicole has you covered with the best things for kids at this park here.) But, think about it: Triceratops spin= lame, Dinosaur= terrifying, and Primeval Whirl= my kids are too short.. 48 inches is the requirement for this ride! See where I am going with this? Enter the Boneyard!
The Boneyard is themed like an archaeological dig site. It has slides, net bridges, and other hidden pathways for the kids to explore. There is only one way in and one way out(thank you, Disney), so don’t worry about losing your kid. And there are both big kid and little kid slides, plus a Jeep for pretending you are scouting out the site, and some caves to explore. The Boneyard has SO much to offer!
In one section of the Boneyard, there are some dinosaur footprints that make different dinosaur roars when you stomp on them. We’ve even spotted Pluto in this area stomping around with the kids. That’s right, Pluto!! (Get it? He was in the bone yard…) I love this type of character interaction. It reminds me of when I was a kid and you could just causally run into your favorite character walking down Main Street. Anyhow, we love any chance to have some interaction with characters that doesn’t require waiting in a very long line. (My kids don’t dig it. See what I did there?) You can hang out with him and and play around, snap a picture, and generally just have fun.
After rocking out with Pluto, kids can head up some steps and cross a bridge that is basically a tunnel through suspended dinosaur ribs. Very Cool right? Once they cross over this bridge they will find a Wilderness Explorer who will help them complete one of their badges. If you are not sure what I am referring to, read about it here.
Here, kids will also find the active dig site. This area is filled with “pea gravel” and loaded with buckets and shovels. In this space, the children are all working together to uncover the massive woolly mammoth bones buried in the gravel. This area is also great to take a break from the sun. The whole area is covered and has some large fans cooling the whole place down and creating a breeze. There is also a water fountain here if you are willing to brave the Florida water.
Although you may not want to spend your park time at a giant well-themed Disney playground, remember it has interactive elements as well as character interactions. I think it is worth at least a 30-minute stop. It’s not scary, there is no height requirement, and it’s not a knock-off Dumbo ride. Your kids will love this space and probably not want to leave. The Boneyard opens at 10am and with its closure dependent on park hours.
Thanks to @thezipadeedocrew for the use of the featured image