Kids at WDW: Top 8 apps to keep kids entertained during downtime at Disney
Walt Disney World is bursting with entertainment options for kids. So why would you ever want them to have access to phone or tablet apps inside the parks? Well, as a general rule, I’d definitely recommend stowing those devices to better live in the moment. But there are certain times when apps can actually increase the magic in the parks, whether it be to simply pass the time while in lines or to add an interactive element that ups the cool factor.
Here are 10 apps to consider downloading before your next Walt Disney World vacation. 1. CHARADES! (FOR KIDS)
This is our go-to game while waiting in line because it keeps everyone interacting with each other. To play, you hold the phone up to your forehead and have family members give you hints to guess the correct word on the screen. The kids’ version has a Disney character section that’s especially timely.
2. DISNEY JIGSAW PUZZLES!
This free app is another one that kids can play together while waiting for food or riding in a side-by-side stroller. (Because the best apps can be played together, am I right?) The name says it all: put together a virtual puzzle of varying difficulty featuring favorite Disney characters.
3. HIDDEN MICKEYS
Based on the popular hobby of hunting for Mickey’s silhouette in unexpected places, this app is part scavenger hunt and part checklist. The app is $7.99, but if you plan to look for and log your Hidden Mickey search, the convenience could be worth the cost. Hidden Mickeys are a great park pastime for the whole family.
4. TIDBIT TRIVIA—DISNEY EDITION
Another great game to keep your family interacting during long waits, this app features a surprisingly vast range of trivia questions regarding Disney animated films. As you play, you’ll unlock interesting tidbits about the making of the movies.
5. LOTS TO DO IN LINE: WDW EDITION
As the name suggests, there is lots to do when you take notice of the theming in lines. This app prompts you with 1282 questions to answer and 1,852 treasures to find, all while you wait in the queues.
An extension of the Epcot Innoventions exhibit, the Colortopia app lets you play around with colors and photos. You can create your own color palettes or use the preloaded selections based on the nations of World Showcase.
7. KINGDOM KEEPERS MAGIC KINGDOM EXPERT QUEST
Fans of the Kingdom Keepers book series will love this set of puzzles involving book facts. Although it can be used at home, this app is best played within the Magic Kingdom, so it’s perfect to fill in little bits of down time and keep you conversing with your older kids.
8. AGENT P’s WORLD SHOWCASE ADVENTURE
This game is probably one of the most ingenious pieces of Imagineering, yet often gets overlooked. In this crime-fighting mission, you’ll travel to obscure corners of World Showcase and be wowed by the surprises in store. You need to be present at the Epcot check-in station to download this app, but trust me; it’s totally worth your time!
BONUS: Although apps that can be played together tend to be my favorite, sometimes a little quiet time is necessary. For instance, if grown ups are planning the park strategy over lunch, small kids might need a calming distraction. In that case, some great solo player Disney apps include Disney Crossy Roads, Nemo’s Reef, Tsum Tsum, or Beauty and The Beast Perfect Match.
These apps prove that if you use technology to your advantage, you can add even more magic to your Walt Disney World memories!