Arcades at Walt Disney World

On each trip to Walt Disney World our family (or at least my husband and oldest son) have to make a few stops at the resort arcade!  Even though we can play these same type games in our home town at the movie theaters, bowling alleys, Chuck E Cheese restaurants and malls, there’s just something more fun about playing these games at Disney!  Isn’t everything more fun at Disney than at home?!

There are several great times to visit the arcades at your resort.  We tend to visit on the first day, before we start hitting the parks and the last day, after we have finished the parks.  Other times are in the evenings after you return from the parks but aren’t quite ready to head to the room.  It’s also a nice place to hide if it’s raining outside!

The arcades are open from 7:00am to midnight.  The games offered are suited for all ages- mom and dad can find their favorite games from their Atari 2600 and Nintendo days.  Kids can find their favorite games from PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii.  Players can play sports, dance, battle aliens, play pinball, ride motorcycles and more.  If you win tickets from any of your games, you can redeem prizes from a cast member on hand.

When you enter the arcade, you need to find the vending machine kiosk where you can purchase an “Arcade Players Club Card” filled with game credits.  You can use cash, credit/ debit cards or your Key to the World card to purchase your play card.  Once you have  the card, you swipe the card into the games to play and you don’t have to worry about your stack of quarters falling off the machine!  The play cards can be refilled by visiting the vending machine kiosk at the arcade.  These cards can be used at any arcade on Walt Disney World property that uses the cashless play card system.

The following resorts at WDW have arcades:

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Beach Club Resort
  • BoardWalk Inn Resort
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Polynesian Resort
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Yacht Club Resort
  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside
  • All-Star Movies Resort
  • All-Star Music Resort
  • All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Old Key West Resort
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Have you or your family spent time at any of the arcades on property?  What were your thoughts?  I’d love to hear from you!!


About Beth Green

I'm a mom to 3 boys (newborn, 3 and 11), wife, full time youth minister, Auburn University grad and lover of all things Disney! I live in North Alabama and try to visit Walt Disney World as often as possible! You can find my personal Disney blog at
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8 Responses to Arcades at Walt Disney World

  1. My step son loves the arcades too. Parts him with his money everytime!

  2. Heidi says:

    We walked through the one at Port Orleans Riverside in May, but didn’t stop to play. I’m guessing that, in a few years, Ian may ask. We’ll see . . .

    • Beth Green says:

      I’m sure he will! My son is so competitive, he likes to play the games where he’ll win tickets- just to be able to brag about how many tickets he won!! He could care less about the cheap prizes he wins!!

  3. Natalie H. says:

    We always go to the arcades when my husband is with us. I am typically in the parks until after the arcades have closed so going usually does not work out! However, I love that you can take the unused balance on your Arcades Players Club Card with you for another play a different day!

    • Beth Green says:

      Again, it must be a guy thing! I’m with you Natalie- I’d rather be in the parks or in bed rather than the arcades, but my son LOVES them!!

  4. Great post! I love the arcades, it keeps the kids happy and I get to play too! 😉

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