The Best Places to Rest in the Disney World Parks
I love Disney World as much as anyone, but sometimes I need a break! The crowds combined with the heat can just get to be too much when you’re in the parks.
Luckily, there are a lot of ways to take a break when you’re in Disney World. You can pop into an air conditioned store, show, or restaurant, or go get on a ride with cool air and a short wait.
But sometimes you do simply need to sit and have some peace and quiet, and we’re here to tell you about the best places to rest in the Disney World parks!
Best Places to Rest in Disney World
Disney World has a list of areas in the theme parks that are great for taking a break, areas to relax, or just places that are usually less busy than others if you need to take a break from big crowds. So, let’s talk about it!
First up is Magic Kingdom, which can definitely see its fair share of crowds. If you’re looking for a place to take a breather, one good option is the First Aid area on Main Street, U.S.A., which typically isn’t very crowded and has some benches outside.
Another spot on Main Street is the side street by the Crystal Arts store. This is just a little area that dead ends so no one can use it as a way to get somewhere else meaning it’s usually not crowded.
Over in Adventureland, Disney suggests Swiss Family Treehouse. This is a walkthrough attraction but there is usually seating nearby, or you can take a leisurely stroll up through the treehouse, which doesn’t get very crowded often.
Also available is the corridor to the left of Pirates of the Caribbean. Hang out right here to relax!
Frontierland, Tom Sawyer Island is an awesome option, just know that you have to take a little raft to get over there. On the island you’ll find tons of shade and seating areas that include rocking chairs.
You can also usually hang out in the Splash Mountain garden area, but since Splash Mountain is closed right now, it’s a bit more chaotic. You can still get back in the area, though.
In Liberty Square, it’s suggested that the area behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe is a good spot to take a breather. This is near where the gazebo is.
Fantasyland has a few more options, one being the pathway leading from Cinderella Castle to Fairytale Garden. Another option is the Pete’s Silly Sideshow area.
And, you can take a break on the pathway behind the Barnstormer as well.
In Tomorrowland, Disney says that the area near Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a good spot. Relax on the benches!
At Hollywood Studios, a good spot to rest is near the First Aid on Hollywood Boulevard.
Near Echo Lake, the suggestion is that the walkway around the lake is a nice spot to relax.
Animation Courtyard has a decent amount of benches for you to sit down on…
…and there’s another courtyard area by Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.
On Commissary Lane, outside of ABC Commissary is a nice place to take a breather as well.
The pathway between Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge is another recommended spot. And, the tunnel between Grand Ave and Galaxy’s Edge is as well. The tunnel has some great shade!
In EPCOT, There is a courtyard and restroom area outside of the Imagination Pavilion in World Celebration. There is also the area near First Aid, which is a part of the Odyssey Center building next to Test Track.
Over in World Nature, the area between the Seas entrance and Coral Reef Restaurant is the spot…
…and in World Discovery, the common area near Mission: SPACE and Test Track is a decent place to rest as well.
In World Showcase, you’ve got a lot of options! In the Mexico pavilion, Disney suggests that the outside area to the right of the pavilion near the backstage gate is where to go.
In Germany, there is a garden area next to the shop Glaskunst where you can relax.
Japan also has some beautiful garden areas in the pavilion that will give you a very peaceful energy.
In Morocco, the village corridors are a great spot to get away from the crowds. A lot of this pavilion is pretty quiet right now due things still being closed in here.
In the France pavilion, to the right of the buildings along the water’s edge is a relaxing spot. Or, hang out near the International Gateway.
Finally, in the U.K. pavilion, the garden area at the back of the pavilion is a great spot to sit and rest. This only really applies when shows are not happening in the gazebo, though.
In Animal Kingdom, the First Aid area is once again a good spot to chill. It’s next to Creature Comforts on Discovery Island.
The Discovery Island Trails tend to be pretty quiet as well, and you get to see some animals along with awesome views of the Tree of Life.
In Africa, the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail has some nice spots in it to sit down and relax…
…and the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia has the same!
Finally, between Africa and Pandora, there is a long bridge that’s usually very quiet. You also get a nice view of the water and will sometimes see characters come by on flotillas!
Disney also noted that you can rest at table service and quick service restaurant seating areas during non-peak periods. We’d say that this is probably easier to do at quick service spots, since they’re more casual.
There you have it — the best place to rest, take a break, or relax in the parks. Stay tuned for more Disney World news, info, and updates.