Walt Disney World: 13 Best Places to Rest in the Parks | Walt Disney World

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Imagine you are walking through one of the Walt Disney World parks on a hot day – or maybe it’s not so hot (there are a few months where that is true!) but the crowds are heavy.  You get on a few rides, you take in a stage show, and now you need to take a breather.  Where do you go to cool down or to just get a minute to sit, recharge, and get (some) quiet before heading back out for more fun?  Here is a list of some of our favorite spots to refresh while in the Walt Disney World parks.

Places to Rest in Walt Disney World Parks

  1. Tomorrowland Transit Authority (PeopleMover); Magic Kingdom – This has got to be one of the top places to take a seat and take a breath.  There is typically only a short line for this attraction which makes it an easy go-to when you need a break but still want to feel like you are experiencing the park.  Countless children have fallen asleep on this ride and probably a few adults too.  This is one of our favorite ways to take a break at the Magic Kingdom.
  2. Spaceship Earth; Epcot – Our love for this attraction runs deep.  It is a slow-moving ride through the history of man and technology.  The narration is soothing, yet interesting.  The lighting is low and calming.  It’s the perfect place to just sit and let your head chill while not having to deal with the noise of crowds. This ride does sometimes have a line, but the line can be deceiving.  The ride is constantly moving so it moves the  line pretty quickly.  This is a definite must-do if you’re at Epcot looking for a breather.
  3. ABC Commissary; Hollywood Studios –  This restaurant has always been a favorite place to stop and cool off or to take cover when it’s raining.  It is pretty large, so you’ll rarely have to fight for seating.  There are also TV’s where you can watch clips of the popular shows currently airing on ABC.  It’s also situated at an in-between point from the front of the park to the back, so it’s a perfect midway stopping point.
  1. Carousel of Progress; Magic Kingdom – This is another great attraction that never has a long line.  Plus you get to go inside and sit on comfy seats.  You could actually take a short nap in there, but why would you want to?  We never get tired of watching this attraction’s family venture through time while singing about it! This ride is especially great on those unbearably hot days and you just need to get some sweet A/C.
  2. O Canada!; Epcot – This is a Circle-Vision 360 movie where you learn all about Canada with Martin Short. The downfall with this one is that there is no seating, but you do get to soak in some A/C and take a break from the crowds for a bit.  Another upside – there is never a line for this.
  3. Walt Disney Presents; Hollywood Studios – If you are looking to find a quiet setting to just mosey rather than a ride, this is the place.  Here you can walk at your own pace through an air-conditioned building while viewing the timeline of Walt’s life and artifacts from the rise of the Disney franchise.  Crowds are usually low here, so it can be a nice little escape in between attractions.
  1. The Hall of Presidents; Magic Kingdom – This attraction is in an auditorium which means comfy seats and air conditioning. There’s a bonus with this one because you’re basically sitting in a movie theater.  Everyone is quiet, it’s dark, and it’s the perfect temperature.  You can get a solid nap in here or just chill out and recharge. And bonus! You might learn a little while you’re in there!
  2. The Seas with Nemo & Friends; Epcot – Another great place to relax, especially with all of the underwater scenes.  Another slow moving ride which gives you time to rest and just take it all in.  Or you can just close your eyes and listen to the characters sing about the “Big Blue World”.  Once you exit the ride, you can go chill and watch the dolphins swim around while you recharge!
  3. Finding Nemo The Musical; Animal Kingdom – This is an adorable and visually stunning musical version of the Finding Nemo story.  It is held in a large auditorium with seats which makes it a great place to sit down, cool off, and rest while taking in a great show!
  4. Old Innoventions Building; Epcot – If you are really just looking for a cool place to sit and people watch, the old Innoventions building is the place for you.  There are tables and chairs to sit and eat a snack plus there are pretty comfy couches to sit and relax while you listen to the greatest theme park music on loop.  There are also charging stations on the side of the couches!
  1. Upstairs at Pinocchio Village Haus; Magic Kingdom – We recently discovered this little gem.  If you are grabbing a bite to eat and don’t want to squeeze into a tiny table downstairs, check to see if the upstairs is open here. There are some tables inside, but there are also tables outside and people rarely use them.  Now if you are looking to cool off and it’s the middle of July, don’t go sit out there.  But if it is a cooler day in October or November and you desire to have some peace and breathing room, scope this spot out. It gives you a chance to stare at the back of Cinderella’s Castle and people watch while taking a break.
  2. Star Wars Launch Bay; Hollywood Studios – While this area won’t necessarily give you a break from the crowds, it will get you out of the outdoor elements. The nice thing about this spot is there are Stormtroopers walking around and interacting with guests, meet and greets with Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, and pretty neat Star Wars props and art to check out!
  3. The American Adventure; Epcot – This show has a similar feel to the Hall of Presidents except the show runs almost 30 minutes.  You could easily get a solid 20 minute nap in and the seats are pretty comfortable too!  Now, we actually suggest watching this show because the animatronics are pretty great and the show is really well done.  Either way, it’s a really nice way to get off your feet while experiencing a bit of classic Epcot.

These are our favorite resting spots in Walt Disney World.  Do you have one we didn’t list?  Comment below!

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