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Top Ten Quiet Spots at Walt Disney World

Top Ten Quiet Spots at Walt Disney World

The words “quiet” and “Disney” do not seem to go together very well. Disney is loud. It sometimes seems like there’s a live performance around every corner, with the speakers turned up and the lights flashing. The truth of the matter is that a Walt Disney World vacation is exhausting. Taking a breather is an important part of staying sane while you are there. That is what this list is for. Some of the places here offer seats so that you can rest. Others might keep you on your feet but you can still slow your pace down a bit.

The shows at Walt Disney World are a great place to sit down and sometimes get an air conditioned break, but they are still often loud. That is why the shows aren’t on this list. I’ve also stayed away from the resorts. Sometimes relaxing by the pool can be exactly what you need, but it takes time to get there. Another great place to take a breather is in the lobby of any of the Disney resort hotels. You can sit down for a little while and enjoy the air conditioning, even if you’re not staying at that hotel. The reason they aren’t on this list is because of the time involved. This list is intended to give you an immediate break while at one of the four parks. Restaurants are also not included on this list because it’s hit or miss on how quiet they will be.

Remember that the best way to enjoy a day at any of the Walt Disney World theme parks is to pace yourself. The purpose of this list is to help you do just that. If you slow down your speed for a little while you’ll soon have the energy to pick it back up and enjoy your day even more.

10) Area Approaching DINOSAUR

Dinoland U.S.A., Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There is nothing quiet or relaxing about DINOSAUR. It is a loud, jerky ride that causes many people to scream. The area around it is a whole different story. There are dinosaur statues to look at and there is plenty of room. You can sit on a bench and if you’re lucky you might even find some shade. It’s a great place to people watch while they’re rushing to get in line for the ride. Pull the stroller over and let your little one take a nap while you take a break yourself.

9) The American Adventure Fountain

The American Adventure Pavilion, Epcot

World Showcase is full of great places to relax and recharge. It is especially nice when the area first opens because it won’t yet be too crowded. Sit down for a few minutes by the fountain in the front of the American Adventure’s colonial-style building. If it’s hot, go inside for a little while and explore the American Heritage Gallery. Because the pavilion is located near the middle of World Showcase you’ll want to relax for a little while by the time that you get there.

8) Tom Sawyer Island

Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

Since the Magic Kingdom is usually the most crowded of the four parks it is difficult to get away from the noise. It is also the park where people want to do it all. What’s nice about Tom Sawyer Island is that guests who are in a hurry often decide that it will take too long so they walk by. Grab one of the rocking chairs and “sit a spell”. You will have a great view of the area and you will be able to enjoy life at a slower pace, at least for a few minutes.

7) Fountain of Nations

Future World, Epcot

Behind Spaceship Earth is an incredible place to take a breather. The Fountain of Nations is beautiful. Every 15 minutes the fountain “performs” to music. If you’re up close on a windy day you might get wet! There are plenty of benches in the area so take a seat and watch the outdoor show for a cycle or two. The cool mist will feel nice on a hot day and you will marvel at how perfectly the dancing water matches the music.

6) Streets of America

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The hardest park to find a quiet place it is probably Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In size it is the smallest of the parks and the theme of it calls for everything to be loud and boisterous. While the Streets of America section isn’t exactly quiet during the day, most people are just rushing through. There are a couple of benches where you can sit if you want. If Mulch, Sweat & Shears is performing the area won’t be quiet, but the show doesn’t last too long. It will also be packed when Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show gets out but the mob will pass quickly. The area is especially nice in the evenings, it is almost deserted. Of course everything changes during the holidays when The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is on. Then the area is a madhouse.

5) Animal Trails

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

One of the many nice things about the animal trails and treks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is that you can take them at your own pace. There is plenty of shade and there are places to sit down along the way. Take your time and enjoy them. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for the animals and you’ll also be more relaxed when you’re done. Make sure you have your camera ready as you explore. You’ll end up with one of a kind pictures.

4) Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

Mickey Avenue, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you’re looking at take a break and get out of the heat (or the rain) head to Mickey Avenue. There you’ll find an exhibit that many people will pass by on their way to ride Toy Story Midway Mania!. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream offers an air conditioned place to slow down for a little while. Inside you can learn about the man who started it all. There’s also information on the Disney theme parks around the world. Towards the end of the walk through tour there are benches where you can sit for a little while. Once you’re done with the exhibits and the benches you can watch a 15 minute movie based on Walt Disney’s life. The theater exits to the outdoors so if you want a longer break, grab a seat on the right when you first enter, then after the audience exits move down the row and watch it again.

3) Canadian Gardens

Canada Pavilion, Epcot

The Canadian Rockies, a 30 foot waterfall, and beautifully sculpted gardens; this area begs you to take a breather! You’ll want to take your time to get a feel for it all. You might end up spending more time there than you had planned, the gardens are that incredible. One word of warning, if you’re looking to relax you might want to skip the O Canada! show. The Circle-Vision 360 film can cause dizziness, even to people who aren’t usually prone to motion sickness.

2) Plaza Rose Garden

End of Main Street, U.S.A., Magic Kingdom

You might think that there’s nothing peaceful available anywhere near the Magic Kingdom’s entrance, but you’d be wrong. The Plaza Rose Garden is located a little to the right of Cinderella Castle, towards the entrance to Tomorrowland. The garden is award winning and it is a beautiful spot. You can literally stop and smell the roses here. There are a few benches so you can sit down for a little while. In the distance you’ll be able to hear the music that is played on Main Street, U.S.A. Many people hurry by in their rush to get to Space Mountain and they never even notice this gorgeous spot. If you’re trying to relax you’ll want to avoid the garden near the time for a parade of the nightly fireworks, but it’s usually fairly quiet at other times of the day.

1) Quiet Rides

All Four Theme Parks

The problem with looking for a quiet spot on a Disney vacation is that you might feel like you are wasting time. There is an easy solution to that, ride a quiet ride! You can sit down for a little while and still be doing “something Disney” at the same time. At the Magic Kingdom you could ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover or Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, the lines are usually short for either one. You could also Hop on the Walt Disney World Railroad and take a spin around the park. At Epcot, Spaceship Earth and The Seas With Nemo & Friends are both great family rides that also give you a break. If you’re headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios try The Great Movie Ride for a 22 minute journey into some classic films. Wildlife Express Train at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will also give you the opportunity to get off of your feet for a few minutes. These aren’t the only quiet rides, explore the parks for yourself and you just might find a new favorite.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novel Dream Wanderers, the sequel is due out in 2012. I also am a co-author of the InsideScoop To Walt Disney World series. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World. You can email Paula at paula@disdining.com