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The BEST Quiet Places to Escape Crowds at Disney World

Best quiet places to escape holiday crowds in disney world
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If you know anything about Walt Disney World, you know that Disney Parks can attract huge crowds. However, nothing can compare to the crowds at the Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays. With hundreds of thousands of guests traveling to experience Disney World, crowds can sometimes become overwhelming. Today, I’ve compiled a list of the best quiet places to avoid crowds at Disney World.

Disney World is filled with environments that can become crowded, loud, and overstimulating. When you combine these factors with extra guests visiting for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and seasonal EPCOT festivals, no one would blame you for needing a break. Even though the parks can appear super crowded, we have a few lesser-known spaces where you can relax.

Baby Care Centers

Baby care center magic kingdom

If you have young kids, you should familiarize yourself with the Baby Care Centers in each Disney park. These centers are designed to offer a private and quiet place for families to change diapers and feed children. They even provide a separate private room for nursing mothers.

The Baby Care Centers are staffed by Cast Members and sell items such as bottles, diapers, and assorted sundries. Even if you have older kids who just need space to decompress, these are great quiet places to keep in mind.

Upstairs Dining in Magic Kingdom

Windows at Pinocchio village haus overlooking its a small world attraction

Though it’s not technically hidden, not many people know that two Magic Kingdom quick-service restaurants offer upstairs seating.

At Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland and Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square, you can enjoy your food in a second-floor dining room. These upstairs dining rooms offer great, air-conditioned, quiet spaces and less crowded. These are perfect if you’re looking for a peaceful place to decompress with a meal or need extra room for a child to burn off some energy.

Related: The Best Disney World Restaurants You’ve Never Been To

Morocco Pavilion in EPCOT

Morocco Pavilion in EPCOT's World Showcase

EPCOT’s World Showcase can become very crowded, especially in the evenings. However, throughout World Showcase, you will find several secluded areas that are great for a quick break. In the back of EPCOT’s Morocco Pavilion, you’ll find a quiet and peaceful spot to rest. This area is still outside, so beware of the heat, but it’s more secluded, offering a nice break from the crowds.

During select EPCOT festivals, the Restaurant Marrakesh is used as a seasonal lounge, which attracts more guests than usual, so check before you go.

Related: Secret Lounge Returns to EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival

Japanese Gardens

Katsura Grill Seating

Another tremendous quiet area can be found in the Japan pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase. This large pavilion offers dining and merchandise locations that attract more of the visiting crowds. However, if you travel uphill to the pavilion’s second level, you’ll find a more secluded flower garden.

This garden has a koi pond and a peaceful, relaxing area behind Katsura Grill. This is one of the best quiet places to take advantage of during the evenings.

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars Launch Bay

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it can be hard to feel like there’s any quiet corner from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Sunset Boulevard. However, the Star Wars Launch Bay in Animation Courtyard is a great place to relax and enjoy a quiet place.

While the Launch Bay has character meet and greets and exhibits on display, it’s often less crowded and has lots of space. This air-conditioned space is a great place for a quick break in your park day.

Flame Tree Barbecue

flame tree barbecue patio seating

You may be tempted to rule out Flame Tree Barbecue when you need a relaxing place to take a break because of its popularity. While this is a popular quick-service restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, its outdoor seating area provides a great relaxing place. There’s tons of seating with beautiful views, and if you visit during non-peak dining hours, you’ll find lots of space to enjoy.

Attractions with Low Wait Times

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Theme Park attractions may seem like the main draw for many crowds, but some offer a delightful break. I can’t promise that these will always have a low wait time with no crowd, so check your My Disney Experience app before you go. These are some of the best attractions that offer quiet places and a quick break:

  • Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom
  • Tomorrowland PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom
  • Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom
  • Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom
  • Living with the Land at EPCOT
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at EPCOT
  • Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 at EPCOT
  • Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios
  • Walt Disney Presents at Hollywood Studios
  • Muppet Vision 3D at Hollywood Studios
  • Conservation Station at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug! at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Exposition Park at Disney Springs

disney springs brick signage

Credit: Becky Burkett

Even though Disney Springs sees large crowds, you can find a break at Exposition Park. This area is located at Disney Springs West Side, across from Disney’s Candy Cauldron and Super Hero Headquarters. This is a great outdoor space for kids to move around, and it offers benches where you can take a break in a quiet place.

What is your favorite quiet place at Disney? Let us know in the comments!

About Megan Losey

As a Disney foodie, I love writing about Disney food and snacks. Some of my favorites are the Carrot Cake Cookie from Trolley Car Cafe, the Mickey Beignets from Port Orleans French Quarter, and the Apple Blossom from Port Orleans Riverside. When I'm visiting the parks, you can find me on Main Street taking in the good vibe of Magic Kingdom or relaxing with a drink at the Polynesian watching the fireworks from the beach. As a previous Cast Member, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Magic Kingdom, especially Main Street U.S.A.

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