The Best Attractions for Midday Breaks in the Disney Parks

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While a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort can be completely magical, it can also be completely exhausting. Guests spend long days in the Disney Parks walking countless steps, often in the high temperatures and high humidity that are common in Central Florida, especially during the summer months. In order to make it through a Walt Disney World Resort vacation without burning out and feeling miserable, Guests have to plan breaks where they give their bodies a chance to rest before continuing on. Lots of Guests enjoy returning to their Disney Resort for a nap and some pool time, but others prefer to remain in the Disney Parks, not to lose time spent traveling. Guests who are toughing out full days in the Disney Parks but need locations to take a quick midday break or nap should check out these perfect attractions!

Enchanted Tiki Room

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Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

The Magic Kingdom is home to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, a lively musical performance that can be found in Adventureland, across from the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room invites Guests to take a seat in an air-conditioned theater while birds, flowers, and other characters serenade them from above with a medley of catchy songs. While the show isn’t too lengthy and also has moments that can be loud, the air conditioning is always pumping, and the seating is comfortable enough to nod off for a few minutes and take a brief midday break.

Country Bear Jamboree

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Country Bear Jamboree

Another great spot for a midday break in the Magic Kingdom is the Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland, which brings Guests into a rustic and charming theater. Once the show begins, the lights dim and a large cast of bears come out to perform country hits individually and together for a grand finale. The theater that the Country Bear Jamboree is performed in is rather large, always refreshingly cold, and features bench seating where Guests can grab a spot in the back and catch a quick midday break or nap.

Stage at The Hall of Presidents

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The Hall of Presidents

A lengthier opportunity for a rest in the Magic Kingdom can be found in Liberty Square, inside a beautiful colonial brick building. The Hall of Presidents is a historical and entertaining show that shares the history of the office of the Presidency of the United States through an informative narration and dramatic presentation of audio-animatronic figures. The Hall of Presidents is a 25-minute show which offers Guests a solid chunk of time to settle into comfortable plush theater seating and take a much-needed, air-conditioned break in the dark.

Carousel of Progress

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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Moving over to Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom, Guests have a pair of attractions that offer up perfect opportunities for midday breaks, beginning with Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. This stage show features a unique theater that rotates around a central stage, where an audio-animatronic family shares the wonderful technology that has helped their lives over the century. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is just over twenty minutes in length, and the comfortable and dark theater seating is a great spot to take a rest while in the Magic Kingdom (plus the gentle movement of the theater certainly doesn’t hurt!).

Ride vehicle on Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

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Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

The other option that Guests have for a midday break in Tomorrowland is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, which can be found whisking Guests throughout the skies of the area. This open-air attraction features a leisurely tour of Tomorrowland with a combination of both indoor and outdoor portions. The comfortable seating, gentle movement of the cars, moments of air conditioning, and breeze from outside make this attraction relaxing and perfect for Guests looking to prop up their feet and take a rest.

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The American Adventure

Jumping over to EPCOT, the best attraction for a midday break or nap can be found in The American Adventure Pavilion in the center of the World Showcase. The American Adventure is an immersive show that combines narration, audio-animatronics, large sets, music, and more to tell the fascinating story of the American people. With a run time of just under 30 minutes, comfortable plush seating, and a cold and dark theater, The American Adventure is the perfect location for Guests who are looking to take a midday break in EPCOT to help re-energize for more wonderful experiences throughout the Disney Park.

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Impressions de France

Also found in EPCOT’s World Showcase is Impressions de France, a beautiful film in the France Pavilion that takes Guests on a scenic tour of France set to a score of classical compositions by French composers. While the footage shown throughout the film is stunning, many Guests love to take a quick midday rest in the theater as comfortable seating, dim lighting, and an 18-minute run time come together for the perfect break. Guests should note that Impressions de France alternates showings with the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, which is much louder thanks to audience participation and harder to rest through.

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Muppet*Vision 3D

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to many of the Walt Disney World Resort’s most thrilling attractions, making it one of the hardest Disney Parks to find a quiet and cool spot for a midday break in. The best option for Guests who are toughing out a full day in the Disney Park and are in need of an air-conditioned break is Muppet*Vision 3D in the Grand Avenue area. This hilarious show features some laugh-out-loud moments, but Guests who truly need a break will appreciate the comfortable theater seating, pumping air conditioning, and 15-minute show time which offers up a great chance for a quick midday nap.

finding nemo the big blue and beyond

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Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!

The final spot for Guests to enjoy a midday break in the Disney Parks can be found in the Theater in the Wild in Dinoland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond! is a live performance that runs several times each day and tells the story of Finding Nemo using special effects, large puppets, and catchy musical numbers. Lasting just over 25 minutes, Guests can find a comfortable spot in the back of the massive theater and enjoy an air-conditioned break from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which can absolutely feel like the hottest Disney Park thanks to its many outdoor experiences.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.