By Lisa Green
Sometimes when you’re at Walt Disney World, you just need to sit a spell.
You know, take a load off, rest your feet, relax for a minute. It’s a
good time to enjoy a snack, maybe engage in a little of the primo people
watching Walt Disney World affords. I mean, c’mon, in my daily life I
never get the chance to watch folks go by from all over the world – it’s
Here are my most favorite places in the whole Walt Disney World to enjoy a few quiet moments:
Magic Kingdom – Over in Fantasyland, by the Tangled bathrooms – shoot, that doesn’t sound
very appealing, does it? But you know where I’m talking about, don’t
you? Right past It’s a Small World, in the Tangled rest area, you’ll
find seating with charging stations (cleverly hidden in faux tree
stumps) and a great view of Rapunzel’s tower, the floating lanterns,
and, yes, there’s excellent people watching as folks pass along the path
between Fantasyland and Liberty Square. The handy restroom is just a
Animal Kingdom – Back behind the Flame Tree Barbeque,
above the Discovery River, there’s an excellent seating area with a
terrific view of Expedition Everest! Enjoy lunch or simply sit and rest
for a while – it’s usually quiet in the morning or between lunch time
and park closing. Like most of the best places to take five, there are
great Disney details to soak up!
– There are many excellent places to take a break in Epcot! For some
reason, one of my absolute favorite spots is in Italy. I love the
buildings, the view of the Venetian gondolas on the water, the perfectly
aged look of each detail, the very excellent statues – sit along the
sides of the Doge’s Palace where the benches are shaded under the
palace’s arches. If you want to snag a glass of wine from the
pavilion’s nearby wine shop – it makes the relaxing even more…well,
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – This is my favorite place to sit on a cloudy or even a rainy day – down
by Echo Lake, the tables by Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner are the place
to rest. Why I like them so much is purely due to my own happy
memories of having a snack or a cold beer and being so happy about being
on vacation at Walt Disney World – are there more scenic places to sit
at the Studios, sure, but that’s my favorite. Another good option is
anywhere along Sunset Blvd. – especially along the end closest to
Hollywood Blvd. Resting there ups your changes of running into a
spontaneous performance by the incredible Streetmosphere actors.
Outside the Parks
– When I really want to rest and have a few quiet moments of
tranquility, I catch a boat and it’s not just any boat. I want to boat
that leaves from the Contemporary’s boat dock (or you can catch one at
the Magic Kingdom) and travels over Bay Lake to Fort Wilderness. I just
get on the boat and ride. Maybe catch a power nap if I’m really beat.
The view is incredible and the experience is a nice change from the
busy atmosphere of the parks.
Where are your favorite places to take a break? What makes them special to you?