As much as I love Disney World, I sometimes need a little break from the frenzy of the parks. Here are my favorite places to hide out and get away from it all and just unplug. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, okay?
1. Tom Sawyer Island. This underrated spot is full of quiet, cool spots to lounge around or explore. If the Magic Kingdom gets too crowded, hop on a raft and head over. You can even bring a snack from the “mainland” and find a little spot with a chair and watch the world go by on the other side of the river.
2. Baby Care Centers. Okay, this one is tough because you need a baby (under 3-ish) to use these centers, located in all four parks, but if you’ve got a tot in tow, they can be more than just a place where you can change your baby. There’s a quiet area where she can eat (highchairs are provided) and toddle around safely while you enjoy the cool air conditioning and quiet.
3. The Library at Kidani Village. The library at Kidani Village, part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is one of the most private public areas on property. I’m not sure why it’s called a library–it doesn’t have any books. But it does have a beautiful fireplace and comfy couches where you can sit and enjoy a book or just look out on the Savanna. I visited here during my trip in December, and hated to leave. Best of all, it’s almost always empty.
4. The Carousel of Progress. This is one of my favorite attractions, but it’s also a great place to decompress; even little kids snuggle in and relax for a bit. The familiarity of the scenes, the music and the narration all add to the experience. It’s a must-do on every trip.
5. The lobby of the Grand Floridian. Now, I know that the Grand Floridian isn’t what most of you think of when you think “relaxing.” You probably think it’s formal and stuffy. Well I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. It’s Disney, so it can’t be stuffy and even though the resort itself appears to be quite formal, it’s actually just as welcoming as any other Disney resort. Next time you’re in the Magic Kingdom and you need a quick break, hop on the monorail and head on over. Have a snack or a quick lunch and just relax and take it all in. The lobby is cool, the surroundings are beautiful, right up to the soaring ceiling. I promise you that you won’t feel uncomfortable just stopping by for a quick visit. Then just get on the boat and head back to the park.
For more check out this article Finding peace and quiet at Walt Disney World!
Where are some of you favorite places to hide out? Let me know in the comment box below.
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