Florida’s heat and humidity can be brutal in the peak summer months and nothing will drag your day down quicker than a mid-day meltdown. With all the excitement that the park has to offer, there are also many places to slip away and enjoy a mid-day break. Catch some air conditioning, relax your body and your mind, and give your tired feet a rest. Here are my top spots to take a mid-day break at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
The People Mover: Jump on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and experience the park from a whole new view. The whole experience takes 10 minutes, but if you or your little ones need a longer break, you can stay on for another loop. I also suggest taking another ride once it gets dark for a different view of the park.
Hall of Presidents: With a run time of 23 minutes, a dark and air-conditioned room, and comfortable seats, this attraction is a great place to let everyone rest and cool down during the peak heat hours of the day. Located in Liberty Square, this attraction is a great choice to check out after lunch. Let your food digest and take a break before plummeting down Splash Mountain.
Carousel of Progress: I really love this attraction, and do suggest trying to stay awake for the 20 minute show. However, this is another dimly lit, air-conditioned show that allows you to take a break and be transported to a “great big beautiful tomorrow.” You will walk away from the show humming a new tune and ready to tackle the rest of your day.
Main Street USA: Take some time to wander through all the shops while your kids are taking a nap in their strollers, or the rest of your group is waiting for the parade to start – just make sure they save you a seat! Sometimes it’s really nice to just wander around without feeling rushed, and pick up a souvenir for yourself while you’re at it.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic: This is one of my favorite attractions and I usually like to try to get here around mid day. This is another air-conditioned and dark show, with usually very short wait times. Donald Duck will lead you on an adventure during this 12 minute 3-D concert movie.
Shady Benches: All around the park, especially in Fantasyland you can find shady benches to relax and people watch. I almost always opt-out of riding the Tea Cups and instead choose to relax in the shade and enjoy the moment.
Whether you are looking for a quiet spot in the shade to take a little snooze, or a relaxing show to watch while you cool down from the heat, Magic Kingdom is filled with spots to take a mid-day break. The next time you are feeling a little overwhelmed and everyone is starting to get a little cranky, head to one of these spots and recharge yourself. Even Mickey Mouse has to take a cheese break every now and then.
Monica is an Alumna of the Disney College Program. When she is not walking down the middle of Main Street USA you can find her wandering the World Showcase, or enjoying a Dole Whip while racing to her favorite attractions. When she is forced to endure life outside of Walt Disney World, you can find her in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she lives and works. You can visit her Disney lifestyle blog here.