Well, quite fortunately, it means that I am perfectly content-- nay, pleased-- to spend a day all by my lonesome in a Disney Park. As I've said many times before, there are few things I enjoy quite as much as a leisurely day exploring the Disney parks. Strolling around with no timetable, no other preferences to satisfy, and no meet-ups to coordinate make a day at the park more like a personal day. (In fact, I often tell friends that I'll be "hanging out at Disney" for the day!)
However, the downside to this is that after a few hours, the "crowd factor" can get pretty overwhelming, and finding a peaceful place to recharge isn't always the easiest thing to do. Luckily, a little bit of poking around will reveal a plethora of places to take a breather in and around the parks. So, in the interest of lending a hand to introverts like myself, I thought I'd share of few of my favorites!
Disclaimer: Since I still have yet to make it to Hollywood Studios (shameful, I know), it won't be making an appearance on this list. However, I will be paying it a visit very soon, so any quiet-place suggestions would be much appreciated!
Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney World Railroad
The Magic Kingdom, while it may not appear so at first glance, is host to a ton of places where you can kick back and relax. This particularly spot was discovered around 5 o'clock on my most recent trip, when I was beginning to fade after a full day in the parks. I was determined to catch Wishes that evening, so some battery recharging was definitely in order. I grabbed a drink from Starbucks on Main Street and, just wanting a place to rest my tired legs, hopped on the train to take a relaxing ride around the Kingdom.
Guys, it changed my life. The half hour or so that I spent sitting on that train was just what the doctor ordered. As I sat sipping my coffee, the gentle breeze fanning my face, I was able to sit back and reflect on what a magical day it had been, and feel grateful for the opportunity to be in my favorite place in the world. When it came time to use a FastPass (Plus?) in Fantasyland, I felt refreshed and ready to tackle the final stretch of the day!
Epcot: The Boardwalk
Okay, so my Epcot spot isn't technically in the park, but it's worth a short walk from the International Gateway to get away from the crowds and hang out on Disney's Boardwalk. Just a stone's throw form the World Showcase, the boardwalk provides a welcome respite from the crowds along with some of the best people-watching opportunities you'll see all day. Grab a treat from the Boardwalk Bakery and sit a spell on one of the many benches overlooking the water. You tastebuds and your aching feet will thank you.
Animal Kingdom: Flame Tree Barbecue
Unlike some of the other parks, its fairly easy to find quiet spots in Animal Kingdom. In the sprawling park, crowded sidewalks are really crowded, but I've often found myself wandering a trail or side path completely alone (I'm not sure how the park's upcoming construction will affect that, but we'll see!). My spot of choice is tucked away in the seating area behind the Flame Tree Barbecue counter service restaurant. Shade-providing pagodas and plentiful greenery provide a lush and calm environment, but my favorite place is just by the water, across from Expedition Everest. I usually time my meals here a little bit off of standard times so I can be sure to snag a bit of solitude while I enjoy a gentle breeze, a stunning vista, and tasty barbecue.
Get a load of that view!
Do you have favorite resting spots in the Disney parks? Let me know in the comments... and also about Hollywood Studios! :P
Love and Pixie Dust,