We have talked a lot in previous posts and on all of our other platforms about how Disney is not a relaxing vacation. Disney is a go go go vacation, especially for those shorter adventures. But, as with everything else, you can incorporate relaxation into any vacation or adventure and today we are going to talk about incorporating a little relaxation magic into your next Disney vacation.
You’ve heard it before and you’ll probably hear it here again, we love resort hopping. You can read all about Resort Hopping at the Monorail Resorts and Resort Hopping at the Boardwalk Resorts from previous posts of ours. Resort hopping is a fantastic way to go off the beaten path on Disney property and the perfect way to unwind or relax for a bit while still being immersed in Disney magic.
One of our favorite places to relax is at our DVC home resort, Wilderness Lodge. There are amazing adirondack rocking chairs off the main lobby at Wilderness Lodge on a beautiful patio overlooking a babbling brook, the pools, with Bay Lake off in the distance and every hour on the hour you can experience the geyser going off. The theming is on point at Wilderness Lodge, you really get transported to a cabin in the west.
Another great place at Wilderness Lodge to unwind is at Geyser Point. You can grab yourself a bison burger (our favorite burger on property) a Pina Colava, because who says you can’t have a tropical drink while experiencing a Yellowstone type vacation and prop yourself up on one of the couches along Bay Lake and watch the World go by.
Other great Disney resorts to experience for a little R&R would be The Grand Floridian, the beaches at the Polynesian or Beach Club, the Boardwalk area outside Boardwalk and Yacht Club and Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter. There is a gorgeous trail that goes through both Port Orleans resorts with chairs dotted along the trail. Take a break along the bayou because these trails are incredibly serene and gorgeous.
Back to the Polynesian for a moment, you can always grab a drink or a treat at Tambu Lounge or Captain Cook’s and head out to the beach to relax on one of the benches or a chair on the beach.
Last but certainly not least on the resort front is Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can head over to Kidani village, grab a rocking chair and watch the animals wander about on the savannah. Bryson and I have spent quite a bit of time doing this and Animal Kingdom Lodge is off the beaten path so it isn’t as busy as some of the other resorts. Animal Kingdom Lodge is quiet and quaint and there is so much to explore and so much wonderful food to be had at this resort. A fantastic place to sit back and enjoy your vacation.
There are some really relaxing rides in the park! Who knew?! Well, we did and that’s why we are sharing them with you!
The People Mover, located in Tomorrowland is a great way to take a few minutes, relax, people watch and see Magic Kingdom from a very different vantage point. The ride takes you into Space Mountain, through Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin and gives you prime views of all of attractions in Tomorrowland and also Cinderella’s Castle.
Journey of the Little Mermaid is another fun ride that allows you to take a step back and a few minutes to relax, in air conditioning while traveling through Ariel’s Under the Sea World.
The Liberty Square Riverboat is another way to see some greats spots in Adventureland and Liberty Square and if you happen to catch it during a viewing of the Festival of Fantasy Parade, it becomes a primo viewing spot for that as well.
Other places in Magic Kingdom where you can take a break are the chairs in Liberty Square behind Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, there are white adirondack rocking chairs outside Town Square Theatre that are fantastic for taking a break and enjoying the view and last but certainly not least, you can take some time to gather your thoughts at the Hub Grass in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
There are some amazing relaxation rides in Epcot. Let’s start with The Seas With Nemo and Friends. This ride notoriously has the coldest air conditioning in Walt Disney World and is a slow dark ride in a clam shell. A great place to take a few minutes, cool off and relax.
Living the the Land is another fantastic option for taking a step back. You step onto a boat and can travel through the greenhouses of Epcot and learn about agriculture and farming. This is our favorite ride in Epcot to take few minutes, relax and enjoy the educational moment.
Throughout much of the World Showcase, there are great places to stop and take it all in. There are benches and tables surrounding World Showcase Lagoon that allow you to take a load off and just gaze around the world. In the American Pavilion there is an amphitheater that, when not being used to a concert, is a great place to take food or a drink and have a few minutes to yourself or with your party. Near the bridge in Italy, another great spot to relax with benches that overlook the lagoon.
One of our favorite spots to relax is just outside the International Gateway, or back entrance to Epcot. You can walk along the Boardwalk, sink your toes into the sand at the beach in front of the Beach Club or relax on the grass.
Over at Animal Kingdom, we love to walk through the trails that wind in and around the Tree of Life. These trails are kind of hidden gems in Animal Kingdom. While people are rushing past to get to Pandora or Everest, you can take a leisurely stroll around the Tree of Life and be on the lookout for what animals you can find carved into the tree.
If you are looking for a relaxing ride, we recommend taking a safari. Although it can be quite a bumpy ride as you take your two week long journey, there are always amazing animals to see and every time we go, we learn something new. On top of that, you can never go on the same safari twice. It will always be a new adventure.
It’s also a great idea to take in a show. You can enjoy the Festival of the Lion King or Finding Nemo, the Musical, get out of the heat or whatever weather has descended down on Orlando and the shows are really good.
The Dawa bar is a great place to get out of the sun and grab a frosty cocktail at Animal Kingdom, located next to Tusker House and across from the African drummers, this is a good place to take a break but it can get pretty loud when there is live music happening.
Animal Kingdom is actually one of the hardest places to find a place to relax in our opinion and now that Pandora has opened, Animal Kingdom has become one of the busiest parks in Walt Disney World. In our opinion, Animal Kingdom was not built to be as busy as it has gotten, it is our least favorite park to be at during incredibly crowded days.
Over at Hollywood Studios there are a lot of places to relax. A lot of this has to do with the fact that in my personal opinion, there is very little to do over there right now. We go for Toy Story Land, Beauty and the Beast and Mickey and Minnie meet and greet, that’s it.
If you head over to where the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge entrance will be, there is the Muppets 3D experience and a fountain. We love to take a minute to relax by that fountain. There are a few drink and snack carts nearby and restrooms as well so it is a great place to take a short break.
If you are looking for a show to sit back and watch, I love love love the Beauty and the Beast stage show. Bryson, honestly, thinks that it is cheesy but I love it. And I love that Angela Lansbury, who is my spirit animal, voices the songs sung by Mrs. Potts. This is an outdoor theatre but it is covered so it is a great way to get some shade and chill out a little.
Other Relaxation Spots:
We have a few other things for you to try in order to take a step back on your Disney vacation. Take a boat! Boats are our favorite way to travel in Walt Disney World. You can grab a boat from Epcot to Hollywood Studios that makes stop at the Boardwalk resorts, you can hop on a boat from any of the Monorail Resorts and Wilderness Lodge that will take you to other Monorail resorts or Magic Kingdom. Note, the Contemporary boat only goes back and forth from Wildnerness Lodge to the Contemporary and does not go to the other resorts or Magic Kingdom.
We absolutely love to hop on a boat from Magic Kingdom and head over to one of the resorts. It’s a wonderful and relaxing way to enhance your Disney adventure.
Where are your favorite places to relax at Walt Disney World? Any hidden gems you would like to share? We would love to hear from you.
That’s it for this post. Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.