Vacation should be all about relaxing and enjoying time with people you care about. A Disney vacation may not always seem relaxing because there is just so much to see and do but there are ways to sneak in little breaks and some relaxing. Here are my top 10 places or ways to relax at Walt Disney World.
- Ride a slow or quieter ride. Riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (People Mover) at Magic Kingdom is a great way to sit and enjoy the views and relax for a little bit. One of my favorite attractions for relaxing is the classic Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom where we learn that there is a “Great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day..” If you are at Epcot, I recommend riding Spaceship Earth and enjoying this slower moving ride that takes you throughout history or Living with the Land located by Soarin’.
- Take in a show. There are so many shows at each of the Disney World parks that you have lots to choose from. This can be a great way to get inside out of the Florida heat and relax while watching Broadway level shows.
- Find an out of the way place to sit and relax. When you are at Animal Kingdom, there are so many little paths back by Asia where you can get out of the crowds and relax a little. At Epcot, when you travel through the countries be sure to explore them. Many of them such as England, Japan and Morocco have little walkways or alleyways that are not as hectic and allows you to relax while enjoying beautiful gardens or buildings. Hollywood studios seems to be a little more tricky right now because there is so much construction but head over towards Echo Lake and there is often some quieter spaces to enjoy. At Magic Kingdom be sure to enjoy the Main Street Plaza Garden where there are greenspaces fenced in on both sides of Main Street with views of the castle. This is one of the best places to let little ones stretch their legs and for families to relax.
- Ride the Monorail. Hop on the monorail and enjoy riding the loop OR jump off at each of the three resorts and explore! The theming at Disney World Resorts are amazing and you will not be disappointed in checking out the Grand Floridian, Polynesian or the Contemporary. If you catch the monorail at Epcot you will have to switch monorails at the Ticket and Transportation Center to get to these resorts. Added bonus, the beach at the Polynesian is a great place to watch the fireworks from Magic Kingdom or the water parade at night. The Contemporary has a viewing deck that has an incredible view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks also.
- Take a boat ride. You can take a boat ride from Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian, Polynesian or Wilderness Lodge. You can also enjoy a nice relaxing boat ride from Wilderness Lodge over to the Contemporary. When staying at Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside, Old Key West or Saratoga Springs resorts you can travel by boat to Disney Springs. The resorts of Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, and the Swan and Dolphin Hotels have boats traveling to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
- Utilize the Baby Care Centers. When traveling with a little one, be sure to utilize the Baby Care Centers located in each of the Disney Theme Parks. These centers give you a little more privacy and comfort during those hot or busy park days to feed or change little ones.
- Swim and play at your resort. Don’t forget to take a day or at least a few hours to enjoy the pools and activities at your Walt Disney World Resort. All of the resorts have multiple pools, each with different theming to match their resort and are staffed with lifeguards. An added bonus is that there are typically activities that go on near the pool for kids of all ages lead by Cast Members. At night, most of the main resort pools will have poolside movies which is the perfect way for families to relax and unwind after a day in the parks.
- Resort Hop. Have a few hours of down time? Book a dining reservation at another of the Disney resorts so you can check them out OR just head over to the other resorts to take a walk around. This is how my family usually gets an idea of the next resort everyone wants to stay at. We take a few hours one day and pick a couple resorts to check out. That helps us see what each has to offer in person.
- Head to a Water Park. Disney World has two water parks both themed very differently but equally fun, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Enjoy the wave pools and find a beach chair to soak up the sun and relax. There are plenty of attractions for all members of the family, from the lazy rivers to big water slides. It’s the best of both worlds because you can enjoy various attractions with your family and then chill out and relax in your beach chair by the water.
- Plan a “down” day. If you have time in your trip, have one day where you don’t have anything planned. If you have a park ticket for that day, you can wake up that morning and decide where to head and not worry about fast passes. I know, the horror – how could she say that lol, but there is something to be said for taking a spontaneous day once in a while. My family usually takes one day of our trip and doesn’t get a park ticket for that day. We can decide to swim, explore, head to Disney Springs or do all three. The beauty is that it helps to recharge our batteries because we are typically a rope drop to park close kind of a family.
However you decide to plan your vacation, remember to be in the moment and enjoy making memories with the people you love.
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