Our next Top 10 list is probably going to be one you don’t think about all that often. Most of the time in the parks at Disney World we are go, go, go but it is important to sometimes take a step back, relax, and soak it all in and not just at the resort pool. So today I’m going to give you my top 10 place to relax in Disney World.
#10 – The Land Pavilion (Epcot)
The Land Pavilion at Epcot is not only the location of Soarin, but a great place to escape the madness of
people rushing over to the most popular attraction in the park as well. Grab a bite to go from Sunshine Seasons inside and then find a seat and relax outside. But the best thing to do to relax at The Land Pavilion is catch a ride on Living With The Land. Take a 15 minute boat ride through Epcot’s very own greenhouse, where you can encounter Mickey shaped pumpkins, “fish farming”, and many more ways that we as humans can sustain food for years to come. This is a great place to get off of your feet and out of the sun and just enjoy floating down a river and you just might learn a thing or two while you relax as well!
#9 – Maharajah Jungle Trek (Animal Kingdom)
Now I know what your thinking, how can anything with the word trek in it be relaxing? Well like so many
things at Disney’s Animal Kingdom the Maharajah Jungle Trek is meant to be taken slowly and soaked in. The Trek is themed to be an old Royal Hunting Ground for Anandapur and it is done to perfection. As you walk through the ruins you encounter free flying Rodrigues Fruit Bats, Komodo Dragon, and Bengal Tigers to name a few. When you arrive at each animal really take some time to stop and watch them because you really never know what you are going to see. The best part about the Trek is that you can go as fast or as slow as you like. Take advantage of this and take sometime to soak in your surroundings and catch your breath.
#8 – Adventureland (Magic Kingdom)
Just about anywhere you can find a place to sit in Adventureland is a great place to stop and have a few minutes to relax. The lush jungle trees are a great place to get out of the heat and who doesn’t LOVE a Dole Whip to cool off. As you walk toward Adventureland and hear the drums get louder and louder you are entering in to a much simpler time. So the next time you’re in Magic Kingdom head over to Aloha Isle, grab a dole whip, and find a spot to get away from it all for a few minutes.
#7 – Walt Disney World Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
Right when you arrive or before you leave make sure you take the train all the way around the park. The
Walt Disney World Railroad is a great way to get everyone excited about riding all of the attractions and take time to talk about what you are most excited about going on, or the other way around talking about what your favorites were for the day while getting off of your feet for a while. The train is also a great way to get a different point of view of the Magic Kingdom and you are riding on a real steam engine to boot!
#6 – Royal Anandapur Tea Company (Animal Kingdom)
Head back over to Asia in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and head across
the walkway from Yak & Yeti, you will find a nice hidden gem known as the Royal Anandapur Tea Company. The Tea Company has great hot & cold tea and coffee drinks but more importantly tables that face the water, Expedition Everest, and the monkey exhibit is right there as well. The monkeys in this exhibit are wild and quite entertaining, grab a seat and enjoy the show!
#5 – Walkway Between Space Mountain and The Barnstormer (Magic Kingdom)
Finding a spot to get away from a crowd at Magic Kingdom is nearly impossible to do, but the walkway between Space Mountain and The Barnstormer is almost always empty. Take a walk past the Tomorrowland Speedway and watch the train go by on the other side of you. Find a bench and enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet away from the chaotic park.
#4 – Waterside Seating at Flametree Barbecue (Animal Kingdom)
Maybe my favorite counter service restaurant in all of Disney World, also has one of the best place to sit down and enjoy your meal. If you head left of the building after you get your food, and then take the trail to the right (confusing I know) you will wind your way down towards the waterside seating area. Pick your barbecue sauce and find a good seat to look out across the river at Expedition Everest, you can even hear the screams from the ride! Enjoy your food, and soak in the scenery at my favorite spot to get away from it all in Animal Kingdom.
#3 – Tom Sawyer Island Rocking Chairs (Magic Kingdom)
Many guests of the Magic Kingdom blow right past Tom Sawyer altogether, but little do they know they are blowing past the best spot to relax in all of the Magic Kingdom. Roam the island and caverns for a while and then make your way across the barrel bridge to the building on the water that used to be Aunt Polly’s and grab yourself a seat in one of the rocking chairs (lucky it is overlooked because there are only a couple). This is a great place to get off of your feet and look across the river and watch the crowds rush by to Splash Mountain or the Haunted Mansion.
#2 – Starring Rolls Cafe (Hollywood Studios)
The only spot in Hollywood Studios to make the list is one of my favorite place to just sit back and relax in all of Disney World. Head over to Starring Rolls Cafe and get one of the best sandwiches you will ever eat and just simply people watch. Having a view down Sunset Blvd. is a nice perk as well with Tower of Terror looming in the distance. You can also grab a drink from the outdoor lounge at The Brown Derby to “enhance” your relaxation.
#1A/B – Japan & Canada (Epcot)
The number one place to sit back, relax, and soak in the atmosphere of Disney World is really anywhere in
World Showcase, but my two favorite countries to relax in are Japan & Canada. In Canada you can find a bench near the waterfall and just feel as if you are somewhere in the mountains in Canada. Another fun fact about the Canada pavilion is that the color of the flowers reflect what season it is in Canada, for instance the flowers are white in the winter to make it feel like snow is on the ground. Japan is another favorite of mine because the architecture and the culture on display. Grab some sushi and enjoy the landscape up by Katsura Grill or check out 1 of only 15 Japanese candy artists in the world, Miyuki, and if you’re lucky maybe you will get a piece to take home with you!
Finally one last honorable mention would have to be the now removed, Swan Boat Dock at Magic Kingdom. (RIP) 😦
By: Kyle Newton
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