Favorite Calm and Quiet Spots in WDW Parks
December 13, 2016 at 10:28 am #3631
We will be in WDW in January 2016. My 7 year old son has mild ADHD that occasionally gets the better of him. It also prevents him from taking naps or having down time. And, he tends to get grumpy over running-around and traveling. So, we’ve planned our days so that we stay in the park rather than return to the resort for rest. However, we will be finding some quiet spots in the afternoons to hang out for a half hour or so, maybe eat a snack, scroll through pictures, talk about what we’re doing next and so on. I have a few places in mind in each park, but I’d love to know everyone’s favorite quiet places! Thanks!December 13, 2016 at 10:51 am #3643
EPCOT has a wonderful place that not many know about. On the backside of Innoventions West, just before the walkway to World Showcase, is an enclosed area with tables and chairs. No one hardly goes in there (there are restrooms back there also) and as a bonus there are some plugs to charge devices if you need. You could pick up a drink or snack and sit at one of the tables and just have some nice chill time.December 13, 2016 at 11:35 am #3655
Oh, I remember this place! We stopped in there as part of a tour. Very, very quiet. Thanks. I did forget about this one!December 13, 2016 at 11:37 am #3657
I’ll have to think of my favorite places at other parks, but here’s one to start you off. We love that little nook down Main Street near Uptown Jewelers. There’s a few benches and the only people we saw down there were a couple people playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. It was a nice quieter place to relaxDecember 13, 2016 at 11:40 am #3662
Certainly. As I think of anymore I’ll add. Oh, good call on that nook area starbee!December 13, 2016 at 11:48 am #3665
@starbee Oh, yeah… I can picture that place being quieter than most, especially along Main Street. Nice one!
December 13, 2016 at 11:52 am #3668
In Epcot there’s a couple that come to mind:
– the Morocco pavilion is very quiet in general. The back of the pavilion near Restaurant Marrakesh, and even the Fez house can be very quiet places to relax.
– Next to the department store in Japan there is an exhibit called “Kawaii: Japan’s culture of cute” that we went into last trip. We were the only ones in that room, and it’s set back so it’s very quiet
In MK there aren’t as many that I can think of, but the area behind the Christmas shop in Liberty Square, near the gazebo where Tiana used to meet is quiet now that she’s moved over to Princess Fairytale Hall.
In HS, even though Moana is meeting in the back now, One Man’s Dream is still very quiet and people are just passing through to get to the meet and greet.
I’ll keep thinking! Those are the ones off the top of my headDecember 13, 2016 at 12:43 pm #3671
The Morocco pavilion is a favorite of mine. And, you’re right, it does get very quiet in the back.
I didn’t even think of that gazebo in MK. With our luck, Disney will plop someone in there for a Meet and Greet next month.
HS/MGM concerns me the most. It is so condensed.December 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm #3672
Here’s what comes to mind:
MK – I agree with the small sidestreet of Main Street, USA that’s a dead end. Rarely any people hanging around there as well as behind the Christmas Shop in Liberty Square. Both are good places for peace and quiet.
I’ll add that the 2nd floor of Columbia Harbor House can be quiet at times too.
Epcot – Agree with the tables area in Innoventions West. Also at times, I recall finding a place in the expanded seating area off of the Electric Umbrella in Innoventions East. There are secluded areas of the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase as has been mentioned.
Hollywood Studios – Don’t have much for you here inside the park besides Walt: One Man’s Dream. Everything’s pretty tight here.
Animal Kingdom – There is a heap ton of seating that goes with Restaurantosaurus. Occasionally you can find a quiet area of that restaurant. There are many trails around the Tree of Life that relatively few people walk through that might be good.
If you think you could use a longer rest (like an hour or so…I know you don’t plan to, but I’m used to my best laid plans changing a lot), aside from inside the parks, you could visit resort lobbies just outside some parks. Grand Floridian’s lobby can be rather tranquil if you’re in Magic Kingdom. The lobbies at resorts between Hollywood Studios and Epcot (Beach Club, Boardwalk, and Yacht Club) are a short boat ride or walk away. Animal Kingdom Resort is a short bus ride away from Animal Kingdom Park and the lobby at Jambo House is magnificent, and nearby Kidani’s is smaller and quieter, and offers some seating areas just off the lobby as well where there’s even less activity.December 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm #3678
All excellent ideas. And, candidly, we are breaking free the two days we have planned at MK to go to the resorts for dinner. Early dinners at WL and at the Poly. My husband has never been to either of those resorts, so I think we’ll take some quiet time at each of them to explore for a bit.December 13, 2016 at 1:04 pm #3679
I’m thinking hard about places that seemed quiet in HS, because that one is the toughest!
So I don’t think there’s any seating here, but in HS there are some areas in the Launch Bay area that can be quiet, it depends on the time. When you first enter, there are two lines, the one on the right brings you inside to where the meet and greets are, and the one of the left is the line for a Star Wars video that runs every 10 minutes or so. If you go to the left, there’s a large area that’s not usually filled with people because the lines for the video aren’t usually that long. If you head into where the meet and greets are, there are some exhibits on your way out/toward the gift shop. People usually pass through, but don’t really linger.December 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm #3688
This is really good for me to know. We’ve never been to Launch Bay and I never would have expected to find quiet spots in there, especially given all the Star Wars stuff going on these days. He loves Star Wars, of course. Not sure if that helps or hinders a plan to hang out in there for some quiet time.December 13, 2016 at 2:19 pm #3701
Hollywood Studios – I have found that the Backlot Express is a nice quiet place and has the large covered patio. Depending on the time of day, that could be a good option.
Epcot – Morocco Pavilion, the upstairs outdoor area of Canada (that can be hit or miss), there is an area to the far right of France next to the fragrance shop. We have rested there a time or two.
Magic Kingdom – Tom Sawyer Island by the whitewashed fence. There are chairs back on that side, and there are other spots on the island as well.
I also agree that the gazebo area behind the Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square is nice spot provided that there aren’t character meet and greets taking place.December 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm #3705
EPCOT has a lot more quiet spots than the other parks. Chase Visa usually has a place to sit and unwind somewhere (if you have the card). Innoventions is so empty these days you can pretty much go in and sit down anywhere. Depending on the time of year you can go chill in the Odyssey or Festival centers. One place in MK that’s nice is the walking path between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland (behind the speedway)…there are a few benches and you can sit and watch the train go by. Of course there’s always Tom Sawyer’s Island too.
Hollywood studio is hard…that place is always crazy busy and i haven’t really found a relaxing spot there. We don’t hit AK much so no clue, but i would assume there are places to chill and watch animals.December 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm #3709
One surprisingly quiet spot in AK can be the outdoor seating area at the Nomad Lounge. Inside has been pretty busy, but the outdoor seating stretches all the way around, so find a comfy seat in the back and treat yo self to a nice cocktail
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