Best Places to Chill and Catch your Breath in Magic Kingdom
If you guys are anything like my family and I, when you have a Disney Day…you go hard. Running from ride to ride, trying to catch parades and shopping in buildings packed full of hundreds of people can really leave you tired out. So where are the best places to take a few minutes out of your day to chill out while keeping the family amused? Here are a few underrated experiences in Magic Kingdom for you to grab some mid-day R & R.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority, otherwise known as ‘The People Mover’
On our first trip to Disney we saw this ride rolling constantly over Tomorrowland and wondered…how do you get up there? To our absolute pleasure, we soon learned that the people mover was probably the best kept secret in Magic Kingdom. The people mover rarely has a long line and is always moving, a great place to sit down in its spacious seats and let the wind whistle through your hair. We take a ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority multiple times during our Magic Kingdom days, it allows us to take a break from the crowds, to have a seat, and yet it still keeps everyone in the family amused simply by watching the crowds of people move underneath. If you are lucky, you will get a chance to ride the people mover while they are working on Space Mountain…a really cool experience to be able to see all that roller coaster jammed into one building. Ps. Did you know the people mover has caused more deaths than any other ride?
Country Bear Jamboree
Looking for air-conditioning on a hot day? I used to think that the Country Bear Jamboree was an experience primarily for small children until one day I was coerced in by a cast member. He even let me bring in my Starbucks drink (which I think is loosely against the rules). Well much to my surprise, not only was this place air conditioned, it had comfy seats and was also pretty funny for an animatronic experience. Now the Country Bear Jamboree is one of my family’s favorite places to grab a mid-day break from the constant action that is Magic Kingdom.
Liberty Square Riverboat
If you are able to catch one of the loading times for the Liberty Square Boat launch then you are in for a great day-break experience. The Liberty Riverboat does one lap of Tom Sawyers Island. It has a few different levels that you can enjoy and is covered making it a great place on a rainy day. Like the People Mover, the Riverboat allows you to step outside the crowd and to sit and watch that very same crowd move through the different lands that make up Magic Kingdom. You can watch the people enjoying themselves on Tom’s Island, running to Big Thunder Mountain and even catch a few Riverboat Secrets in the forest along the way. Another fun thing about grabbing your chill out break here is that the people who are on shore notice you, so you can wave to them like you are in a Disney parade.
Carousel of Progress
Ok, I know the Carousel of Progress was created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair and uses old animatronic technology. This is not at all to say that I was not entertained during this experience. The Carousel of Progress almost never has a line, comes with comfortable theater seats, and is air conditioned! If you are in the mood to grab a little bit of a longer break (the show runs for 21 minutes) and have the family watch an educational show about changing technology, then this is your perfect rest break.
Walt Disney World Railway
A busy day in Magic Kingdom would not be complete without taking 5 on the Walt Disney Railway. When you need another place to put your feet up for a bit and still have things to see then you cannot beat a trip around the Kingdom on the train. Passing each of the themed lands within the Magic Kingdom, it can pass as a method of transportation to a different park or just as a chill ride for a few minutes. Also covered, it can offer a brief respite from rain as well. A ride on the railway is not to be ignored nor forgotten. A day in Magic Kingdom is no doubt a day to be busy. With all of the rides, shows and general entertainment that Disney provides, the occasional break from the magic can be worthwhile if not needed. My family and I like to slip into these slow moving experiences during our Disney day just to take a break from the heat and people. Consider it crowd rehab. If you are not interested in re-energizing yourself by taking one of these experiences, there are seats on the balcony of the Walt Disney World Railway at the entrance to Main Street U.S.A. that are perfect for people watching and relaxing.
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