8 Handy Tips for Easing Anxiety at Walt Disney World

Heading to Walt Disney World is a dream come true for many, but it can also be a bit nerve-wracking. I get it, and I’m here to help! My partner Jill and I have compiled a few practical tips to help you keep your anxiety at bay and savor every moment at the happiest place on Earth.

Anxiety can take anyone out of a vacation, and when you’re adding in all the stimulants at Walt Disney World and the pressures of getting the “dream” vacation, things have the ability to spiral.

The goal of this article is to share what you can do at the Magic Kingdom specifically, as it’s the park that we see the most anxiety-inducing factors.

Know Your Way Out

Magic Kingdom (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

Before you dive into the park’s excitement, take a moment to get acquainted with the layout beforehand. Watch a few youtube videos and know what you’re getting into. Having a game plan in the park will allow you to find your way out if you need to can provide a comforting sense of control.

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Discover Serene Spots

Tom Sawyer's Island at the Magic Kingdom
Tom Sawyer’s Island at the Magic Kingdom (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Amid the hustle and bustle, Disney World has plenty of peaceful nooks and crannies. Seek out these hidden gems for a breather.

The Magic Kingdom has a few of these places, like Tom Sawyer Island and the Swiss Family Treehouse are perfect for a quiet timeout.

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Unwind in the Quiet Zone

Disney has thoughtfully created quiet zones throughout the parks, like the Baby Care Centers. You don’t need to have little ones to enjoy the serenity these areas offer. They’re perfect for recharging your spirits.

I’m also a fan of recommending the nearest bench, as a quiet zone can be created through putting in your airpods and going through a Spotify playlist.

Truth be told, I almost typed “AirBuds”, just went down an amazingly fun youtube playlist on the Disney Channel movie of the same name.

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Chill on Hub Grass

Hub Grass at the Magic Kingdom (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

The green hub grass at the center of the Magic Kingdom is a soothing sanctuary amidst the excitement. Grab a mickey’s premium ice cream bar, take a seat, and soak in the views of Cinderella Castle. It’s a wonderful spot to recharge your batteries and people watch.

Sometimes the best cure for anxiety is watching people who are going through a more stressful situation. Just saying…

Dine at Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom
Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

When hunger strikes, opt for quieter dining spots like Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom. These places are typically less crowded, giving you a peaceful space to enjoy your meal away from the masses.

The reason why we recommend this quick service dining spot in Liberty Square is because it has a second floor. No harm in finding a spot to eat where you don’t get interrupted with giant groups.

Stay in Touch

Let your travel companions know how you’re feeling. Open communication is crucial.

If you need a break or some personal space, don’t hesitate to express your needs. Your loved ones are there to support you.

Until they’re not, at which point you can say that you need some time to “shop for a birthday gift” and plan to meet up in an hour.

I’ve done it and it’s not a bad way to just de-stress and get some actual shopping accomplished.

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Curb Caffeine

As tempting as that coffee or soda might be, too much caffeine can heighten anxiety. Consider switching to non-caffeinated beverages or at least limiting your intake. Staying hydrated with water can help keep your nerves in check.

Free water in the Magic Kingdom can get challenging, but our Free Water article shares where you should go. (PS – it’s Pecos Bills)

Midday Retreat to the Resorts

Walkway from the Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian Resort (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

As the day goes on, the parks tend to get busier. Take a break in the middle of the day and stroll over to one of the nearby resorts, like the Grand Floridian or the Contemporary. It’s a fantastic way to relax in a quieter setting.

Plus, you might discover some of the resorts’ unique charms, like the hallway to Victoria & Alberts, which displays the menus and awards to our favourite signature dining experience at Walt Disney World.

Remember, feeling a little anxious at a place as bustling as Walt Disney World is totally normal. These tips are here to make your experience more enjoyable and stress-free. Take care of yourself, go at your own pace, and focus on creating those magical memories.

Enjoy your time at the most magical place on Earth!

Dustin Fuhshttp://www.stepstomagic.com
I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!

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