The number of times that I have heard “I need a vacation from my vacation” won’t surprise anyone who’s actually been to the Vacation Kingdom!
Disney World is Exhausting
Now my goal is to give you a list of the attractions and locations that are perfect for a quick cat-nap to replenish your energy level. Most will include air conditioning…because the heat is a big issue and will impact your headspace more than you may even realize until it’s too late.
Top Ten Places to Nap at Walt Disney World
IN YOUR ROOM
This is pretty straight-forward, but my plans always include a day-time nap at the resort. We are NOT morning people, so for us to be at Rope Drop and last until the parks close…the midday stop at the resort is a Must!
Flop on the bed for a good 25-30 minutes and then a refreshing shower before heading back for an evening of magic and adventure!
IN THE RESORT LOBBY
When I’m looking for a quiet corner, maybe to grab a quick couple of minutes of ‘alone time’ without the hustle and bustle, my advice is to find a comfy chair in the lobby of a resort!
My favorite resort lobby is the Wilderness Lodge, but the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Yacht Club Resort also have a few nice alcoves to enjoy for a quick cat-nap.
In the hub of the Magic Kingdom is a spot that I just LOVE for a relaxing nap…the Hub Grass! Plus a nap with Disney Ducks around is all the rage on Instagram;)
ON THE TOMORROWLAND TRANSIT AUTHORITY PEOPLEMOVER
The attraction itself runs about 10 minutes, but the best part is the fact that the vehicles themselves are fairly comfy AND you can get it all to yourself. With lines being fairly light, due to the close proximity of attractions like Space Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, you should be able to get the R&R that you need to recharge.
17 Minutes in an air conditioned show building with a classic movie playing in the background…perfect to relax! I’ve been known to sit in the back of the theatre with a little extra leg room and doze off for a little snooze without worrying about sleeping through multiple shows, because you will be woken up by the in-theatre effects. In a park with very few attractions to experience, this may be your best option at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
IT’S A SMALL WORLD
The boat seats may be a little uncomfortable, and the song may haunt your dreams…but let’s be honest…a nap in the Magic Kingdom is always appreciated!
With this attraction ranging around 10-15 minutes (depending on disembarking time), you should be able to get enough air conditioning to bring your batteries back up to normal.
THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE
I have 100% fallen asleep in this attraction…and started to snore…
It was embarrassing when I was awoken by my friends laughing at me, but seeing as though the show is fairly light in attendance (and almost empty during evening Extra Magic Hours), it’s well worth the 30 minute show if you feel like you need it.
CAROUSEL OF PROGRESS
One of my favorite classic attractions, this Walt Disney original show from the Worlds Fair is also a great spot to snooze on!
At 20 minutes in length, you’re almost guaranteed to have your eyes start to flutter about half-way through the show, so just enjoy it! Most of the experience is in the complete darkness, so find a spot in the back and use your backpack as a pillow (because those seats are not comfy at all!)
COLUMBIA HARBOUR HOUSE
I’m not talking about the main floor. In fact, most folks don’t even know about the best part of this quick service location.
The second floor of the restaurant is a perfect get-a-way to relax with your Anchors Aweigh Sandwich or Lobster Roll in hand.
Walt Disney World is filled with hidden gems, and one of my favorite to share are the beaches at the various resorts. If you visit the Polynesian Village Resort, the Yacht & Beach Club, or the Swan and Dolphin Resort…you’ll discover that they all have nice white sand beaches to enjoy!
These are great spots to grab a nap, and they are all within walking distance of a Theme Park! Some even have swinging benches and beach chairs;)
AND FINALLY…THE RANDOM SPOTS!
- Tomorrowland Terrace and Tortuga Tavern Restaurant Seating Area (Magic Kingdom)
- UK Gardens (EPCOT)
- Echo Lake Area (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
- Flame Tree BBQ Seating Area (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
Do you have any suggestions for a great naptime spot? Let me know in the comments!