Where to Avoid Crowds in the Magic Kingdom

Over the years, we’ve been told that the best way to avoid crowds is to pick the right dates for your vacation and to be flexible with your plans.

This is different.

The goal for this topic is to share spots within the Magic Kingdom that you can get away from crowds, big or small. Anxiety is a real thing for folks to deal with and it may take time to get back into being comfortable in a post-firework heard of sheep going to the monorail, so let’s look at locations that you can catch your breath.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority

Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

The TTA is 10 minutes in length and can guarantee a nice break from the heat, crowds and is the perfect time to eat a Dole Whip.


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Hub Grass

Hub Grass at the Magic Kingdom
Hub Grass at the Magic Kingdom – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Directly in front of Cinderella’s Castle is a recent addition – grass! It’s not quite real, and there’s no shade at all but the opportunity to catch your breath in the middle of the Magic Kingdom is definitely something to keep in mind.

Columbia Harbour House – Second Floor

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

We’ve talked about this location as one of the best spots for air conditioning and one of the top quick service restaurants in all of Walt Disney World – but it’s also a great spot to escape crowds. Most guests don’t know that there’s a second floor, and in addition to being near a fairly hidden washroom, it’s on our list for a reason.


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Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Similar to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, the Hall of Presidents will give you a breather in an experience that may get out away from the crowds and give you a nice dose of air conditioning. You may not realize how nice it is to sit down until you can’t get back up after the 25-minute show is over.

Splash Pad at Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Storybook Circus in the Magic Kingdom – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Head past Be Our Guest, through New Fantasyland and keep walking until you’re in the world of the sideshow. With Dumbo on one side and Pete’s Silly Sideshow on the other – you’ll find a splash pad in the theming of a circus train. We’ve been known to hang out here after the sun goes down, as it’s another spot that may not have the best shade from the Florida elements.


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Honourable Mentions

Tom Sawyer’s Island – Photo by Dustin Fuhs
  • Tortuga Tavern – large seating area with mostly empty tables (when available)
  • Tom Sawyer’s Island – the only hesitation is that you have to deal with the rafts to and from the mainland.
  • Haunted Mansion – you get your own doom buggy, but the stretching room could be a challenge.
  • Main Street USA Side street – Can be busy depending on the time of day, but if you get it at the right time – it’s perfect!

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And if you want the best spot to avoid crowds at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll actually want to leave the park and take a 5-minute walk to either the Contemporary Resort OR the Grand Floridian Resort. It’s completely worth the time if you’re having higher anxiety and need to step away before bailing on your total plans – as it’s all about degrees.

Hope this was helpful!

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