Resting Hollywood and EPCOT
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Need a Rest? Best Spots Around Walt Disney World to Take a Break (Part 2)

We’re back with the best spots to take a break at Walt Disney World – specifically EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios! If you missed it, in Part 1, we went over some key rest spots around Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so you’ll definitely want to go back to catch up if you missed them. As we mentioned in Part 1, Walt Disney World is all things fun, magical, and exhausting. We try to fit as much as we can in a day to have the best time, but sometimes you need to sit down and recharge with a rest. However, going all the way back to your Disney Resort or an off-Disney property hotel or rental wastes your precious Disney Park time.

Hollywood Studios and EPCOT

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Walt Disney World tickets range from $109-159 for a single day in a single theme Park. Park hours fluctuate, but on average, you can expect to get about 12 Disney Park hours in a day. If you break it down, that’s about $9-13 per hour, which really isn’t bad. However, that doesn’t take into account all the other expenses that come along with a Walt Disney World vacation: travel, lodging, food, souvenirs, etc. Moral of the story? Your time at the most magical place on earth is both limited and valuable.

Don’t waste time and money going back and forth to your hotel to take a break. Instead, consider some of these ideas that work great for a midday break inside the Disney Park. Taking a moment to recharge will help you have the best time! Who knew you could get a Disney World tip about taking breaks?


Spaceship Earth (16 minutes)
Spaceship Earth is a classic ride that travels back through time inside the EPCOT “ball.” Since it opened in 1982, you’ve likely ridden this attraction if you’ve ever been to EPCOT. There are rumors of updates, but nothing set in stone just yet. So hop on this 16-minute ride in the dark as you relax to the sound of Judi Dench’s voice.

Epcot Spaceship Earth Entrance Sign

The Ideas of Tomorrow – Today! (Unlimited)
This spot is perfect for families with older children. If you could use a little more downtime after your journey through Spaceship Earth, but the kids are ready to keep going, park yourself on a bench and let them explore the latest in high-tech science. There are so many hands-on activities to keep them busy while you take some more time to chill.

The American Adventure (30 minutes)
Looking for a break as you eat and shop your way around the World Showcase? Well, look no further! Take a seat in a cushioned chair as you gaze at images projected on a 72-foot screen. This attraction features the history of America, led by animatronic Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. Kind of like the Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom, while interesting and educational, the combination of a dark theater, cushioned chair, and air conditioning is perfect for those looking for a spot to take a quick 30-minute nap. Hey, it never hurts to take a break from battling the Disney World crowds!

Impressions de France (18 minutes)
Another World Showcase pitstop takes place while you visit the France Pavilion for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Pop into Impressions de France to get some time out of the sun. See all the beauty France has to offer with a 200-degree widescreen view. It’s almost like a SOARIN’ experience, but while staying on the ground.

France Pavilion

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (30 minutes)
We love an air-conditioned theater. They’re perfect for a midday break in Hollywood Studios! While you’ll get to sit and cool off in this show, don’t expect to get much shut-eye. Why? Well, unless your lullaby is a room full of children screaming the words to all of their favorite Frozen songs, it might be a little loud for a catnap. Regardless, it’s a cute experience, and the performers are full of witty jokes you’ll love.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! (35 minutes)
Originally debuting in 1989, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular has seen upgrades and refurbishments over the years – the latest updates were fairly minor, but see if you can catch them! This show takes place outside, so while you won’t benefit from any air conditioning, the theater is covered, and there are giant ceiling fans that offer decent airflow. It’s an action-packed show, so it might not be the best spot for a catnap, but it will give you a solid 35 minutes to sit down. You’ll see scenes out of Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as demonstrations revealing how many of the stunts are executed.


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Beauty and the Beast Stage Show (30 minutes)
Like the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, the Beauty and the Beast Stage Show takes place in an outdoor, covered theater. Enjoy 30 minutes of sweet entertainment as you rest your legs. This show is basically an abridged version of the classic movie but in the form of a stage play. The costumes are fantastic, and the songs and dancing will have you tapping along.

Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream (15 minutes)
Catch the 15-minute documentary on the man behind the magic we love, Walt Disney. You’ll get to see old video footage, clips of home movies, and how Walt made his dreams into what we know today. There’s also a gallery showcasing the life of Walt Disney, including sketches, photos, models, costumes, artwork, and more. This is a gem at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that many people pass up.

Muppet*Vision 3D (17 minutes)
Hooray! This classic show is indoors with our beloved air conditioning. The best part, though, is that it’s a perfect replica of the Muppet Theater from The Muppet Show television series. Your favorite Muppets will take you on a 3D tour of their new movie-making invention lab, making you forget you’re even in a Disney World Park.

Muppet Vision 3D

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These are just a handful of spots where you can take a break at Walt Disney World (while staying in the Park). There are certainly other attractions that will also get the job done. But if you need a break from attractions, too, grab a Mickey-shaped snack and park it on a bench. Our final Disney tip is to take a nap in your Chewbacca costume in front of the Millennium Falcon!

Child sleeping in Chewy costume

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About Amanda Kepshire

Amanda has always had a love for Disney and wishes living in Atlanta didn’t mean being so far from the most magical place on earth. She’s a Disney College Program Alumni (2012) and a former Annual Passholder (living in Florida had its perks), so she’s been to Disney World more times than she could ever count. Amanda enjoys sharing tips with fellow Disney lovers while counting down the days until her next visit!