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The Peaceful Spots In Walt Disney World That You May Not Know About

A Walt Disney World vacation is never short of an adventure. Between exploring the Disney Parks, visiting Walt Disney World Resort hotels, getting to dining reservations on time, and making sure you’ve browsed the shops so you take home the right souvenirs from your trip, it’s not uncommon to leave vacation, in need of another vacation.

Of course, there are ways to ensure that you have restful vacation time, and not just time by the pool. Our favorite ways to relax and recuperate in the Disney magic are taking a cruise with Disney Cruise Line, or road tripping to Disney’s Vero Beach. But if you’re wanting to stay within the magic of Walt Disney World, then it’s best you know where the best places are to take some time to yourself away from a Disney theme park.

The obvious place to rest is at your Disney Resort pool, but we know that the pool can be a busy and noisy area depending on the time of day that you visit. So, let us inspire you to plan time for your vacation, where you can take a little nap, or rest your aching feet. These are our favorite rest spots within Walt Disney World where you can still enjoy the Disney experience.

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In a hammock

There are several Disney Resort hotels that offer hammocks for Guests to enjoy. Even better is that anyone can use a hammock, even if you aren’t staying in that Disney Resort. So next time you’re exploring and see a free hammock, claim it as your own for a little while.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers several hammocks along the beaches overlooking Barefoot Bay. Feel that gentle breeze pass over you as you close your eyes for 40 winks! Alternatively, face away from the sun, and watch the Disney Skyliner passing overhead. 

Another great place to enjoy a hammock is on the beaches overlooking Lago Dorado at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Or if you’re looking for a shaded area, find a hammock underneath the tall trees on Ol’ Man Island at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

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On a bench overlooking the FriendShip boats

If you follow Disney’s BoardWalk round to the left, after exiting EPCOT, there is a walkway that will take you to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a walkway that is generally really quiet, with the exception of passing FriendShip boats transporting Guests between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as the Disney Resort hotels in that area.

Find a bench along the walkway, and take a seat. You’ll get a really neat view of the Tower of Terror at this spot too! 

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Overlooking the Sassagoula River

There are plenty of benches set along the Sassagoula River that provide a great place to sit and gather your thoughts. Watch the boats pass between Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside Resorts.

We recommend enjoying the help of Beignets at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, then making your way to the path alongside the River. Once you reach the French Quarter Boat Landing, follow the path to the left, and find the bench that’s perfect for you.

If you’re stopping by Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, our favorite benches to stop and rest are located in front of Magnolia Bend. Sit under the shade of grand oak trees, in the courtyards between the grand, white-column stately mansions, listening to the water running from nearby water fountains.

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On a bench swing

There are several bench swings located around the Walt Disney World Resort, for Guests to enjoy.

In front of the lawn at Disney’s Riviera Resort, you’ll find large metal bench swings. Take a seat and enjoy the gentle movement in the shade of the Resort, whilst watching other Guests play giant chess or lawn games.

After a day wandering World Showcase in EPCOT, a wooden bench swing on the beach area of Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers an ideal rest spot. Kick your shoes off, and feel the gentle movement, whilst having a perfect view of Crescent Lake, and Disney’s BoardWalk.

If you love watching the sunset, then you’ll definitely want to head to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort following an afternoon at Magic Kingdom Park. Along the beach, you’ll find wooden bench swings. Feel the sand between your toes as you take a seat, then enjoy the views of the sunset across Seven Seas Lagoon. Treat yourself to a helping of Dole Whip from Pineapple Lanai, whilst enjoying a well-earned rest.

Waterfront seating

There are 4 waterfront spots that we never tire of enjoying in Lake Buena Vista.

The first is right across from Disney Springs in Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. This spot can be accessed by car or walking. If arriving by car, park in Congress Park at the Disney Resort, and walk through to the waterfront path. If you are walking, you’ll want to exit Disney Springs by Mickey’s Days of Christmas and follow the path across the lake, and along the edge of Saratoga Springs. Find a bench and enjoy the views of Disney Springs across Village Lake. It’s great to see the view from the opposite side to the one you’re used to!

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Another waterfront seating area that we love, is across the lawn from Disney’s Riviera Resort, overlooking Barefoot Bay. This is a great spot to enjoy breakfast, an afternoon cocktail, or Mickey Premium Bar from Bar Riva. Watch the Disney Skyliner passing in the distance too.

We love the waterfront at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Pick up lunch from Gasparilla Island Grill, then grab a seat overlooking the Captains Shipyard. Watch the Monorails pass in the distance, going to and from Magic Kingdom. Alternatively, enjoy a Pina CoLava from a beach chair on the beach overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon. This is a great spot to sit for a while!

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Our final waterfront where we love to sit and admire the view is at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Grab a coffee and sweet treat from Cafe Rix, or an ice-cold beverage from Laguna Bar,  then take a seat overlooking Lago Dorado. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles that have been known to surface close to the walkway.

On a rocking chair

Take time out of your day in Magic Kingdom Park, to rest on Tom Sawyer Island. We love sitting on a rocking chair looking over the Rivers of America towards Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This is a great spot to watch the sunset from too!

Another great place to enjoy a rocking chair is on the porch outside of Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Mornings are a great time to take advantage of this spot whilst sipping your first coffee of the day.

We also love the rocking chairs on Caribbean Cay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. This is an ideal spot to watch the sunset over Barefoot Bay, whilst sitting amongst the lush greenery and palm trees.

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Wherever you choose to sit, your body and mind will thank you! These beautiful spots within Walt Disney World offer you the chance to see it from a different perspective. You’re on vacation, and so a little time to take it easy is definitely allowed!

About Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!