/ Monday, May 13th, 2013

I have to admit, I am completely guilty of going a little bit insane in terms of planning and executing a Disney vacation. Months before arriving, I will have our days planned out in terms of what parks we will be visiting and where we will be eating. Once we get to the parks, my mom and I will pretty much go until we drop, trying to cram in as much Disney magic as humanly possible on our vacation. But sometimes between the wicked Florida heat and humidity, the endless walking, and the rather gluttonous meals, I am overcome with fatigue and find that I am in desperate need of a short break to relax in some air conditioning. While it can be great to sit on benches and curbs and people watch throughout the World, I generally like to try and relax inside of an attraction that way I am both still getting to experience a show or ride while cooling off in the air conditioning and getting off of my feet for a while. I thought it would be great to share with you my list of favorite attractions to experience when I am in need of a break in Disney World. I would love to hear if you have any additional attractions where you like to relax, so please share them in the comments below!

Carousel Of Progress– This is one of my overall favorite attractions throughout the World, and it offers a great chance to sit down in some pretty comfortable seats and rest your feet for a while. In addition to being a great place to rest, it rarely ever has a wait so you can pretty much walk right into the theater and plop yourself in a seat. Plus, you’ll leave singing “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” which makes any hot tiring day more bearable!

Hall Of Presidents– In terms of attractions in the Magic Kingdom, this runs on the long side. So it not onlyhallofpres offers and extended chance to sit down in the air conditioning, but also offers some really comfortable seats in a dark auditorium. I love this attraction, but I have definitely seen my fair share of people catching some Z’s throughout the show. So if you are in need of an extended rest while in the Magic Kingdom, this is your best bet.

American Adventure– Similar to The Hall Of Presidents, this attraction runs for close to a half hour and AmerAdvenoffers a cool dark environment in which you can easily relax and doze off for a few minutes if you are in need of a rest from the hot Florida sun. While the finale is a bit on the loud side, the rest of the show can definitely be spent dozing or simply “resting with your eyes closed” in the dark while you recharge your batteries.

Spaceship Earth– While this is one of my favorite attractions in all of Disney World, I have to admit that I have fallen asleep while riding during Extra Magic hours on one trip. Offering a cool andSSE dark environment, the seats aren’t the most comfortable but you can definitely get in a quick rest while dreaming of Rome via the wonderful burning of Rome scent.

Universe of Energy– You know that moment where you are near meltdown and just feel like you can’t last another five minutes in the sun or walking around through Epcot? This is the ultimate attraction to hit if you are in desperate need of a break. Lasting forty-five minutes and featuring only a pre-show which requires you to stand, you are guaranteed around 40 minutes of uninterrupted relaxing in a seated position while in air conditioning.

While all of these attractions are great ways to cool off and catch a second wind during a long day in the parks, I experience them many times throughout each of my vacation. They are fantastic attractions that I greatly enjoy despite using them occasionally for a quick moment of relaxation. If you haven’t experienced any of these attractions first-hand I urge you to do so, definitely don’t rule them out as only to indulge in when in need of a rest.

What are some attractions you visit when you are in need of a little air conditioning and relaxing? Ever been guilty of dozing off on an attraction? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.



9 thoughts on “Disney From The Twenty-Something: Attractions to Relax In”

  1. Lindsey D says:

    The place in Animal Kingdon to get off your feet in some A/C is “Finding Nemo – The Musical”. It’s one of my favorite shows.

  2. Caitlin says:

    I haven’t actually fallen asleep in an attraction (though my mom and aunt dozed off in the American Adventure and Carousel of Progress…) but I definitely agree with all of these in terms of relaxation. Another good one is Mickey’s PhilharMagic … I always get excited when it’s “that point in the day” when my family takes a break and we head that way. 🙂

  3. Ali says:

    I love going to the Finding Nemo show at AK to relax. It’s dark, its kind of long, the show is great and you get a break from the heat.

  4. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    I caught myself nodding off in The American Adventure before and one of my good friends always falls asleep on Ellen’s Energy Adventure.

    It’s not an attraction but last time I was at WDW I was riding a Friendship Boat from Epcot to the Studios and was so relaxed I caught a few Zs during the trip.

  5. sheila says:

    I feel like I could have written this. Here’s a few more, I like to ride to relax.

    1. People Mover (MK)
    2. Tram
    3. Pirate of Caribbean (MK)
    4. Living with the Land (EPCOT)
    5. Sounds Dangerous (closed: HS)

    Caitlin you and I think alike. I think it’s funny you comment on your own article. 🙂

  6. Tom Wade says:

    Gosh, I think that I have done all of the above. I would add “It’s Small World” because it is nice and long, cool and the boats rock you a little. The one that I like a lot is the People Mover in Tomorrow Land. Sometimes I stay on board for a second trip. I just prop up my feet and relax. It’s not air conditioned but it is covered and it creats a nice breeze.

  7. Caitlin Corsello says:

    Lindsey D — Finding Nemo is definitely a great place to relax and cool off in the Animal Kingdom!

    Caitlin — First off, great name =). Second, Philharmagic is definitely a great place for a rest, but it can be loud!

    Ali — Finding Nemo is a great break from the heat.

    Tony E — I have to admit I am just a guilty of falling asleep on the Friendship Boat from Epcot to DHS when I was there in April. In my defense, I had just eaten a huge meal at Le Cellier!

    Sheila — Haha that actually was not my comment listed above, but another Caitlin’s! And the People Mover is probably the attraction I visit the most while in WDW. It’s a great way to take in the sights, relax for a few minutes, and figure out where you want to head next.

    Tom Wade — Definitely agree about the People Mover! Its always a great day when the crowds are so low that you can just stay on for a second ride.

  8. Krissy Vigs says:

    I also like the people mover. There is hardly ever a wait and it’s fun to ride right through Space Mountain and hear the people scream! Another great place to be cool and have a seat is not in any parks but the monorail. Last year we were the only ones in a car. It was quiet and heavenly!!!

  9. Kendall Foreman (MoretotheWorld) says:

    I always like to duck into Voyage of the Little Mermaid at DHS when I need a break from the heat. Sometimes you might even catch the refreshing mist as they drop the water on-stage.