How To Have a Magical, but Lazy Day at Disney

We love the rush and excitement of being in the Disney Parks at rope drop and staying until the fireworks. Racing from ride to ride, seeing how many we can do in one day, is exciting and fun. Even though we do love these days at Walt Disney World, as we have gotten older, there is something magical about slowing down and being lazy at Disney.

The more we are about visiting Walt Disney World, the more we start to enjoy the quiet, magical moments that we discover at our Walt Disney World Resort hotels and within the Disney Parks.

We have some great suggestions for you if you are looking at ways to enjoy Disney magic while still being lazy. Let’s look at our top ways to have a magical but lazy day at Walt Disney World.

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Don’t Rush

Our first tip for having a lazy day at Walt Disney World is to slow it down. Although it is fun to rush from ride to ride, this isn’t relaxing or lazy. If you want a lazy day, then slow down your pace.

This might start by choosing to sleep in and not rope drop. Allow your body to have a slow start to the day. Enjoy your Disney Resort as it starts to wake up for the day. Have an excellent breakfast, go for a morning stroll, and then head to the Disney Parks.

When you arrive at your Park of choice, try to take your time as you move from ride to ride. If you have purchased Genie+, don’t book your rides back to back. Instead, spread out your ride experiences. As you stroll to your next ride, enjoy the atmosphere. Take in the small details that truly make the Disney Parks magical.

There is so much to see throughout the Walt Disney World Parks that when we are too busy rushing from ride to ride, we miss it. Slow down and take in all the details to enjoy the magic.

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Enjoy Slower Rides

Something is energizing about the rush you get from rides such as Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom or Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you are looking for a lazy time, skip these high-intense rides.

Instead of thrilling rides, look for slower rides throughout the Disney Parks. In Magic Kingdom, try out slow-moving rides such as it’s a small world, Carousel of Progress, and Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

In EPCOT, take a slow-moving boat ride on Living with the Land or Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros. The Seas with Nemo and Friends or Spaceship Earth are also nice relaxing rides.

By looking for slower-moving rides within the Disney Parks, you can enjoy rides while feeling relaxed.

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Skip All the Rides

Another great activity during a lazy day in Disney Parks is to skip the rides altogether. There is so much that you can enjoy without even experiencing an attraction.

Find a spot in front of Cinderella Castle on the hub grass and relax. Have an ice cream, enjoy a Mickey pretzel, or nap. You can soak in the magic without moving around and ride rides.

In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we love taking the time to explore the trails. Walk around the Tree of Life and truly take in the beauty and details that bring this fantastic tree to life. Visit the animals that make the Park home, or find a bench to relax and watch people go by.

You can take time to explore the shops at a slow pace. The Disney Parks are home to many unique shops we often miss out on. We love walking through all the different stores and seeing the items for sale.

We also enjoy finding a spot to watch the live entertainment. It is great to have these live performances back at the Disney Parks. We love seeing the JAMMitors at EPCOT or the Dapper Dans in Magic Kingdom. These performers are incredible talents and add to the magic of Disney Parks.

Skip those rides and lines and enjoy a lazy, slow-paced day in the Parks by enjoying all the extra magic.

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See the Shows and Entertainment

There are a lot of shows and entertainment throughout Disney Parks that allow you to sit down and relax. Look for these shows so you can enjoy fantastic performances and relax simultaneously.

Magic Kingdom offers Mickey’s Philharmagic, Country Bear Jamboree, and Enchanted Tiki Room. Over in EPCOT, you can find numerous films such as Impressions de France and Awesome Planet. These longer films allow you to relax and escape the heat and crowd.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has two great shows, Festival of the Lion Kingdom and Finding Nemo: The Big Blue and Beyond. Both are Broadway-like shows that bring these beloved shows to Disney.

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we love seeing For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along. This leaves us laughing and happy every time we visit.

By enjoying shows, you can still experience the magic of Disney Parks without feeling rushed.

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Skip the Parks

This seems crazy, but skipping the Parks is another excellent way to be lazy during your Disney vacation. Hang out at your Disney Resort by enjoying the pool, amenities, and even the movie under the stars at night.

You can also take time to visit other Disney Resorts. Visit a lounge, shop, and walk around to see all that other Disney Resorts have to offer.

This is a great way to slow down and be lazy during your Walt Disney World vacation. Allow yourself time to sleep, rest by the pool, and enjoy the magic.

These are just a few ways to be lazy during your Walt Disney World vacation. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the frantic pace of Disney, but you can still have a relaxing, lazy vacation at Walt Disney World. We hope that these ideas will help you do so during your next Disney trip.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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