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Places In Disney To Catch a Snooze

.Most of us don’t head to Walt Disney World with the plan to nap in the amazing Disney Parks; however, sometimes it just happens.  A Walt Disney World vacation can be extremely overwhelming.  The combination of getting up early, staying out late, lots of walking, and the heat can cause us to just need a quick snooze.

If you aren’t planning on heading back to your Walt Disney World Resort to take a midday break but find yourself needing a break, there are some great options throughout the four Disney Parks.  These experiences provide a slow, dark ride or attraction that is perfect for a quick snooze.

Don’t be offended if your favorite ride makes our list.  Being on the list doesn’t mean that the ride should be slept through, it just means that it can be if necessary.

Take a look at our list of places to snooze in Walt Disney World so you are prepared when you arrive.

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Carousel of Progress- Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom 

As this ride is a true Disney classic, it might offend some people to find it on our list.  Although we do believe that Guests should experience this iconic attraction at least once, we also think it provided a great option for a quick snooze.

The Carousel of Progress is a slow-moving, revolving theatre that takes Guests through four generations of progress.  What makes this perfect for a snooze is the combination of it being a slow-moving attraction.  It is in the dark and finally, it is a longer attraction giving you ample time to get nice and cozy.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover- Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom 

Another great location in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom to catch a quick rest is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.  This slow-moving ride is an elevated tram that takes a 10-minute ride through Tomorrowland.

Because of how slow it is and the fact that you can stretch out in your own cart allows you to get a quick snooze in as your travel high above Tomorrowland.  The whole ride isn’t dark as you are outside during parts, but that doesn’t take away from the relaxing rock of the cart.

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Liberty Square Riverboat-  Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom

The Liberty Square Riverboat is another option in Magic Kingdom if you need a quick snooze.  This authentic steam-powered paddle wheeler takes Guests on an almost 20-minute journey on the Rivers of America.

Even though there isn’t a lot of seating on the riverboat, you can find a nice place to rest.  This isn’t typically very busy and means you can find a spot out of the way to snooze.  The only downfall is the loud riverboat horn that will surely wake you up when it is time to dock.

Tom Sawyer's Island

Tom Sawyer Island- Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

Out of the hustle and bustle of Magic Kingdom and the crowds is Tom Sawyer Island.  Once you have taken your raft over to the island, you will find a variety of places to relax and catch a quick snooze.

The rocking chairs are our top choice as they look out over the Rivers of America as well as the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  If these are taken, you can also find a spot over at Aunt Polly’s the quick-service location on the island.

We love visiting Tom Saywer Island as a way to get a quick break from the crowds while still being in Magic Kingdom.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth- EPCOT

This might seem like a crime, but a great place to catch a nap for big and little Guests is Spaceship Earth in EPCOT.  This slow-moving ride through the dark, air-conditioned area makes it an ideal place for a quick snooze.

The ride vehicles are nice a roomy, there isn’t any major movement that will wake you up and the soft narration are all a perfect combination for a snooze.

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American Adventure- EPCOT

Many Guests might not be aware but hidden in the American Pavilion in EPCOT, Guests will find a large theatre.

This theatre is a great place for a quick snooze.  As Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain guide Guests through America’s history, Guests who might need a quick break will be able to relax in the comfortable theatre seats.

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Na’vi River Journey- Pandora, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can catch a quick snooze on Na’vi River Journey.  This slow-moving, boat ride takes Guests through the bioluminescent rainforest.

The combination of the dark ride, smooth boat movement, and calming soundtrack make a fantastic option for a quick snooze.

Muppets Vision 3D

Muppets 3D- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A Disney Park full of excitement and thrills, it is harder to find places to catch a quick snooze in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Most of the shows are outside in the elements making it hard on those hot days to catch a snooze.

Muppets 3D does offer an indoor, dark attraction that can offer a spot for a snooze.  The loud noises might make it difficult, but if you are super tired it will work.

Vacation Fun Mickey Shorts Theatre
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Vacation Fun- An Original Animated Short with Mickey and Minnie- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This new Mickey Shorts Theatre is a fantastic place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to catch a quick nap.  This animated film features Mickey and Minnie as well as all their friends.  The short film is all about getting ready for vacation.

The new seats are adorable and comfortable making it a good spot for a quick snooze.

Sometimes a quick snooze is needed to refresh and rejuvenate.  These are some of the top spots in Walt Disney World at the four Disney Parks that we would offer as napping spots.  It doesn’t mean that we don’t love the attraction and think you should enjoy the experience. We also realize that sometimes naps are needed even at Walt Disney World.

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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