Relax and Refresh: Is It Possible at Disney?

When people come back from Walt Disney World, they often hear them say they need a vacation to recover from their vacation. We have had those types of Disney trips. Rope drops to fireworks non-stop for a week; by the end, we are worn down and often not feeling so magical.

This leads us to the question- can you relax and refresh at Walt Disney World? Our answer is you can! We will take you along with us today on how you can enjoy the magic of Disney while still relaxing and refreshing as a vacation should be.

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Resort Days

Our first suggestion for ensuring you can relax during your Walt Disney World vacation is to schedule a Resort day or two. The longer your vacation? The more days you should have.

We often suggest planning a day hanging out at your excellent Disney Resort partway through your trip. There are many benefits to doing this. First of all, by having a Resort day, you can take time to enjoy the Resort you are paying to stay at.

This allows you to enjoy the amenities at the Resort, such as the pools, dining, games, activities, shopping, and so much more. Disney magic isn’t only found at Disney Parks. The Disney Resorts are full of magic. From the great feature pools where games and activities take place each afternoon to the movie under the stars at night. These activities are so much fun and allow the family to relax and enjoy time together outside Disney Parks.

A Disney Resort day also allows everyone to refresh. Being at Disney Parks, although magical, is a lot. There is a lot of walking. A lot of people to navigate around and a lot of stimulation. By taking time to step away from all of that for a day, everyone will be more refreshed and ready to head back.

Taking a Resort day is essential when relaxing during a Walt Disney World vacation.

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Take Breaks Daily

Very similar to taking a Resort day is taking daily breaks. To keep everyone refreshed and allow them some relaxation, take time each day to step away from Disney Parks.

This could mean having a meal or exploring a nearby Resort. There are so many outstanding dining options outside of the Disney Parks that a great way to take a break from the Parks is to have a meal at one of those dining locations.

You might take time to head back to your Disney Resort for a swim or a nap. The Parks are always the busiest in the middle of the day, so taking time to head out can make a huge difference in everyone’s attitude.

Enjoy a Meal

Another great way to relax and refresh during a vacation to Disney is by enjoying a fantastic meal. Walt Disney World has numerous top-notch dining locations throughout the property. By booking a table-service meal either inside or outside of Disney Parks, you will allow yourself some time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a meal.

Walt Disney World provides many outstanding dining options that are fantastic for a nice, relaxing meal. Consider locations such as Flying Fish on the Boardwalk or Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. These signature dining locations will provide a fantastic meal and a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere.

Nomad Lounge
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Visit  a Lounge

Guests looking for some relaxation during their vacation should consider visiting one of the many lounges throughout Disney. Lounges are found in all Disney Parks except Magic Kingdom and most Deluxe Disney Resorts.

Throughout Walt Disney World, Lounges provide a friendly, relaxing atmosphere with excellent themes, great small plates, and delicious drinks. If you are looking for a relaxing time, make sure you think about which lounges you visit.

Trader Sam’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Oga’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are high-energy lounges and probably won’t provide much relaxation, even though they will provide great entertainment.

For those wanting a relaxing atmosphere, look at visiting Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Brown Derby Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Nomad Lounge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These lounges have a friendly, relaxing atmosphere, great drinks, and excellent food offerings.

Lounges at Walt Disney World are a wonderful place to take some time to relax and get ready for the next adventure.

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If you are looking for a relaxing time, consider upgrading your Disney experience. Consider paying for things such as Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes. Purchasing these can save you time and frustration waiting in lines.

Consider booking a fireworks dessert party or upgrading your hotel room. Making some minor upgrades to your trip can help everyone relax a little bit more.

Memory Maker Family
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Slow Down

Our final suggestion for having a relaxing and refreshing Disney vacation is to slow down. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the magic and want to rush from experience to experience. This makes us all tired and worn down within a few days.

Instead, take time to slow down while in the Parks. Enjoy some slower rides, such as Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. Walk through some of the displays in the World Showcase or enjoy a film.

What causes us to get so tired during our Disney vacations is that we don’t slow down. You will feel refreshed and relaxed by taking time to slow down and enjoy the small moments.

When we look at the question can you relax and refresh during a Walt Disney World vacation, we feel the answer is yes. It might take some discipline to accomplish, but you can absolutely experience the magic and relax during a Walt Disney World vacation.

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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