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Slow It Down! How to Relax In Disney

It is easy to get wrapped up in the high-paced feel of Walt Disney World. When spending money and time on a Disney vacation, we often feel like we need to be constantly on the go to get the most out of the vacation. We suggest you slow it down during your next Walt Disney World vacation. 

While experiencing the thrill of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind or Space Moutain is a lot of fun, we have also learned that slowing down and enjoying the magic is just as fun.

Let’s look at ways to slow down and enjoy the magic at Walt Disney World.

Disney's Polynesian Resort View
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Resort Relaxing

Our first suggestion for relaxing and slowing down during your Walt Disney World vacation is to enjoy your Walt Disney World Resort. These excellent Resorts are full of ways to relax and slow down.

Enjoy Walking Around

Each of the Walt Disney World Resorts has beautiful, well-themed grounds. Take to walk around them and explore. Enjoy the lush woods of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or the tropical feel of Disney’s Caribbean Beach. Have fun taking in all the larger-than-life icons at the All-Star Resorts, Pop Century, and Art of Animation.

There is so much to see throughout the Walt Disney World Resort that we highly recommend slowing down and enjoying the magic of the Resorts.

Dig Site Pool Coronado Springs Resort
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Pools Day

Consider taking a whole day to enjoy your Walt Disney World Resort. After spending a few days in the Parks, take a full Resort day. Use this time to enjoy the pools, dining, activities, and fun experiences offered at your Resort.

The Disney Resorts offer scavenger hunts, activities at the pool, arts and crafts, and much more. Take a full day to slow down and enjoy these different experiences. 

Dining and Lounges

Take some time to enjoy all the fantastic dining that you can find at your Disney Resort. Don’t feel you have to rush into a Disney Park at mealtime. Disney Resorts have a variety of food options to choose from. From signature dinings such as California Grill or Yatchmans Steakhouse to fun, upbeat food courts at Pop Century and Art of Animation, everyone will find something to enjoy at their Disney Resort.


Along with great food options, Disney Resorts also offer great shopping. Take time to stroll through the shops at your Resort. Explore what they offer, from traditional Disney items to unique, Resort focused items.

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Visit Other Disney Resorts

During your Walt Disney World, slow down and visit other Walt Disney World Resorts. As mentioned, there is much to experience at the Walt Disney World Resorts. Slow down and step away from the Disney Parks so you can enjoy Disney Resorts.

Consider grabbing a meal at a nearby Disney Resort, visiting the shops or walking around. They are so beautiful and have so much to offer Guests. Don’t skip out on these relaxing and magical experiences during your trip.

Pin Trading

Pin trading is a fun, relaxing experience you can do while at Walt Disney World. At most Disney shops, Guests can find a pin board. Here they can trade out some of their pins for ones they find on the board.

This fun, easy experience allows Guests to enjoy the Resorts at a slow, relaxing pace. Guests can also trade pins throughout the Parks. Find Cast Members or visit the shops in the Parks to find boards to trade with.

There are so many pins that it is super fun to find special ones.

California Grill Fireworks
With sweeping views of Magic Kingdom fireworks from atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the re-imagined California Grill also features a new design inspired by mid-century modern California, and a new menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and a lighter touch. Known for its stellar wine list, the restaurant now boasts about 250 wine selections, 80 by the glass, an expanded sake list, eight kinds of craft beers and ciders and signature cocktails created by staff mixologists. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
Enjoy a Meal

A fantastic way to slow down and relax at Walt Disney World is to schedule a meal. Having a reservation forces you to stop your touring of the Parks, sit down, and relax a little. Meals are an excellent way to be waited on while enjoying amazing food, great drinks, and fantastic atmospheres.

Our favorite relaxing meals at Walt Disney World include Le Cellier in EPCOT, Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom, Ale and Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and Topolino’s at Disney’s Riviera. These dining locations are laid back, relaxing, and so delicious.

Nomad Lounge inside Tiffin's Restaurant
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One area of relaxation that Disney has improved in is lounges. Throughout the Disney Resorts and Parks, there are numerous lounges. These are fantastic areas to escape the busy crowds, relax, drink, and enjoy snacks.

One of our favorite relaxing lounges at Walt Disney World is Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Nomad Lounge. This lounge has fantastic drinks and snacks (from the same kitchen as Tiffins), comfortable seating, and beautiful tranquil scenery.

Baseline Tap House and Brown Derby Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are not as tranquil but just as relaxing. These two lounges have great drinks and a fantastic menu.

Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is one of the most eloquent lounges we have seen. Based on the Beauty and the Beast movie, this gorgeous lounge is the perfect place to relax.

Lounges are an excellent way to relax while enjoying amazing views, small bites, and drinks.

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A Walt Disney World vacation doesn’t have to be busy and stressful. Take these tips with you during your next vacation to Disney. Enjoy some time to relax and slow down. You can relax at Walt Disney World if you allow yourself time to slow down. Enjoy your Disney Resort, have great meals, and take in all the magic. Even though Disney is known for being busy and fast-paced, it can provide a pleasant, relaxing experience.



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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