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Top Places to Avoid Crowds at Disney

As we enter a new month, spring break is around the corner at Walt Disney World. The new month will come with larger crowds as everyone is ready for sunshine. With the increase in crowds, it is essential to have a plan when visiting Walt Disney World.

We want to share some top ways to escape the crowds while staying within the four Disney Parks. Each Disney Park has a few areas that can provide a break and quiet moment. Add these places to your notes to quickly step away when things get crazy at Walt Disney World.


Baby Care Centers

Know that you can find Baby Care Centers in the four Disney Parks. These are connected to the first aid stations and provide an excellent, quiet place for Guests. These areas are great for kids that might need a break. There is a seating area, air conditioning, and basic supplies.

If you have a little one or a big kid that might need a break from the crowds, remember that you are welcome to use the Baby Care Centers in the Parks.

carousel of progress
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Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom will see the highest crowds most days. This iconic Disney Park is top destination for vacation goers. Most don’t visit Walt Disney World without a stop at Magic Kingdom. Because of this, the crowds can be a lot to deal with.

Tom Sawyer Island- Frontierland

If you want a place to escape within Magic Kingdom, consider taking the raft over to Tom Sawyer Island. The island has many hidden areas and is a perfect spot to escape during a busy day at Magic Kingdom.

Hall of Presidents, Magic Kingdom
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Hall of Presidents- Liberty Square

This 25-minute show featuring all of America’s presidents, past and present, not only is a wonderful look at America’s history, but it also is a good choice for getting away from the crowd. Hall of Presidents typically doesn’t have a long wait allowing you to quickly get off your feet and take some time to relax.

Carousel of Progress- Tomorrowland

This classic Disney ride that was part of the World’s Fair takes Guests on a 20-minute journey through different decades.  In each scene, Guests are shown what new technologies were discovered and how those helped create a “great big beautiful tomorrow.”

No matter how you feel about this ride, it is a great way to get out of the crowd as it typically never has a long line, and since it is 20 minutes long, it is a proper break for your feet and allows you to reset.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This Disney Park has become extremely busy with the arrival of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This area added a lot to the Park, but not many spots to beat the crowds. In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we have two favorite places to hide from the crowds.

Star Wars Launch Bay: Animation Courtyard

Star Wars Launch Bay is one area that seems to have fewer people since the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. This is a fun place to see some of the great props from the Star Wars movies.  Guests can also find a quiet place to relax if they need time away from the crowds.

Walt Disney Presents: Animation Courtyard

Walt Disney Presents another quiet location within Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here Guests can enjoy seeing how Walt’s dream became a reality as they walk through the history of the Disney Parks as well as get a glimpse at what is to come in the future.

epcot world showcase at night
world show case


Unlike Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT offers numerous locations for Guests to escape the crowds and breathe. Throughout the World Showcase, Guests can enjoy hidden places that are great for resting, shopping, and enjoying the magic without a large group. We have a few favorites to share.

You can find a beautiful waterfall on the Canada Pavilion’s second level. This is a quiet place to relax. The UK Pavilion has a lot of gardens that Guests can walk through while enjoying a snack or drink. Over in the Japan Pavilion, there is a calming pond you sit around and enjoy.

Each of these locations we have found to be relaxing and away from the crowds.  If you take time to explore, each country throughout the World Showcase has something unique to offer and hidden gems to find.

Jungle Trek
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

With how serene Disney’s Animal Kingdom is, there are a lot of places where Guests can enjoy quiet time.


There are three trails that Guests can enjoy throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Discovery Trail takes them up close to the Tree of Life, allowing them to enjoy the different animals carved into it.

Gorilla Exploration Trail provides Guests with a look at various animals, including the gorillas.  This is a fun trail to explore; seeing the gorillas out and playing around is always exciting.

Finally, the Maharajah Jungle Trek is a trail allowing Guests to see beautiful tigers and other animals.   Like with the gorillas, this trail will enable Guests to explore at their own pace.

These trails are a great way to go at your own pace and enjoy some time away from the larger crowds of built-in Pandora and other Park areas.

Crowds will continue to grow as we head into spring break. Know that there are great ways to avoid the crowds while enjoying the magic throughout 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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