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Visit These Magical Experiences When the Disney Parks Get Busy

Crowds are part of any Walt Disney World vacation. Here at How to Disney, we like to help you beat those crowds in different ways. Today, we are going to provide magical experiences in each of the four Disney Parks that are perfect for when the crowds get big.

These experiences are ones you might not have thought of or had on your must-do list, but they are all part of what makes Walt Disney World special. Have these in the back of your mind so you know where to go when you need to get away from the crowds.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Since the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land, Disney’s Hollywood Studios continues to be extremely busy. Know where you can find an escape from these crowds while remaining in the Park.

The best way to navigate the crowds at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is to visit the shows. These all have large theaters making it easy to stop by and enjoy.

First Time in Forever Elsa
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For an indoor show, visit For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along. Here Guests of all ages can sing along with their favorite Frozen songs. Littles will enjoy seeing some of their favorite Frozen characters and adults will love the hysterical historians that try to recreate the store. It is a fun show that is so cold it even snows.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a good indoor attraction for busy days. Located back by Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, many Guests don’t even know this show is there. Seeing McQueen in an amazing way during this show and enjoying the area outside of the attraction is part of the fun.

Two other great shows found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage. Both of these shows bring the excitement and fun of these movies to Guests in an exciting and of course magical way.

Walt Disney Presents is another great experience for stepping away from the crowds. Here Guests can walk through a museum filled with both digital and rare artifacts that have been a part of Disney history.

Discovery Island Trails, Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We love that Disney’s Animal Kingdom has hidden areas that allow Guests to escape from the crowds.


One of our top options for getting away from the crowds are the trails located throughout the Park. There are three main trails: Discovery Island Trail which takes Guests around the Tree of Life. Maharajah Jungle Trek or Gorilla Trails give Guests a fun look at some of the species that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home.


As you are enjoying the trails that make Disney’s Animal Kingdom special, take a moment to also discover and enjoy the animals that also make this Park so special. Two of our favorites are the otters and gibbons. These are fun to watch and just enjoy for a while as you enjoy a snack and a moment of relaxation.

Rose & Crown Pub, EPCOT


There are a lot of options throughout EPCOT when the Park gets busy and you are looking for something to do.

Canada Far and Wide in Circle Vision 360
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It might be surprising to some that there are numerous films throughout EPCOT for Guests to enjoy. In the Land Pavilion right upstairs from Living with the Land is a newer film called Awesome Planet.

Awesome Planet is a 10-minute film that features amazing pictures from around the globe and is a wonderful way to escape the crowds. This unique film uses wind, scents, and water to help tell the story of our “awesome planet” and why we should take care of it. This is a beautiful film and is truly moving and one that we recommend on any day in EPCOT.

Back in the World Showcase Guests can also find a few films to enjoy. In France, Guests can enjoy the popular Impressions de France. Canada’s film was recently updated and is a 12-minute circle vision film. It shows the beauty of Canada and all it has to offer.

Another World Showcase option is the American Adventure audio-animatronic stage show. Witness the history and landmarks of America in this presentation.

Aqua Tour
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The Seas Pavilion

One of our favorite things to do in EPCOT when we want to get away from the crowds is to visit the Seas Pavilion and enjoy the aquarium. There is so much to see in this area that we can spend a while here.

There are also great interactive areas after Spaceship Earth and Mission: Space. These can be fun areas for kids to explore.

Country Bear Jamboree
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Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom has a lot of options when it comes to experiences during busy days.

Country Bear Jamboree

Over in Frontierland, Guests can enjoy a fun, knee-slapping’ good time with the beloved Country Bears. This is a 16-minute show that is full of humor and is an original and classic attraction. It is a great way to step away from the crowd while staying in the Magic Kingdom.

Enchanted Tiki Room

Another Disney classic that is great for busy days is the Enchanted Tiki Room. This musical show brought audio-animatronics into the Parks with groundbreaking technology that synchronized movement, audio, and visual effects.

Sing along with these exotic birds, flowers, and Tiki statues in this Disney classic. Like Country Bear Jamboree, this show can fit a lot of people, so it is a good way to get out of the crowds and into the air conditioning.

Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland

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Carousel of Progress

Enjoy a trip through time on Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. This moving theater takes Guests on a trip through the decades as they experience the technological updates of each time period. Since it is constantly moving, it is an easy theater to catch a seat in even during a busy day.

That is a quick look at some experiences you can enjoy in each of the four Disney Parks even during crowded days. Check out How to Disney for more tricks and tips on navigating the crowds.



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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