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Ways to Take a Break in Magic Kingdom

With summer starting, that means the heat, humidity, and crowds will be back in Walt Disney World.  This might sound frustrating to some.  Making sure you have a plan in place on how to face these sometimes less than magical experiences can make even hard conditions magical.

Today we are going to look at ways you can take a break from the heat and crowds while in the most iconic Theme Park: Magic Kingdom.  These are ways to continue to experience Disney magic without staying in the heat and crowds.

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Your Disney Resort

One place that you can escape the crowd is by heading back to your Walt Disney World Resort.  Schedule some time at the amazing pool.  Disney Resorts provide some great afternoon activities at the pools most days.  These are fun for the kids and a great break from the craziness of the Magic Kingdom Park.

Consider taking a nap as well.  Even if you don’t have little ones anymore, scheduling in time to just relax can be a great refresher.

Walt Disney World Monorail

Visit a Monorail Resort

If you prefer to not head all the way back to your Walt Disney World Resort, or if you are staying off property, consider catching the monorail to visit a nearby Disney Resort.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are all on the monorail loop and offer a great escape from Magic Kingdom.

Trader Sam's
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Consider visiting one of the great lounges at these Disney Resorts.  Trader Sam’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of the top lounges in all of Walt Disney World.  It offers a fantastic atmosphere with a lot of fun entertainment.

For a quieter experience, consider going to Enchanted Rose.  This lounge is based on Beauty and the Beast and is found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  It is truly beautiful with indoor and door seating that is perfect for a relaxing drink.

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)


As you can imagine, these top Disney Resorts also offer outstanding dining options.  From the high-end signature restaurants of Narcouses, Citricos, and California Grill to the newly opened Steakhouse 71, there are a variety of dining choices for Guests to visit.

Those that want something quick to eat can also find choices.  Each of these Disney Resorts has great quick service options that offer mobile orders making it quick and easy to grab something to eat.


Take time to enjoy the unique atmosphere that each of these Disney Resorts has to offer.  They are both so special and unique making these truly amazing to walk around.

Check out the pools (even though you can’t swim), take time to enjoy the shops, and just enjoy the lobbies as well.

At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as well as Disney’s Polynesian Resort, you can sit down on the beach and enjoy watching the ferry boat and other boats on the Seven Seas Lagoon.

This is a beautiful view of the Magic Kingdom area that provides a great, calming break from what can be an overwhelming Magic Kingdom.

Wilderness Lodge
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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Another great Disney Resort to visit that isn’t on the monorail is Disney’s, Wilderness Lodge.  This Disney Resort is also absolutely stunning and a wonderful place to explore.

The two top dining locations here are Whispering Canyon and Geyser Point (a fantastic outdoor lounge that offers amazing views of the water and area).

Back and in high demand is Storybook Dining at Artist Point.  This is the character dining experience with Snow White, Evil Queen as well as Dopey and Grumpy.  This is a signature character meal and dining reservations go quickly here.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a stunning Resort that provides a relaxing view of nature that is hard to believe is right next to Magic Kingdom.

Tri-Circle-D Ranch
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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Finally, for those that love nature, we highly recommend taking time to visit Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.  Easily the most unique Resort in Walt Disney World, Fort Wilderness offers a lot of fun.

Guests can enjoy visiting the beautiful Magic Kingdom horses at Tri-Circle-D Ranch.  Activities such as horseback riding, fishing excursions, archery, and more are slowly coming back as well.  There are so many outstanding experiences to be had at Fort Wilderness that it is a great break location from Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Castle
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Inside Magic Kingdom

If you prefer to not leave Magic Kingdom for a break, there are still some great break spots within the Disney Park.

Be Our Guest
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First, consider making a dining reservation for one of the table service restaurants within Magic Kingdom.  Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guests, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Skipper Canteen are all great options for meals within the Disney Park.

Hall of Presidents


Another great way to take a break in the Park is to see a show.   Not only are they inside offering air conditioning, but they also are typically longer giving you time off your feet and out of the elements.

We like to catch the Carousel of Progress at least once.  This show is longer and gives us a nice break.  County Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, and Enchanted Tiki Room also show that offer a break.


Surprisingly there are even rides that we enjoy taking a break on.  Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a fantastic break ride.  It is slow-moving, high up in Tomorrowland, and longer.

“It’s a small world” is also a great break ride.  Because it is a slow-moving, indoor, longer ride, it provides a nice break from the elements while still enjoying a classic ride.

We love being in Magic Kingdom; however, sometimes we also need a break.  These are some great options as a way to take a break both in and out of Magic Kingdom depending on your preference.  Taking breaks is a big part of a Disney vacation.  They help everyone keep up the magic.

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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