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Where the Disney Pros Hang Out In the Parks

We all know about the main attractions at the four main Disney Parks.  It is easy to be aware of these and have a plan on how to experience them on a Disney vacation.  What we are going to share with you today are those hidden places in the Disney Parks where the Disney pros hang out.

These spots are little hidden gems that are a fun way to enjoy Disney Park.  They provide a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the Disney Parks and allow you to sit back and enjoy the magic.

Let’s take a look at a few of these secret places the Disney pros hang out while in the Disney Parks.

Magic Kingdom Castle
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Magic Kingdom

Being the iconic Disney Park, most Guests visit Magic Kingdom during their Walt Disney World vacation.  So where in Magic Kingdom do the pros hang out in between riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, and other top attractions?  There are a few places where the pros head for some relaxation while in Magic Kingdom.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Although this might not be a super secretive spot, Disney pros often head over to Tomorrowland to ride the PeopleMover when they need a break.  This ride takes Guests through Tomorrowland giving them a birds-eye view of the Park.  This is a great way to get out of the crowds and see the Park in a little different way.

carousel of progress
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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Another ride in Tomorrowland that pros head to when they need an escape is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.  This rotating theatre takes Guests through different decades as they learn about how technology has improved over time.  As this ride is around 20 minutes long, it is a nice long break from the heat and crowd.

Columbia Harbour House

Over in Liberty Square, the pros like to head to get a bite to eat at Columbia Harbour House.  The hidden gem here is the upstairs dining area.  This is a large room that is typically not overly crowded.  It provides great views of Liberty Square and a nice, relaxing atmosphere.  Pros know that this is a nice place to hang out in between rides.

KiteTails Disney Animal Kingdom
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a beautiful, scenic Park; however, it is often hard to find a place to escape.  Disney pros have a few areas that they head to when needing a break.

Tree of Life

Many Guests don’t even know that they can get up close to the Tree of Life.  The Discovery Trails take Guests up and around the Tree of Life.  It is on this path that Disney pros like to find a hidden bench to relax and enjoy the scenic views.  These paths aren’t very busy and provide a nice quiet moment of zen.

Nomad Lounge
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Nomad Lounge

This might not be a secret, but you will find many Disney veterans hanging out at Nomad Lounge.  This lounge is attached to Tiffins and provides great drinks and amazing food.  The relaxing and calming vibes are fantastic.  Since it does get busy, make sure you get there early or get your name on the waitlist.


DinoLand is in need of some TLC lately, but Disney pros traveling with little ones know that this is a great place to hang out.  Triceratop Spin is a fun, kid-friendly ride that typically sees very low wait times.

Also located in DinoLand is the Boneyard.  This is a large play area that is a wonderful place for kids to run off some energy while parents take a moment to breathe.

Finally, there are numerous games located throughout the land that are fun for little ones.  These are often skipped over by Guests rushing from ride to ride, but they are entertaining for little ones.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios

As the busiest Disney Park right now, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a place where pros take time to find some quiet places.  Although it might be hard to find, there are a few places that pros will hang out to relax.

Brown Derby Lounge

A Disney veteran favorite is the Brown Derby Lounge.  Known for the outstanding cob salad and drink flights, Disney pros like to take time to relax and enjoy a nice lunch here.

Vacation Fun Mickey Shorts Theatre
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Vacation Fun: Mickey Shorts Theatre

Many Guests walk right past this adorable new theatre on Echo Lake.  The new Vacation Fun:  A Original Animated Short with Mickey & Minnie is a funny and cute film featuring our favorite characters.  There are cute photo opportunities after the show as well.  Disney pros head here to relax and enjoy the air conditioning during this day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Epcot Beacons of Magic
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Even though EPCOT is extremely large and difficult to navigate right now, there are some fantastic places that Disney pros like to hang out in during their visit.


If you don’t slow down and enjoy the amazing aquarium located in the Seas Pavilion you are making a big mistake.  This aquarium is host to dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, and manatees.  There is also so much to see that Disney pros will spend hours here hanging out.

World Showcase France

World Showcase

Back in the World Showcase, there are so many places that the Disney pros like to hang out.  Each country has unique shops and dining places to explore.  There are also many countries such as China, America, and Japan that have displays where you can learn about the country.

The Disney pros know about these hidden gems and take time to explore them while in EPCOT.  Most Guests are focused on the festival booths and don’t actually step back into the amazing countries themselves.   Disney veterans don’t make that mistake.

These are just a few places throughout the four main Disney Parks that our Disney pros like to hang out.  They provide some quieter experiences that might not wise be taken advantage of during a trip.

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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