There’s a stigma behind the art of visiting theme parks that is no surprise to anyone. Long, exhausting days in the hot sun, waiting in lines, crowds of people, you name it. But contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be this way. Let me show you why!!
You see, while there may be some truth to what I just said, there are ways around that. Instead of always being in the thick of it and trying to ride and do as many things as possible, sometimes slowing down and doing less can actually be more rewarding. When you give yourself a moment to stop and just look around and take in your surroundings, the smells, the sounds, and the sights, you’ll gain a whole new perspective that can be appreciated.
Being a newcomer to Disney just over a year ago, I was one of those people that wanted to keep it moving and hit all the stops. There came a point where I had done almost everything at least once or twice, and I really wanted to slow down and truly savor what the parks and resorts had to offer. I usually do this in the form of food and drinks which Disney has plenty of options for the taking! So let’s take a dive into the best low key places to relax while visiting Disney property.
Animal Kingdom Lodge/ Wilderness Lodge- I saved the best for last because these two resorts are considered low key relaxation spots in their entirety! I’ll start with Animal Kingdom Lodge, being that I recently visited here during the holidays. There are countless areas between Jambo House and Kidani Village that offer savanna visuals with seating and some even featuring fire pits on viewing scopes. Let’s not even get started with Victoria Falls Lounge, overlooking Boma and a cascading waterfall ambient in the background this place put me at ease with a Tusker Lager in hand! Even the lobby itself has a couple of fireplace areas with lounge chairs that’s nearly put us to sleep while waiting for our room to be ready. Wilderness Lodge, where do I even start? Wait I know, I’ll begin with the secret dual sided fireplace tucked away in a secret little area above the main lobby! A nice little spot Jordan showed us while walking off a Whispering Canyon breakfast. Right next to it was a door that led outside to a patio area overlooking the parking lot that was super low key and seemed to be often overlooked. Making our way downstairs we sat a spell in front of the fireplace, which was marvelous being that it was in the 40’s that morning. Once you make your way outside, you have a plethora of places to slip away whether it be a walk along the creek leading down into the pool and lake, or stopping by Geyser Point for a beer and a bison burger. The possibilities are truly endless.
- Hammocks along the beach of Caribbean Beach Resort
- Polynesian Resort beach swings, outlooking Seven Seas Lagoon
- Tomorrowland Terrace, Magic Kingdom
- Dawa Bar, Animal Kingdom
- 50’s Prime Time Lounge, Hollywood Studios
- Backlot Express, Hollywood Studios
- PizzeRizzo (Upstairs), Hollywood Studios
I’m certain there are many more places we haven’t discovered yet, but our journey always continues to find new things! I truly hope you take a chance and visit some of our favorite spots and take a load off your feet; just enjoy that moment because you deserve it! Let us know what you think of our spots and give us feedback on places we have yet to try. I can’t wait to get back in the resorts and parks to find more exciting ways to elevate your experiences at Disney. We greatly appreciate all of you who take the time to listen and read what we have brought to the table, and it keeps us motivated to do even more every time. Until next time, take care of yourselves and always be the best version of you every single day!
“One of these days, the clocks will stop and time won’t mean a thing.” -Foo Fighters