How to get a much-needed rest at Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom there are 6 different lands, you'll see lots of rides and exciting things to keep you busy but you are going to want to sit down at some point. When you're going on rides you get to sit briefly but it's not really a rest. But there are ways you can have a much-needed rest in each of the lands and some of them are even rides!

Main Street U.S.A.

A steam-powered train heads towards the camera, it's front just to the right of the photo. Trees line the tracks behind the train, blocking out any view behind. The sun shines down on the train. Green grassed fields stand to the right of the train tracks. A black metal bar obscures the view of the front of the train. Image for "How to get a much-needed rest at Magic Kingdom".
Can you tell which train this is?

The Walt Disney World Railroad is brilliant when your stamina is fading after walking around the park for a while and all you want to do is sit down for 20 minutes or so but still take in some of the amazing sights available at Magic Kingdom. On the Railroad an old style steam-powered train takes you on a scenic tour around the park where you get to see the park without having to walk, there are handy stops in Frontierland and Fantasyland as well as the main stop at Main Street. Take the whole journey around the park or simply stop off at one of the other lands and continue later in the day.

If you choose to take to the railroad perhaps you can spot the different trains - there are 4, originally built between 1916 and 1928. Keep an eye out for these:

Walter E. Disney - named after Walt Disney.
Lilly Belle - named after Walt's wife, Lillian.
Roy O. Disney - named after Walt's brother.
Roger E. Broggie - named after an original Imagineer who led the railroad project at Walt Disney World Resort.


Sit down (yay!) and laugh in Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor. A comedy club run by the one-and-only Mike Wezowski. You'll hear hilarious jokes told by Mike and other Monsters in this interactive show. Not only that but you could get the chance to talk to Mike, tell your own jokes, even text in your own jokes to the show! We've been to the Laugh Floor a few times and every time my cheeks ache from all the smiling and laughing. There's audience interaction and be prepare to be "picked on" by the Monsters. A great way to spend some time.

When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.

Walt Disney

An animatronic man sits at a cloth covered kitchen table waving a fan. The kitchen is decorated in 1940s style with orange curtains hanging at the windows behind the man. A large hairy dog sits on the floor in front of the table looking up at his owner. The photo was taken from inside Carousel of Progress. Image for "How to get a much-needed rest at Magic Kingdom".

Sit in a rotating theatre enjoy a 21-minute audio-animatronics trip through the years. In Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress travel through the 20th century to see what a difference technology has made to our lives. Starting at the turn of the 20th century, then into the 1920s, the 1940s, and then to the present day you get to see how advances like gas lamps, sewing machines, and television changed our lives for the better. The Carousel of Progress is one of the best ways to get a nice long sit down, and there's not usually a huge queue for it either! The best bit about Carousel of Progress? The song. I guarantee if you go into the show having never heard it you will leave singing along.

A photo taken from the Transit Authority Peoplemover at Magic Kingdom. Cinderella's Castle stands just to the right, sun shining down on it's spires. The tomorrowland entrance, with spinning planets atop a metal mobile is in the centre of the photo. Trees and flowers block the view of the bottom of the castle. People walk into and out of tomorrowland. A large orange rock stands close to the camera blocking some view. Image for "How to get a much-needed rest at Magic Kingdom".
The view of Cinderella's Castle from the PeopleMover

One of our favourite ways to get a quick sit down and still get to see the sights is by riding Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, a 10-minute elevated ride touring Tomorrowland. Your ride is narrated as you're taken on a tour behind the scenes of some great rides like Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain. You get a brilliant view of Cinderella's Castle, a breeze will blow through your hair as you speed around the track and enjoy the shade! Definitely one to check out if you haven't already. We love the PeopleMover, it's almost never busy and you get a sit down while looking around the park. We know it enough to be able to talk along with narrator but we do love it so much.


Fancy a trip on a boat? Try the Jungle Cruise - a 10-minute cruise where you might get to see hippos, elephants and maybe even a headhunter!

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Entertained by your skipper, he or she will lead you on a fantastic boat-ride through the Amazon in South America, The African Congo, The Nile River, and The Mekong River. Laugh, jump, and chuckle to yourself while you get a lovely sit down in a canopy covered boat. Going on the Jungle Cruise is like taking a break from the hectic park and stepping into a calmer land. It's lovely to do so when you feel like you can't take the excitement anymore!

Watch lively birds, see beautiful flowers and Tikis in Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. Sing along with familiar songs and enjoy the jokes as you enjoy another wonderful sit down! The last time we visited Walt Disney World this was closed for refurbishment but it's still going strong and I'll be happy to enjoy the Tiki Room again soon.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room debuted in 1963 and was the first Audio-Animatronics show. It was thanks to Walt Disney's obsession with translating his love of animation into real life that led to groundbreaking new technology, this allowed the synchronisation of audio and movements.

You could take another cruise, this one a little darker and 9 minutes long, into the world of Pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean. Sing along with "Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" as you float along the river. You might even spy Captain Jack Sparrow!


There aren't places to rest in Frontierland - but there are some great rides!

Liberty Square

The Liberty Square Riverboat at Magic Kingdom sails. Trees line the bank in the background of the photo and bushes line the foreground. The colonial-american inspired paddler wheeler sails the river, heading towards the camera. There is a young boy in closest to the camera, with his back to the camera, wearing a red and green striped t-shirt and blue shorts. He looks like he is skipping with excitement. The sun shines in a cloudless blue sky.

Take a 17 minute half-mile adventure on board a colonial-american inspired steam-powered paddler wheeler (a big boat!). We have yet to try out the Liberty Square Riverboat, in all the times we've visited the parks we've not managed to do it, but I think this year we'll give it a go.

That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.

Walt Disney

A photo of the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom. A brown bricked house stands to the right, in the background, its glass conservatory attached at the front. There is no light coming from inside. In front of the building is a rose bush, red roses growing and bright. Image for "How to get a much-needed rest at Magic Kingdom".

One of my favourite rides in Magic Kingdom is Haunted Mansion and it's a great opportunity to get a sit down while enjoying a great ride. You sit in a Doom Buggy as the ghostly voice leads you on a tour around the Mansion. Listen to your "Ghost Host" as he tells you about the ghostly visitors and the stories behind them, and enjoy the song sung by the ghosts. Even now, having ridden it enough times to forget how many times I've been on it, I still marvel at the genius behind this ride.


A photo of the entrance to "it's a small world" in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. The camera looks up at the castle style spires on top of the entrance sign, blue flags fly from the top most spires. A blue sky is spotted with whispy white clouds. Image for "How to get a much-needed rest at Magic Kingdom".

It seems Magic Kingdom is all about the boat rides because another great one is It's a Small World, a 10-minute boat ride through the world. Hear the iconic world peace song as you float by children dressed in the traditional clothing of their country. Once the song gets in your head you've had it!

A fantastic show to enjoy while sitting in fairly comfortable seats is Mickey's Philharmagic - a 12-minute musical, magical show. You join Donald Duck on a tour of some of the most memorable songs in Disney Animation history, all the time enjoying the brilliant 3D. Be warned, this show is loud and might bother younger children but it is a fun and entertaining show.

That's it for Magic Kingdom and as you can see there are plenty of opportunities to sit down and rest while you're enjoying the park. Add to that the amazing restaurants and stop offs for snacks and it's one amazing park.

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