Why do you need even need to think about taking a nap in Walt Disney World? There is no denying that a Walt Disney World vacation takes quite a lot of energy! There is so much to see and often so little time to see it that it can be a tiring place to visit. The usual advice is to go back to your hotel and spend the afternoon in the swimming pool. Great advice, but it can be time consuming, particularly if you are not staying on Walt Disney World resort. So what better to replenish your energy than a power nap in one of the Disney World parks?
Now I know that some of you will be horrified that I am suggesting you actually sleep through these Disney World attractions. Ideally all of the attraction should be experienced at least once in a lifetime! However, if you really need to get some of your energy back to face the rest of the day and make it to the fireworks then this is a strategy that actually works. Just 10 minutes of relaxation can help you replenish your strength and mean that you have more energy to get more out of your visit to Walt Disney World.
So here is my list of the best places to take a nap in Walt Disney World:
Impressions de France
Some people say that Epcot stands for Every Person Comes Out Tired and there really is a lot of truth to this! Epcot is huge and there is a lot of walking involved if you spend a whole day here and explore World Showcase. You can easily walk 8 to 10 miles in a day at Epcot.
One of my favorite attractions is in the Epcot France pavilion. The 18 minute movie is Impressions de France. Make sure that you try and actually experience this attraction at least one time before actually using it as a place to nap! The comfortable seats and soothing French classical music make this a perfect place just to close your eyes for a moment and rest. The movie is wonderfully dated – but somehow that adds to the appeal. It is one of those Disney World attractions that we hope they don’t get around to updating anytime soon.
The American Adventure
Located in the American Pavilion in Epcot this is one of the greatest examples of amazing Imagineer innovation. This 30 minute show takes us through the history of America. Well worth seeing, but also ideal for a rest. It’s central location in Epcot’s World Showcase make it perfect for a nap in the middle of the day.
Universe of Energy
This Epcot attraction may be slightly ironically named for a great place to sleep for 15 minutes or even longer! The pre show is 8 minutes long and then you board a huge traveling theater car to learn about where energy comes from, and encounter a few dinosaurs along the way. The theater is dark and the ride is long – 37 minutes where you can’t leave even if you wanted to! The perfect place for a sleep although it can get a little noisy at times and the seats are not the most comfortable places to rest.
Epcot Spaceship Earth is of course the most iconic of Disney attractions. It is also a great place to take some time out from racing around the park. This 13 minute ride takes you on a journey through time. The advantages if you really do want to shut your eyes for a while is that it is dark,reasonably comfortable and pretty quiet!
It’s A Small World
This has to be the classic Disney World attraction where tired adults and children can always take a rest in air conditioned comfort! I am not sure that my husband ever goes on this ride without falling asleep for at least 5 minutes. You will never get the song out of your head even if you have been asleep for most of the 10 minutes and 30 seconds ride. This is a not to be missed Magic Kingdom classic so make sure you stay awake at least one time. The second time you will either love it and want to experience it again, or sleep will be a welcome alternative!
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
The Transit Authority is located in Tomorrowland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom park. This is the perfect place for a rest because in all but the busiest times you can keep going around and around for as long as you want to. It takes 10 minutes to travel around in the continuously running cars. The best part is going through Space Mountain where you can hear and sometimes catch a glimpse of the roller coaster vehicles speeding around the track. Lines are usually non existent so if you need a break head to Transit Authority.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
This fun journey through time from the 1920’s to the present day American family is well worth a look. And the comfortable seating and 20 minute duration make it an ideal place for a rest in Magic Kingdom. This is another one of our favorite nostalgic attractions in Magic Kingdom which we hope is never replaced. It is worth seeing at least once if only to learn how our present time was predicted in the past. The view of the “future” from the 1950’s doesn’t really get very much of it right!
Disney’s Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is another Disney Magic Kingdom ride. Although a little short at 7 minutes and 30 seconds to be the prefect resting stop, The Haunted Mansion is a comfortable and of course dark place to rest! You could be a little scared of course if you wake up suddenly and wonder where you are……
Muppet Vision 3D
This is one of my favorite shows in Disney Hollywood Studios. This 17 minute show based around the Muppet Show is a not to be missed attraction. But if you feel in need of a break it is also a comfortable place to take a nap. Have to confess I did this myself last week! The only difficulty is that there are some loud noises particularly towards the end of the show. So you may be woken up a little abruptly at the end – yes I do speak from experience!
Finding Nemo The Musical
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is not the easiest place to find an attraction to actually take a power nap. Most attractions are fast paced, interactive, require walking, or are just plane scary! So this was a difficult choice, but Finding Nemo The Musical is a place where I will confess that I have caught a few minutes of precious down time. The theater is not ideal as a place to rest though – the benches are not that comfortable and you are often packed in there with 1,500 other guests. The show is a definite must see but if you really need a place to escape for a while this could be the one.
All photos not separately attributed by expressmonorail