DADventure Disney Top 10 Tuesday – Favorite Places To Rest In The Disney Parks

Welcome back to DADventure Disney’s round table of some of my favorite Disney Fan Parents on Instagram.

Every week, I work alongside this merry band of Disney fan parents to find our Top 10 favorites in all things Disney. See ALL our lists by clicking HERE!

This week, the group consists of these Disney Parent Panelists:
@disneycrazfamily, & @dismoms,
and yours truly @dadventuredisney.
You can also follow our joint account – @DisneyParentsPanel!

Want to join us? Drop a line and let’s chat!

Our topic this week: Top 10 Favorite Ways to Rest and/or Avoid The Heat and Lines in the Parks

All the rides, all the attractions, all the shows, parades, fireworks and SO SO SO much more. It seems like you’re in a never ending sprint around the Disney parks. However, if you have kids (of any age), and even for most of us adults, we NEED to find a way to slow down and find some restful moments. If we don’t – we’re all going to explode by the end of the trip.

Your friendly neighborhood Disney Parents Panel has come up with our Top 10 favorite ways rest, escape the lines and find some solace from the heat.

We came up with nearly 50 different ways we all like to stop and smell the roses (some most literally). That’s a lot of rest to be found in the Disney Parks! We whittled it down to our Top 10 favorties and share those below with you.

After you check it out, be sure to hit the comments and let us know where YOU like to sit and rest in the Disney Parks.


Hub Grass & Chill
Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 1.64, nominated on 3 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.

photo: Disney

A fairly new Disney Fan term – Hub Grass & Chill has taken the world by storm.

The Grassy Hub is part of the Main Street Plaza Gardens. Grab a snack and hit the grass. Perfect way to just sit for awhile!

Gran Fiesta Tour
Epcot | Mexico Pavillion
Top 10 Score: 1.73, nominated on 3 of 11 ballots.

Air conditioned, out of the sun and Donald Duck – what’s not to love?

Donald’s disappeared south of the border, and it’s up to the other 2 cabarellos from the musical trio—Panchito, the Mexican charro rooster, and José Carioca, the Brazilian parrot—to find him.

Cruise down the Rio Grande on a dark boat ride past some of the most famous sights and cities in Mexico. Is that the missing mallard climbing a Mayan pyramid in Chichen Itza?

Hilarity and hijinks ensue as the birds go in hot pursuit of their wayward friend throughout this fun-filled ride for all ages.

Inspired by the 1944 Disney film The Three Caballeros, your adventure comes to life against a backdrop of live-action footage, hand-drawn animation and the jaunty musical score from the movie.

Carousel of Progress
Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 1.91, nominated on 4 of 11 ballots.

How about some glorious air conditioning and a comfy seat in a CLASSIC Disney attraction? It’s 21 minutes long and a perfect rest spot.

Follow an American family over 4 generations of progress and watch technology transform their lives.

During each era, learn how the technological marvels of the day made life more comfortable—and paved the way for unimaginable innovations.

Living With The Land
Top 10 Score: 1.91, nominated on 3 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.

A lesson on farming, eating and how we, as humans, live with the land around us. It’s a nearly 20 minute boat ride through the air conditioning. Lovely!

See firsthand how Walt Disney World horticulturalists are using innovative growing techniques and cross-breeding high-yield crops to help feed a growing planet.

Discover a cornucopia of fruits and veggies from around the world—some modified to jaw-dropping effect. Feast your eyes on edible food crops from around the world. Glimpse hybrid striped bass, tilapia, catfish and freshwater shrimp in our fish farm.

On this eye-opening tour, you’ll be inspired by a hopeful vision of farming’s future.

Disney Railroad
Disneyland | Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 2.27, nominated on 5 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.

On either coast (hopefully soon again in Florida!) you can hop on the Disney Railroad – a real steam train that drives you around the park at a leisurely pace with tons of amazing (some behind the scenes) sights.

It’s another 20 minute ride of sitting comfortably at Disney World and Disneyland.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Disneyland | Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 2.73, nominated on 4 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.

A 16 minute show with funny singing birds and plants in the A/C! Sing along!

Welcome to our tropical hideaway
You lucky people, you
If we weren’t in the show starting right away
We’d be in the audience too
(Look at all the people)
In the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room
In the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room
All the birds sing words and the flowers croon
In the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room

Tom Sawyer Island
Disneyland | Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 3.45, nominated on 5 of 11 ballots. 3 first place votes.

Wander dusty dirt roads lined with tall trees, explore whirling mills and amble across creaky suspension bridges. Navigate narrow passages amid secret mined caves and uncover a frontier fort.

Along the way, follow in the pioneering footsteps of early settlers, during an era when Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer reflected a new nation coming into its own.

Disneyland | Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 3.82, nominated on 7 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Climb aboard and take a leisurely ride on the water. The Mark Twain Riverboat in Disneyland and the Liberty Belle at Walt Disney World take about 10-15 minutes to paddle around back to the docks.

A fun way to spend part of your day – and again- you can SIT!

Sit and Eat!
Food & Rest
Top 10 Score: 4.18, nominated on 8 of 11 ballots.

Find a sit-down restaurant and find a chair and some A/C. Grab a quick service meal and do the same. How about a snack and bench somewhere. Eating is a perfect compliment to a brief rest.

Curious what to eat? Visit our previous Top 10s!

Favorite Quick Service | Favorite Places for an Adult Beverage | Favorite Places to Eat | Favorite Classic Snacks | Favorite Sweet Treats

Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 4.27, nominated on 6 of 11 ballots.

The PeopleMover is becoming the official favorite thing of the Disney Parents Panel. We’ve had it on quite a few lists, but there’s a reason for it!

It’s a slow 16 minute ride. Time to sit and relax. People watch from above. It’s just so much fun!

How do you catch your breath in the Disney parks? Going to try any of the ones we mentioned? What’s your go-to stopping spot?

Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Keith & the Disney Parents Panel

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