The Magic Kingdom (officially, it’s just Magic Kingdom, no “the” but it sounds more royal that way doesn’t it? No? Okay, moving on…) was the first WDW park to be opened back in 1971 and is represented and is home to the ever magical Cinderella Castle which is almost the official symbol of Walt Disney World. Magic Kingdom is divided into seven lands: Main Street, U.S.A, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Each of this lands is amazing and has great rides and “take-a-break” rides. What are these? Glad you asked! (Did I mention your skin looks radiant today?) these are rides/attractions that over the years I have noticed are great to take a break during the day. They may not be super modern like Enchanted Tiki Room but they have low wait times, offer a seat and air conditioning for a hot day!
These rides/attractions are great to rest your feet, wait for a Fast Pass time to approach, for the young kids to rest their little legs for a bit, give moms and dads a break from pushing around the stroller and such. Of course the wait times will vary according to the season and day of the week but based on previous trips the following list of attractions has proven good to unwind for 10 – 20 minutes while still enjoying the Disney magic. These are great to schedule between high-wait-time rides, half day when kids are used to their naps, after having lunch and such.
Main Street, U.S.A
- Walt Disney World Railroad – Approximate duration: 20 minutes | This is an adorable train that circles MK, it’s about 1.5 miles in length and consists of 4 passenger cars, 2 of which are the ones that are usually functioning although they do add more as necessary during high season. The railroad begins functioning at 9:00 a.m. up until the fireworks show where it closes due to safety reasons. According to Wikipedia, the railroad remains closed during Mickey’s Pirate and Princess Party, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.The WDW railroad will give you 20 minutes of calmness as the train goes around the MK and behind a few bushes and trees. Although the wait tends to be 20-30 minutes while the train makes it way back if you’re at Main St. station the wait is under-roof which is good during the summer months.
- Disney World’s Enchanted Tiki Room – Approximate duration: 20 minutes | This is the attraction that gave way to the identification of “take-a-break rides”. It isn’t a live show, it needs a bit of upgrading but it’s comfy, it gave my feet a break when my brilliant mind decided to wear high heel boots for a day at MK (Lesson learned!).Enchanted Tiki Room is an audio-animatronics based show featuring friendly toucan birds, fake thunder, dark room, Hawaiian-ish music and dancing orchids. It has a small pre-show and line to get moves quickly (if there is any). It’s nothing to write home about but it’s a good 20 minute break.
- Jungle Cruise – Approximate duration: 7 minutes | I debated adding this one to the list since there usually tends to be a line and it is less than 10 minutes but if by some miracle there is little to no wait time go for it. No, there are no live animals and the narration has stayed pretty standard during the last couple of years but it’s a WDW classic. If there is a long line consider skipping it or getting a Fast Pass.
- Country Bear Jamboree – Approximate duration: 15 minutes | Ah Country Bear Jamboree, there’s something that just directly associates this ride with my childhood visits to WDW. It’s house in a medium sized theater where the “bears” sing country songs and provide a good show to relax and take a break. Check park map for specific times or if they do one every 20 minutes or so (like Enchanted Tiki Room) once you arrive.
- Liberty Square Riverboat – Approximate duration: 17 minutes | Currently out of service | When I went in January ’13 the riverboat was working but now it is temporarily closed for enhancement (I wonder what they’ll do) hope they re-open soon. This is a great ride because it’s fun for all ages, it’s located on your way to Haunted Mansion/Fantasyland and covers a good half mile of MK territory cruising through Tom Sawyer Island. You can step back in time to the days of the early frontier while enjoying the ride on the Liberty Belle.
Note: There is limited seating on the Liberty Belle (official riverboat name) so you might want to plan this break (when the it re-opens) to get there early and snatch a seat, however, it is still a great ride to sneak in half-day and unwind for a couple of minutes. The departure times are usually listed right in front of the ride, check attraction times when you arrive at MK so you don’t have to go all the way to Liberty Square from Tomorrowland only to see the Liberty Belle just departing.
- Casey Jr. Splash’N’Soak Station– Approximate duration: As much time as you want |The splash station is a water play area located across from the Dumbo the Flying Elephant. This might be best for young kids during the summer to give them time to refresh while you sneaky-ly wait for a Fast Pass time to come up? – If it’s during the summer don’t forget to stay hydrated. That Florida sun takes it’s job seriously.
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover: Approximate duration: 10 minutes | Sit back, relax, give your feet a rest and enjoy a 10 minute tour of Tomorrowland above ground level allowing you see the second floor of many attractions. It is located in the center of Rocket Tower Plaza (in front of Space Mountain). Lines move quickly since the PeopleMover seats 20 people per vehicle (there are 32) so, you do the math.
- Carousel of Progress: Approximate duration: 25-30 minutes| The duration is an estimate since research showed that the theater revolved around the 6 stages every 4 minutes. This is a blast from the past, it takes you back to the early 20th century, how technology, families, colors and even world events affected different time eras. It’s also fun that the seats revolve around the fixed stages, adding a little extra magic. The show hasn’t evolved much but I believe that’s what’s great about it. It shows young children how things used to be and work back in the day and allows those that did live through those periods of time to go on a small trip down memory lane.
Remember, in WDW everything is subject to change. Sporadic closing of rides due to mechanical maintenance, weather conditions, etc. can occur. However, the above mentioned attractions are pretty safe from those given the nature of their location and indoor seating.
Schedule these in between high wait time attractions like Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion and such. Like I said, these are good to rest your feet, give little kids some time to rest, wait for Fast Pass times to arrive or simply enjoy a calm attraction for those who get a little bit aggravated after 7 hours surrounded by masses.
Although you can sit and take a break at any restaurant or counter-service dinning option believe it or not there aren’t many benches and designated resting areas in MK so hey…two birds, one stone. And don’t forget to download the park map ahead of time (there are also iPhone apps that have them along with wait times – topic for another post), you don’t have to do a minute-by-minute plan but at least know what direction to head in as soon as you get off the monorail.
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