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With busy days at the park there is no doubt that you will be interested in finding some areas that you can just take a break.

If you are looking for a place to relax at Animal Kingdom then you have come to the right place. We have created a list of our favorite spots to chill in one of our favorite parks.

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The Royal Anandapur Tea Company

There’s a lovely sitting area behind the kiosk that is rarely busy, has good shade and a great view. This is another spot that an adult may have a hard time getting comfy enough to doze off, but great for the kiddos who can still fit in a stroller or on your lap.

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Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharaja Jungle Trek

The trails are a great place to spend some quiet, alone time as they tend to get overlooked by guests who are busily trying to get somewhere else. Particularly on the Jungle Trek, we find that the animals tend to be relaxing, too.

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Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Conservation Station

The Wildlife Express Train will take you on a short but relaxing 7 minute ride to Conservation Station. Here you will find Rafiki’s Planet Watch which has a petting zoo and more walking trails. You’ll also find loads of benches and quiet places to park for a bit. This part of the park also tends to stay less crowded as the entrance is somewhat out of the way and easy to overlook if you are in a rush to get somewhere else.

Animal Kingdom Dawa Bar

The Dawa Bar

Get here early in the day and this spot can serve as a double for brunch – some of the most interesting Bloody Mary’s are available here (try the African Bloody Mary, which comes with a side of beef jerky) and it’s a great place to relax in Animal Kingdom while waiting on your party if you elect not go on the safari.


Bonus Spots:

We have already shared our favorite places to relax at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios but before we go here are a few bonus places around Walt Disney World that you might be able to sneak in a few moments of stillness.

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The Monorail

This can be a great place to doze, particularly on a slow day. The “EPCOT to the Ticket and Transportation Center loop” is slightly longer (weighing in at 16 minutes if you go round trip) than the one from Magic Kingdom around The Seven Seas Lagoon (plus you’ll make several stops at the resorts and the TTC which could interrupt nap time).

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The resorts

Even if you are not a guest at any particular resort you are more than welcome to visit. Along the Monorail loop you will find three of the deluxe resorts (the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian and the Contemporary) all of which feature generous lobbies and sprawling grounds. Look around, you’ll be able to find a comfortable, secluded spot in the air conditioning or in the shade AND escape the parks for a bit.

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