Get away from it all.

Walt Disney World – even if it is the most magical place on earth – can get overly crowded and hectic at times. It’s often hard to find a quiet place to eat, a not-so-crowded ride to enjoy, or simply a nice empty bench to sit on. This is a guide that will let you in on all the quietest and least crowded areas and rides of each theme park, allowing you to enjoy a more stress-free, relaxing vacation.

Magic Kingdom

ATTRACTIONS
Walt Disney World Railroad, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Carousel of Progress, Stitch’s Great Escape!, Tom Sawyer Island, Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

AREAS
To the left of the Space Mountain post-ride Arcade, in between Space Mountain and the far side of the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway. Keep walking down that path of benches – it will lead you down an empty, back path from Tomorrowland to Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

RESTAURANTS
Columbia Harbor House (divider between Liberty Square and Fantasyland, next to Haunted Mansion) – on the second floor, you can either get a view of Fansasyland and the “it’s a small world” crowd, or the Haunted Mansion line, depending where you sit. Also, Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station (when open) get’s a great, open view of Cinderella Castle while cutting down on the crowds. It also leads a quiet path from MainStreet U.S.A. to Tomorrowland.

Epcot

ATTRACTIONS
Spaceship Earth, Gran Fiesta Tour (inside Mexico Pavilion), O Canada! (Film), The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Universe of Energy

AREAS
Because of Epcot’s spaced-out layout, you’ll rarely find yourself in a crowd traffic jam. However the quieter areas include the Universe of Energy Pavilion and surrounding area, towards the back of World Showcase (near the Canada Pavilion), and the short path between The Land and The Seas.

RESTAURANTS
Club Cool, near Innoventions West and the fountain, offers a cool, not quiet but not very crowded area to cool down and sample drinks from around the world. Also, Fountain View Cafe, near Innoventions West as well, is rarely crowded and serves ice cream, coffee, pastries, and more.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

ATTRACTIONS
Beauty and the Beast Stageshow (theatre that fills up, but it’s quiet during show and out of the way), The Magic of Disney Animation

AREAS
Animation Courtyard, Echo Lake

RESTAURANTS
Pizza Planet (Quick service), ABC Commissary

Animal Kingdom

ATTRACTIONS
Flights of Wonder (a relaxing bird show), Conservation Station, Wildlife Express Train

AREAS
Due to Animal Kingdom’s crowded and crammed layout, I have yet to find a quiet, empty area. Dinoland U.S.A. and Chester & Hester’s DinoRama seem to be typically not as crowded.

RESTAURANTS
Restaurantosaurus provides a nice, air-conditioned (and large) area to get a quick counter service meal. And because of the size, there should be no problem finding a table, and getting some relaxation.

Photo: Neuski