Magic Kingdom napping for stroller-bound children is achievable and effortless if one understands their options. Remember, a long day at Magic Kingdom requires a lot of energy at any age. Keep in mind, serious consideration for strollers for kids up to age eight.
When leaving Magic Kingdom doesn’t fit into the plans
The general rule of thumb within the Disney community is to leave Magic Kingdom for a break midday. Consequently, there are two main reasons for this advice. First, midday is the hottest time of day. Second, midday is often the most crowded time of day.
However, it’s understandable leaving Magic Kingdom isn’t in the plans for every family. For those staying off Disney property or not on the monorail line, this is especially so. Besides, when traveling with extended family and friends, most parents do not want to leave the fun behind to take the kids back to the room for a nap.
Magic Kingdom Napping in a Stroller
Finding a nice area for Magic Kingdom napping in a stroller can be tricky because crowd control, safety and fire compliance are always huge factors to consider at Walt Disney World. For that reason, most rides and attractions require guests to park their stroller in a nearby designated stroller parking area. However, if a child has fallen asleep, leaving the stroller behind may not be an option. Here are some ideas of what to do and where to go when that happens.
Main Street USA
Strolling through the Main Street USA shops is great if a child can sleep through mild noise. Mainly the shops along the left side of Main Street (when facing Cinderella’s Castle from Town Square). That is because the shops interconnect. Begin at the Emporium entrance and walk all the way to Casey’s Corner. I have accomplished this trail several times, most recently, when my two children were ages five and three relaxing in a City Mini GT Double Stroller with no issues. Furthermore, Casey’s exit lets out in front of the Baby Center where there are benches to sit and relax in the shade.
Another great spot for Magic Kingdom napping is toward the center of Main Street, on the opposite side of the Emporium between Uptown Jewelers and Crystal Arts. There are umbrella tables, chairs, and long benches towards the back of the dead end street.
Entering Adventureland from Main Street, immediately to the right, there is shaded area currently being used for a Rafiki Meet and Greet. When Rafiki is not meeting guest, and if sitting on the ground isn’t difficult, this can be a great spot to detour from the crowds. If larger groups want to stick together, due to the size of the space, this could be a perfect place. A personal favorite for Magic Kingdom napping is across from the Swiss Family Treehouse. Nestled between Island Supply by Sunglass Hut and Zanzibar Trading Company there is a breezeway connecting the shops. Built into the wall of the breezeway are three half circle seating areas. Each is a perfect size to park a double stroller and have up to 6 family members sit comfortably around it.
Along the water is a boardwalk that connects Frontierland and Liberty Square. The boardwalk is the perfect reprieve from the usually crowded path. One may find a space along the path as some areas make for a good detour.
Facing Hall of Presidents to the right are two rocking chairs on a shady porch. This spot is far enough off the main trail offering less noise for sleeping children. Facing away from the porch, outside the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe by the Liberty Bell, huge trees hang for shade. If leaning beneath a tree isn’t as relaxing look across the way to Liberty Square Market where there are umbrella tables and chairs. However, keep in mind that this area may be more chaotic and noisy during high traffic times.
Next to Pinocchio’s Village Haus there are benches built into the Castle Wall. Here families can park their stroller with their sleeping child and reprieve from the crowds. It’s important to mention; this path leads to restrooms so it may be a little more active of a resting spot.
Across from Ariel’s Grotto, there is a wood carving of Ariel’s father, King Triton. Behind King Triton is Seafarers Wood Carving. There are no seats inside but a good amount of standing space to get out of the sun and away from the crowd. We have personally been here many times. I sit in the corner on the floor and face the kids in the double stroller towards me. My husband sits on the box table next to me. We usually have snacks and free ice that we get from Prince Eric’s Market just next door.
Closer to Dumbo, next to Pete’s Silly Sideshow, there is an indoor/outdoor circus tent. It is not air conditioned, but it’s a large shaded area with plenty of seating. There are often breastfeeding moms or families picnicking on the benches. Not many people realize this spot is available. Consequently, the lower crowd near the tent is often perfect for a sleeping stroller-bound sweetie.
There are many tree planter benches outside the Tomorrowland Speedway. Outside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, there are benches and umbrella tables and chairs. However, keep in mind the noise of the speedway may not make for an ideal place for Magic Kingdom napping. Rather, Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant may be a better choice for shade and space. There are table and chairs in a cafeteria pavilion. Though, if the time is closer to lunch hour, seating availability may be limited.
Which stroller is best for napping?
If you are still considering a Walt Disney World stroller, do not dare make a final decision until you read What Everyone Needs to Know about Walt Disney World Stroller Options. (Stay tuned later this week!)
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