A day at Magic Kingdom requires a lot of stamina. Consequently, we’ve listed out our favorite places to allow parents to sneak in a Magic Kingdom power nap while another adult relaxes and the kids burn off steam.
Have a napping child in a stroller? See our article: Mastering the Art of Magic Kingdom Napping for Stroller-Bound Children
Magic Kingdom Power Nap for Parents
It can be tricky to squeeze in a Magic Kingdom power nap for parents. Finding a good place to relax while the kids switch to self-play mode sounds nice, though, right? Rather than trapping kids in a stroller all day, allowing them to run around freely and blow off steam is ideal. Because of swarming crowds, power electric wheelchairs, and plenty of breakables (when you are inside a gift shop!) allowing a child to run around without constraint can be difficult. However, we are here to give you a fast pass (hah – see what we did there?) to the areas within Magic Kingdom that will allow parents a break (and maybe even a power nap) while the kids let loose.
Main Street USA
Walt Disney World Railroad
Underneath the Walt Disney World Railroad, behind the staircase, there is a bench. Shaded and often not crowded, this area allows parents to relax on a bench while the kids explore. There are coin press machines and a portal to the Sorcerer of Magic Kingdom game nearby. Additionally, there is a Magic Kingdom stroller rental desk (if only those strollers were big enough for Magic Kingdom power naps in adult size) that offers free coloring pages and crayons to keep the kids busy while you power nap on the bench!
If the staircase area is full, head upstairs to the train station platform. There are indoor and outdoor areas large enough for kids to explore offering views of Main Street USA and Cinderella’s Castle. There’s sufficient entertainment to explore and see from up there to keep kids busy for a little while.
Courtyards & Shaded Porches
Town Square Theater has a covered porch with rocking chairs. There is also a lovely patio around the side, in front of the entrance to Curtain Call Collectables, (the gift shop you “magically” enter after meeting Mickey Mouse).
In between the Chamber of Commerce and City Hall, there is a shaded courtyard often used for Meet and Greets. When not in use, it’s another great place to let kids run around and explore.
Cinderella’s Castle HUB
The Baby Center
The Baby Center at Magic Kingdom is for more than just breastfeeding moms. It’s also for tiny tots to have lunch (bring your own) and cool off. There are high chairs for little ones, child-size tables with chairs, plenty of toys, and Disney cartoons to entertain the kids. Bring some snacks and let the kids veg in front of the television while you take a break in one of the adult-sized chairs. Now, we all know when Disney is on the tv and air conditioning is plentiful, parents have a real chance for a Magic Kingdom power nap session!
Outside the baby center, there is a fountain. We have let the kids do a little splash and play here (but do so at your own risk). I’ve never been told to get out, but rules change (and so does luck). A nearby Cast Member may ask for the kids to stop playing due to safety. Just use discretion, keep kids clothes on, don’t let the kids get too wild, and you should be okay.
FP+ Firework Viewing Areas
In front of the castle foreground, there are two FP+ Firework Viewing Areas. One to the left (West in front of Casey’s) and one to the right (East in front of The Plaza). During the day these areas are mostly empty, and there’s lots of room to park a stroller, take a seat or lay on the golf grass. Let the littles one unleash. I have yet to see a kid not want to run on this perfectly manicured grass. My kids often do not want to leave this gated area and instead enjoy taking their shoes off while running through the lawn.
The Laughing Place
Below the Walt Disney World Railroad Frontierland Station is a kid play area called The Laughing Place. There are three interconnected tiny treehouse style rooms with a super small slide. There’s also a long wall to sit where parents usually take a break. It’s great because it’s in the shade. Generally speaking, kids over the age of 5 may not be easily impressed. However, the ground of the play area is OK for crawlers! With a nearby restroom, parents can take turns while the little ones play.
Area with Umbrella Tables and Chairs
Liberty Square Market has an area with umbrella tables and chairs. There is a decent size area behind the tables and chairs for children to run around without getting in the way of too many guests.
Near It’s a Small World
Outside the Rapunzel-themed bathrooms, next to It’s a Small World, are table and chairs disguised as barrels! The barrels also have hidden spots equipped with outlets to recharge your devices. If crowded, there’s plenty of space closer to the stroller parking area to sit and relax while the kids run around. There’s also a tiny garden with hidden Pascals which can be fun for the kids (and adults!) to explore.
In Front of the Entrance to Cinderella’s Royal Table
In front of the entrance to Cinderella’s Royal Table, to the side of Sir Mickey’s gift shop, there is a bench underneath one of the shop windows. Depending on the time of day this area may be slightly shaded. The kids can run in a wide area all within view of a resting mom and dad.
In Front of the Mad Tea Party
Outside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and in front of the Cheshire Shop, both of which are in front of the Mad Tea Party, you will find benches, tables, and chairs. We once had our kids run back and forth from the benches outside Cosmic Ray’s towards the Mad Tea Party. It wore them out and gave us a huge break. The Cheshire Shop is closer to the restroom area and has tables with umbrellas for added shade.
Storybook Circus is the area of Fantasyland to find Pete’s Silly Sideshow, Barnstormer, and Dumbo.
First, there is an indoor-outdoor circus next to Pete’s Silly Sideshow. (Former home to the now-nonexistent paper FastPass machines). Families can eat or relax back here with plenty of space, seating, and circus-style scenery to explore. With low crowd levels, this area is shaded and contains outlets for recharging devices.
Additionally, just outside the tent are tables and chairs. We have used this area to eat lunch with the kids during Fall and early Spring time visits.
Casey Jr. Splash
Downstairs from the outdoor table and chair area is Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station. Kids can run underneath spitting camels, elephants, and giraffes that are inside circus boxcars waiting to surprise with a splash. Seating nearby is close enough for parents to watch their little ones run through the water.
Inside Dumbo’s tent is a hidden, air-conditioned gem of a spot! It’s a huge, interactive, indoor (air conditioned!) play area. Kids of all ages can climb, slide and jump around inside this tent. The interactive nature of the play area is very entertaining! Jump down on the floor in certain areas to create circus sounds, pull cords on the fireworks barrel to see and hear them shoot up towards the sky with a blast, and my kids favorite, the swings that chime like bells with you sway on them. Bystander seating is plentiful. It’s a great space to accommodate larger groups. Lastly, the circus-style lighting makes it that much easier to achieve a Magic Kingdom power nap!
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