Three Ways to Take A Break in the Middle of Your Magic Kingdom Day

Spending the day at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom can be quite the daunting task! With so much to see and do, your feet will definitely get in a day’s worth of walking (and then some), which makes taking a midday break super important!

Main Street, U.S.A.

Taking a break is important no matter which park you’re in, but there are several unique ways to kick back on your Magic Kingdom day! Here are our top three recommendations.

Hop on the Monorail to the Contemporary, Polynesian, or Grand Floridian

One of the quickest and most convenient ways to take a break outside of Magic Kingdom is to hop on the Monorail and travel to one of the three Monorail resorts: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.


Keep in mind that as of this writing, you still need a dining reservation (or an overnight hotel reservation) to enter the resort grounds, so resort hopping isn’t as easy as it once was! But if you want to take a break in the middle of the day, you can made an Advance Dining Reservation at any of the Table Service restaurants currently open at the resort, and then take the Monorail over.

Monorail Peach at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Booking lunch at one of the Monorail resorts is a great option if you’re looking for a quieter atmosphere. These resorts, as well as the Monorail, are typically less busy than the Park in the middle of the day.

Travel to Wilderness Lodge

Likewise, you can also take a quick bus ride from Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for your midday break. Just remember that you’ll also need a dining reservation or an overnight hotel reservation to be able to access the resort. Here, you can dine at Whispering Canyon Cafe or Geyser Point Bar & Grill (a great outdoor dining option).

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Typically, water transportation is available between Magic Kingdom and Wilderness Lodge, but as of this writing the boats are only carrying guests one way, from the resort to the park. So you’ll have to take the bus from Magic Kingdom, but you can return to the Park by boat.

Boat transportation to Magic Kingdom

You can also hop over to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground! There are a ton of activities here to take part in, including horseback riding as well as visiting the horses at Tri-Circle-D Ranch, fishing excursions, archery, and more.

You can say ‘hi’ to the horses at Fort Wilderness

Take a break inside Magic Kingdom

Don’t want to deal with the hassle of added transportation to and from resorts in the middle of your Magic Kingdom day? Who says you have to LEAVE the park to have a relaxing midday break? There are plenty of ways to kick back inside Magic Kingdom. For starters, there are several longer rides and attractions such as Mickey’s Philharmagic, Hall of Presidents, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean that could offer a brief reprieve from the crowds.

Hall of Presidents

You can also make lunch your “big meal” of the day and enjoy an extended food break at one of Magic Kingdom’s Table Service restaurants. Be Our Guest is currently serving their Prix-Fixe meal for both lunch and dinner if you’re looking for true opulence. Or you can make a reservation at Skipper Canteen, Plaza Restaurant, or Liberty Tree Tavern.

Be Our Guest

No matter how you choose to take a break in the middle of your Magic Kingdom day, you should feel recharged and ready to tackle the rest of your day!

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How do you like to take a break on your Magic Kingdom day? Let us know in the comments!

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4 Replies to “Three Ways to Take A Break in the Middle of Your Magic Kingdom Day”

  1. I read a tip several Disney trips ago that the best place for mom to take a break is the Hall of Presidents. My kids – now college age – know that we will need to stop every time we go to the MK so I can get a mid-afternoon nap.

  2. Because of the shortened hours and the “you need a reservation to be in The Resorts” rule, we went from ride to ride. But when we needed a break we ate lunch.

  3. People, stop “over planning” and remember the fable “The tortoise and the hare.” The park is not your enemy, you do not need to conquer it! This is supposed to be fun.

  4. Anyone else use the “pass out briefly on an attraction, and then go back to pushing way to hard to get as much out of each Disney World day as possible from rope drop to park closing” method? Or is that just my family?