Even adults get exhausted and overstimulated in the theme parks at Walt Disney World. At Hollywood Studios, there are less shaded areas than other lands. When you throw these in with a son with autism, you get creative. Over the years, I have found the top 8 quiet places at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Preparing for Disney’s Hollywood Studios
If you don’t know the story about my son, I’ve shared it on the blog. My son is an incredible child. While I know what works best for our family, consider these tips for your child. Just because they work for us does not mean that they will work for you! Show them ride videos, discuss expectations, and prepare a social story. Decompress daily in your hotel room or by the pool. Bring a tablet or loved possession.
If this trip is once in a million, you can still go hard on this expensive vacation. However, it will take preparation and having more than one adult. In our family, one adult stays with the kiddos somewhere shaded and relaxing, while the other takes the bands to get the new reservation on the Disney Accessibility Service pass.
The Top 8 Quiet Places at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
First Aid Station
If you look just inside the park entrance gates of Hollywood Studios on Hollywood Boulevard, head towards Guest Relations. If you stay outside, veer to the left (if you’re coming from the main gates). If you need to get inside, the staff is friendly and helpful with minor first aid items or cots for those who need to get out of the heat.
Tower of Terror
All of the way at the end of Sunset Boulevard is the Tower of Terror. If you pass the ride queue, there are rod iron benches under the overhang of the roof and outside of the gift shop. There is foliage, the air conditioning from the gift shop, and even a drink cart nearby. The courtyard of the Tower of Terror is the perfect sensory break in the evening because brightly colored lights light up the front of the attraction.
Beauty and the Beast
On Sunset Boulevard, between Once Upon a Time and Beauty and the Beast, the amphitheater is a seating area. Our family sits here to relax. However, if you cannot find a spot, the stage show is thirty minutes, and headphones can be a relaxing spot to get away from the sunshine. However, the crowds seem to gather here in between events.
Echo lake is oval-shaped and full of glamorous architecture from Hollywood’s Golden Age like Gertie the Dinosaur and Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner. The lake’s wide walkway surrounding it leads to Hollywood & Vine and The 50s Prime Time Cafe. However, if you head towards the side closest to Hollywood Boulevard, there are quiet benches and a frozen drink stand to relax.
The restrooms to the left of the Magic of Disney animation attraction has benches outside. There is a shaded overhang, and it is an ideal spot to get out of the bright sunshine. Check to see if there are crowds here because it can get busy at high points during the day. You can always duck into Voyage of the Little Mermaid for a 17-minute air-conditioned live show- but it can be dark and loud.
Alien Spinning Saucers
There are a couple of quiet areas near Alien Spinning Saucers. When you face the attraction, off to the left, there is an area at the transition point between Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land. Off to the right, there is a quiet spot where you get off the ride.
If your turning plans take you near Muppet Vision 3-D or PizzeRizzo, there are a couple of areas back here for a quiet spot. One good option is to the left of PizzeRizzo. I prefer to sit with our family around the Miss Piggy fountain outside of the theater. However, now that Galaxy’s Edge is this way, it is no longer as “off the beaten path” as it used to be. When all else fails- duck into Muppet Vision 3D to sit in some AC.
Outside of the ABC Commissary can sometimes grant a reprieve from the crowds. However, Commissary Lane has been busier in recent years as folks past by to get to Galaxy’s Edge.
What are your favorite quiet spaces Disney’s Hollywood Studios? If you’re looking for quiet places in the other parks, check out: