top 10 quiet areas in magic kingdom for families with autism

The Top 10 Quiet Places at Magic Kingdom for Families with Autism

Our son adores Walt Disney World. However, any child occasionally gets overwhelmed, overstimulated, and tired in hot, busy parks. Most adults do too! With autism, taking a break from the hustle and bustle is especially important. We’ve listed our favorite quiet places at Magic Kingdom for families with autism.

top 10 quiet areas in magic kingdom for families with autism

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Preparation is vital- we bring fidget toys and sensory tools to help get us through challenging situations, like as we flick to find a Disability Access Service reservation time. Here is a list of our favorite quiet places at Magic Kingdom for families with autism so that you can recharge with the iPad, have a drink, and wait for our DAS or Genie+ time.

10. Bay Lake Tower Villas and Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Going to Disney’s Contemporary Resort requires some careful discussion with the family. In our household, we need to prepare for any significant location change. However, if you are fed up with the crowds at Magic Kingdom but not done for the day- this is a quiet space, removed from the parks but just a monorail ride away!

The Contemporary resort in front of the marina at sunrise

You will leave the Magic Kingdom and head towards the Contemporary via monorail or walkway. If you follow the signs toward the marina, you will find the perfect place to relax. There’s an outdoor area with a quiet wooden deck, picturesque nature views, and entertaining water sports.

9. Liberty Square Riverboat

Head down to Liberty Square, home of the Haunted Mansion. Instead of heading to the very crowded spooky space, head to the Rivers of America to board the Liberty Belle Riverboat.

The quiet Liberty Belle riverboat in the Rivers of America on the dock at Magic Kingdom

Not only is this a relaxing 12-minute scenic journey, but it’s also one of the best rides for those with autism. We find this an ideal escape from the crowds, and keeping an eye on the shore is always entertaining.

8. Tomorrowland Pathway

One of my favorite secret quiet spaces at Magic Kingdom is the winding pathway that connects Tomorrowland to the Storybook Circus. If you’re looking for solitude, head to the back of Storybook Circus by the Barnstormer and the Fantasyland train station.

Crowd of people walking below Tomorroweland arch and sign in Magic Kingdom

You will find a peaceful pathway that meanders past the Tomorrowland Speedway and the Walt Disney World Railroad. Service animals also can use the restroom in this area, which ends next to the Space Mountain gift shop.

7. Tom Sawyer’s Island

The Rivers of America surround Tom Sawyer Island with Mark Twain caves that provide interactive playtime. First of all, the biggest disappointment is that because this attraction is so old, it is not wheelchair accessible  While a wheelchair can go over on the rafts, there are steps, narrow passageways, and barrel bridges that are not accessible.

Also, water can be scary for some children, so taking the boat over to the island is anxiety-inducing. However, it’s a lovely place filled with play areas and caves after arrival. You can relax on a gorgeous rocking chair and quietly rock away the day at Magic Kingdom.

6  Main Street USA Train Station

When you enter the park, the Main Street USA Train Station stands proudly over the park. While it can be noisier and busy when the train departs and arrives, it is otherwise quiet and relaxing. A bonus is that the Main Street train station is shaded and cool, and there are a couple of benches to relax.

5  The First Aid Building

There is additional freedom from the crowds near the entrance to the park if you know where to look. Walk down Main Street USA and head to the left after Casey’s Corner and before the Crystal Palace.    While this area is not entirely abandoned, it is a little oasis compared to the rest of the street. The First Aid station is next to the Baby Care Center. However, the smell of dirty diapers is a little overwhelming, so I would avoid going inside if your child has an acute sense of smell.

landscape photography of Walt Disney's Cinderella castle under blue sky with clouds

4  Swiss Family Treehouse

Make like the Robinson Family and head towards the treehouse. The treehouse is shaded and quiet, but there are a lot of stairs to climb. While this is often an empty attraction, people continuously ascend behind you, and you either have to keep moving or let them pass. We always enjoy taking a break from the crowds to visit this walk-through peek into the Robinson family’s home. However, during hectic times of the year, there may be a wait, and it will NOT be quiet. Check the Swiss Family Treehouse attraction wait times!

3  Ye Olde Christmas Shop

Behind the Ye Olde Christmas Shop in Liberty Square is a quiet space with a view over the castle and the lagoon. The only caveat here is that this is rather crowded during parade times. We try to avoid the hour before the parade because it can get a little crowded.

Otherwise, we enjoy relaxing here  The bonus to this location is that it’s near the Liberty Tree Tavern, which makes a mean gluten-free stuffing and pot roast.

Magic Kingdom child wearing sunglasses and eating sandwich

We are known to have mini dance parties and sip a cold drink away from the commotion.   See our little guy’s peanut butter and jelly-covered face for proof of snarfing down some snacks.

2  Pathway leading from Cinderella’s Castle to Fairytale Garden

The gardens in front of the castle are a charming place to take a load off. They can get crowded in the mid-afternoon. Head down the path to the castle, and veer to the right towards Fantasyland. While sometimes they have character meet and greets here, for the most part, it is gorgeous, shaded, and peaceful.

Disney world's Cinderella castle sideview

1  Tomorrowland

Believe it or not- Tomorrowland is excellent for getting away from the masses. The Carousel of Progress is a pretty quiet place in Magic Kingdom. The ride has an annoyingly repetitive song, but it is peaceful, rarely crowded, and the air conditioning is incredible.

If you’re not into the Carousel of Progress, which I don’t understand, there are other options. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority is nearby and has a short line. It is an open-air car that you ride that circles above Tomorrowland. When looking for quiet at the Magic Kingdom, our family can squeeze into one car or split among two cars if we need a bit more space. This area makes for a lovely break if we want to take it easy.

Relaxing in the Quiet at the Magic Kingdom

What are your favorite quiet places at Magic Kingdom for families with autism?

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