The Top 10 Quiet Places at Magic Kingdom for Families with Autism
Our son adores Walt Disney World. However, any child occasionally gets overwhelmed and tired in the hot, busy parks. With autism, it’s especially important to take a break from the hustle and bustle. We’ve listed our favorite quiet places at Magic Kingdom for families with autism.
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Preparation is key- we bring fidget toys and sensory tools to help get us through tough situations. Usually, one parent will wait with the children, and the other will run with bands in hand to score a new 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 Fastpass+ 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.
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 wind up in 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.
Not only is this a relaxing 12-minute scenic journey, it’s also one of the best rides for those with autism. We find this an ideal escape from the crowds.
8. Tomorrowland Pathway
One of my favorite secrets 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.
The pathway meanders past the Tomorrowland Speedway and the Walt Disney World Railroad. You can walk service animals in this area! The path ends next to the Space Mountain gift shop.
7. Tom Sawyer’s Island
Tom Sawyer Island is surrounded by the Rivers of Ameria with Mark Twain caves that provide interactive playtime. Our autistic son scares me around water so taking the boat over to the island is anxiety-inducing. However, after arrival, it’s a lovely place filled with play areas and caves. You can relax on a gorgeous rocking chair and while away the day.
6. Main Street USA Train Station
When you enter the park, the Main Street USA Train Station stands proudly over the park. The inside of the station isn’t used for the queue to the train, so the space is empty. This area is cool and there are a couple of benches.
5. The First Aid Building
There is freedom from the crowd near the entrance to the park if you know where to look. Walk down Main Street U.S.A and head to the left after Casey’s Corner and before the Crystal Palace. While this area is not completely abandoned, it is a little oasis in comparison 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 a sensitive sense of smell.
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 an empty attraction, people continuously entire behind you. 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.
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.
We are known to have mini dance parties and sip a cold drink away from the ruckus. 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 mid-afternoon. Head down the path to the castle and veer to the right towards Fantasyland. While sometime they have character meet and greets here, for the most part, it is gorgeous, shaded, and peaceful.
1. Tomorrowland: Near Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
This area is excellent for getting away from the masses. Also, the ride itself is a pretty quiet place in Magic Kingdom. The ride has an annoyingly repetitive song but is peaceful and the air conditioning is cool.
Actually, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority is nearby if we’re talking about rides with short lines that double as break areas. It rarely has a long wait. It is an open-air car that you ride that circles above Tomorrowland. We can squeeze into one car, or split our party among two cars if we need a bit more space. This entire area makes for a lovely break if we want to take it easy.
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