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Taking a Break from Crowds

Updated: May 13

When we travel with neurodiverse family members we know they need to take several sensory breaks a day when in the Disney parks.  The parks are full of people and happy noise, but it can be a lot for a neurotypical person let alone someone on the spectrum for who crowds can be very overwhelming. (For our general post on navigating crowds - click here.) We definitely recommend looking into getting a DAS pass, but also knowing areas, attractions, and dining locations where the crowds can lull.  We always try to build in breaks within the park during our day.  Here are some areas we have found it useful to stop, recharge, and regroup.

Magic Kingdom

Main Street U.S.A.
  • Train Station

  • Side street on right side of Main Street

  • Swiss Family Treehouse

  • Enchanted Tiki Room

  • Tom Sawyer Island

  • Walkway along water

Liberty Square
  • Hall of Presidents

  • Liberty Square Riverboat

  • Sleepy Hollow Seating area near the Castle

  • Second Floor of Columbia Harbour House

  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

  • Carousel of Progress

  • Walkway between Tron and Storybook Circus

  • Tomorrowland Terrace

  • Gaston’s Tavern - if you can find a table

  • Walkway between Storybook Circus and Tron

  • Pinocchio's Village House Second Floor

MK Avoiding Crowds Map
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World Celebration
  • World Celebration Garden behind Spaceship Earth

  • Pixar Film Festival

World Nature
  • Finding Nemo Aquarium

  • Living with the Land and Awesome Plant

World Showcase
  • Odyssey Building

  • Canada Pavillion Gardens

  • UK Pavillion Gardens

  • Morocco Pavillion

  • Japan Pavillon

  • American Adventure

  • Italy Pavillion

  • Germany Pavillion

  • China Pavillion Gardens

  • Norway Pavillion Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe Seating Area

  • Mexico Pavillion La Cantina de San Angel

Epcot Avoiding Crowds Map
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Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Boulevard
  • Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Sunset Boulevard
  • Bathroom Area past Once Upon a Time shop

Animation Courtyard
  • Star Wars Launch Bay

  • Walt Disney Presents

Pixar Plaza
  • Pixar Plaza Area

Toy Story Land & Galaxy's Edge
  • Area between Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land

Grand Avenue
  • Muppets*Vision 3D

  • Pizza Rizzo's Second Floor

  • Muppets Courtyard Area

Echo Lake
  • Vacation Fun

  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Singalong Celebration

  • Benches around Echo Lake

HS Avoiding Crowds Map
Download PDF • 1.38MB

Animal Kingdom

Discovery Island
  • Discovery Island Trails

  • Flaming Tree BBQ seating area

  • Walkway between Pandora and Africa

  • Falls Exploration Trail

  • Conservation Station

  • Alcoves between Africa and Asia

  • Maharaja Jungle Trek 

  • Seating Long the Lagoon

Dinoland U.S.A.
  • Seating Long lagoon

  • DinoRama

AK Avoiding Crowds Map
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