Disney World can be one of the most exciting places for guests to visit, but it can also be A LOT to take in.
There’s so much going on throughout the parks that it’s no wonder you might find yourself feeling a teeny bit overwhelmed — or really anxious. Whether it’s your first time or fiftieth time in Disney World, sometimes you just need a place to sit down, chill, and decompress. It may surprise you to learn that there are places you can do such things in the parks, so let’s look at seven spots in EPCOT where you can escape when your anxiety is through the roof.
We can all use a little break sometimes — especially when it comes to the chaos of Disney World. The parks are full of people, activities, loud noises, and more, so it’s no wonder if you’re feeling a little sensory overload. We’ve rounded up the best places for you to escape in EPCOT when your anxiety is overwhelming.
Move over, Journey of Water — EPCOT already has a waterfall attraction, kind of. If you’ve never been to Le Cellier or seen Canada Far and Wide, you might not have any idea that behind the entrance of the Canada Pavilion lies a huge display of large, mountainous boulders and waterfalls. These are some pretty big waterfalls, too, and because of that, there’s a loud, rushing water sound that drowns out all the park noise.
There’s something really peaceful about the Canada waterfalls, and this area isn’t often too crowded. You’ll find some benches and seats if your feet need a break, but what we love about this spot is walking along the path that takes you through the different rocks and water features.
There’s more than meets the eye over in the Morocco Pavilion as well. Just when you think you can’t walk further into the pavilion, it keeps going — and eventually opens up into a few different areas that are often overlooked and feature tables and chairs. But, our favorite place to take a break in this pavilion is inside the Fez House.
This area is designed to look like a typical Moroccan home, and features gorgeous mosaics and architecture. There are a few benches and places to sit back here, but we recommend just walking around and taking in all the gorgeous design work. We’ve occasionally seen the Fez House full, but people typically clear out pretty quickly after seeing what it’s all about.
United Kingdom Pavilion
You’ll also find a quiet place to relax in the back of the UK Pavilion — as long as there isn’t a band playing in the gazebo, anyway. Modeled after an English garden, this can be a great spot to escape as you walk through the maze and pretend you’re walking down Cherry Tree Lane. And for those parents who need a break, pop a squat on one of the benches while your kids play in the maze!
Go ahead, stop by the Rose & Crown to grab a pint before heading back here, and let the change of scenery and relaxed vibes be your escape. We do see this area get busy if there is a band playing or if a character is meeting over here, so keep that in mind if you’re making a list of spots you think you’ll want to go. The UK gardens won’t always be an option, but if it’s quiet — ahhhhhh.
Many of the World Showcase Pavilions feature exhibits that honor part of that country’s culture, and over in the Japan Pavilion, you’ll find a Kawaii Exhibit! Located at the exit of the Mitsukoshi Department Store, this indoor, air-conditioned display teaches guests all about Kawaii — Japan’s Cute Culture — and how that ties into the rest of Japanese culture. There’s also a room dedicated to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea!
Did we mention this exhibit is air-conditioned? We can’t say it enough. There’s also a pretty neat zen garden display, along with Japanese music playing low overhead. We typically don’t find this area too busy, but even if there are guests inside it’s usually not very loud — think museum vibes.
Similarly to the Japan Pavilion, the China Pavilion also features an indoor, air-conditioned exhibit — but this one is all about Shanghai Disneyland instead! You’ll find tons of props, displays, costumes, and more here…but won’t you won’t find are a lot of loud noises and guests. If you find yourself near the China Pavilion and need a place to decompress, give this spot a try.
Walking around in the cool air-conditioning can sometimes be just the thing, while reading the displays and learning more about Shanghai Disneyland and Chinese culture might help some folks reset and get ready to face the hustle and bustle of EPCOT once again.
Living with the Land
What better way to take a breather and chill than with a relaxing, botanical boat ride? Living with the Land is located in the Land Pavilion, and takes guests through EPCOT’s greenhouse while teaching them about sustainable practices and more. It’s often touted as one of the most relaxing Disney World rides overall. There’s just something about floating through a bright greenhouse surrounded by plants that makes us want to fall asleep — in the best way possible.
There is one very important caveat with this option, though — depending on when you’re looking to make your escape, the line for this ride might not be your friend. Not only that, but you have to enter and walk through most of the Land Pavilion to get to this attraction — and the Land Pavilion is anything but an escape from people. In fact, it’s usually very, very people-y. But if the wait time for Living with the Land is low, consider giving this escape a try.
Pixar Film Festival
Did you know there’s a Pixar Short Film Festival in EPCOT?! Yep — located just steps away from Journey Into Imagination with Figment is this air-conditioned theater with SEATS! Not only that, but the stories are adorably charming which can sometimes be the perfect distraction. And, if you’re traveling with little ones, this can be a great way for adults and kiddos to take a break at the same time.
We hope your next EPCOT trip is a little bit more relaxed next time around thanks to your new-fangled escape plans! Whether or not you feel overwhelmed when you’re in the parks occasionally, it’s a good idea to have these spots in mind — we can all use a break sometimes. And keep in mind, you can always leave EPCOT and come back later if you need to, as long as you’ve got a park pass reservation!
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What’s your favorite place to escape when you’re in EPCOT? Let us know in the comments!