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The 9 Most Zen Places at Walt Disney World

Tomorrowland Transit Authority

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Image: christiantlambert, Flickr (license)

But the most zen attraction of all lives across the park in Tomorrowland — the namesake Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

The TTA is one of those things in life that is impossible to explain until you experience it yourself. No matter how intricately you explain its appeal to someone who’s never ridden it, it simply won’t make sense until they ride it themselves.

From the cushioned, lap bar-less vehicles to the quick pace and charming narration, there’s just something about this ride that is Disney at its most relaxing. It’s the perfect length, never overstaying its welcome but also not feeling like it was too short. In all, no one feels more stressed when they get off the TTA — that’s a good thing.


The walkway from Disney Springs to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

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Image: jasonpratt, Flickr (license)

The parks are amazing, but if you’re really looking to relax on your Disney vacation, you’ll need to take a day to explore the many resort hotels on property. They all have their spots, but of course, some are a bit more relaxing than others.

One great spot is very close to one of the busiest and most stressful places on Walt Disney World property, ironically — the pathway between Disney Springs and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort.

Few people traverse that route, with most either taking a bus or ride-share — but for those that do, they’re greeted with incredible views of the beautiful Disney Springs, and some of Walt Disney World’s best vistas. The lack of people tends to make it feel like a kind of window onto Disney World from another, more relaxing dimension.


The walkways at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

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Image: princessashley, Flickr (license)

Similarly, the walkways at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort provide a removed-from-the-action feeling as well, particularly in the early morning before the park day truly starts.

The layout of the resort tends to make most guests filter toward Centerville, but the outer areas — as well as some of the more out of the way spots on Caribbean Cay — can feel like your own piece of tropical paradise.

And, there are plenty of benches upon which you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee to greet the day in peace. 


Fort Wilderness’ walking trails

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Image: christiantlambert, Flickr (license)

This is one of the best kept secrets at Walt Disney World — and not one of those oft-talked about not-so-secret secrets you see on tacky YouTube videos. It’s something that you’d be surprised how many Disney superfans are completely in the dark about.

That is, there are incredible hiking and nature trails located within Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. 

Some of the trails take you deep into the campground’s forest background, while others allow you to walk alongside gorgeous Bay Lake — with views of the Contemporary Resort and Space Mountain across the way.

Furthermore, they’re totally open to the public — so they’re easy for you to get to. But, you’ll be the only person there, making it your own wooden escape.


The Polynesian Village Resort beach

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Image: Dakota Gardner

But if you want the ultimate in Disney relaxation, the original Disney resort is the place for you. Specifically, the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Now, there are a lot of beaches around Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon, and the Polynesian has quite a few of those beaches itself. If you truly want to escape the crowds and find your own pocket of Florida zen, walk along the lakeside path in the direction of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Keep going past Luau Cove, and you’ll find a relatively quiet, empty stretch of beach with plenty of space to stretch out.

Make yourself at home, bring a book, and enjoy the sounds of boats passing — but little else. That is, unless you stick around until the evening, at which point you’ll have one of the best views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks anywhere outside the park.

And, nothing says zen more than a gorgeous fireworks show on your vacation, right?

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