With all the hustle and bustle of a busy day at the Disneyland Resort it’s nice (and sometimes necessary) to find a quiet place to relax, and regroup. We’ve had some of the best times just sitting and taking in the sights and sounds of the park and people watching. If you need a place to rest your feet or just want to observe then here are the top 5 quiet places in Disneyland to do just that.
Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
This is a fantastic place to relax and let the kids enjoy exploring the caves on the island. Located at the edge of New Orleans Square you will find the loading dock to hop aboard a raft and travel over to Pirate’s Lair. Once on the island you can sit back on the dock and take in the sights of the Rivers of America, gaze across the river to the guests on the mainland and enjoy the sounds of the natural wild life.
Snow Whites Grotto
Theres nothing quite like making a wish in Snow Whites wishing well and listening to a beautiful song while doing it. Come to Snow Whites Grotto located to the right of Sleeping Beauty Castle and stay awhile. You will love the view of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs along with the woodland creatures. There are places to sit and people watch, make a wish in the wishing well and enjoy the close up view of the castle.
Big Thunder Trail
As you take a walk down Big Thunder Trail you will notice many beautiful trees and a tranquil pond that has been at Disneyland since the park opened in 1955. Big Thunder Trail starts right by the exit of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and continues down towards Fantasy Land. There aren’t as many places to sit as compared to other areas in this list, but it’s definitely less crowded and has some of the best scenery. Be sure to check out the tunnel on the other side of the old Beaver Valley pond that was part of an old attraction called Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland which closed in 1979 to make way for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Okay this one is hit or miss, so take the word oasis with a grain of salt. Nestled in between Enchanted Tiki Room and Jungle Cruise, Aladdin’s Oasis typically has everyone wondering just what this area actually is. At one point it hosted a dinner show, then it was changed to a character meet and greet location for Jasmine and Aladdin, but currently serves as an area to sit and relax. The reason why we say it can be a “miss” is because it can still be used as a character meet and greet without advanced notice. If it’s open we definitely suggest checking it out.
Hungry Bear Restaurant
You may be thinking, how can a restaurant in an amusement park be relaxing? Don’t be fooled because Hungry Bear Restaurant is located in one of the most tranquil settings in the Disneyland Park. They key is you have to sit on the bottom level of the 2-story shaded terrace which is on the banks of Rivers of America. Here you can see ducks frolicking in the water, squirrels climbing up trees, and other cute animals probably looking for a bite of your meal. Take a closer look and you may even catch one of many ferrel cats that roam the area and help control the rodent population.
So next time you’re at the Disneyland Resort and you want to kick back and relax don’t forget to check out these 5 quiet places to recharge your batteries…Until next time!