1. East Center Street
Though we can no longer sit among the flowers of West Center Street, we do still have the Art Festival seating area on East Center Street. Though it’s just a short walk from Main Street, this area is extraordinarily peaceful and rarely populated. (In fact, it’s so rarely populated that I worry we’ll soon lose this quiet enclave to more retail space.) Escape here for some uninterrupted relaxation.
2. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
While it’s technically a ride, you really can’t beat the TTA for a nice, relaxing rest. And this is a chair with a view, as your seat winds its way through Tomorrowland. I especially love to sit facing my companion and then put my feet up. Ah, sweet relaxation.
Pro-tip: if there’s not a line for this attraction, often the Cast Members will allow you to ride a second or even a third time without vacating your blissfully comfortable, shady seat.
3. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
Though this seat is stationary, it does come with a floor show. Take a load off in the Starlight Lounge and enjoy the humorous song stylings of Sonny Eclipse and his astro-organ. Yes, it’s technically a restaurant, but no one is going to kick you out if you don’t order food. Although no one’s going to stop you if you grab an order of French fries (or a chocolate gelato) while you enjoy the show.
4. Stone Bench in Fantasyland
It’s not much to look at. It’s not even very comfortable. But the stone bench outside of Tinker Belle’s Treasures and across from Sir Mickey’s is the absolutely best place to sit at night. Cinderella Castle is magical as it flows through its color changes, and I just love to watch couples and families stand in the glow and look up at its majesty.
Pro-tip: Rest for a while on this delicious bench and, right before the Main Street Electrical Parade’s second showing, walk through the Castle and take your place along the railing. Not too many people stand here (most opt to stand down in the plaza), but it’s a great view.
5. Rockers on Tom Sawyer Island
Hop on a raft and get yourself out to the most-fun fort anywhere. After you’ve run through the abandoned mine and fired some shots toward the outlaws on Big Thunder Mountain, you’ll probably be looking for a break. Pull up an old rocker, overlooking the Rivers of America, and watch the waters pass you by.
Do you have a favorite place to rest your aching ankles?? Let us know in the comments!