Storybook Secret

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Today, we’re talking about one of my favorite things in the entire world: The relaxation station in Storybook Circus.

Never heard of it? That’s okay … it seems not a lot of others have, either. It’s located in a giant, yellow tent next to Pete’s Silly Sideshow. And it is so brilliant. I mean, really really brilliant.

On my first visit, I went a little crazy with Dan from At Disney Again’s camera, photographing every inch of the space. Because here’s the thing: It’s the most comfortable, truly perfectly relaxing space in any theme park ever. And it’s one of the most well-themed spaces in any theme park ever. Seriously. It is so fabulous. Put your feet up and relax while we check it out …

The story here is that this is the tent where Storybook Circus’ performers can come to relax and take a load off. And the real life here is that this is the tent where every single Disney fan can come to relax and take a load off.

The varied seating options, including picnic tables, round tables, couches and arm chairs, are eclectic and multicolored, giving the space a homey, slowly-curated feeling–which fits perfectly with the backstory, but has led Dan to call the space Minnie’s Rummage Sale. And since the space doesn’t have an official name, I think we just christened it with an unofficial moniker.

Oh, and did I mention that guests can also charge their devices while they take a break from the Florida heat? That’s pretty flippin awesome, if you ask me.

So far, all of the charging options in Magic Kingdom involve being an asshole (standing in the middle of a store or restaurant, using an outlet where people are trying to walk), sitting in the sun (Tangled Toilets) or putting your phone in a locker of questionable safety and either standing by or leaving it there (charging lockers in Tomorrowland). This is a lovely alternative–with both AC and USB ports.

But my favorite thing is the details! For example, all of the performers have their own, personalized seats.

And there are lots of little nods to the circus.

How much do you love the crystal ball table?!

But my favorite favorite details are the steamer trunks stacked up around the space. Not only are they beautiful—the perfect mix of meticulously accurate bits with a slightly cartoonish vibe—but they are also decorated with antique-style travel stickers, depicting all of the wonderful places Storybook Circus has toured, including a super cool nod to the 1939 World’s Fairs and some really fab old amusement parks, like Luna Park.

So there you have it: A comfortable spot, out of the sun. A place to put up your feet while you charge your phone. And an abundance of beautiful pieces and delightful details to explore while you wait. It really just doesn’t get any better than that.

Have you visited the space yet? What do you think?

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