The Best Disney World Attractions for Naps

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Carousel of Progress is a famous nap location, but is it the top choice?
Carousel of Progress is a popular nap location, but is it the top choice? Photo by Maddi Higgins

Naps are absolutely essential to a successful day at Walt Disney World. Human bodies are not designed to survive the high temperatures and treacherous treks through a Disney park. Unfortunately, whether it’s the timing of a reservation or the location of your hotel, it may not be possible to leave the park for your break. Lucky for you, I’ve done the strenuous research to discover the single best attraction in each park for a nap. My recommendations are based on the following criteria:

  • Comfort of Seating: It’s impossible to fall asleep if you can’t get in a comfortable position.
  • Length of Show: A 2-minute nap will not cut it when you need rest.
  • Temperature of Location: The point is to get out of the Florida sun. Naps are time to cool off.
  • Level of Noise and Light: If you fall asleep, you don’t want to be jerked awake by noise and bright lights.

Magic Kingdom Winner: Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents is famous for its napping accommodations. Unofficial Guide readers report it as their go-to spot for cranky kids—and adults—to relax. The location scores high in all napping qualifications.
Comfort of Seating: The expansive theater holds 700 guests in padded folding chairs. The theater usually is not full, so you have a little more elbow room, though there are still the arms between chairs which prevent you from resting your head on your neighbor (hopefully someone you know).
Length of Show: The show lasts 23 minutes, plenty of time to fit in a power nap.
Temperature of Location: The theater is chilled to almost frigid temperatures, and the lack of crowds prevents increased temperatures from body heat.
Level of Light and Noise: Morgan Freeman’s soothing baritone narration accompanied by colonial music seem purposefully designed as a lullaby. His dulcet tones are what give the Hall of Presidents an edge over fellow nap favorite Carousel of Progress. The volume is loud enough to be heard through the theater, but not so loud as to be disturbing. The theater remains fairly dark throughout the entire performance.

Honorable Mention: Carousel of Progress

Some people may find the rotation relaxing, but I find the starting and stopping more jarring than calming. The ride length is also slightly shorter than Hall of Presidents, at 21 minutes.

Epcot Winner: Ellen’s Energy Adventure

This attraction is my favorite nap location. You’ll often find me stretched out before a walk around World Showcase.
Comfort of Seating: The seats are not padded, but the large capacity and long benches mean you can select your own bench to lay down across. Just make your hands, arms, feet, and legs are inside the vehicle at all times.
Length of Show: The length of this show makes this attraction a top nap location. The 37-minute show is long enough to fall into a deep, drooling sleep, as those who have ridden with me can attest.
Temperature of Location: The attraction is air conditioned. I often find the dinosaur scene to be rather humid, but that may just be the jungle theming.
Level of Light and Noise: The dinosaur scene is rather loud, so I recommend waiting until after that scene to fall asleep during the radio broadcast scene, where it is dark and quiet. Moving throughout the scenes, sometimes the film gets brighter and louder. Luckily, the loudest noise is at the very end of the attraction.

Honorable Mention: The American Adventure

The American Adventure is a good alternative if you find yourself in World Showcase when the need for a nap strikes. The show is a solid 29 minutes long, and the theater provides padded seats and air conditioning.

Hollywood Studios Winner: One Man’s Dream

Hollywood Studios is light on nap locations. Most of the shows are outdoors—no air conditioning—and does not have many slow-moving attractions.
Comfort of Seating: Like Hall of Presidents, the room has padded folding chairs and the theater is rarely full.
Length of Show: The movie is shorter than the ideal nap time, clocking in at only 15 minutes.
Temperature: The film portion is located in an air conditioned theater.
Level of Light and Noise: The film’s narration by Julie Andrews is soothing and relaxing. The only loud noise you may encounter is my sobbing over the beautiful legacy of Walt Disney.

2013-09-16 at 12-34-26Honorable Mention: Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Grab a seat in the back row to enjoy the intense air conditioning. The attraction is just a little too short for a solid nap at only 17 minutes, and there are flashing lights and loud music.

Animal Kingdom Winner: Finding Nemo: The Musical

Animal Kingdom has precisely one attraction that could possibly be used for a nap, and even that is not a great option. But when sleep calls, head to Finding Nemo: The Musical.
Comfort of Seating: The seating in the theater is wooden benches, and generally everyone is packed in like sardines (pun very much intended). Hopefully you’re close with the people next to you for maximum comfort.
Length of Show: The long length of the show is the main factor that makes this show the best nap option in Animal Kingdom. The show is 35 minutes long.
Temperature: The area is air conditioned but the large number of people in the theater warms the area up.
Level of Light and Noise: It is a full-blown musical, so the music is rather loud, but the theater itself is dark and there are not many bright lights in the show.

Honorable Mention: Rafiki’s Planet Watch Train

The attraction is outdoors and the ride is short, but usually there are empty benches available for lounging.

The most important thing to remember while napping in the park is to be respectful of any performers, Cast Members, and other guests. If you keep those things in mind, it’s sweet dreams. Where’s your favorite Disney World nap location?

Disclaimer: While I am a Cast Member, this article is based on my own experience and does not necessarily reflect the policies of the Walt Disney Company.

Maddi Higgins

Maddi is a full time vacation planner at Magic Kingdom. She is a graduate of the Disney College Program and Disney Professional Internship Program. She is a long-time Disney World fan and her family has been DVC members since 2008. You can see more of her work at maddihiggins.com.

8 thoughts on “The Best Disney World Attractions for Naps

    • August 11, 2015 at 11:09 am
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      Thanks for linking to the additional napping info. I was trying to give a little more info about top napping locations.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 10:47 am
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    I’m with you about MK and Epcot resting places. We also used Ellen’s Energy Adventure as a place to dry off and wait out from your typical September rain storm.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 11:47 am
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    My wife had to try the American Adventure 5 times before she finally saw it all the way through. She was usually asleep by the Civil War. 🙂

    For me, it’s Impressions de France. Something about the music at the beginning and the soft tones of the narrator put me out. My odds of making it through that one are no better than 50-50.

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    • August 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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      I’m always sleepy after Impressions de France! But it’s still a great show. And I’m not going to mention my absolutely favorite resting and nap spot in the World… : )

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    • August 17, 2015 at 10:49 am
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      I second the American Adventure! I’m usually sleep drooling by the time the song about the 2 brothers in the Civil War plays.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 11:37 pm
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    I have been to Disney with Maddi many times, and can attest to both her drooling on Ellen’s Energy Adventure and her sobbing over Disney’s legacy.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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    Not an attraction per se, but the Monorail is a pretty good option as well. I see people asleep on it all the time, and I would bet you could get a few laps around Seven Seas Lagoon in before anyone even noticed…

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