Visiting a theme park all day can be tiring. And it’s a good idea to take frequent breaks. Each Walt Disney World theme park has designated areas where guests can sit and take off their mask for a little bit. Known as Relaxation Stations, they can be a helpful place during your day. At EPCOT there are three Relaxation Stations. They provide a restful area whether you want to enjoy your snack or drink, or just have a place to sit down for a few minutes. Here’s everything you need to know about the Relaxation Stations at EPCOT.
Location of Relaxation Stations at EPCOT
There are Relaxation Stations at Mission: SPACE, the Norway Pavilion, and the United Kingdom Pavilion. The Norway Pavilion is a rare indoor Relaxation Station, actually located inside Akershus Royal Banquet Hall which is normally a beloved character dining experience. Since Akershus is not operating right now, it is a rare treat to be able to enjoy the castle and fairy tale atmosphere here. Personally, I am not too keen on being indoors, especially without a mask on – not that you have to take your mask off at the Relaxation Station.
The other two are outside. The Mission: SPACE location is in the courtyard area near the attraction, and it is the only option for the front of the park. The United Kingdom location is normally used as seating for Yorkshire County Fish Shop, but now it is a lovely outdoor area with waterside views. Tables have been added around the United Kingdom pavilion to help offset the loss of these dining tables, though you can certainly eat at any Relaxation Station.
How to Use Relaxation Stations at EPCOT
EPCOT itself is such a spread out park, so while there are three stations, it can be rough to utilize one if you’re in the back of the park. It is rare for the stations to reach capacity as many guests do not know about them. On busy weekends or holidays they tend to be utilized a little more. The tables are placed six feet, or more apart, and need to remain as positioned. If you have a larger group it is asked that you keep your party spread among multiple tables at the designated distance.
Guests should keep their masks on until they are seated at their table. Once you are seated you can remove your mask whether you have food and drink, or if you just want to sit and relax. There is no time limit on using the stations. So sit back and relax. If you need to get up from your table, it is asked that you put your mask back on before departing your table.
Cast Members frequently clean and sanitize the tables, chairs, and the general area. The Relaxation Stations can have limited hours. They do not always open right when the park opens, and generally close a little earlier than the park itself does.
MARCH 2021 UPDATE – We are seeing 30 minute limit signs in certain stations, perhaps due to Spring Break. We’ll be on the lookout once Spring Break subsides.
Have you made use of the Relaxation Stations yet? Do you think they are helpful?