Everything You Need to Know About Relaxation Stations at Animal Kingdom

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It’s okay to admit that wearing a mask all day in a theme park is not always easy or fun. It’s the right thing to do and the safe thing to do, but it’s okay if you want a break for a few minutes. Each major Orlando theme park has designated areas where guests can sit and take off their mask for a little bit. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom there are two 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 Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Location of Relaxation Stations at Animal Kingdom

There are two Relaxation Stations at Animal Kingdom. The first is located at Pizzafari at Discovery Island. This is normally a quick service dining location, but it is temporarily unavailable as it is used as a Relaxation Station. There are tables, chairs, and plenty of shade. This location is closest to the front of the park and is a good spot to rest before or after venturing into Pandora – World of Avatar. There are also restrooms here, making it an overall great place to stop and rest, or have a snack.

Relaxation Station at Pizzafari Animal Kingdom
Relaxation Station at Discovery River Animal Kingdom

The second Relaxation Station is located along the Discovery River. It is not as easy to find as the Pizzafari location, but it is midway along the pathway that connects the African land and Asian land. It is a beautiful pavilion with detailed wood carving. The views of the Discovery River and the Tree of Life are glorious, and you might even catch a character cavalcade go by. This is a good location if you’re in the back of the park. Restrooms aren’t as convenient as the Pizzafari location, but there are some a few steps away, across the pathway.

How to Use Relaxation Stations at Animal Kingdom

No reservations are needed for the Relaxation Stations, but they can reach capacity. It is rare for them to reach capacity as many guests do not know about them. The tables are placed six feet or more apart, so please do not move the tables or chairs. If you have a larger group it is asked that you keep your party at the designated tables and not combine them.

Relaxation Station at Pizzafari Animal Kingdom
Relaxation Station at Discovery River Animal Kingdom

It is asked that all guests 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. If you need to get up from your table, or whenever you are done, it is asked that you put your mask back on before getting up from 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?

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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

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