So, welcome to the next installment of the Top 5 Tuesday. Today I, middlepat, will provide our top 5 “In Park” rest spots for those times when your 2 year old / 38 year old needs some down time to recharge those batteries. Here are the rules for this week’s top 5…

Rule #1: The spot has to allow for some down time / quiet time where you can relax.

Rule #2: It has to be inside the gates of one of the 4 parks.

So without further ado…

#5 Tower of Terror (oops wrong list) Muppet Vision 3D: When in the Studios and the heat is turned up / you need to rest a bit, we find that Muppet Vision 3D is the best place to find a cool place to sit back for the duration of the show. The reason this lands at #5 is because the attraction is so good, its sometimes not as relaxing, because of the glorious 3 hour finale “A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America”.

#4 Spaceship Earth: I’m not sure what it is about Dame Judy Dench’s voice, but 30 seconds into this ride and I find my head starts bobbing. Fortunately for me, her voice had the same effect on my youngest daughter when we were last at the World. We would settle into the Omnimover car and just let the worries of WDW float away.

#3 It’s A Small World: WHAT???? REALLY????? Actually, yes. This is my list so deal… But seriously, if you are able to block out the music, I’ve found that this is one of the best spots in the Magic Kingdom to veg out and relax with the kids. The slow moving boat gives a nice little rock and I find it rather soothing (for the kids). The other nice benefit is that you can get some of the A/C and interior ride during those hot days in Orlando.

#2 Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover: First of all, is there ever a wait time for this? Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a line for this ride. This is one of the best features for this list as when you need that decompressing time, the last thing you want is a 40 minute wait time. Of course, once you get on you get the combination of motion and breeze. A beautiful pairing in the Orlando heat. Also the kids get to curl up to you on the ride car and you all can just relax and recharge.

#1 Ellen’s Energy Adventure: 45 minute, dark ride, moving theater seating… need I say more? OK, so there’s the occasional dinosaur…no not from the ride…. but seriously I can’t ever recall going on this attraction where I didn’t fall asleep. The ride vehicles also are a great draw for this list as you can have a couple of kids rest on either side of you and be able to get that much needed catnap in the middle of EPCOT.

So I’m sure that there are elements to this list that you either agree or disagree with so tells what you think in the comments and let us get to know you as a DisDad.

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