The crowds at Disneyland can be crazy especially during the summer and the peak times in the afternoon. Since there can be loads of people in the same areas, it’s hard to find just a place to sit either at a nearby restaurant or on a bench. One of the best things about the park is its hidden alleys and corners where most of the time no one else goes. If you’re looking for a quiet place to recover from your long Disney day, go to these perfect locations:
Alleyway by Pirates of the Caribbean
Once you exit Pirates of the Caribbean, turn left instead of following everyone else to the right. There are several shops in this alleyway that are entertaining to walk through. The buildings perfectly replicate the enchanting designs of New Orleans and are amazing to look at. There’s also plenty of shade which makes for a perfect rest spot during the warm summer months. If you continue through the archway at the end of the alleyway, you will enter another alleyway leading back out to New Orleans Square. There is also a restroom directly to the left after that archway. This spot has absolutely everything for a quick breather!
Snow White’s Wishing Well
This may not be much of a “secret” place, but from my experience it’s usually not crowded with people. Snow White’s Wishing Well is located to the right of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. If you’re walking towards the castle, take the path on the right to meet a small waterfall right next to the well. That makes the location even more relaxing! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can also be seen as statues all along the top of the waterfall. Toss a coin into the well and make a wish to hear Snow White sing! Once you’re ready to continue your Disney day, pass the wishing well and walk straight into Fantasyland!
Exit Disneyland and walk right across the street to California Adventure. Look for the first bridge before entering Pixar Pier and you’ve arrived at the Wharf! It is definitely a bigger area than the alleyway by Pirates and the Wishing Well which is perfect if you’re with a big group! If you’ve ever been to Monterey in California, the Pacific Wharf looks and feels very similar. There are several stops here if you and your group start getting hungry. The Ghirardelli Chocolate shop is one of the first places you see. Look out for a cast member out front handing out free chocolate! There’s also a bakery right across from the chocolate shop where you can watch bread being made right in front of you. There will also be some cast members in there offering free bread slices! If you’re in the mood for some good food, head over to the Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill! This is located towards the end of the Wharf past the chocolate and bread shops. The grill has lots of open space, outdoor seating and plenty of shade. In my experience, most of the guests at California Adventure are focused on getting to Pixar Pier which leaves the Pacific Wharf wide open for you and your friends to relax!
Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
California Adventure stretches further past Pixar Pier. Walk straight down to the end! Here, you’ll find some more restaurants including Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. It’s a huge, cafeteria-style restaurant where you grab a tray and order some delicious food. I’ve experienced small amounts of people in this area since again, mostly everyone is at Pixar Pier. Take advantage of this calm spot by grabbing some food and sitting at the tables outside. It’s a quiet and well-shaded place that’s perfect for taking a break. When you’re ready to go, hop on Goofy’s Sky School right next door!
The next time you’re in Disneyland, try to find these rest spots! They’ll definitely come in handy when you need a break from your busy day. Do you know any other secret Disneyland rest spots? Let me know!