Best Places to People Watch – Walt Disney World

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The lobby at the Polynesian Village Resort

If you visit The Mouse for Less on Facebook, you’ll notice that first time Walt Disney World goers often ask for advice on the perfect vacation. Among all the advice given by seasoned WDW veterans, one statement pops up over and over again: don’t forget to slow down!

This is a vacation, after all, and you don’t want to be so intent on rushing from your Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet to get to your Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass+ Reservation that you forget to look around and enjoy the magical, beautiful atmosphere.

Here are my top places where you can relax, take in the ambiance, and people watch at Walt Disney World:


A relatively new addition to the Magic Kingdom, the Enchanted Forest section not only offers fun new rides, attractions and dining spots, but each area is themed so well that you feel like you stepped into a film. This spot, in particular, makes guests feel as if they are in Belle’s sleepy little village. Go into Gaston’s, buy a drink or a snack, and park yourself by the fountain. If you manage to sit here and watch Guests meet the hilariously egotistical Gaston, so much the better.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been going through a lot of changes over the past couple of years, and they’re certainly not done yet! But for now, you can still order a quick service meal, a snack or a beverage, sit in these outdoor tables, and have a pretty decent view of Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, where children learn the ways of the Force. It’s still unclear if this will continue once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on August 29, 2019, but for now, this is a real treat, even if you don’t know any of the younglings on the stage.


Many Walt Disney World fans know that the Boardwalk features traditional hotel rooms, villas, dining and shopping. But sometimes it’s worth it to take a break to just hang out on the Boardwalk and enjoy the spectacular views. Grab a slice of pizza, a snack or a drink and watch street entertainment or the crowds pass by. When you get tired of that, turn around and gaze across Crescent Lake.


There are so many cool places to relax along Epcot’s World Showcase that it was hard for me to narrow it down to just one! I love the bridge between France and the United Kingdom. Just leaning on a railing, gazing across the water, you can feel like you’ve been transported to old Europe.


Pretty much all the lobbies at the various Walt Disney World resorts are good places to relax and people watch. But the Polynesian is my favorite. Comfortable seating, tropical music, and families who have just checked in wearing their leis all combine to make this a favorite spot of mine. On the last day of my vacation, when I know I’ll be heading back to the real world, I love to sit here, watch excited guests checking in, and know that before long, I’ll be where they are.


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