6. United Kingdom Pavilion Gardens, Epcot
There is a lovely English garden with beautiful flora and a hedge maze located behind the buildings and shops at the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot. During select hours of the day, a cover band can be found playing chart-topping British retro hits of the ‘60s on a small stage off to the garden’s edge. When the band isn’t performing, however, this secluded location is quiet and serene, a perfect place to get away from the crowds and rest your feet.
7. Narcoossee’s Waterfront Verandah
One of my favorite dining locations on Disney property is Narcoossee’s, located on the water at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Exclusive to patrons of this signature dining establishment, a waterfront wrap-around verandah borders the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon, giving you a perfectly perfect view of Cinderella Castle.
Because this space is designated to dining guests, you will find yourself in a very intimate, uncrowded spot if you want to enjoy the quiet lake waters, the Electrical Water Pageant, or the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One of my favorite Disney “secrets” is going to Narcoossee’s simply for a fabulous dessert at the bar (no reservations needed!) and then taking advantage of the beautiful verandah afterwards to watch the fireworks.
8. Old Key West/Treehouse Villas Nature Trail
I stumbled upon this “hidden” location on an early morning jog during a stay at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. The trail borders the canal that the resort transportation ferries use to travel to and from Downtown Disney. The paved path eventually merges with a Saratoga Springs Resort walkway and can even lead you to Downtown Disney (as well as the Treehouse Villas via a small bridge).
Open from dawn to dusk (there is no lighting) this nature path has you winding around the beautiful Disney Resort grounds. You’ll see the golfers from Saratoga Springs on one side of you, the canal on the other, and even the Characters in Flight balloon soaring in the sky above Downtown Disney in the distance. This off-the-beaten-track trail is peaceful, secluded and wonderfully tranquil. There are no benches along this route, so only go when you have the energy for a long walk/run/bike ride.